Spring fabrics, mmm day 27

27 Mar

This afternoon my serger decided to stop working.  I panicked, imagining myself having to buy a new one, but as it turns out it just doesn’t work correctly with larger cones of thread.  I usually use Guttermann Todi-lock or Maxi lock, but I had bought a large cone of black.  No good – it wouldn’t spool correctly, and repeatedly broke the needle thread.  I had to go to Joann’s to pick up some black serger cones.  They had a 25% off your entire purchase (including sale items) coupon this weekend, and it was madness!  When I got my ticket for the cutting table there were 20 people ahead of me.  I decided to get some fabrics from their new Spring collections, at least the ones that were also on sale – I doubt I will be able to get them so cheaply before they hit clearance!  As I’ve said before, Joann’s seems to be trying to improve their garment sewing game, and the new collections are very nice.  I also got to see the Lisette fabrics, though they were not on sale, and they seem like nice quality to me.  Here is what I got:


Clockwise from top left: 1. Rayon/lycra knit for Butterick 5491.  My obsession with painted looking fabrics continues.  2. Linen/cotton blend print, to make retro Butterick 5603 (the tie shoulder version.) 3. Poly charmeuse to make the new Vintage Vogue reprint 8728.  I am not a huge fan of polyester, but I wanted to make this dress cheaply to start out with.  I do love the nautical print! 4. Stretch cotton sateen for DKNY pattern Vogue 1220.

I also found a yarn in my stash to use for my sweater:

This is Manos wool/silk blend.  I have part of it knit into a tuscany shawl (which will never be finished) and I’m ready to frog it.  I am not totally decided on the pattern, but I’m leaning towards Audrey in Unst.  I think it will look great in this color, and I have just the correct amount of yarn.

Finally, here is my me-made-March outfit of the day.

Sweater: Knitted by me, the “Not so shrunken” cardigan

Dress: Vogue 1225, Tracy Reese design

Shoes: Mia

This sweater is really too big for me, so I’m wearing it wrapped around a bit.  I love this dress (and yes, it still needs a hem… I am so chicken about hemming knits!)

Sweater closeup:

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12 Responses to “Spring fabrics, mmm day 27”

  1. canary March 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    perfect everything, including the pose–really love this outfit!

  2. Louise March 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    Cute pin!

  3. catherinedaze March 28, 2011 at 1:29 am #

    I love your Tracy Reese dress. It reminds me of a Christopher Kane I saw in Vogue a few months back and have been wanting to knock off ever since.

  4. Trisha March 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Beautiful dress! I actually just posted– asking for recommendations on the best way to hem knits. What do you usually do?

  5. jayayceeblog March 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    That sweater is darling and looks perfect with your dress!

  6. Halldóra March 29, 2011 at 4:48 am #

    Wow…. love your dresses and skirts…! I´m almost (!) inspired to sew my own skirt… Or… maybe after I loose some weight he he… :-).You really have the figure for all the beautiful dresses.

    Halldora (browsing through when googling February Lady Sweater).

  7. Lisette March 29, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    Argh! I never received the most recent mail flyer for JoAnns so I missed out on this! The bastards. I’m dying for that nautical fabric, I see it every time I go in.

  8. Adrienne March 29, 2011 at 9:40 am #

    I have that same paint splash fabric! It’s STUNNING. You are going to love the dress you make with it!!!

  9. Anne (I should be sleeping) March 30, 2011 at 3:15 am #

    I love your outfit for today- my miss4yo thinks you look like a ballet dancer (which for her is the highest compliment!).

  10. Paige April 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    any chance you could rav-link the ballet sweater?? i love it!

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