Friday, April 4, 2014

Finally... Something new!

After a long absence of complete non stop busy I finally have something new to post.  This project will be for classes later in the year.  I am having a bit of an obsession with small scale prints paired with feather weight corduroy and this set keeps it going.  The paisley cotton lawn print is from a Robert Kaufman collection called 'London Calling' and  is a lovely 'Liberty' like knock off.  I have paired the print with the feather weight corduroy to look like a jumper and blouse but it is really all sewn together as a dress.  

The collar is piped with the lavender corduroy and trimmed with a bias cut ruffle.  Not the easiest collar to assemble and get to kiss together right at the center front and center back.  The skirt has three large box pleats across the front and two inverted pleats in the back for a controlled amount of fullness.  The dress is meant to be paired with a jacket and I wanted to keep an A line shape to the skirt.  

The jacket is completely interlined with 'baby' interfacing for better weight and wrinkle resistance to the feather weight corduroy.  It is fully lined with lime 1/32" micro check and has an adjustable fold up sleeve length. The embroidery on the pockets are simple beginner hand stitches - chain, French knot, and backstitch.  The little bird is just one of the paisley shapes from the print inverted and embellished.

The 'London Calling' paisley comes in three great color ways which I plan to pair with the lavender, red, and hot pink corduroy.

One of my granddaughters showed up unexpectedly this morning - I really think it was to claim the cookies that were just coming out of the oven but I took the opportunity to have her do a little try on.  Jane will be five in July and is wearing a size 4 dress and jacket.


Teaching Schedule for 2017

March 22-25
t of St Louis SAGA
St. Louis,
contact: Diane (

April 5-9
Children's Corner
Nashville, Tennessee
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April 28 - May 2
Chadwick Heirlooms
Richmond, Virginia

May 22-26
Birmingham, Alabama
Fiming new vidoes for Classic Sewing magazine

June 8-11
Private class
Fernlake, Tennessee

June 22-24
Huntsville SAGA
Huntsville, Alabama
contact: Abbie (

June 26-28
Private class
Huntsville, Alabama

July 6-8
Prairie Bell Smockers (SAGA)
Lincoln, Nebraska
contact: Jenny (

July 18-23
Private class
Becky's Barn
Grinsley, Tennessee

August 7-11
Private class
Wenatchee, Washington

August 21-25
Farmhouse Fabrics
Beech Island, South Carolina

September 7-9
Low Country Smockers (SAGA)
Charleston, South Carolina
contact: Sallie (

September 22-24
Yankee SAGA
Boston, Mass
contact: Kathy (

October 12-15
SAGA Regional
St. Louis Missouri

October 16-19
Private class
St. Louis, Missouri

November 7-11
Private class
Medford, Oregan

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