Friday, October 28, 2011

Vintage Shopping in Panguitch, Utah

Last Saturday my daughter and I left the boys at the campground near Bryce Canyon National Park and drove into Panguitch, Utah to do a little shopping on Main Street.  The first store we went into was Cowboy Collectibles.  We spent the majority of our time there enjoying the ambiance and the friendly owner, trying on used cowboy boots, and the most fun of all, trying on vintage cowboy clothes!


By far the best find of the day was a reasonably priced late 19th century Western style dress by Donnell's of Denver.  It was not sewn during that time period, but my best guess is that it was made somewhere in the 1940's to 60's.  I tried to find information on the internet but all I found was a sale on a square dancing dress by the same company.  The shop proprietor said she bought it at an estate sell in Cheyenne.  Here is my darling daughter modeling the dress as Little Bo Peep.

Cowboy Collectibles: 5 out of 5 stars.  The next time you're in Panguitch...........

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Drafting My Own A-Line Skirt Pattern

I love the idea of making my own patterns based on my own measurements not the general measurement on the back of the pattern.  (Who has that small of a waist anyway?)  I have made elastic waist skirts before for my daughter and her friends, but that only requires a hip measurement with added ease.  So it was with great excitement that I decided to do a drafting project with Sew Country Chick

Using my waist and hip measurements with added ease, this is what the front piece construction looked like.

Notice my totally cool new hip curve ruler.  This makes it easy to draw curves exactly without "eyeballing" the curve on the pattern.

This looks huge. But remember the added ease and the pleats.

I bought three fabrics for the project, but decided to use the cheapest one to practice with.  I bought two yards and used a 40% off coupon making the total price less than 2.50 per yard.  A great deal, or was it?

This is where my problems started.  The fabric frayed all over the place especially on the curves.  Fitting yourself without a dress form is a pain, and don't expect your teen aged daughter who is late for a social event to help. I took in. I let out, which caused me to set the zipper in wrong. I've set in zillions of zippers so I was pretty mad that this wasn't working!

Oooh! Frayed fabric.

The worst set in zipper ever!

I decided to start all over.  I literally cut the zipper out of the skirt, and then I unpicked.  Ahhh, the value of making a muslin.  

The second time around I didn't bother with fitting the skirt. I reasoned that the pattern was drafted specifically to my measurements so it should be good.  I decided to serge the edges first to avoid fraying.  Then I put in the zipper before the grosgrain ribbon waist facing just in case I needed to do a last minute fitting.  This time the results were lovely.

Now I have a pattern that fits me perfectly without adjustments. Care to see my next fabric choices?

Another plaid or an embellished, creamy wool?  So much fun fabric, so little time!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Finally Finished: Block of the Month, One Month Late

Once a month I participate in Quilt Etc.'s Block of The Month.  And once a year when it is time to put all those gorgeous blocks into a quilt, I run out of time.  So instead of making a whole quilt, this year I used my cute homemade bias tape to make a reversible bag with the blocks I actually finished.  I had no pattern to work with so I had to make it up as I went along.  It was a blast to use my stash of colored threads to quilt the blocks before actually putting them together.  I used tons of pins to hold the bias tape in place and discovered that it actually looked better using the machine than to hand stitch the bias tape as is traditionally done on quilts.

Pins O'Plenty!

Finished Product

Now I have a bag that I can take to my Block of the Month Club hopefully filled with this year's finished blocks! This past year's Block of the Month Club I give 5 out of 5 stars for the enjoyment I get each month at the club, and for forcing me to set aside time to do what I love.  The best part is, if I get a block done, the fabric packet for the next month is free.  Who doesn't want free fabric?