WIP: Colette Jasmine Blouse – Version 2

Last summer I got in the habit of re-tracing my pattern pieces onto a piece of wax paper. I found that this gummed up my Sharpie, and involved a lot of taping, since it was pretty narrow.

At some point, I switched to parchment paper and I haven’t looked back! Last night I traced out the Version 2 of the Jasmine Blouse in the Size 10 –

Colette Jasmin Blouse - Version B Progress

It was so nice to be able to do all the tracing at a table, instead of on the floor or balanced on the ironing board or coffee table, like I used to have to do.

Colette Jasmin Blouse - Version B Progress

I finished the tracing up and dove head first into cutting. I grabbed some 100% polyester fabric that I found for about $2 at a thrift store near my cat’s vet when he was sick last year. I really love the print.

There’s only one problem with this fabric – I didn’t have quite enough for this project, and when Colette Patterns says you need a certain amount of fabric, they aren’t overestimating!

So, I had to make a, er, compromise –

Colette Jasmin Blouse - Version B Progress

Since this blouse is cut on the bias, matching the proper grain-lines is super important, but I only had enough fabric to cut the last back piece on the correct grain if I flipped the piece and cut the fabric so the wrong side would be showing. This is when my muslin really became a muslin!

As much as I love the print, 100% polyester won’t see that much use from me (I’m a sweaty girl!), so I don’t think this blouse would have become much more than a muslin anyway.

I opted to have 1/4 of my blouse with the wrong side showing to preserve the proper bias cut. And guess what – if that’s the only issue with it, I’ll make another one, but you can be sure I’ll wear this one too! I’ll just have to make sure I wear it with a cardigan over top.

I am super excited to start sewing this blouse up!


Halloween Quilt: The One Where All The Blocks Are Done, DONE, D.O.N.E!!!!!

I finished sewing up the last set of 9 wonky 9-patch blocks yesterday afternoon, and I stumbled upon an idea I wish I had pursued at the start of making these blocks.

Here’s the last stack before being trimmed down to size –

Halloween Quilt 2011/2012

Instead of cutting my first strip, sewing that strip, pressing, restacking, and then cutting the 2nd strip (off the other side of the middle), I made both of the “thirds cuts” at the same time, restacked the blocks and did all the sewing for that direction, before pressing, rotating and making the next 2 cuts at the same time.

This was a huge time saver and I found it made much more uniform blocks, since they weren’t repeatedly being slashed over higher and higher seams. This is how I’d do it in the future for sure.

I met my hubby for a coffee yesterday at lunch and there is a Michael’s in the same complex, so I headed over there after our lunch date to pick up some pearle cotton, so I can try my hand at a little hand quilting once the halloween quilt is done being pieced and is sandwiched.

Halloween Quilt 2011/2012

As you can see by the amount I bought, I don’t plan on doing a ton of hand quilting. A little taste should suffice.

The last thing I took care of yesterday was the dreaded sewing chair! I dragged my current desk chair up the stairs to see if it would work, and the base that you sit on was too long for sewing, so we headed off to XS Cargo last night to see if they had anything that would work (I really love my current desk chair, and that was where I found it).

New Sewing Room Chair

I found a chair that is very similar to my current desk chair, except it fits me a lot better – the sitting area isn’t so long, the back isn’t as high, and all in all, it’s a smaller chair. At $25, it was affordable too! And I think it looks cute in the sewing room.

Color Value In Fabrics

I came across a little gem when I was looking around on Flickr this morning. It’s the Sew Katie Did Color Value Quilt Tutorial .

Value Quilt Tutorial

You guys know that one of the stumbling blocks I’ve faced when quilting is choosing fabrics in the first place! I’ve struggled with choosing a wide range of color values, so when I came across this tutorial, it hit me that trying out a color value quilt might push me out of my color comfort zone and force me to have more experience choosing fabrics based on color value alone.

Just thought I’d pass on the link in case anyone else out there struggles with color values and wants to give one of these quilts a try!