i woke up thinking it was saturday. what the heck happened to my weekend? so sad.
last month, i picked up a copy of Simple Modern Sewing at jo-ann (using a 50% off coupon, thankyouverymuch). i like the styles in the book, so i figured i’d try it out. i started with something simple, pattern #2c, a raglan-sleeved ruffled-edge jacket.
the pattern is pretty straight-forward, and thank goodness i read through the directions so i knew to add seam allowances. i don’t like that extra little bit of fiddling, but whatchoo gonna do?
i traced the pattern and transferred it over to an old bed sheet. i’ve learned my lesson about using an unfamiliar pattern and cutting up nice fabric, only to find it doesn’t fit in any way, shape or form. so YAY for old sheets!
the sewing directions were easy to follow, and it took no time at all to get it all put together. so thumbs up on that.
i have to agree with some of the book reviewers who mentioned the fact that these patterns are cut for a slimmer person. i made the LARGE (long-sleeved) version, and had two issues:
1) it was too snug under the arms and
2) the sleeves were too short
fixable problems, to be sure, but like i said, i’m not big on doing a lot of extra fiddling. i’ll try some of the other patterns and see how they work out.
in other crafting news, i experimented with some more linen scraps.
quick-and-dirty machine embroidery. serged edges on three of them.
and then there was some hand-stitched embroidery:
not sure if i’m finished with it yet…