October 15, 2007

Stunt Stitcher - Part 2

Blogger is not cooperating this morning - so this a photo-less post! Sorry. (ETA: I was able to add a few photos, but not many.) This past weekend, starting Friday was my ASG Chapter's Fall Sewing Retreat. It is held at a camp in the middle of nowhere, with plenty of electrical outlets, all the food is provided for us, as well as the fact that everyone brings snacks! It was three days of food, conversation, and sewing - wonderful. There was even some knitting thrown in. Good times. The week leading up to the retreat was very busy at work, and I wasn't able to get my projects ready, but I managed to get out there by 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Friday I finished the small double needle roll and had the larger needle roll mostly assembled. I had all the parts for a knitting bag from Becki's pleated tote pattern ready to go. I added extra pockets. The needle rolls and bag were mostly constructed using the Chocolate Lollipops fabric by Anna Maria. This fabric is completely unavailable in my local area and I while I love the large print that Miss C. sent, it was too big to work in the needle rolls - You would have lost all the print. So, I added a few semi-solids from my own cupboard and away you go. After finishing that - I decided to start working on the Amy Butler skirts. Taking my measurements was scary! I actually cut the tissue rather than tracing it. Starting on the A-line skirt on Friday, I managed to make a muslin, smooth out the markings and cut the actual fabric. I put a beautiful pin invisible zipper into the back seam and had someone help me pin fit the side seams. After sewing them up - I tried the skirt on, only to find I had jodhpur hips! Never a good look. So, since I didn't have proper undergarments with me - it got set aside. Next up - the quick summer Kwik Sew skirt that was on the table a few weeks ago. Got it cut out Saturday night. At that point I was very tired. I set the skirt aside and finished working on my second pink sock. I was so tired that I couldn't remember which way the decreases were suppose to go to make the correct slants on the toes! Time for bed. Sunday morning, I almost finished the Kwik skirt - never having been to retreat before, I didn't bring my entire sewing room (some people did!) so I had to finish all the seams on this cotton skirt with the sewing machine. Got it finished but for the hem and waistband. Sew that's what I've been doing for the last week! How about you?


  1. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the weekend! Glad you had a good time and got so much accomplished.

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the retreat.

    We went to another tractor show and had Kevin's birthday for his side at his parents' house.

  3. Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend. What could be better than food, sewing friends and projects to sew. I spent my weekend buying a new sewing machine for classes, sew-ins, and guild meetings. It was a lot of fun. Ended up buying the Babylock Xscape. It will be here later in the week.
    Happy Stitching!


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