I have taken a little break from felting to focus on some summer sewing. Summer is a great time to work on
lightweight frocks and improve my sewing skills. In May, I attended Diane Ericson’s Design Outside the Lines Retreat. Sandy Ericson, Center for Pattern Design was her guest artist. Sandy has a wealth of information about pattern design and in my opinion is the “Queen of Drape.” During the retreat, she demonstrated draping principals and I made a bias cut 4-square dress. I chose a fun comfortable fabric with great drape. Mary Glen, a very talented seamstress and a regular at DOL guided me through the process. One of the things I loved about making this dress is that no pattern is required! You just need enough fabric. We played with the shapes, rectangles instead of squares. The rectangles were different sizes which created a variety of options for styling the dress.
The next piece I worked on was a casual summer vest. I was looking for some whimsical fabric and chose “animal cookies cotton,” from The Smuggler’s Daughter. I made the undershirt from Diane Ericson’s Faultlines Vest pattern. I can never find pants that I love so I made Diane Ericson’s Capitola pant to go with the vest.
Now I am feeling my sewing oats and decide to take on a Marcy Tilton dress pattern: Vogue #9081. I choose a lovely black silk linen and combined it with light weight Japanese linen from Fabric of Vision in Ashland. I am now more in my comfort zone with color going with black/white and a little bit of red. I decided to omit the bottom piece of the dress and opted to make this a top. My friend Ute gave me some private sewing lessons and helped me complete the top. It will look great with black leggings. It is a piece that I can wear into the winter with a black shirt or sweater underneath.
My last piece was part of a design challenge to make Vogue pattern #8968. I chose a beautiful piece of Japanese fabric that has been sitting in my “coveted fabric stash” waiting for the right project. I combined it with some fabric from Marcy Tilton and some other stash fabric to make this Asian flavored dress.
Taking a break from felting has sparked lots of new ideas for my fall collection. I am now ready to start working on some new cape’s and coats.