What can I say, I’m a sucker for unusual, novelty fabrics. While browsing online this one caught my eye immediately! It’s a light weight ITY knit. The pin-up girl is printed directly down the center, surrounded with the polka-dot blobs (for want of a better description).
This unusual repeat required cutting out the Kim swing top in a single layer, which was fine, as the asymmetrical hem requires single layer cutting. Gee, you’d think the two, pattern and fabric, were made for each other! Perhaps they were.
The sewing was on the serger, very straight forward t-shirt construction. What you can’t see from the photo is that Ms. Saucy Locks has red rhinestones decorating her attire. Being the subdued person I am, I added more rhinestones, so she sparkles when she swings.
Now that the weather is warming up, the plan is to wear this with leggings and flats. It will be the perfect top for Saturday errands.
It was waaay back in the Fall of 2016 that our local sewing guild had Rami Kim, Queen of Fabric Manipulation present a workshop.
She showed us many, many different ways of folding, stitching and otherwise twisting fabric to achieve texture and depth.
The workshop project was a tote. We were instructed to prep our fabric before-hand, cutting various pieces to size. Rami was quite the task master. She would demonstrate a particular technique, then we would have 45 minutes. Or 30 minutes. Or 15 to replicate things.
This may sound a bit stern, but it was necessary if we were to learn everything she wanted to teach us. Goodness there was a wealth of knowledge to acquire!
Each section of the tote featured a different type of fabric manipulation. And once the fabric was cajoled in to the appropriate shape, it could be further embellished with beads or embroidery. I chose beads.
We learned different types of smocking, fabric pinwheels, a new take on flying geese triangles, and many, many other methods.
By the time Saturday evening rolled around, we were exhausted, educated and very happy sewists. We all swore we would finish our totes, and have a show-and-tote at a meeting in the future.
Perseverance was key in completing the tote. There was considerably more hand sewing (see smocking mentioned above) than I had done in years. All that smocking? Yup, sewn by hand. All those beads? By hand again, though adding beads was my choice. By the time it was finished my hands cried uncle and my fingers felt blistered. Perseverance may be overrated.
The future is here! I’ve finished my bag!