At the end of every year, our sewing guild holds a holiday gala. A traditional part of the gala is the fabric swap. Fabric of a length suitable to become a garment or quilt is placed in a sealed bag. Numbers are drawn, and guests have the option of choosing a new bag, or stealing from another member.
It’s a great way to re-home one’s wonder fabric (as in, I wonder why I bought this?) as well as acquire something completely different.
Many folks will go to great lengths (pun intended) to secure their treasures. Who’s that hiding under the table? What did you stuff in your backpack?
To insure our newly acquired treasures don’t languish, the April meeting is a “Wear What Ya Won” event. Everyone who attends brings whatever it is they made from their prize. Some folks become very creative!
This was my fabric prize (full disclosure – I was one of the few people to “steal” from someone else – I am ruthless when it comes to fabric). It’s a slubbed boucle type of fabric, completely washable and very loosely woven.
Enter Butterfly & Bees from Louise Cutting. It’s an older, out of print pattern, but worked perfectly. There was a coordinating printed polyester in the stash. I decided to Go For It!
The one pattern is cut twice. Both jackets are assembled separately, except for the neckline. Then the two pieces are joined at the neckline only. This allows the interior fabric to hang freely and peek out all around the edges. To give more weight to the side vents, I stitched antique glass buttons at the top.
The jacket is perfect for summer evenings here. Once the sun goes down, there can be a definite chill in the air.