Sunday, October 14, 2007

Assembling the Pieces

As many of you know, I am a planner. Many of my garments are planned out well in advance so that when I am ready to sew them, all I have to do is sit down and go for it.

I really want to make View D of McCalls 5555:



I think this will be a pretty fall dress that will work nicely in my corporate environment. So I have spent the week purchasing all of the pieces to make my "vision" of the dress work.

From Fashionista Fabrics, I got three yards of this beautiful paisley wool challis:




Then from Nancy's Notions, I ordered a crib size sheet of wool batting and a blue varigated silk thread because in my mind I see the yoked neckline and sleeves with a "trapunto" style embellishment. Nothing fancy or ornate just a little something to give it some zing. I have a silky blue lining fabric in my stash that I will use in this dress and several sparkly blue glass buttons that I will add to the back yoke.

I also want to try out a tip that I learned from Kathryn (fzxdoc on Stitchers Guild) - using elastic hair pieces as button loops. Note to self, need to get a pack of those from Duane Reade tomorrow!

So while I am finishing up the CC Inspiration Jacket and corresponding pieces, I am plotting my next project...something that won't take as long to emerge from my sewing machine but still be a vital part of my work wardrobe.

10 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see this lovely wool challis! I admire your planning process - I am a planner also, but somehow I haven't gotten up to speed on my sewing yet. Also love that coat, I had not heard of wool jersey felting, but what a great result. Can't wait to see these on you!

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  2. I don't want to brag about my psychic ability, but after reading your blog for the last few months, when I saw this I said that this has Carolyn written all over it!!

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  3. I have been drooling over that fabric for the last few days - it is so beautiful. I look forward to seeing it come to life in your hands. If anyone can make this fabric sing, it's you. Ooo...the anticipation!

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  4. I can't wait to see your dress Carolyn!!!

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  5. When you plan, you go to the max. It will be a beautiful outfit and won't look anything like the pattern envelope. You go girl!!!

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  6. Love your choice of fabric! The dress is sure to be beautiful.

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  7. oh, that fabric is beautiful, can't wait to see how it turns out!

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  8. Carolyn, I'm way behind on catching up on your blog, but that paisley fabric is gorgeous. I'm sure your dress will turn out beautifully.

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  9. Great fabric pattern and looking forward to your FO.

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