This weekend we had what might be the final snowstorm of the year in CT. I love a good snowstorm – and this brought a perfect fresh white cover over all the dirty mounds of left over snow from the last storm – but I’m ready for spring!
Earlier this month, distracted from all things work and sewing I was supposed to be doing, I wondered over to the Mood Fabrics website to take a look at what I might find. While shopping around I found 3 fabrics I thought would be perfect for some of the spring sewing projects I have in mind. I took the plunge, placed the order and here they are!
It can be tricky ordering fabric online. Since you can’t actually see or touch the fabric, you don’t really know what you’re going to get (and no, I’m generally not patient enough to order swatches and wait for them to arrive!) Anyway, with my order from Mood, I got 3 winners!
First up is this stretch white pique. It’s a bit lighter weight than I had hoped, but it will work great for a pencil skirt.
I’m hoping to perfect McCalls 3830 with help from Diana Rupp’s Sewing Studio online class at Craftsy.
One thing I have to figure out is the lining. I ordered this white lining when I ordered the pique, but I think it’s too heavy.
That begs the question – how do you know how to select the proper lining? I need to do some reading up on this.
Next up, check out this navy blue textured piece. I LOVE this fabric. It has a bit of depth in color with the texture – I think it will be a fabulous pencil skirt. Here’s a closer look at the texture of this fabric – it’s going to be really great.
Last up is this navy stretch sateen. I’ve been Vogue pattern 1220 since last year and had ideas of making it in a stretch sateen, but never really found anything I was crazy about. Then, I found this one. It’s a really dark navy. It has a good stretch and some heft.
Now here’s my dilemma. You may have seen this post about my experience with Vogue 8784. My fear is that this dress with all the fabric in front it might be, hmmmm, let’s say less than flattering.
On the other hand, this pattern does not have 4 layers of pleats. It does have some pleating in the front, but they seem to be rather flat – so maybe it will work?? I’ve read many reviews about this pattern and it seems to work on many body types, so I’m staying hopeful. I guess that’s another thing to learn – how do you select patterns that work for you? There is trial and error – is there a better way?
So, here are my 2 questions…
- How do you select the best lining for your project?
- What’s the best way to judge if a pattern will work for you? While it’s nice to undertake a project and learn something – really annoying when you can’t wear it!
Anyway, with my Mood order, I’m getting “the fever” – I’m ready for spring!