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Red Fabrics

Red Fabric: From left to right, I got "cherry red" wool crepe (which WAS on sale-- in the 50%-off-this-week section!) a yard of the "deep cranberry" silk jacquard that I will probably use for a corset, a yard and a half of rayon/lycra jersey, and a yard of the "cranberry red" silk jersey that was discounted in January's mailer.Red Fabric: From left to right, I got "cherry red" wool crepe (which WAS on sale-- in the 50%-off-this-week section!) a yard of the "deep cranberry" silk jacquard that I will probably use for a corset, a yard and a half of rayon/lycra jersey, and a yard of the "cranberry red" silk jersey that was discounted in January's mailer.

Dfr has, of course, posted to boast about her newest fabric acquisitions, a haul of the on-sale silk/rayon brocades from FabricMart. I did not order any of those brocades for several reasons. I was trying to keep my purchases down to a reasonable level, and I had sworn that I was going to stop buying just sale fabrics for awhile in order to buy red fabrics, which I had realized were missing from my stash-- red fabrics don't go on sale very often. So, I resisted the brocades, and (besides the silk velvet and an order of the 10-yards-for-$5 stiff ecru cotton that will make a great sew-in interfacing) instead bought red.

The brocade was a huge temptation, and I certainly won't turn down her swatch offer, but my tendency to buy what's on sale has left me with not nearly enough red in my stash, and I certainly can't afford to buy both what's on sale AND red!

Cara On the Couch

..and Cara is enjoying the couch, too!Conked Cat: Cara, conked out on the couchConked Cat: Cara, conked out on the couch

Pure Silk Velvet

I'd been eyeing the silk velvet at FabricMart for awhile. Generally the term "silk velvet" means a rayon pile on a silk backing. True 100% silk velvet is rare. Wikipedia's velvet entry says that pure silk velvet runs in the hundreds of dollars per yard. While an internet search will turn up some at considerably less than that, I was nonetheless tempted by the silk velvet selling for $15/yard at FabricMart, despite its being brown. When that velvet went on sale for 50% off, well, I hadda get a yard! When else am I ever going to find pure silk velvet for $7.50/yard?

[Side note-- Firefox thinks that "eyeing" is spelled wrong. mirriam-webster.com disagrees, listing both "eyeing" and "eying" as correct spellings, with "eyeing" listed first.]

100% Silk Velvet: The pure silk velvet is exceedingly shiny, much more so than I expected; it actually has a metallic look to it. I took pictures with a couple of different camera settings; the bottom one is without a flash at all.100% Silk Velvet: The pure silk velvet is exceedingly shiny, much more so than I expected; it actually has a metallic look to it. I took pictures with a couple of different camera settings; the bottom one is without a flash at all.

Floral Couch Slipcover

Floral Couch Slipcover (In Progress): My mom gave me this fabric last year; she's bought it years ago when a fabric store was closing, and never did anything with it.  I made covers for the pillows fairly quickly, and gradually did a cover for the big seat pillow (okay, fine, I only just added the straps to actually hold it in place!)  ..and then I started putting off making the actual slipcover.  Well, no time like the stash contest, right?  It's not done yet, but I've got the box pleating for the bottom done, and the basic shape of the arms.  I'm using muslin for the areas that aren't visible so that I'll have enough for the whole thing.Floral Couch Slipcover (In Progress): My mom gave me this fabric last year; she's bought it years ago when a fabric store was closing, and never did anything with it. I made covers for the pillows fairly quickly, and gradually did a cover for the big seat pillow (okay, fine, I only just added the straps to actually hold it in place!) ..and then I started putting off making the actual slipcover. Well, no time like the stash contest, right? It's not done yet, but I've got the box pleating for the bottom done, and the basic shape of the arms. I'm using muslin for the areas that aren't visible so that I'll have enough for the whole thing.

The Intricacies of Cheap Mystery Apron Fabric

McCall's 6051 Apron: So I finished the apron made with the strangely behaving fabric.  It turned out better than could have been expected given the strangeness of the fabric.  Most of it didn't wrinkle as badly as the front pocket did.McCall's 6051 Apron: So I finished the apron made with the strangely behaving fabric. It turned out better than could have been expected given the strangeness of the fabric. Most of it didn't wrinkle as badly as the front pocket did.

Ironing wrinkles this fabric: The piece on the left has been ironed.  The piece on the right has not. I got this jacquard-type stuff from fabric.com for $.98/yard last March.  I'm not sure of the content.  As I was going through my stash looking for something appropriate and officially stash (6 months or older) to make an apron out of, I thought this would work.  Got it all cut out.  Then as I ironed down the top of the front pocket.. I noticed that as I ironed it, it was actually creating new wrinkles.  I guess the main fabric is made of something that shrinks (cotton?  rayon?) and the woven-in sections are poly, so the shrinkage is creating wrinkles.. maybe.  But look how dramatic that is!  It's actually creating defined lines!Ironing wrinkles this fabric: The piece on the left has been ironed. The piece on the right has not. I got this jacquard-type stuff from fabric.com for $.98/yard last March. I'm not sure of the content. As I was going through my stash looking for something appropriate and officially stash (6 months or older) to make an apron out of, I thought this would work. Got it all cut out. Then as I ironed down the top of the front pocket.. I noticed that as I ironed it, it was actually creating new wrinkles. I guess the main fabric is made of something that shrinks (cotton? rayon?) and the woven-in sections are poly, so the shrinkage is creating wrinkles.. maybe. But look how dramatic that is! It's actually creating defined lines!

It's the stripes: Well, since even if its made out of fabric that wrinkles when ironed, an apron will still keep stuff off my front when I'm cooking, I figured I'd go keep going with the apron out of the cheap mystery jacquard.  As you can see, it's definitely the stripes that are doing the shrinking and not the main fabric!  These are the straps. I can't really complain about the curvature here, since the straps are meant to extend up from the apron and curve around to tie behind the neck.. I'll just have to make sure they go the right way.It's the stripes: Well, since even if its made out of fabric that wrinkles when ironed, an apron will still keep stuff off my front when I'm cooking, I figured I'd go keep going with the apron out of the cheap mystery jacquard. As you can see, it's definitely the stripes that are doing the shrinking and not the main fabric! These are the straps. I can't really complain about the curvature here, since the straps are meant to extend up from the apron and curve around to tie behind the neck.. I'll just have to make sure they go the right way.

My First Mystery Bundle of the New Year!

So of course I couldn't resist the most recent FabricMart sale with the half-off charmeuse.. And while I was at it, I got a mystery bundle too. Dfr is gonna be pissed, because this was a good one!

2 1/2 yards pink clipped crinkle cotton/silk jacquard
2 1/2 yards black lace
2 3/4 yards this navy floral stuff
3 3/4 yards dark navy silk suiting that was in the December mailer.

FabricMart Mystery Bundle Jan 2011FabricMart Mystery Bundle Jan 2011

Tudor Pictures

Just finally getting the pictures of my Tudor dress back up. Nothing new, same ones my mom took during the summer, just getting them back onto my site since the server meltdown.
Another Tudor Dress Picture: Still just in the backyard..  but managed to look nice and scenic!Another Tudor Dress Picture: Still just in the backyard.. but managed to look nice and scenic!

Smelling the FlowersSmelling the Flowers

Tudor Dress Stare: Have I mentioned that the tawny damask is polyester and hotter than hell?  The intense look was just for fun, though!Tudor Dress Stare: Have I mentioned that the tawny damask is polyester and hotter than hell? The intense look was just for fun, though!

Tudor Dress: Another Tudor dress pic from the summerTudor Dress: Another Tudor dress pic from the summer

Tudor Dress: Okay.. finally getting some of the pictures of my Tudor dress that my mom took last summer.Tudor Dress: Okay.. finally getting some of the pictures of my Tudor dress that my mom took last summer.

Stewart Plaid Skirt

I've finished my Stewart plaid skirt.. I think. I hemmed the bottom in two rows of metallic silver thread. I re-cut the waistband on the bias, which helps with the waistband shaping a bit.
Kris said that the plaid skirt will make me look like a Catholic schoolgirl. I told him that's impossible, since Scotland is Protestant. ...I will still have to avoid wearing it with white blouses, though. I will probably also take dfr's suggestion and make a matching vest.. either in Stewart plaid or red velvet, I think. Erm.. a bit like hers. Darn you, fabric ripper!

I may re-cut the waistband again at sometime in the future if I learn a better technique, but I'm pretty happy with it for now.

Fabric Ripper's Fur

The Fabric Ripper of Sewing Misadventures has got fur. Faux fur in three colors on sale from Hancock, actually. As could be predicted, the most notable is the pink-- what else would Her Pinkness be going on about, anyways? And next week she's getting faux shearling on sale. Not. Fair. There are never good deals on faux fur at Joann! And that's really pretty pink fur!

Big Cozy Cardigan

Big Cozy Cardigan

I made this out of the sweater knit that I got from Sarah in NYC in exchange for a crazy bright orange cotton sateen that I'd gotten in a FabricMart mystery bundle. I concurred with her assessment that it would make a wonderful casual sweater, so I used her DIY Cardigan Tutorial to improvise a pattern. I was quite afraid of cutting it too small, so I ended up making it rather huge. There was enough extra fabric to make a hood, too. After I finished putting on the seashell button at the top, it occurred to me that it looks almost more like a cross between a sweater and a short cloak, it ended up with the look of the Elven cloaks from LOTR. I hadn't quite expected that, but I'm very pleased!

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by Dr. Radut