In the mix: dark wash denims, heathered grey denim, Michael Miller Pretty Bird Ground Cover, Joel Dewberry Heirloom, some stretch knits from GorgeousFabrics.com (so that I can try my hand at some fancy tops for the spring/summer and add those to my repertoire), and the aptly named Happy Mochi Yum Yum India in Lemon (what a name!).
I also received a bunch of upholstery fabric swatches from a lady named Molly. I posted an ad on a local online resource for moms, and Molly responded with an offer of free fabric! She's an interior designer and had some spares, so eventually these will become clutch wallets and bags:
Here are my favorites:
Another lady responded with a lead for more, so I may soon have more fabric swatches than I know what to do with!
I did do some actual sewing, too, although I did more drafting and cutting than I had planned due to a delay in one of my fabric orders. Here's my one finished project for the week, the Penguin bag that Melissa C ordered at the skirt party:
Cutting patterns and fabric is my least favorite part of the process so while I'm disappointed I didn't get more done last week in terms of tangible finished projects, it is satisfying to know that all that drafting and cutting is done. I'm now poised to finish three skirts in the next three days!
My other main sewing activity this week was reading Make Your Own Dress Patterns by Adele P. Margolis. I received a copy of the book for my birthday (my 42nd! Holy Cow, how did that happen??). It is wonderful. I read about darts this week and how to move them as a design feature or to enhance the fabric being used. Everything I read is super handy for what I do in designing/altering patterns for my clients. It inspired me to shift the darts on Diane's corsetted skirt so that they match the curve in the front/back seams. I'm so excited to unveil this skirt it in next week's What's Up post!
In my Fabric Focus post this week I plan to focus on linen, so keep an eye out for that (Tuesday or Wednesday). Cheerio!