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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Retreat Projects

Getting ready for a retreat is fun for me. I dream about how much I'm going to get done on projects I've been wanting to do: projects for me or ones I'm developing for a class. Either way it's stress free sewing and stitching because I plan ahead of time. What planning, you say?

First I decide what projects are on the list. Then I gather each project's pieces together: thread, buttons, any notions I'll use in the construction, etc., and put it all in a big ziplock plastic bag. I cut the project out (if it's a pattern), mark all of the pieces (notches, dots and all) and remove every pin from each pattern piece (except one holding the pieces together) and put it all in that plastic bag. I use patterns I've already altered to my measurements...much faster to sew up! Then that bag goes into a large tote bag with every other project bag.

In goes the extra lighting, pad of paper, pencils, cords, extra feet and power strip for the machine...virtually anything I think I will need to just sit and sew. I take a variety of projects if I get tired of sewing at the machine so I can switch to smocking, embroidery...whatever I feel like doing.

So here's what I got done at the Chesapeake Treasures West River Retreat:
The fantastic Scissor Fob Tassel taught at the retreat by the renowned Barbara Meger, the owner and designer behind Classic Creations.

This beautiful blouse made from Liberty ("Bourton") Tana Lawn to go with a sweater I love. I purchased the fabric at The Sewing Boutique in Vicksburg, MS when I was there teaching.

Most of this blouse made from a gorgeous panel of Italian fabric from Farmhouse Fabrics....I had to finish the front placket, collar and buttons after I got home.
Notice the border design on the fabric: it had to be "fussy cut" to make the most of the gorgeous fabric. And I made use of the reversible damask design on the collar, sleeve cuffs and front placket.
Finished this Wee Care gown and matching bonnet (and started on another set). I used a size 12 pastel variegated pearl cotton for the smocking.
And I worked on an 18" doll bolero jacket to match a dress...but it's not ready to be photographed. I'll save that for another post. Preparing for and sewing at a retreat is all about getting the best use of my time and enjoying all the fun, laughter, food and friends!

1 comment:

  1. I especially love the blue blouse. I love making something like that you can never find in RTW.


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