Fun Fabric, Sewing and Staying Busy!
Wearing Vogue 1713 Jacket and Vogue 1411 Pants

While I am optimistic by nature, the California fires, the virus number escalating, high unemployment, closures of favorite restaurants in San Francisco and tent dwellers too many to count, I am feeling pretty down about the state of affairs.
Since sewing usually lifts my spirits, I started work on one of my favorite tops, Vogue 1630,  asymmetrical V neck. Since the rayon print from Marcy Tilton is fabulous, but likely to wrinkle, I decided to line the front and back pieces with prewashed silk organza. I decided to line the pieces instead of underlining because this method would eliminate hemming on the sides and bottom.
Before sewing, it is important to tailor tack the dots and squares on the shoulder and sides since markings can be difficult to find after pressing. Also label the WS of the fabric so that you will know how to position the underlay behind the front.  
On front, sew the lining to the fashion fabric everywhere except for the neck.  On back, sew the lining to the fashion fabric everywhere except the neck and the shoulders, which will be finished with the back facing.  I cut the middle layer behind the front in an oversized embroidered eyelet. I did not underline this piece, so it had to be hemmed everywhere except for the neck.
Vogue 1630 top in Marcy Tilton fabric 
This technique made this top very fast and easy to make without all of the hemming sides and bottom.  The pants in this pattern are super cute and fit very well, even with a flat butt. I plan to start on those next.
Right now when I am not sewing, I am reading, at the moment CASTE by Isabel Wilkerson.  I just finished watching: DIRTY JOHN on Netflix, which my brother and I binged watched in one full day. We loved it.
One of my favorite fabric stores is Mulberry Silks in Carrboro, North Carolina. Over the years as a speaker, I have found some very special and unusual fabrics there . Mulberry Silks now has a pop up shop via email where they feature a number of fabrics weekly. Visit their site for details or email to be signed up.
If you see something you like, call them 919-942-7455 and the will send it to you.

I wish all of you good health and good spirits. Let's hope for the best outcome.  

Spotlight Lessons
Watch 2 classic online tutorials that continue to be useful today!
Episode 205: V-Neck Cocoon Dress (Vogue 1496)
If you love architectural shapes you should take a look at V-neck Cocoon Dress, Vogue 1496. Sandra leads you through step-by-step construction. She also recommends many ways to wear the the dress. The dress pattern has 2 different views. V1496 is simple, fun and easy to make in only a few hours.
Episode 82: Men's Waistbands
Ron shares his guaranteed method for the perfect waistband for men's pants. Difficult problems are solved when Ron shows you techniques he has discovered to make waistbands that are bulk free, smooth and keeps your shirt tucked in!
Close fitting, mandarin collar, multi-seam jacket with pockets, fur hook closure. A: button & braid trim, piping. B: fur contrast.
FABRICSWool Crepe, Wool Boucle, Stretch Wovens, Contrast B:Low Pile Faux Fur, Lining A, B: Satin, Crepe de Chine.

Boxy, lined vest with oversized shawl collar & pleated back. Lantern style cuffed pants with contoured front band, elasticized back & pockets.
FABRICS: Medium Weight Wool, Stretch Wovens. 


Although I love cookbooks, during this shutdown, I realize that I do not need 20 of anything. I wrote this cookbook because, I thought what you might like right now are 50 recipes that are easy, foolproof and wow-worthy. These are not so so recipes, the results are fantastic or I would not still be making them. This recipe book might also make perfect birthday or Christmas gifts.
Price: $19.95 per book or special of 3 for $50
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