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Black gingham and cherry fabrics

Ironing my new black gingham and cherry fabrics really brought home how warm it is here. Pre-shrinking fabric is a recommended step that I usually skip because we don’t have a dryer. I fully realize that it’s not good practice, but I don’t do it. Off hand, I know four people who own dryers, it isn’t an usual topic of discussion among my friends. Since we don’t have a dryer and this fabric is going to be a dress for 3 of 4, I decided to pre-shrink it. Rather than waiting until 2 pm when cold water is not an option, I helped fill the washer with a bucket. Our low water pressure usually isn’t an issue because I fill the washer with warm water, but the hot goes in so slowly that by the time the washer is filled the water no longer is hot. Rather than hang the fabric out, I chose to iron it dry and shrink ...

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Why is gingham called mascota in Spanish?

Scouring the fabric stores for two hours this afternoon, I finally found what I was looking for, black and white mascota ( mascot or pet is the literal translation ). I have no idea why gingham is called mascota in Spanish. I had shown my daughter the C0501 young girl’s  dress and she liked it. She gave me some ideas on fabrics that she would like. One of her likes was a classic, black and white gingham. Gingham or mascota  is readily available for about $16 a meter or one dollar six cents a yard (at today’s extraordinarily favorable exchange rate of 14 to 1). Unfortunately, it’s a crummy synthetic fabric that feels like nylon to me. Wanting a quality fabric,preferably one made of cotton, I headed to the basement.El Gran Chapur has a very nice selection of fabrics in the basement of their centro location. The fabrics there are lovely, lots of cottons, tropical weight wool and linen and ...

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Orange you glad I made a muslin first?

Several years ago, still suffering from a bad case of “I live in Mexico”, I bought several yards of black and orange fabric. Or rather several yards of black fabric and several yards of orange. I have no idea where the black has gotten off to, but the orange did star in a role as a table cloth some years back. My understanding is that Tangerine Tango is the Pantone color of the year for 2012, so maybe I was just too avant garde? Either way, the fabric has been languishing in my stash and I’ve finally found a use for it. I’m using it for the muslin for my version of the EO162 skirt Blatantly ignoring my vow to only use stash fabric for this project, I bought 3 meters of Lino Panama in a pale blush color that looks great with my coral fabric. I still have several yards remaining, even though I used it in my Time ...

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Can I play too?

The 1912 project is looking for people to sew. They are transcribing patterns from La Mode Illustree and want volunteers to test out the patterns. I love,love,love Titanic era clothes. My garden party dress was inspired by the era and I am no stranger to historical costuming though my eras tend to be much earlier. Anyway, I would love to volunteer for the project. I’d really love to make some of the girl’s outfits for my granddaughters.

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Almost done

Voila! I am taking a rest from my dressmaking. It is almost done. I have a little more trim to do and I may make another layer to the skirt. The plum slip that came with my Indian outfit was too high necked.Instead I combined a printed taffeta remnant which I had bought for the one of the three kings with the skirt piece to make an under dress. I like the under dress because that gives me less bulk around the waist. It also fills in the neckline nicely. I have a wine coloured silk skirt that matches the trim, I may use it instead of a slip or a third layer of blush cotton. I am thinking about making a belt, but that too can wait. I embroidered the fabric at the hem with blush and wine. This is the first time that I have made scallops and I’m very pleased with the effect combined with the uneven ...

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