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June 20, 2016

THE FUNNY THING ABOUT FABRIC AND SEWING...

...is that the longer you stay away from it, the more it tends to intimidate you in the slightest of ways.  Indecisiveness about what to make next (because you have toooo many pattern choices), what size to cut,  do I bother making a muslin or not, can keep you stalled for days, even weeks - because sew friends we know that once it's cut, it's cut and there is no turning back.  But fabric is only fabric and we buy it to cut it - right?  Fabric is NOT MEANT TO BE KEPT FOREVER LINDA!

I've had two cuts of this bright, sun shiny yellow outlet in my stash forever.  I can't remember buying it, so it probably came from Ebony.  You remember Ebony, of the Glam Doll.  I just didn't know what I wanted to make with it.  But this summer I have visions of eyelet dancing on my brain, and there are several different colors in stash, but I'll start here.
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 The top calls for back/front neckline and armhole facings that are interfaced, but because of the nature of eyelet I think I'll underline this one with the closest match I could find of batiste called sheer mist.  Now I'm wondering if my top will miss having the structure of the interfaced facings.  Mmmm, decisions, decisions.  I'll be sure to let you know in the next episode of "The Funny Thing about Fabric and Sewing:....

Thought I'd share a  picture of Ebony since she's done so much to help keep my fabric addiction alive and kicking.
My friend Ebony with son Cory, carrying her soon to be born second son.  We can't wait to meet him later this summer.

12 comments:

  1. I like the pairing of fabric and pattern, you have showing. You can apply interfacing to the yellow batiste and it will not show through the eyelet fabric. That picture of Ebony and her little darlings is delightful.

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    1. Good idea about applying the interfacing to the batiste. Are you back home yet?

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  2. Love that yellow fabric. It is very cheerful and sunny and I know you will look great in it, whatever you make! All the best to your friend Ebony!

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    1. I just love the cut of the top pattern Tomasa. What are you sewing right now???

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    2. Yes, that is a cute top pattern. That fabric will look great as that top! Me...I just finished making a pair of white pants and have enough fabric left over to make a simple white skirt. I'll blog about them eventually!

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  3. I absolutely agree with you Faye!!! The longer you stay away from sewing
    the more scared you become to do anything. Thank you so much for that insight. Now I know I should try to stop having these long breaks in between each project!

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    1. You are absolutely right Lisa. My long break couldn't be helped this time, but it is such a slow process getting back into the thick of sewing.

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  4. No need to be scared, Faye, just go for it! :)
    "It's only fabric" is one of my favorite quotes from the Sew Sassy website. :)

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    1. You are so right Kyle. It's only fabric, and besides I have plenty of this bright yellow left. Trying to get my feet wet in the sewing pool once again.

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  5. Cory's got some hair going on there, just like his Mom...but he doesn't look happy about having his picture taken! I wish her a fast and uncomplicated delivery and a healthy second son.

    That yellow fabric is beautiful! I made a top from a stretchy eyelet a few years back and it worked out fine. Your underlining should be structure enough, I think.

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  6. Yes Linda...fabric is not meant to be kept forever, LOL!!! I love that video!!! Your fabric is beautiful and I think the top is going to be gorgeous however you decide to make it. Isn't great to have "enabling" friends with something in common?! I think both you and Ebony are blessed friends! Congratulations on her second son!

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  7. I'm excited to see how the eyelet fabric takes to this top pattern. It sounds like a lovely, summer-y idea! Also, really like your point: fabric is indeed intended to cut and sewn. We must remember that!

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