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Sewing Projects after Quilt Canada

I helped my friend Catherine Goetz, owner of Distinctive Sewing Supplies, at Quilt Canada 2017.  In case you don’t know, Distinctive Sewing Supplies is not a quilt shop.  Catherine focuses on quality garment fabrics and great sewing patterns. 

We had a great time, the booth was a popular place, especially after Catherine’s Trunk Shows.  It was a 4-day show, and I think we spent the entire time thinking and talking about sewing. 

Customers’ sewing, and our next sewing projects.  I wore my Folkwear “Turkish Dancer” dress a couple of times and received many compliments on it.  Everyone who asked about the pattern was amazed at the transformation.   I wrote about how I did it here.

another front
Turkish Dancer 108 Cover

But I was cold and would have loved a little jacket.    There’s a jacket pattern included in the same envelope, and Distinctive Sewing Supplies has the perfect piece of fabric, a linen/cotton blend in the perfect colour to go with me dress.  It came home with me.

These stretch poplin prints are new, at 58 inches wide and at 97% cotton and  3% spandex, they co-ordinate well and there’s a great pattern. 

I have a few classes for Distinctive Sewing Supplies in the works for the Fall Creativfesival, and am busy planning my samples and notes.

We have 3 lecture style classes proposed, one on neckline finishes, one on pockets, and one on Fashion Fabric Know-how.  A hands-on class;  “One Tee Pattern = 3 New Styles” will have my students learn some basic pattern morphing, creating 3 adaptations, an inverted front pleat, adding an extended sleeve cap, and adding side drapes.  More details will follow.

Sew, that’s what’s on the worktable at the moment, along with Rock.

 What’s on your worktable?

 

 

Turkish Dancer Dress Folkwear 108

 

My dress is finished!

This beautiful linen caught my eye as soon as it was unpacked when we set up the Distinctive Sewing Supply booth at last month’s Creativfestival. The pattern is  Folkwear design called a Turkish Dancer Dress, #108, but you’d never guess from looking at the cover of the pattern.

The “V” of the neck looks very low, (it isn’t).

My linen dress is fully underlined with a cotton voile, and I’ll wear it as soon as it gets warm enough.

I omitted the sleeves and the side slits, shortened the length by 12 inches, and overlapped the front by 1 inch.

I made another version of the same dress a couple of years ago,  in a linen/cotton blend, but the fabric was heavier so it didn’t need the underlining.  I love the slightly extended shoulder and the slight upward curve of the shoulder at the neck.  The neckline and armholes are finished with self-made bias binding.

My disclosure:  The beautiful linen and the cotton voile for the interlining was provided to me at no charge by Distinctive Sewing Supplies in exchange for writing a review of the fabric and a tutorial for the pattern changes.   And just sew you know, I would have bought the fabrics anyway.  I LOVE them! 

(I already had the pattern)  Pre-order yours from Distinctive Sewing Supplies by clicking here.

They arrive with labels:

Both fabrics, the linen and the cotton voile were soaked in Eucalan for 20 minutes, then rinsed and tumble dried at low heat for about 20 minutes.  Both fabrics came out of the drier looking a bit “rumpled”, but not enough that I felt I had to iron them.  Smoothing them with my hands on the cutting table was enough.

My next post will detail the simple adjustments to the pattern.