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The Good News And The Bad News This Week

Let's just get the bad news for this week out of the way...I spent 6 days this week working on a project that I can tell you nothing about. I had an unexpected opportunity to test a soon-to-be-released pattern and jumped at the chance. The details and results have to remain a big fat secret until the pattern is released, but I CAN tell you that once it's available, I'll have another piece for my SSW1 collection.

The pattern test was an easy excuse to continue procrastinating on starting the Fari Coat. It's all about the fabric, you know. Worried I'm going to choose to cut it the wrong way. But the good news is that Sunday afternoon I pushed myself to dig in and cut the 6 main pieces.

I carefully laid out each piece checking and double checking fronts and backs to achieve the best flow of color around my body. It's a titch off at the side seams, but no one will notice, as it's not that obvious. I also had to make a decision about which sleeve seams were most important for blending colors. It would be impossible to match along both the raglan seam and the top of the sleeve seam. I chose to match at the raglan, as this is the most obvious to spot a bad match. It was pretty time consuming to do, but I think the results are worth it, and I was able to make the most of the purple and berry colors in the fabric.

Here's how I did it:

#1 Flip the piece being matched upside down and line up the print.
#2 Lay the pattern piece to be matched on top, lining up the markings.
 #3 Walk the pattern piece being matched and mark significant matching points along the way.
#4 Clear off the space, lining up the pattern piece to be cut with the grain/selvedge, and marked matching points. Pin.
#5 Walk the seams of the pieces being joined before cutting just to double check. Then cut.
Final Result: pretty well matched.

This Week's Goals:

I'm working in a cream colored thread on my serger, and so in the same way that I sewed a couple of navy things at the same time, I plan to work on a few cream things together. My secondary projects will be some knit tops. I'm sure my brain will need them as a rest from time to time while working to construct the Coat.

Fari Coat:

  • Mark main pieces for Fari Coat
  • Sew main pieces for Fari Coat (fronts/backs/sleeves)

Inari Knit Top:

  • Trace off pattern in correct size
  • Cut out fabric from light weight cream sweater knit
  • Begin stitching together

Camino Cap Top:

  • Trace off pattern in correct size
  • Cut out fabric from cream lycra knit
  • Begin stitching together

Join the conversation at our Group's Facebook Page, Sew Alongs & Sewing Contests, and share what you are working on this week! 

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