Twas a Gray Day

It was rather cloudy with a spot of rain today but I did manage to scamper out for a bit this morning and catch a spot of sun to take this picture in. I had actually just finished sewing when I took the picture. It’s another sample for the quilt store. I used the “Little Belle Skirts” pattern from Favorite Things. It was pretty easy, it took me not quite three hours to make. Although the instructions were ever so slightly vague at times but it wasn’t hard to figure out what they meant. The pictures were a big help in that respect! I made the size 9/10 so that Flopsy could model it. It fit her very well in the waist and hips but it was very short which, I think, is the way it’s supposed to be as it’s short on the model on the pattern cover.

Pattern: Little Belle Skirts

Designer: Favorite Things Pattern Designs

Skill Level: 3 (of 5)

Fabric: Meadow Lark by Erin McAllister for Brenatex

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It is always amazing to me how perfect God’s timing is. Just as the private sewing lessons I teach were beginning to dwindle I received a call from the owner of a large, local quilt store asking if I would like a job in her shop helping customers and teaching classes as well as sewing samples for the store at home. After talking to my parents and rearranging my current schedule I was able to accept. I won’t start working in the shop until sometime this Summer but I have already started making samples of future class projects. My first sample project was a cute little drawstring bag by Amy Butler. I was allowed to choose the materials myself which was very fun. Although it took me some time to find three coordinating prints.

Pattern: In Town Bags

Designer: Amy Butler

Skill Level (on a scale of 1-5): 2

Fabric: Love by Amy Butler for Westminster Fibers

Q: Was the pattern easy to follow?

A: Yes, the directions were very clear. The only step I did not like was for making the drawstring. The pattern says to fold and iron the long sides first and then the short sides. Personally, I think it should be the other way around.

Q: Did you make any changes to the pattern or design?

A: I did not use any trim. Otherwise it is exactly the same as the pattern.

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