One thing I've decided to absolutely not do is go crazy buying all sorts of things we won't use again once we get home. For instance, luggage. While our luggage does not have four twirly wheels, it does have two pull wheels and the only thing we have to do on our own is get to and from the airport in Vancouver. After that, the cruise line takes complete care of us. That's one trip into the airport and one trip out. For that, two pull wheels will do as will...
... comfortable and reasonably priced footwear which I'm already breaking in so they'll be perfect by the time we get to Europe. The closed shoes already are. I wore them all around Sew Expo and I've been wearing them to walk Ms. Chloe. It's good. There's no slipping and sliding in my shoes and they're very comfortable. I need warmer weather to wear the sandals on a longer walk but for now I'm wearing them around the house. If I can fit in another - dressier - pair of heels I will and if not, these will do. Besides - LOL - they do have stores in Europe.
One thing I would appreciate advice on is a coat. I want something light, windbreaker like, and somewhat water resistant just in case. I bought the taffeta-like reversible black and silver fabric above from Marcy and have the perfect zipper. It's black with shiny silver teeth. I'm thinking of something about knee length with a zipper front and contemplating Butterick 6141 or Marcy's Vogue 8934 or her Vogue 8876 dress pattern with sleeves. Thoughts?
Yesterday, I finished the blue linen skirt except for the waistband. There is a zipper in the back for ease of getting in and out and I think I'll add a narrow elastic casing at the waist for weight fluctuations. That would let me finish the garment now rather than waiting until closer to the date. It also ups the comfort factor. This is my favourite Burda 8213 skirt pattern. I have another sewn in a fuchsia and black print knit that would work as well if I needed it to.
The zipper is invisible. At one time, I wouldn't sew garments with zippers because I didn't know how and then I graduated to hiring someone to sew the zippers in and then I finally decided to learn how to do it myself. I mostly used lapped zippers at first but now the only time I use those are for a fly front. I almost always use an invisible zipper because...
... they are beyond easy with the right foot. The foot above is a generic one that comes with different shank heights. You pick the one that works with your machine and attach it to the bottom portion. The needle lines up with the small grove in the center and then depending which side you're sewing, you run the zipper through the groves to the right or left of center which pushes the zipper open and places the stitching exactly where it's supposed to be. When the...
... zipper is closed, the fabric folds over beautifully and the zipper is invisible. If you don't have an invisible zipper foot, this generic one was available at our Fabricland and not very expensive. And - the voice of experience - even if it was, it's worth every penny. I sewed this zipper in at 5:30 in the morning, perfect first try. It's that easy.
I stabilize the zipper opening with a strip of fusible interfacing first. Do you see a theme? That I stabilize anything that might possibly need stabilizing. Yes. It ups the accuracy rate and makes sewing so much easier.
There are enough remnants left from the linen skirt to possibly make a sleeveless top using my signature piecing method. I might need a bit more fabric and I knew there was a dress in the recycle box so I pulled it out and tried it on before chopping - that's always a good idea because... - other than shortening it, there was nothing wrong. Above, I cut off three inches and then decided it needed another two off. That's what I'm working on this morning. Chopping off two more inches and hemming.
I'm thinking of taking this dress to the Design Outside the Lines retreat and adding some painted details. Maybe. What fun that would be and I'm not sure BUT... the retreat is a great bonus for my cruise wardrobe. Like I said, I don't tend to take long holidays and for some reason I have two back to back this year. I'll be in Oregon for two and a half weeks and can trial run my Europe plan.
Talk soon - Myrna
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