Hi all! This is “life update” post and I almost didn’t write it but I did not want to miss writing and connecting with my buddies; yes, that means you. Don’t worry, I am unscathed. Hahaha. Read all the way down, please 🙂
As you read this, I just finished a 14 day COVID quarantine and came through unscathed by the virus after 2 negative tests (one week apart). After 16 months of following Covid mitigation protocols, I decided to accept my first Eid party invitation where everyone was vaccinated and healthy. Two days later, I was informed that an entire family of guests were unknowingly Covid positive despite being vaccinated. In a nutshell, it caused me (and presumably other attendees) to hole up, get tested and generally be in a state of anguish. The good news is that I came through with no symptoms at all and the above mentioned negative tests.
And, that is how I spent my birthday week! Well, cards and gifts from family softened the anguish — as did wishes from so many of my Facebook friends. Thank you!
During quarantine: I did a bit of cutting out and a bit of sewing during the 14 days of distancing at home from my daughter. Here is what I cut out, and am still sewing the coral piece. They’re both from the same pattern but different lengths, I’m considering inseam pockets for the longer version in the block printed cotton; the coral rayon-lawn version might be too short for a pocket. Both have neck plackets not in the pattern (I’m trying out a new way to add buttoned neck plackets). So, here we are.
Moving on, I came across these puckered fabric looks on Vogue Runway.com by designer Mara Hoffman for their Pre-Fall 2021 line. She calls it “popcorn” fabric. Here’s a review of the entire collection.
A few years ago, there were ready to wear tops available at craft expos in a similar puckered, popcorn-y fabric. They looked tiny on a hanger but on the body they stretched out beautifully and were quite flattering. I bought one (those were the pre-sew-everything days), wore it a lot, lost interest in it (!!) and gave it away. Recently, I found these fashions intriguing again. But wait; there lying in wait in my deep stash was a special, “shrinking” interfacing. (see how a seamstress knows each and every bit in her sewing stash, and exactly where to find it?) This time, inspired by Mara Hoffman’s popcorn fashion, I thought using this shrinking magical interfacing in certain parts of a garment would be fantastic; so I am obsessed now and one of these days will use it and share with you.
Have you used this product by Superior Threads? Any ideas how to use in a garment? Bear in mind that it will not be stretchy like the inspiration fashion.
Until next time, take care of yourselves.