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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Friday, July 13, 2012

The denim alarm went off

My spouse and I were out and about a few days ago and I suddenly made him turn around and drive to Fabricville.

My denim alarm had just gone off.

Don't ask me why.

These things happen to sewers. Suddenly you are hit with craving for something, a colour, fabric or pattern out of the blue and you don't know where this has come from.

In this instance I don't know either.

Maybe it is the season and a renewed and annual appreciation of sewing cotton. Maybe it's the desire to sew something that doesn't need to be lined and can stand up to everyday life.

I don't know.

Thing is I never sew denim. Maybe I wore too much of it when I was younger and it has taken this long to get over it. Maybe it was too long in jobs where I had not to dress in denim.

Anyway the alarm went off and I am going to cut out Vogue 8810 today. I have had a look at the pattern, I can already tell you that I am going to be wearing a belt not a denim bow over my belly, and think I have the alterations straight in my head.

If all goes well I may even more on to a denim skirt, bought enough fabric.

Any of you ever been hit with a fabric specific fever?


Anonymous said...

I'm currently making this pattern in a linen/rayon blend, with the flared skirt. I'm having to alter the armhole to avoid showing the world my bra. (Not enough fabric to recut the bodice.) I'm removing the little gathers, and taking a 'dart' in the shoulder edge to raise the underarm. HTH

Lee K

LinB said...

My cravings usually involve either real linen (for some reason incredibly difficult to access when I lived in the middle of the US) or denim. I LOVE to sew denim -- it is a very forgiving fabric. Am wearing a version of Issey Miyake's Vogue blouse pattern that looks like a chef's jacket (can't remember number right offhand) today, in a mid-weight, medium dark blue denim. Sweating like a horse, I might add, but still very stylish.

Texan said...

Well I don't think you can ever go wrong with denim :O).

When I get the bug bad for fabric its usually quilting fabric. Knowing full well I have tons of it but yet I find myself needing to add another piece to my quilting stash. :O)

gwensews said...

Well, now. I got on a denim kick a few years ago. I have it in many colors--including lime green. Drawers full of denim. I don't know what I was thinking!