Over the summer we camped a lot. My in-laws purchased a wonderful travel trailer that they have been so gracious to let us use as much as we want (direct quote from FIL - "I'd rather it be out being used than sitting in the driveway"). Okay, a camping we will go. We had never taken the kids camping (no throwing tomatoes at me please). Honestly, I hated all the work that was with tent camping even tho I adored it as a kid. I know, what a terrible disservice to not suck it up for the kids, but neither my hubby or I could stand the though of dew on a tent, cooking everything on a picnic table, dirt in our sleeping bags, etc. Life in the trailer on the other hand is like living in luxury. I honestly couldn't get enough and so we camped as often as we could until the end of October.
We are also now a homeschooling family. It has been something in the making for a long time. It's going extremely well for us, but it definitely cuts into my sewing time. ;-)
I have made some wonderful things, one being my first wool coat. I need to post a review about it, but I've been too busy wearing it everywhere to even think about posting a review. I did finally post a review about today about another item I finally finished up, so I thought I would share that. Not sure if I have any readers still, but here it is anyway. :-)
New Look 6628
Pattern Description: Misses separates pattern that includes two styles of cardigan, sleeveless top, skirt, and pants all for knits.
Pattern Sizing: 8-18 ~ I made a size 8 my typical size for tops
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I found this pattern after reading a thread on the message board so it's been in my stash for quite some time now. I really liked the ruffles and the longer length cardigan. My only dislike (and it's not really even a dislike, it's more of an afterthought) is maybe I should have made the flounce go all the way around the neck. It's fine how it hangs, but I think I might like it better if it went all the way around and was one piece. I'm sure that would be a pretty easy fix if I do make this again and decide to go that route.
Fabric Used: grey Vera Wang wool jersey from fabric.com circa fall 2009
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a 1/2" broad back adjustment and also a small swayback tuck.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would. I'm very happy with how it turned out and have already wore in twice since I finished it. If it's the look you're after, then yes I recommend the pattern, tho it's been out of print for years so it might take some digging to find one.
Conclusion: I'm glad I finally finished this cardi. I started it in October, but kept forgetting to get some grey woolly thread for the lettuce edging. I finally remembered a few weeks ago and it took me under and hour to finish this UFO. My hubby said it reminded him of the puffy shirt Jerry wore in an episode of Seinfeld. I'm not sure if that is a compliment or not! ;-)
So any wagers on how long until I post again? Hopefully it won't be terribly long. I really like to sew and have enough fabric and patterns to keep me busy for a long time. I'm looking forward to being a football widow this weekend and hopefully have something to show for it by the time the game is over.