Thank you all so much for your encouraging comments about my shop. I feel blessed to know you all, even if it is only through the words we type on our screens. Yesterday I even made my first sale!! The shop has already opened some creative doors for me and started some projects that I am really excited about. I can’t wait to see what will happen next!
I have also been squeezing in some time to work on a few more clothing items for myself. I got really brave and attempted another Ottobre pattern in a knit. This is the Lana dress from the Autumn/Winter 2010 issue, paired with a store-bought shirt.
Once again I found the extra work in the Ottobre patterns to be worth the effort. I did have to look up an online tutorial for pintucks, and had the extra hurdle that none of my marking pens would write on this dark, stretchy fabric (I used pins to mark the tucks) but I am really pleased with how this turned out.
I have also fallen in love with cotton voile. I have been eyeing Anna Maria Horner’s voile fabrics for a while, but found them to be cost prohibitive until Sew, Mama, Sew had a big sale before Christmas. I bought 1/2 yard of “Maybe Sixpense” from Anna Maria’s Innocent Crush line and made a scarf by folding the fabric in half and stitching around the edges (easy peasy). I love this fabric! It is so soft and silky, and I think it is the perfect complement to this dress.