Can't I Just Stay Home and Sew?

Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 7/3/2014 to Commentary
OK - time to fess up. Have you ever told people that you were going away for a weekend, and then just stayed at home in your sewing room? Me, too. And as much as I am a patriotic American, the fourth of July just doesn't appeal to me. Everyone tells me that Independence Day is one of the two major holidays here in Ashland, Oregon (the other one being Halloween) and that I really must experience it - parade, fireworks, bbq in the park, etc. But what do I really want to do? Yep, you guessed it - stay home and sew. 

I finished the little jacket in the Vogue 8975 pattern and like it very much.  I just don't like how it looks with the dress I sewed from the same pattern.  But I did wear it last night with a different dress and it was cute.  So on its own, this is a great little summer jacket - good to wear with a summer dress and then put it on when you go into air-conditioned rooms.

In defense of my patriotism, this fabric J-Crew Wild Striped Knit has red, white and blue in it and sells for only $15 per yard. Of course, I sewed it a bit different from the pattern instructions.  Read the directions carefully, because the pattern has details that are not visible in the photos on the cover.  The facing is supposed to be sewn wrong side to wrong side, leaving the neckline unfinished but with several lines of top stitching.  I did not think the top stitching would be all that visible on this fabric, so I left that out and sewed the facing to the neckline, right side to right side, turning it under and using both an under stitch and a top stitch - looks good either way.

Enjoy your Fourth of July, parade or no parade.  I'm pretty sure that I will be celebrating my right to stay home and sew.  Cheers!
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