I'm finally getting around to my Simplicity 2443 jacket.
I washed my navy blue corduroy as usual on scalding hot heat and super nuclear dry. I don't want my clothes to shrink after I make them right?
So the first time it happened, I thought that is weird, but it is just a facing. No big deal...
Notice how the fabric is not wide enough to match the pattern?
Then came the sleeve. OK the sleeve is kind of a big deal on a jacket right?
It hangs over on both edges! A lot! So as I worked around it because I didn't have enough fabric to make to separate sleeves and silently cursing Cynthia Rowley for her poor pattern execution it occurred to me: wait, surely this can't be Cynthia's fault? I'm a big fan, and I have heard so much good stuff about this pattern.
I measure my 44" wide material and saw it had shrunk to 40" wide! What the heck? Sure it is Joann's stuff, but a full 4 inches? Then I thought to myself, thank goodness I had prewashed it or I might have had a "Fat Guy in a Little Coat" kind of moment.
|Chris Farley doing Fat Guy In A Little Coat|
Anyway, it is all cut out now. I think if the sleeve really doesn't work out I can rip it out and buy new material, but I think I can make it work.
In other good news.... I got a coupon in the mail!
My assistant took one look at it and passed out! High Fashion Fabrics is a place I have always wanted to visit. From what I understand it is Houston's closest thing to a fashion district. There is one store for high fashion fabrics and one for home decor. I hear it is incredibly addictive and expensive. I try to stay away from things with that particular reputation, but now that I have a coupon, I may just have to swing in.
On the quilting front I have some fat quarters that I may make the Turning Twenty...Again quilt with. It looks easy, but more skilled than the crazy quilt.
I do have some different news too though, I have been working on my diagnostician certification at Sam Houston State University. I only have one class this semester, but it is a booger. I will be learning how to give a test which measures IQ. That does not sound very hard, but with that I will also be able to label children and adults as intellectually disabled (or mentally retarded, if you are a few days behind). That is a big deal, because that is a label you can never really shake if it is given erroneously. Because of the intensity of the course I am afraid my blogging may suffer until the weekend of December 10.
My usual goal is to get two posts in a week about whatever projects or sewing news I have, but I may need to cut it down to one per week. Bear with me though, I've got the jacket, quilt and another Birdie Sling in the works!