First, the little teasing rhyme- I credit the incredibly talented and funny Selfish Seamstress:
Every gift I sew
is one fewer thing for me
Bite me, HolidaysI don't exactly feel that way (but it is funny!).
And now here is a little gift; a gift of information. Go dig out your August /September issue of Threads and you will find an article by Kenneth King where he shows how to match plaids using his tailoring techniques. This fits right in with the info in his book on tailoring I reviewed in a recent post. Instead of using an opague underlining, he uses silk organza to mark the pattern- of course you can see right through organza and you can match plaids easily.
I was really psyched when my stepkids asked for sewn Christmas gifts. I am much happier sewing for them than battling the crowds in the mall and wondering what they might like. This way, they told me what they would like. The first gift is finished and you can read my pattern review if you are interested (see the sidebar down below).
I am on to the next gift- a wool flannel mens shirt. I am drafting the pattern based on a favorite shirt and I used Kenneth's technique to draft the pocket flap.
What a great tutorial in the Threads mag!
Isn't this a pretty view in my sewing room?