7.08.2015

Make a Garment a Month Challenge - July 2015 plans

July's theme for Make a Garment a Month Challenge is to 'Sew Bookish'.  In other words, choose a pattern from some sort of book or publication.  Make a Garment a Month Challenge is a laid-back, supportive, encouraging group of ladies with an oh-so-sweet administrator in Sarah Liz, who allows great freedom for us to either follow the theme, or not.  This month's theme is right up my alley with my current love affair with all things Japanese sewing books so Yay! No problem here!  :)
I will again be making a dress from Yoshiko Tsukiori's 'Stylish Dress Book'.
This time it will be Patterm M.
A pretty, feminine summer dress requiring scalloped edged fabric.  I may do something different with the sleeves.
But scallop edging does not adorn my fabric because I could not resist this oh-so-pretty, 100% cotton, blue gingham with embroidered daisies recently purchased from Joann's during one of their 50% off sales....... 
.....so I am tatting my scalloped trim.  Hmmm, the photo below shows the more accurate colors of the fabric.  I love this fabric!
Anyway, back to the tatting.  I have modified a trim pattern in Rebecca Jones' book 'The Complete Book of Tatting' by deleting the picots on the chain thread to make it look more 'scalloped'.  The picots on the ring thread will be where I hand-stitch the trim to my fabric.
It has been a looooooong time since I tatted.  In fact, I think I thought I'd forgotten about it until I happened to see a young lady recently, who I'd taught to tat when she was a teenager..... and she told me how much it meant to her, and that she still pulled out her tatting shuttles every now and then just so she would never forget the skill.  How cool is that?!  I didn't have the heart to tell her I'd completely forgotten about teaching her to tat..... just smiled and and gave her a hug.  :)  But this touching encounter served as a great reminder, as to how we never know how we may touch others.  Humbling.  Anyways..... it also served as a great reminder to me that I should bring out my own shuttles and see what I could remember.  Soooo, here's what I've done so far.  Am thinking I may only add the tatted trim to the front neckline..... not the entire hem.  We'll see.
Thought I'd share a glimpse of  my current project I'm calling the Monet Dress.  It's Pattern A, also from 'Stylish Dress Book' by Yoshiko Tsukiori only this time I'm adding pockets.... with french seams.... a new skill to learn to add those two techniques together.  Another difference is that I gathered the neckline as per the pattern, instead of pleats like the Pointillism Dress.
And a picture, below, of what has been keeping me busy!  The garden has been producing abundantly this year!  This is a photo of our 12 4' x 8' raised beds full of yellow squash, zucchini, banana pepper, green pepper, dill, basil, kale, purple hull cowpeas, acorn squash, butternut squash and cucumbers.  *Whew*!  We also have a large in-ground garden bed full of tomatoes and okra, as well as a pumpkin patch, blackberry patch and a fig tree.
Happy Sewing Everyone!

18 comments:

  1. You can tat? Wow, there aren't a lot of people around today who have that skill. (Me, included!) Tatting is so beautiful. I like it more than lace. What a nice personalized touch it will be for your dress.

    Your raised beds look great. Lush, green and fruitful!

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    1. Seems tatting may be the skill that is 'dying'? I'm so glad I was blessed with an elderly woman's friendship many years ago and she taught me how to flip that knot.... the key to tatting. Thank you Mama Pea!

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  2. Just recently a woman in my knitting group started tatting! I didn't know what it was she was doing as I have never seen it before. It didn't occur to me then that you could do hems with that! That is just great and yours is so neat! I also really like your fabricated and pattern choice and I am excited to see how the dress is coming along!

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    1. Maybe one day you might learn how to tat from your friend. The key is flipping the knot and it's nice to have someone show you how to do that. Thank you Katharina! :)

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  3. Your tatting is wonderful - it is so fiddly to do, I believe - I have never done it. The edging is going to be a perfect compliment to the fabric you have chosen - and I think will set the dress off nicely - and this fabric certainly does not need a tatted hem as well - it would get lost and/or detract from the line of the dress. This will such a great dress for your hot summer days.

    Touching story about your young friend. And your garden - no wonder you have a love/hate relationship with it - a lot to keep going there - and not easy in the heat.

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    1. Was afraid with the busy gingham a tatted lace hem might get 'lost' and sounds like you feel the same. I will stick to the tatted lace around the neckline. Still not sure about the 'sleeves'. The flutter seems a little 'young'? to me. Thought I might leave it sleeveless or try to figure out how to add a short sleeve. That would be another 'first'! Ah, yes, you understand my gardening relationship well! Thank you Sarah Liz! :)

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  4. P.S. - thank you for your lovely compliment - not sure I am that sweet really, though DH would agree with you :)

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  5. A woman of many talents , I knew it ��. The tatting looks stupendous. What a good idea. The fabric is sweet. I have looked at similar fabric in the UK and wondered what if, but my stash needs severely busting, so I stay away. The dress in the Japanese book looks perfect for such fabric. I look forward to seeing it in MAGAM. TS

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    1. Oh, I like the word 'sweet'! I shall remember that as the fabric does look 'sweet'. Thanks Trish! :)

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  6. Interesting theme and those designs look great.

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  7. That is such a lovely project, Lisa, and your tatted lace is beautiful! My grandmother knew how to tat. It is a pity I didn't know her because she died when my mother was a teenager. But there is some lace band made by her. I love your Monet fabric, so beautiful! :)

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    1. You have a treasure there with your grandmother's lace! Thank you Sa Sa! :)

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  8. Hi Lisa! It's soo inspiring that you're also making the trim of your dress yourself. I love the idea of tatting your own lace! If you were just round the corner I would ask you very very nicely to teach me a bit of tatting, too.
    It's such a pity that you aren't! :-(
    I'm looking forward to seeing your finished dress in this lovely gingham!
    Enjoy creating, Kathrin

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    1. Wouldn't that be fun!!! Thank you Kathrin!

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  9. Great tatting! I am looking forward to see the finished dress :)
    I am so impressed with your garden, wish I live near you :)

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    1. Thank you! Oh, how I wished we lived near one another too! :)

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