Friends. . . sigh. . .
Remember this top? The top that would have been a dress, but because of terribly off-grain fabric, there wasn’t enough for the skirt?
It happened again. This time, I paused for pictures.
Here you see some cotton jersey which I purchased from Girl Charlee (which still is my favorite source for knits!), the same place I got the watercolor jersey for the not-a-dress peplum. I have finally gotten it folded on the grain. You see the problem? Of course you do! It has been cut wildly off-grain.
In this case, the problem begins with the fabric itself. The pattern, while it seems to run true on the vertical grain is actually running on a diagonal cross-wise. I guess that was intended since the patterns themselves aren’t crooked.
Unfortunately, whoever cut the fabric seems to have been unaware of this as he or she used the pattern, not the grain, to cut the fabric. The result is that of the 72 inches I purchased, only 49 of them are usable. Which means that the sleeves I really wanted for the shift I’m making (Simplicity 1776, take two!) will not be happening.
So, if this is not the first time Girl Charlee has conned me out of fabric, why do I still love them? Well, I’ve bought many, many yards of fabric from them, and most of the time, the cuts are good. I love their selection, too! I think that next time I’m buying the slinky, springy jersey (which seems to be a struggle for them to cut properly), I will add a friendly little note for them to please, please cut it on grain!
I suppose in the end it’s okay that I can’t add the sleeves to my knit shift as a sleeveless dress is much more Georgia summer appropriate!
Speaking of summer, I am now officially on summer vacation! Yay! It’s my first summer break in three years and I am going to make the most of it. And by “make the most of it,” I mean I’m going to lay around and watch loads of Netflix and play video games. And sew, of course 🙂 I do also have a trip to Arizona planned in July–school business. Other than that, 100% chill for two solid months.
I haven’t been around much lately as I’ve been finishing up school and getting ready for next year. Also, my very good friend moved to Texas last weekend, so there were a couple weeks of farewell get-togethers and general “hangs” that took precedence over blogging (naturally!). But, I have been sewing quite a lot, and now that things have calmed down, I hope to get posting again.
Now, I am going to finally finish my navy Archer, the last item left on my winter sewing plan. Don’t know why I’m dragging my feet on this one–I really want to wear it!