We went away over the weekend and I wanted to take my sewing with me, but in the end I realised there wouldn't be enough space for my sewing machine (two kids plus three dogs also had to fit into the car...). I decided to take along my new Jalie patterns, which finally arrived on Friday, a month and ten days after I placed the order with fabric.com. And it was supposed to have been "Global Priority Mail", for which I paid USD15.95. Does anybody else have experience with overseas shipping with fabric.com vs Jalie? I would love to get my patterns sooner next time.
So, back to the topic: I took along my new Jalie patterns - stretch jeans and sweetheart top - as well as everything needed to trace the patterns. I first highlighted all the pattern pieces I needed for low-rise pants in size Q for my daughter and the normal-rise version in size V for myself in different colours, then I traced everything for the Q size onto very thin see-through interfacing, ready to cut. (I didn't get round to tracing MY pattern yet.)
I also cut out another pair of Simplicity 2665 pants for my daughter, this time in periwinkle cotton twill with purply quilting cotton pocket linings and facings. I adapted the zip opening to a fly opening with a fly shield before cutting out. I hope to finish these in the next few days.
Pattern tracing and cutting proved to be a nice, relaxing weekend-away activity, with no lugging around of heavy machines, and very space-conscious, as everything folded flat.
Just before we left, I almost finished my McCalls skirt - I still have to stitch the waistband lining down, and then do the hem. I have worn it a bit just to see what it feels like and I think I like it. It would be better in a slightly thicker fabric, though. I think the stuff I used is a bit too thin and doesn't give enough camouflage at the hip-thigh junction (read: saddlebags). Maybe lining it would help? I have absolutely no experience with lining, but it would be another new technique to add to growing list on the right >>>>