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Tuesdays with Gertie: Fine Fabrics

This year I’m sewing along with Gertie from Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. A bunch of other talented seamsters and I have joined up through the Craftsy online community to make her Starlet Suit. Here’s a reflection on my efforts to sew well.

I’m currently shoulder deep in muslin fitting.  Literally.  Between deadlines at work keeping me insanely busy, responsibilities at home, and wanting to spend what little free time I had over Memorial Day weekend with friends, I wasn’t able to get mid-fitting muslin photos to show off.  But, as I’m currently on the very steep part of the fitting learning curve, it’s probably all for the best anyway.  I do think I’m just about there… and I hope to be able to tell you all about it next Tuesday.

Today I’ll simply bedazzle you with the fine fabrics you’ll be seeing every Tuesday for the foreseeable future.  The jacket itself will be made from an exquisite ivory Italian linen-and-wool blend.  I’ve paired it with a fun silk charmeuse lining appropriately named “Fantasy in the Voids” and corozo nut buttons.  The fabric and buttons are all from, my absolute favorite place to buy fabric.  I have hair canvas for the hand tailoring, and I picked up some of the weft interfacing that Gertie uses in the class from Fashion Sewing Supply during their most recent sale.

Now to get that muslin fitted so that I can start working with these fine fabrics!

11 thoughts on “Tuesdays with Gertie: Fine Fabrics

  1. Oh fitting learning curves – I know that one but I don’t have the productivity you do. Wow where does my time go? Hmmmm Gorgeous fabrics …. I wanna reach through the screen and stroke them (in a non-eww way that is!).

    1. Seriously, time disappears so quickly. I don’t feel like I waste a lot of time, but I definitely don’t get as much done as I’d like each week! And, yes, the fabrics are quite lovely. I was really excited to get them in the mail. I knew they’d be nice from the swatches, but there’s something about seeing it in its entirety!

    1. Thanks! I’m hoping the ivory will be classic and that the linen and wool blend will allow this jacket to work year round.

  2. Quality natural fiber fabrics such as you’ve selected will guarantee you success. To me, there’s no sense putting time and effort into sewing fabric that isn’t a pleasure to wear, or isn’t going to last long.
    It will be fun to watch your progress in this sew-along!

  3. OOh such pretty fabrics! That lining fabric looks like its so you! How fun will it be to flash it around when you’re wearing your beautiful new starlet suit!

  4. Oh that fabric is simply to die for! I’m terribly excited to see your finished result. Terribly! I’m working along in this class too! yay! Happy muslining and fitting!
    xoxo, Sunni

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