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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cleaning out & BUSY Creating pattern: Promised

These days find me busy busy cleaning out the ENTIRE house! I started at the top and am to the basement. Watch my within the next month for a HUGE STASH SALE/AUCTION!

Meanwhile - spurred on by many requests for the pattern for the taupe ribboned 'loopy' jacket - AND my committment to Creative Needle Magazine to do a child's jacket for the September/October issue - I am slipping in some creative sewing/writing.

Here is a picture of a point in the creating process of my most recent jacket... it was quite a process - of creating, and changing my mind. You'll just have to wait for the pattern release to see the FINISHED jacket!

Also on my 'radar' is to create some spectacular jackets for a presentation I'll be doing for the St. Louis area American Sewing Guild on June 7.

I also feel I've zeroed in on a new charity to support - in Guatemala. Stay tuned...

Meanwhile - I HAVE uploaded a great new collection of buttons made in South Africa...

Find them HERE...

Off for an evening of testing just-burned DVD's while sitting in front the silly TV. ..

Creative Sweatshirt Jacket Question & Answer

Ann from Kansas writes:
Hi Londa, I have your Ultimate Jacket Collection CD. I want to make some for my mother who is 80 yrs. old, about 5’4” and slender. She has a dowager’s hump which causes her jackets to rise up in the back. Which jackets would you recommend as being the most flattering fit for her? I do plan on curving the back hem but feel there might be some other options also. Also want to let you know that I adore all your websites and am making plans to attend some of your classes later this year. You are a busy and talented lady and I really appreciate your efforts in all you do to put out your information. I know that’s a lot of work. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks! Ann in KS

I answer:
Thanks for the kind words.
What a good observation and question regarding your Mom. Realizing that the Dowager's Hump requires more LENGTH in the back, and some fitting there - I would immediately add a yoke across the back. Make it even all fabric if you don't have enough sweatshirting 'fabric' to cover with another. If you do make it all 'fabric' - be sure to duplicate the thickness of the sweatshirting - by interfacing/lining. The hump is really a bump - just like a breast - for which the lines of the yoke are actually 'darts' from each armscye. Does that make sense?
I imagine you have fitted a jacket on her - just super-impose and adapt that for the back of your jacket of sweatshirting. Remember my mantra, the sweatshirt is NOT a sweatshirt, but rather fabric and matching ribbing.
You could also adapt with a fabric lower portion to make the back 'straight' at the hem. OR - just be sure to use a sweatshirt plenty big to give you plenty of fabric.
The first solution is definitely the best, though.