Sewing Expos - Puyallup, WA fairgrounds and Atlanta, GA
I was on ReAnn's list to meet her group from Wilmington, NC there. It was something I thought I would be able to do by the time the date rolled around, and it gave me something to look forward to. But when I talked to one of my therapists about it a month ago she had concerns that I wouldn't be able to deal with the airport concourses and the fair grounds. I called others who had been there and they verified her concerns. So with regret, I canceled out. I hope all of you who are traveling there have a wonderful time and that the weather is great for your trips. I do have reservations at a hotel near the Gwinnett Center for the Atlanta Expo from March 9 (Wed night), checking out Saturday. DH will be along and I'll have my walker. So when you see a not so old lady shuffling along with a walker, that's me. Hope to see many sewing friends there.
Go to this link for the Brunello Cucinelli Collections
The last time I was at Neiman Marcus I saw this amazing collection from an Italian group I was not familiar with. Roy said that it was the first time they had received this one in Charlotte. The company is a model of a symbiotic employer/employee relationship. The clothes been called "sporty chic" and amazing is all I could say as I looked the pieces over. Take a look at the details on the downloadable collections from their website (link above) and see what patterns you have to make your own versions. The music is pretty too! The Spring 2011 collection is up on the Italian site, and selected pieces on the Neiman Marcus site. I think it may have inspired some of the casual pieces in the March Burda Style pattern magazine. I was intrigued by this Elastic-Neck Double-Layer Dress, similar in shape to the Sewing Workshop Tosca dress in cotton broadcloth with a band in a contrast color right where the hem starts to angle in(5-6" wide). If you were to shorten the neckline collar band a bit and insert elastic to draw the fabric up, you'd have it. A "slip" was attached at the hem with a knit top portion that peeked out of the armholes. The slip was attached asymmetrically so that gave the hemline its twist. I've requested some swatches from Michael's Fabrics neutral cottons and linens to play with. Here's my drawing of it from memory before it was posted on the website. The lines at the top indicate the gathering from the elastic in the band. I can't write very well right now either..
Cap Sleeve Dresses
In the Casual Elegance/Loes Hinse newsletter called "The Look", Loes is offering a new cap sleeve dress and top pattern. I enjoy the Princess Tank Dress pattern with lots of seams and a cap sleeve so I may not order the new one. Coincidentally I received an e-mail from Shop Onion today featuring their cap sleeve dress and some other patterns. Burda Style also has had one with tucks issued last spring, 7517, with four reviews on Pattern Review.