The weather in Raleigh on Friday and Saturday was overcast and cool. The sun came out Sunday as we were leaving and for the entire trip west until we got to the grade between Old Fort and Black Mountain, climbing up and over the eastern US continental divide. We could see the dark clouds on the mountain, and as we climbed, we drove through a blizzard of snow with temperatures dropping to freezing and then turning to sleet and snow at the top. I took some photos of this event as we drove - typical of the higher elevations where it snows and stays because of the low temps. When we got to the top you could see that Black Mountain and Asheville were sunny with temperatures in the high 40's. I could still see the tops of the mountains covered in snow the next day driving to my physical therapy appointment.
Our temperatures have been milder than usual and the drive to Atlanta on Friday was sunny and pleasant. It's only 180 miles to the convention center that takes about 2 1/2 hours since it's interstate or 4 land highway all the way. Friday I wore my 2X4 top with taupe narrow One-Seam Pants and was very comfortable in the nearly 70 degrees. We got to Duluth around 5 pm and I decided to go buy my ticket for the expo so I wouldn't have to stand in line the next morning. I am able to walk easily and stand without any problems but since I'm on immune suppressants, I must avoid crowds and sick people, and as such, planned to stay only a limited time. I bought the ticket and went in to see Louise and Sandy before leaving. It turned out that all the attendees were on the other side of the hall at the big drawing and they were alone in their booth. Both looked very tired after another long day following all that travel and setting up back to back from the Puyallap Sewing event. I only stayed a few minutes and they were glad to see me in much better shape than I was the year before.
Saturday I went in a couple hours after the crowds got there and again saw Louise and Sandy at their booth. I wore my Shapes outfit of the Nine Lives top and Eleven Eleven Skirt in shades of brown. I didn't walk through the entire expo because there were so many people and some coughing badly. I did not take any photos at the expo this year.
Here's what I did to the 2X4 top that I used one of Louise's bias techniques for the neckline. When I first sewed this out of a very stretchy cotton/lycra, I used the bias neckline techniques from her Threads issue #121 Master Class article. Due to the nature of the stretchy fabric, the bias wanted to curl on itself and didn't stay open. To correct that and make it pretty, I used the Viking E1 card stich #12 with a stitch in the ditch foot to make it stay open. Here are some photos of the before and after.
|Before - bias is curling on itself|
|After - bias has been stiched down using the E1-12 stitch|
|Click on this photo to see the stitch detail|