Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Down to the K N I T ty-gritty!

Where in the world did the time go since my last post?  I had good intentions, really I did - to catch up with you much sooner than this.  Okay, kids are asleep and all is quiet in the house.  This is a long and possibly exhausting post.  Get a cup of coffee and enjoy... here I go!

So you've all gone back and seen all the great pictures of the past retreats?  The food.  The awesome accommodations.  The busy sewing area.  The best sewing buddies in the tri-county area.  And, the hostess with the mostest.  Well, it was groundhog weekend and that was okay by me.  That's why I have been FIVE times in less than three years!  I missed going to the hamburger joint and meeting up with everyone on Friday.  I HAD to stop at the local sewing shop and get ball point needles.  That's what my directions said to do! 

Our busy room.  I can't believe we don't blow the breakers when we are there.  At least eleven sewing machines, maybe ten sergers, three irons, about twelve lamps, and one new embellisher AND a new coverstitch machine.  For real.

My happy place...

... all organized and "ready Freddy"!  Doesn't look like much?  Pshhhhh.  I'm so good that I know exactly what to take.  (and if I forget anything, someone else will have it!)  Notice my tape measure?  Of course not!  It is camouflaged as a cupcake - ha!

Some familiar faces and some new...

All of the ladies are super sweet and super talented.  The knowledge in that room was some powerful stuff!  So, we had to take frequent breaks to rest our powerful minds.  Relax, unwind, and dine.  Check out a few of the things Miss Linda made for us.

And that was just some of our treats!  Five pounds I say, five.  What was that?  Oh, what did we actually sew?  Minor details.  Well, I started out with this little dress from McCall's pattern #6154.  It really went together nicely.  I had some pocket issues but I think that was just because I am a dingleberry.  Operator error.  Got past it.  This isn't the greatest picture and I think it will look sweet with a little t-shirt underneath and maybe some leggings.  The polka dot is cotton and the print is a soft corduroy, both from Hobby Lobby.

My daughter thought it was okay, but she was more thrilled with this one...

Yes!  I sewed with knits!  Jenny - you were right, girl!  You're my new best friend!  What was I afraid of?  After the whole pocket drama, I was nervous about starting this project.  But, weirdly enough, nothing happened through the process.  No serger snafu's, no seam rippers, nothing.  It just all fit.  Weird.  And awesome!  Well, I will say this - when I finished it I noticed the neck didn't stretch.  I had cut the neck piece the wrong way.  No problemo.  Lorene helped me cut it out and we put in another. But, the pattern and the material were great.  Thanks Patty!  The dress was a kit from SewItUp.com.

Lorene educated us on the different kinds of knits and the associated sewing items such as needles, thread, etc.  Single knit, double knit, gauzy knit, ugly knit - you know.  This Micheal Miller knit was great to sew with and was super-soft.  It didn't stretch or move in the process and pinned very nicely.  Having said that - beware - it did shrink - a lot.  So, when purchasing your knit you may need extra.  Pre-wash!  Just saying.

We had so many great projects going.  Some knits, cottons, shirring, smocking, serging, tulle, embroidery - you name it!

I always learn so much at these retreats.  It is so hard to soak it all in sometimes.  I hope that it is stuck somewhere back in my brain and I'll recall it at a later date!  One thing I learned to utilize better is my "ditch" foot.  I love this little foot and use it as much as my clear foot now.  It is great for top-stitching and putting on those pesky little pockets!  The stitch is nice, even, and best of all consistent.  Get one and use it!

I started on another project but had to finish it up at home.  I'll post about it later.  Thanks so much to Lorene and all the ladies - I had a great time and always enjoy your company.  We laugh into the wee hours of the morning and with little sleep, get up and do it all again!  I have to say another big thank you to Linda and Bill, owners of Southern Comfort Retreat.  You just cannot imagine how hard they work to make us comfortable and happy.  I look forward to seeing them and feel like family going to visit.  They must be the hardest working couple I know and they always do it with a smile!

Thanks everyone for stopping by and sticking it out til the end.. of the post!   I'm so glad to be able to share a little bit of my world and I really look forward to hearing from you.
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  1. it looks like it was a lot of fun! sewing, friends and food go so well together!
    Great job on the dresses!

  2. YEA! Thanks for sharing!! It looks like it was wonderful!!! Love the pic with you ( I assume) pushing the fabric through the machine. Great close up!!

  3. This makes me really miss you girls and the retreat!! BUT, where would I have sat?? and slept?? I hope there is room for me in April!
    Glad you had another great time!