I had the best intentions of sewing and blogging yesterday, but you know what they say about roads to hot places and intentions. ;-) Instead, I wandered in and out of my sewing room doing a bit here and there, but my real attention was on reading. A few weeks ago, I checked out Scott Turow's Innocent, which was his follow-up to Presumed Innocent, a bestseller from the 1980s. I started it Saturday night and as I became more engrossed with the story, it was harder and harder to put down and the trips to the sewing room became fewer and fewer.
Funny related story - when I checked out the book, I noticed that it was pretty hefty page count-wise, but I didn't think much of it. It sat on my kitchen counter for a few days and Alex pointed out (in that lovely sarcastic way of teenagers) that this was a Large Print book. In other words, for "old" people. Hah! I never noticed. But words are words so it wasn't going to turn me off to reading the book. And (you know this is coming, right?), now that I'm actually reading the book in bed with a not-so-bright bedside lamp, I find I'm actually THRILLED that it's Large Print. I don't need glasses. I don't need to stretch my arms out. Mark me down as officially old. ;-)
During my trips through the sewing room, I was working on unstitching this shirt I bought last week so I could (a) trace a pattern from it and (b) change the black underlayer to my preference of white.
Here's where it stands at the moment. The tracing is done and I'm putting the pieces back together. I still have the sideseams and a shorter hem and then I'll be done. I already have another one cut out. I'm hoping to get both done today, if I can stay away from my book until tonight.
But I do want to finish the book tonight because the library called and another book I've reserved is waiting for me, plus I have one more book that I have to have back by tomorrow or I'll start getting fined. I've intentionally kept it out late because when I went to renew it last week, someone else had a hold on it and the system wouldn't let me renew it. I understand holds and I'm not trying to be greedy, but I think I should get at least one renew, don't you? ;-) However, the librarian told me that I could keep it out as overdue until Tuesday without incurring fines so that's what I did. My apologies to whoever is waiting but, well, I got it first. Neener neener! ;-)
And now for the Giveaway …
Today it's vintage Stretch & Sew patterns. All three are intact and uncut. I got these years ago as part of a bigger lot of patterns on Ebay and I've never used them. It's time to pass them along to someone who will use them (you will, won't you??).
S&S 200 (Bust sizes 28-42), a knit raglan top and cardigan. You can use this pattern to make your own double-layer cowl as above (I'll show you how with the pattern pieces of my RTW tracings tomorrow).
S&S 1310 (Bust sizes 30-40), a halter top swimsuit.
S&S 1313 (Bust sizes 30-42), a gathered swimsuit with optional bra cups.
If you'd like to be entered into this drawing, tell me the best book you've read lately. I'll pick the winner from the comments (in other words, this one is not a random drawing).
Fine print: For all the Giveaways last week and this week, each entrant can only win once and in the case of duplicates, I'll contact you for your choice and then draw again randomly on what's left. Clear? And if you do enter, please check back over the next two weeks to see who won because if I don't hear from you within a few days after announcing winners, I'll draw/decide again. I will close comments on this Giveaway on Sunday, July 24 2011 and announce the winner on Monday, July 25, 2011. Again, anyone anywhere can enter this or any Giveaway this week.
This is the other bag book I bought with the Amy Butler book that is/was last Friday's Giveaway (still open!), and is the one I'm keeping. Although it also includes patterns, it's more of a general reference for making all sorts of bags with different closures, straps, interiors, etc. I highly recommend it.
If you click the link below, you'll be taken to Amazon where you can purchase it (and I will earn a minuscule amount on the sale).
The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Guide to Sewing and Customizing Your Own Unique Bags
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Remember to tune in the rest of the week as tomorrow will be the last day of Giveaways and the first day I'll be announcing winners.