Sunday, September 29, 2013

Work in Process, a Toile TSW Liberty with a Twist


My latest project is a bit more time consuming, but I have been chugging along with it and enjoying the process. The Sewing Workshop's Liberty Shirt requires precise sewing. Plus, I added pattern matching across the front. It's an extra touch I've added on most of the tops I've made over the past couple of years. The difficulty depends on the fabric but is not hard on a stable cotton like this one. 

This toile is a fun one that I discovered at a Material Girls session recently. We meet at Ann Silva's Bernina, which also sells a pretty good assortment of quilting cottons, of which this is one. It's an Alexander Henry fabric named "Midnight Pastoral", and that's where the twist comes in. It's a fairly classic toile, until you get up close...


Can you see it yet?


Because I love Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, it's a wonderful choice.

I made this pretty much as before, including a self drafted collar vs. the curved bias one that the pattern has. It's almost done. I just need to make buttonholes and sew on some buttons, but I have to decide what buttons and switch machines first. 

16 comments:

Terri K said...

I love this. Keep the buttons simple with this print and you can wear it with so many things.

NancyDaQ said...

Thanks for the suggestion. I was considering the same red ones I used for the Route 66 version, but that's probably too over the top. On the other hand, I recently picked up some ivory buttons that could work and are much more subtle.

theresa said...

Love the print, Nancy, and your use of it. Fabrics That Go, a store here in Tucson carries lots of Day of the Dead prints, including this one. I have a shirtdress and just finished a Negroni shirt for DH using the fabric.

NancyDaQ said...

Good to know Theresa. We visited Tucson last winter and had a wonderful time. We will definitely be back again!

Judith said...

Excellent pattern matching - your sewing skills are incredible! And that print is very clever - not what you expect from a distance ... J

thestitchery said...

She a beaut, Nancy! I see it with the cream buttons, too.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Fun fabric and the pattern match is AWESOME!

a little sewing said...

oh how fun is that! It is so pretty at a glance, and really funny with a closer look.

Babsox said...

Some little skull buttons in the same ivory as your shirt would be just perfect, I think.
I love the shirt and the way you have made it. Exquisite with the added ghoulish twist. Perfect for Halloween and the season beyond.
I'd love to see a picture of your collar. I'm awaiting my pattern and like your collar so much better than the original.
Thanks
Barbara

shams said...

I noticed the pattern matching the first thing and it is IMPECCABLE. Then I noticed the whimsical Halloween print. LOVE IT.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Whoa, your print matching blows my mind! Fabulous job!!!

RhondaBuss said...

Oh Nancy, I missed this post. I too love anything with Dia de los Muertos. I'm on the hunt for this fabric!!!

Diane Atwell said...

Hi Nancy, I just found your blog and am so impressed this jacket is beautiful. I live in New Mexico too - up in Santa Fe. I would love to know more about the "Material Girls". I am becoming an avid sewer after not sewing much since my youth. Thanks for your blog!
Diane

Diane A said...

Hi Nancy, I am so happy to just discover your blog. Love the fabric and your pattern matching is amazing. I'm in NM too - up in Santa Fe. I'd love to hear more about the "Material Girls" group. I've just gotten back into sewing and am loving it. Would be nice to connect with some other NM sewists!

Diane A said...

Hi Nancy,

I'm so happy to have found your blog. I'm an avid sewer living in Santa Fe and would love to hear more about your material girls outings.
Love your fabric choice and the pattern matching is so skillful.

Diane

NancyDaQ said...

Hi Diane, I have been away from the site for a few days and I didn't realize your comments could not be seen. I hope you don't mind that I posted all 3 of them!

Anyhow, about Material Girls. It's an offshoot, or "Neighborhood Group", of the Albuquerque chapter of the American Sewing Guild. The chapter meetings are on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Asbury Methodist Church on Candelaria, in the Heights area of Albuquerque. The meetings start at 6:30 pm. The Material Girls meet the 2nd Sunday of each month at Ann Silva's Bernina on Montano, near I-25. We meet from 1-4 PM. Let me know if you would like to attend either or both and I can get more information to you. nancyddaquino at gmail dot com.