a clean slate :: studio tour take two
in pursuit of Nature, small-style


new pattern sneak peek

I couldn't think of a title, so I did what most parents of babies and toddlers would do - I looked at the animal and I said the sound it makes. What? You don't do that, too? Forgive me. My brain has turned into a mush of animal sounds.

The photo is a little sneaky peek at the dress version of my new pattern (there's also a blouse option), which should be available by the end of May. This sample was made with Liberty of London's Tana Lawn, which I found at New York City-based B and J Fabrics. And, get this - not only do they have an out-of-this-world selection of Liberty's soft and drapey cotton lawn, they also have Liberty prints in corduroy, jersey knit, and twill! What planet have I been on - I had no clue that Liberty printed on anything other than cotton lawn. So, next time you want to refinance the mortgage on your house to buy fabric, get some Liberty of London. It's incredible stuff.

I've been thinking about possible sewing-for-fun projects. Here are a few that have caught my eye:

  • Blair's quilt - do I dare tackle something this large right off the bat? Or should I start with something small, like
  • this Jalie pattern, or this one. Both of my boys need summer clothing, and I've never sewn anything for Patrick, in the nine years we've been dating/married. Isn't that sad? There's such a dearth of sewing patterns for men. To be fair, I did knit him a scarf once. Oh, and a hat. Two for Patrick, 7,563 for me/baby/house.
  • Speaking of Jalie patterns, I'd love to try my hand at sewing my own undergarments. I'm not the first one who has done it!
  • My review copy of Anna Maria's new book just arrived! It's really, really lovely.
I suppose I have to start somewhere. I'm about ready to write all of the ideas on little pieces of paper and throw them into a hat.