Sunday, November 19, 2017

Scuba Knit

Scuba Knit!

My dear daughter once again needed an outfit for an event.  I make a lot of tops and unique pieces for her, but this time she wanted a dress.

Of course she sent me many pictures of what she wanted and I decided on Telio Scuba Knit and ordered it from This was my 3rd or 4th time ordering from them and I'm quite pleased with the quality of the fabric.  I also decided to hack Vogue 9084 to get the look she wanted.

Since I had only worked with scuba knit once for an alteration, I decided to not take chances with this dress and it's triple layered asymmetrical hem .  So I brought out the big gun - my walking foot! That in conjunction with my serger, made this fabric a dream to sew!

My only challenge was getting the cuts right on the 3 hems (my brain does not do asymmetrical well). My last tackle of it was done during her final fitting. I literally cut them (carefully) with her standing in front of the mirror.

I top-stitched the front bodice darts to make them kinda disappear, which made her happy (she doesn't like darts).  The sleeves were cuffed as a design element, which she loved.

The 3 layers of the skirt made for quite a heavy dress, so to avoid additional weight or bulk, the front and back hems were finished on my serger with a 3 thread overlock stitch. An invisible zipper was installed in the back.

She had not decided how she would style it, so I had to wait for pictures from the event.
 I love the look of the lace leggings with her gold shoes and jewelry!

I've heard that scuba knit doesn't have a good drape, but from pictures I've seen of other garments and from my limited experience with it, I was pretty sure it would drape well.  And boy, was I right!  Check out the drape of the back of this dress!  Just lovely!

We were both quite pleased with the finished dress!

Have you tried scuba knit, yet?
 I'd love to hear about your experience with it! 
Feel free to leave your comments below.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Houston International Quilt Fest

Oh what a blast I had at HQF!

I had the opportunity to work with Reen Wilcoxson from Embroidery Garden at her booth for all 5 days of the Festival! Molly Madison was with us as well. She is the designer of the her wonderful Artisan Apron and the beautiful SVG cut files for Reen's cork front Zipper Bags.

We arrived on Nov 1 and set up in preparation of the 1st night. 

Molly made matching Cork Front Zipper Bags for us! 😄

The week was a great experience!  I met a few people from my Facebook Group. And of course Reen met a ton of members of her group and saw others that she'd previously met in some of her classes.

The week was a great experience!  I met a few people from my Facebook Sewing Group. And of course Reen met a ton of members of her Facebook In the Hoop group and saw others that she'd previously met in some of her classes. 

It was a blast working with the AllBrands and Brother Teams!  We actually got John from Allbrands to pose wearing Reens' Cross Bag! He is such a good sport! 😊

Reen, Molly and I reconnected with several "Sewing Stars" we already knew.
 And met a lot of other "Stars" and a ton of vendors! Such fun!


 Jenny Doan from Missouri Star Quilts 

Brett and Mike from Durkee Hoops

Mike from Durkee Hoops and Mama's Boy Design

Cindy Hogan from Cynthia's Embroidery

Reen taught classes twice each day on the "Brother Stage"!  She is such a great teacher! Many people were intrigued by the In the Hoop process and this was a great opportunity for them to see it first hand.

That's all for part 1 of our HQF adventures! Watch for part 2 - shopping, quilts and just plain fun!

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