Wednesday, November 22, 2017

So I bought some Halloween fabric...

Joann's, oh Joann's, you get me every time.

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Joann's has this cute line of knit fabric called 'Doodles'.  Apparently, you love it or hate it.  Apparently, it washes up fine or it shrinks indefinitely... I made the mistake of posting some recent acquisitions on a sewing group on Facebook and got comments that looked like Yelp! reviews.  Feast or famine.  And that's how the fight started...

Totally kidding!

But I did get stern warnings, so I decided to pre-wash my fabric and hope for the best, since I'd already bought a slew of it.  I pre-washed my fabric warm and dried on delicate (extra low), like 95% of my laundry is done.  No problems!

Next up - t-shirt dress time.

There's a popular online women's clothing company that launched a t-shirt dress with a high-low hem.  They are so comfy and just what I need on rough flare days!! But the seasonal ones are a mad dash to get in your size and in a print you love.  When I saw these fabrics, I knew that I could probably sew one (or all of them) up in the time it would take to hunt one down.  And then I saw the fabric was on sale.  Done deal.

I found a cute, easy, FREE pattern online from Love Notions - the Laundry Day Tee.  The name being such that it's quicker to sew up one of these tees than to wash a load of laundry. I used the dress length with the high-low hem option, and 2/3 had short sleeves, while the 3rd had elbow length sleeves. They all came out great & I loved making them!

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Short sleeves - and warm enough to wear them the weekend before Halloween!  Ok, Ohio...
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Elbow sleeves

I have one more to make in the spiderweb pattern for my friend Clementine, but she'll wear spiders and webs year-round, so I'm not as rushed on that one.

I had 2 random strangers compliment me on this dress when I wore it ON Halloween.  I was totally surprised!
Of course, about the time I finished these, the Christmas fabrics came out... and we all know what that means...