Hello all I muddled my way through the weekend retreats even without my laptop! The students had so much fun it was ridiculous!! I never heard so much giggling from 3 women ever, myself included! The biggest thrill was to see the pajama tops with Dolman sleeves become a reality especially when I broke out my cover stitch machine that works like a charm on knits and gives such a professional finish. Both Peggy and Karen were afraid of working with knits prior to this class and now I think I have created knit monsters!! The excitement and anticipation was palpable in the class they worked so fast that they finished the pajama top in less than 3 hours, Peggy also made pants to go with the top while Karen added a hood to her pajama top in blue with contrasting beige thread that she sewed on the cover stitch with the underside showing. Peggy opted for monochromatic also using the cover stitch with the underside showing. In both cases it really worked well and looked very professional, they stated that this machine would be on the very top of the Christmas wish list! Guess I'm probably going to get some hate mail from family members for introducing them to the cover stitch LOL!!!
Homework is to complete the remaining patterns on these pages that were not done in class. Re-draft raglan for wovens using different measurements, draft the raglan for knits on page 84 using both personal and different measurements, sew a fleece top with front zipper as shown on page 84.
Have a great winter we will be continuing over Skype until the spring.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"