Tuesday, April 28, 2009


So, I'm as far on the jacket as I can go until I get some further help. I've never drafted a lining for something like a jacket (a simple skirt maybe) and I've never lined anything with pleats. This jacket has three: two in the front and one in the back. Just forging ahead and figuring it out as I go was tempting, but I don't want to mess this up. A little hand-holding in the process sounded good so I requested two books from the library and now I'm waiting for them to arrive. Someone is searching all of Ontario to find them for me. Isn't the library wonderful?

I rarely have more than one project in the works at a time, but it could be awhile before I come back to the jacket, so I moved on. I cut out three T-shirts for the Preacher and then noticed that I didn't have any white ribbing. Bah. I couldn't get the fabric store to get some for a couple of days, so I needed another project. I cut out and sewed up a sweater that I'll save for another post.

This morning I made it to the fabric store. My local fabric store is Fabricland. Usually, I think it is a pretty good store. Certainly, it beats Jo-Ann Fabrics. But, sometimes I find the store really puzzling. Their method for pricing fabrics is absurd. Sometimes there is really great fabric for $3 or $4 (CD) a meter - a fantastic deal. And then the basic white ribbing that I needed today was $17 a meter. $17?!? For ribbing?!?! As a friend of mine likes to say "Are you freakin' kidding me?" I was tempted to not buy it, tell them it was ridiculously overpriced and order something online. But, I figured that then I would be spending the same in shipping (shipping to Canada is expensive) and wouldn't be able to order a tiny amount from an online vendor. And I would spend another two weeks waiting for it to arrive. So, at Fabricland I bought 20 cm and did tell them that I thought it was overpriced. Since I was still buying it, I suspect my comment didn't carry a lot of weight.

The ribbing is washed and dried. Hopefully I'll get to the T-shirts tonight.

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