Finally, the temperatures are closer to more normal fall days, but I am betting this is going to be one of those years we go from summer to winter with a short/nonexistent fall. I would hate that, as I love fall and all the colors, the cool crisp mornings and sweaters. And then of course there is football. Most of you know Jim and I have a mixed marriage, with Georgia being my alma mater and Georgia Tech being his – we are not even close this year, but stranger things have happened. Every week a team somewhere is upset – could it be???
Unless you are just not reading the monthly Bear In Mind issues, you have kept up with our progress of running 2 new embroidery sets. These have been so extremely well received that shops are already re-ordering! Many of you saw the adorable sample garments that we showed in Birmingham at the Creative Sewing Market. We are to thank dear Lori Popelka for designing and sewing them. Since you have followed my story of designing the embroideries themselves, from the old Broderie Anglaise style, I thought you might like to know how some of the sample garments are ‘born’ and executed. In this case I asked Lori to just make something adorable and in the Sarah Stone ‘ish’ fashion and sent her fabric and plenty of trims. Her story is adorable itself, and shows how many of us start in one direction and change roads midstream – or should I say mid journey!!
The biggest question in Birmingham was ‘whose pattern did you use’. This was followed by questions of ‘how Lori was able to keep the insertions in the dress PERFECTLY aligned’, and ‘was that double entredeux in the sleeve or what did she do’. Yes, Bear Threads did, once upon a time, sell double entredeux – (we now still carry triple and quadruple!). But cutest of all was Lori’s comment to the effect that entredeux covers a lot of sins. Now, I know Lori’s sewing ability, and I know there could not have been any sins to cover – but that is her conscience!
So, enjoy this journey of how these adorable garments were born. One detail that you will not be able to see in the photos, is that the buttons front and back of the boy’s Day Gown are square to mimic the square pattern of the blue waffle pique – nothing missed in these precious samples…..and you are all welcome to copy them!!!!
Happy Stitching till our next issue –
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