I went to a sewing expo in a small town in western Wisconsin in June of 2011 with my friends Marlene and Judy. I went mostly because Marta Alto of Palmer Pletsch was doing a pants fitting seminar. It's one of the least expensive shows I've ever attended. Including two meals, my pants fitting class and four or five one-hour classes, I spent less than $100!
Among the vendors was one of my favorite independent fabric stores from Madison, WI, called Gayfeather Fabrics. Virginia, the owner, sells patterns from the independent designers, and fabulous fabric.
On top of that, and a BIG plus in my book, is that she has sample garments made up, so you can try things on. This helps a lot, because sometimes the drawing on the pattern envelope bears to resemblance to what the garment will look like on my 5'2", NOT size 12 body!
Anyway, I bought this pattern, called the Tribeca shirt
I put more buttons in the front, since I don't like the gaposis that can occur if you're a person who has to make a full bust adjustment in things, which I normally do.
The fabric was a pinky rosy background with brown geometric lines, kind of a heavy linen. I can't remember the fiber content but I think I'm going to hand wash or dry clean this shirt anyway.
Here's the product:
I used buttons that kind of look like jeans snaps for a casual feel. It could be a light weight jacket over a tee shirt, or a nice shirt with either brown or white pants.
If you're in downtown Milwaukee tomorrow, you might see me wearing it!
Oh, and I DID finish a pair of trousers from the fitting workshop, but that's another blog...