2012 Summer Heat, and very little sewing

I just spent a week in the midwest, visiting relatives and did not sew much. We spent a lot of time watching the Olympic Games. I made several quilt yo-yos while I watched the Olympics. It was too hot to move about. With daily temps above 110 it is one of those years so arid that crops and yards are dry and rivers are low. We did venture outside a little, but not for long periods of time.

I hope they get rain soon and a much deserved break from the excessive heat. I found this link that talks about the drought. A lot of the crops look like the cornfield on in this link. Trees are also stressed and loosing leaves.

I visited a local quilt shop and purchased several fabrics I will use for quilts; nothing specific planned.

New quilt fabrics
I also traced the vintage 1912 skirt number 0162 alteration onto tissue paper. I have not yet made the muslin or checked to see if I am anywhere near the correct fit yet. However, as has been true for other 1912 patterns, the layout illustration has been drawn so the two side panel pieces are for the same side instead of one each for the left and right sides. The written instructions are correct, but the illustration is not. I made a note on the illustration so I remember to make this change when cutting the final fabric. If I did not need to alter the length then it might require an extra inch or two of fabric, but I will be making each piece about 8-10 inches shorter than the original pattern.

Vintage 1912 Skirt No. 0162 - One of the skirt panels will need to be flipped or  both sides will be for the same side.
I will take more measurements then check the tissue copy fit and produce a muslin soon. The two biggest things I will be paying attention to on this pattern are the alterations for fit, and working with the soutache braid. This is new for me. I have never been big on embellishments.

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