So I headed out to Hancock yesterday afternoon, waiting for the warmest time of the day to leave because not only do I despise cold weather but this cold snap is lasting too long this time. My goal was to grab about 3 patterns on sale and snag as much of the on-sale cotton muslin as I could ... last time they ran a good sale on muslin the quilters bought it up in less than 24 hours after I got my 10 yards. I know because I tried to go back for more!
This time, I bought 15 yds of 45" wide unbleached muslin ... for $0.59/yd. That should do me for a year ... Renn Faire is coming, and I have things to line and undergarments to make! Hopefully this year I'll get outer garments made so I am not walking around the Realm in my underwear LOL
Now, I mention sherpa in the post title ... on the uber-sale table in the back near the muslin aisle, I discovered a double-sided sherpa piece. Not much left of it ... it measured only 26", but at $1.50/yd I could so live with tan. The sun had set and the temperature was dropping like a rock as I left Hancock. My plan: warm hat and gloves!
This plan was accomplished quite quickly: I think I spent more time hunting up all the pattern pieces on McCall's 5996 than I did sewing (not counting time to stop and wind a new bobbin). This is the beret after a run through the washer and dryer .... did I mention this fabric is quite stretchy?
It took maybe 10 minutes to actually cut out, and roughly half an hour to sew once I figured the best way to cuss ... err, persuade the fabric to stick to itself and go under the presser foot the way I wanted it to do. Definitely lengthen your stitches if you use this stuff! It's really fluffy.
After seeing the pattern picture for the fingerless gloves/mittens combo in this same pattern, hubby wants one also. He's reminded me I mentioned a fleece cap for him, so I showed him M 4681 that I bought for that purpose. Of course, he likes the more complex fingerless gloves from that pattern more ... He also prefers a solid colored fleece, instead of the remnants of his plaid fleece from his coat. I boxed up the solid fleeces and put them in my closet already because I had planned to use up the remainder of the plaids ... so much for that.
We'll see how motivated I get today and tomorrow.