I'm feeling very Oh la la! lately!
Kadences Girl Scout troop had a family dining event at the very beautiful La Caille restaurant in Sandy, UT. This place is stunning and that's in the dead of winter, I can't imagine how gorgeous it must be in late spring. The atmosphere is rich and cozy, with beautiful silver settings and candlelight. Our 5 course meal began with Escargots Bourguignons and finished with Banana Foster flambéd right at the table.
Kadence was willing to try the escargots until it arrived before her. She decided she could bring herself to just lick it, but not actually eat it. Her response wasn't sooo much as ewww.... as too much sympathy for the poor snail - she just couldn't do it. On the other hand, I enjoyed mine immensely, and hers too... its not like she was actually sparing its life...
As I tucked Kadence into bed I asked her what her favorite part of the evening was...
The Theme! You know, feeling like a princess and stuff!
oh, how everything was Fancy Nancy?
You know mom, Fancy Nancy isn't really fancy. She just puts on a whole bunch of mismatched clothes and big sunglasses when she goes out! (she's somewhat indignant at this point)
Okay. So, how everything was fancy schmancy?
I would have to agree with her. We all had a great time dressing up, trying new foods and just enjoying the magical quality of the night. Bliss...
I'm busy making up a bunch of peasant tops, which means lots French seams.
Why french seams you ask? Don't you have a serger?
Why yes, I do have a serger - And yes, it works and yes I can thread it.
But certain times I just prefer to use a French seam to finish my seams.
I like to use a French seams where a hem may be visible - like on the ruffled neckline and sleeves of a peasant top.
When I use a narrow hem, and I hem all my pieces before construction. (If I used serging construction then the serged seam allowance would go all the way to the edge and would really be visible & ugly. )
For something heirloom quality
If I want to make a tiny baby garment - less irritating on delicate skin
- When I want the inside of a garment to be as pretty as the outside. :o)
- With thin, delicate fabrics where you wouldn't want raveling to occur
- On sheer fabrics where you could see the finished edge through the fabric.
French seams can be seem intimidating if you haven't tried them before because sewing them goes against everything you know - wrong sides together, etc... but once you sew one you'll be amazed at how simple it is. To help you along there is a tutorial I've made and posted below. So give it a try, and feel fancy!
(thanks, BTW, to my trusty Cameraman and boy child, Anthony!)