Using all the tips and helpful hints Kellie gave I started hand appliqueing (is that spelled right??). This is a project that I can keep next to the couch and do at night while watching TV or take with me and work on while waiting at the doctors office.
This past Friday I ran to Jo-Ann's and picked up two patterns, who can pass up a sale?!?!
"Loose-fitting, lined jacket A has dolman sleeves with inset, cuffs, collar, pockets in side front seams and snap closing. Lined top B or dress C has fitted bodice, princess seams, shoulder straps, back zipper closing. B: lined to edge. C: flared skirt. A-lined skirt D, below mid-knee length, has front and back darts with grosgrain ribbon waistband, back zipper closing and split opening. Semi-fitted pants E sits 1" below waist with front and back darts and fly front opening."
This pattern I have been eyeing for a bit, I know there are other great pants patterns out there but something about these I like - the skirt is a basic and the jacket is a cutie. Not to sure about the dress and top, but it does go up to a size 20 and the top might make a nice tank for under jackets and cardigans.
"Loose-fitting dress has front and back princess seams, front and back gathers, front insets with contrast piping, back elastic casings, self-faced yoke, left side invisible zipper, short sleeves with pleated cap and gathered lower edge into self band and curved hem. Length is 2" above mid-knee at center front."
This dress is lovely! It has a hint of vintage and the gathered details are very feminine. I think for me though I will make the hem one length instead of the curved hemline, the curved hemline is a more youthful look that would look faboo on a 20/30 something. A big added benifit is this pattern goes up to a 22 for us plus sized ladies! :-)