The duster has its roots as far back as the 1860s frontier. They were worn by horseback riders to keep the dust from the trails off of their clothing, followed by both and women wearing them at the turn of the century while riding in early automobiles. Some included a small cape for extra warmth and to keep rain from soaking through.
The modern version, The Cambria Duster pattern, is a great addition to any wardrobe. The design is a loose fit, with an optional tie belt and a shawl collar and can be used for warmth when made from a heavier fabric or as a layering piece with your favorite pants and top when made from a lighter weight. You will use your topstitching skills, as well as binding skills on seams allowances.
For warmth: denim, heavyweight wovens, corduroy, lightweight wool, boucle
For layering: fabrics with drape; such as twill, cotton, rayon
Washable fabric marker
Small scissors for cutting threads
Scissors for cutting fabric
Topstitching thread (coordinate with fabric)
15 yards of bias tape (lightweight commercial or handmade ahead of time)
Pinking shears (optional)
Extra fine ballpoint pins
Bodkin or other fabric turning tool
Fusible interfacing-enough for front piece A (lightweight for layering fabrics, medium weight for warm fabrics)
Prerequisite: Experienced/advanced beginner sewing skills. Experience should include cutting out pattern and topstitching. Must be willing to cut out pattern before class or schedule a private lesson before class.
Note: A topstitching and interfacing class is offered on February 8th for those who need to develop those skills.
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