I got a good chunk of mojo back yesterday, possibly because I finally got round to going to a new optician, [New Lenses on the way], and had one of my worries laid to rest. For a few months, I’ve suffered from occasional loss of central vision, which is very alarming. I get twitchy, juddery eyes, then flashes of light, then lose all vision unless I look at things sideways. It passes after a few hours, but is not exactly great when I’m at work- writing on a whiteboard that you can’t see is tricky to say the least. Anyhew, turns out the optician himself occasionally gets it, and it’s retinal migraine. However, causes include stress and high blood pressure.
Onto health worry #2. For the last 2 months, during all this redundancy fear, [still not resolved] I’ve been getting chest pains. At first intermittent, now constant. With a family history of angina, I thought I’d better go see the GP. [Yes, I’m one of those people who never goes to the doc/dentist/whatever unless I feel it’s a near emergency: shoot me. Please.] BP fine, chest pains diagnosed as due to tension. So I aten’t dead OR dying OR going blind. Phew.
So, the sewing. Seven articles cut out, two already sewn. Next up, machine re-threaded in mauvey/lilac, and onto the New Look tunic in lilac silk, and the NelL shirt [see what I did there?] in Tana lawn ‘Doctor Tulloch’. Contrasts on the silk using the Tana lawn, and on the lawn using silk chambray scraps. Wasteful, moi?
I finished listening to my latest audiobook, and just sewed and sewed and pressed and pressed [I thnk I refilled the iron 5 times] All done, including hand finishing, sewing on the 7 buttons, and trying it on. All good, but then I decided that I must have spaced the buttons out more than in the chambray one, and decided to snip off the bottom button and loop. So I did. Then realised I’d chopped off button number 7 and loop number 6. Doh. Unpicker to the rescue: I ripped a bit of the front facing seam, moved loop 7 to position 6, all good.
I love it, and the wife has started fondling it and wanted to try it on. Bear in mind I bought this fabric for her about 3 years ago, and she rejected it as being ‘too posh’. So now she wants the rest made up into another shirt. Not Likely. I mean, “your wish is my command my love.”
Why is it that in front of the mirror, everything looks good, then the minute I look at the photoes, I think ‘hmmm, should have…’
Next make [yes, there will be one] this will be hoiked a tad at the shoulders. Experimentation has shown me that this reduces all sorts of wrinkles especially in my [apparently] short back.
Anyway, still love it, so wore it to the restaurant tonight and got beetroot on it. Do you detect a theme? Yes, I’m a slob. Not Ladylike.
On to the NelL shirt. Lovely pattern. The curve of the yoke has been very cleverly used to make good bust shaping, not just a shapeless grandad style shirt, which I half expected. I didn’t want voluminous, so after some thought, I opted for the size 43 which measures 46″ at the bust. AMPLE for my 42/43″. I decided to do french seams again, cos, well, Tana lawn innit?
I added extra layers of silk organza at the back neck, so that the cute little shaped back neck will stay perky. After getting most of it together, I realised that I shouldn’t have just zoomed on doing french seams everywhere…
They added too much bulk to the front opening, and the neck isn’t sitting well…out with the scissors and some serious snipping to get everything behaving. Moral: THINK before frenching lol.
Snip snip. chop chop, and this:
Much better. And here it is.
I really like it, but where did that extra 4″ of ease go? I swear I didn’t eat THAT much cake today! Up a size next time? Nice though eh? Gawd my hair needs cuttin- New Locks? The trousers work: Natty Legwear?
Now onto the last batch of sewing for this ‘collection’. 2 StyleArc skirts, and Katy & Laney shorts… Nice Legs time!