Although I’m having a whale of a time doing this and blogging about it, I don’t seem to be getting a lot of views over the last week [sad face]
Ah well, there’s no stopping this train!
The shirt was close to wearable a couple of days ago, and a quick fitting threw up 2 small issues. The tie I made for the back was WAY too short- I used the pattern piece for my jacket’s back tie, which seems very long, at 64″. Not on us wide-bodied types I’m afraid. I doubled it, and with the shirt laid flat, it is just long enough to go through all the loops and tie loosely.
The 2nd issue was the sleeves. The cuff seam was too snug on D’s forearms- not a deal breaker, but not quite right. ‘Not to worry’ quoth I, ‘I’ll just put a little plackety openingy thingy in, all will be well.’ And so it was. Mostly. The sleeve being so narrow, it was tricky, but I cut a bias rectangle, sewed it on blah blah. And snipped. Right into the sleeve itself. One of those horrible V-shaped snips.
AAARRRRGGGGGHHH why do I never learn?
Many hours of hand sewing yesterday got the shirt collar, cuffs and hem all hand finished, and half the lace motifs sewn on and trimmed. I’d forgotten how labout intensive a job that is. Another couple of hours today got it all done bar cuff buttons and front fastenings. And it looks great, and she loves it. Here she is modelling the outfit so far, with accessories. The shirt front and cuffs are just pinned for now. Doesn’t she look great? And she’s put HOURS of work into those gadgets. I love it!
Just the waistcoat to go now. My turn next, I have to get my skirt sorted out…