I ummed. I aahed. Those who commented said green welts, I concurred. But wondered about handsewing… I got matching thread out, waxed it, settled down- then got distracted again. Lovely Jillhad said ‘I also like the wool bound buttonholes – in the BBC archive “What we Wore” Ann Ladbury gives a demo on bound buttonholes.’ … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#9: Buttonholes
My fingers are raw from all the hand-stitching to make the insides nice and contained- all seam allowances are caught down to the underlining. The bones are all in, [also sewn into the seam allowances by hand] and the alterations/tweaks are all done. The front and back stays are in, and all basted into place … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#8. Green Jacket- Bounding On
Aaargh. A day strapped int my corset so that I can keep trying this jacket on after each tweak…it had better be worth it. I think [and several have commented] that there is a limit to how much I can fix, so it’s a good job I’m not a perfectionist!  I have added a … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#7: that ruddy jacket, more tweaks
Sleeves on, sleeves off.. One of my FB advisors, who is also making this jacket, said that she had made the back princess seam line up with the sleeve seam, and maybe this was something to look at? Here it is on mine, not lined up as you see. I followed the instructions and made … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#6: Green jacket sleeve trouble
The tedious part of any project is the fitting, as far as I’m concerned. Oh for the days when I could just buy a pattern, bang it together, and wear it. Partly because I was pretty much straight up-and-down in figure, and because I really didn’t know [or give] a damn about fitting, I was … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#5: Green jacket after tweaks
I think I’ve redeemed things. I made a new chemise- I found I had just enough silk left to make a short version of the Laughing Moon chemise, with modifications to the back to reduce the back bulge problem. How I did this: I marked the seamlines on the back yoke and main piece, then … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#4 Green jacket: does my back look fat in this?
Yay! I did some stupid things in finishing this ‘simple’ job, but it’s done. I’d already joined all vertical seams, and marked waist and hemlines with basting stitches. I did some careful measuring and trimming, finished the raw hem edge with a length of convenient green bemberg bias leftover from my Vogue Donna Karan jacket, … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#3, green skirt completed