For some unknown, masochistic reason, I decided not to simply hem the silver skirt before adding the pleated flounce, but to do a piped and faced hem. Must be hormones… My ever-patient wife had pin marked the hem length for me a couple of days ago, using a bit of card to identify the highest … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#7: Getting in trim
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many … Continue reading 2015 in review- for the number addicts!
We finally found time and energy to get me harnessed into my corset so that the next steps could be made. Earlier today, I replaced the waistband that I’d put onto the skirt yesterday. It just wasn’t working as a twill tape facing, so I made a plain narrow waistband in the silver satin. Unpicking … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#6 The evening ensemble progresses
Hilarity! I cut out the toile a week ago, but the sewing table has been swamped with silver pleating, so I only got the toile sewn up this afternoon. Pretty straightforward, as these things are voluminous. I shortened the legs by 2″, going by the finished inside leg measurement quoted on the instructions. The … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#2 Breeches Toile
The official SWAP sewing period starts tomorrow, everything up til now has been me taking advantage of ‘two items to be sewn between rules publication and start date’ and ‘one previously sewn item’. Toiles, fitting and general prep allowed for any items. The skirt was toiled and fitted perfectly, so It’s already cut out, using … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#5:Silver skirt
Crafting a Rainbow posted this fun challenge a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve been stalling. Here goes: Top 5 Hits (favourite or most worn makes) It’s been an amazing year for sewing, starting with jumping into Jungle January and the Sabre-Toothed Swap over on Pretty Grievances. I made a whole collection of 5 items … Continue reading Top 5 2015
Pre-Xmas sewing time is getting short, and we have the usual flurry of visits and run-arounds to do over the next few days. Yesterday, I decided to do some prep, so I stood and pressed several miles of fabric [well about 7m of the shot taffeta, 5 or 6 of the purple lining, and loads … Continue reading SWA[SP]P 2016- more preparation,and a little train-spotting