Onward and upward! This afternoon I cut out the penultimate SWAP item, a second use of the Truly Victorian Tail Bodice, TV#462. Version 1 was the short-tailed version, in green tweed, for pack #1, with long sleeves and a keyhole neckline. This is the long-tailed version, and should be even nicer, as I’ve nailed the … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#18: Long-tailed bodice
Well that took three days longer than expected/hoped, but it’s done. Unless I decide it needs more soutache around the button area…you can tell me later! The buttonholes were a cinch, so easy and fast I was almost disappointed and could have carried on making buttonholes all over the thing. I had to do a … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#15: The riding jacket complete!
Well that took longer than expected…but all the braiding is done, all the bones got matched to their casings and sewn onto the seam allowances, and the bottom edge of the lining has been attached, trimmed, pressed and understitched. PHEW! I’ve got the buttonholer set up to make ten buttonholes tomorrow, and the only other … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#14: Oh my aching fingers!
Although I had hoped to finish this today, and haven’t, I’m very pleased with progress…from the seemingly interminable stage of stitching down seam allowances, and the similarly tedious thread-tracing the wolf design onto the back of the jacket, I finally got onto attaching the soutache this morning. The first sleeve went very slowly, as I … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#13: Soutache! Bless you!
Thread tracing the pattern onto the back of the riding jacket. This embroidery design from Urban Threads just caught my eye…I ummed and ahh-ed and then just pinned it on and stitched straight through it. As you can see, I’ve started to cut the paper away here and there. Because of tall the twisting and … Continue reading Loose threads: SWAP Pack #2 and Wildcards update
Subtitled: Hand sew on hand sew forth… Earlier this week I assembled the lining for the riding jacket. This was a work of genius, as it turned out that I only had a very small amount of the lovely black silk/cotton left, so there was some fiendish mathematical jigsaw work going on. Isn’t it a … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#12: Riding into the sunset
Well I’m pretty chuffed with this- I’d expected to have to take it in quite a lot at the darts, but now I’m not so sure. I tried it on over a new RTW overbust corset, which does it [and me] no favours to be honest. It makes my bust smaller, my waist 2″ larger … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#11: Riding jacket first fitting
I haven’t done my hair for these, but I’m still pretty chuffed with the final look. The bodice did up with no trouble at all beyond the buttonholes being a bit stiff still… First, silver underskirt, lilac drape/overskirt, and lilac bodice: I keep seeing that sag at the front of the silver skirt, and it’s … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2[and 4]-#17: Done and dusted
It’s all cut out, and the underlining is attached. I’m using some scraps of lightweight denim to make chest and back interlining/interfacing/thingy whatnots, in my own version of tailoring. The fabric has a gorgeous colour and texture, but is definitely more lightweight than would perhaps be ideal…however, it will be getting most of its wear … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#10: Riding jacket progress
A week ago, I crocked my back. It’s still sore, so I’ve done all my sewing today wearing pyjamas and a corset. A truly gorgeous ensemble! Anyway, I decided to do some more trimming of the evening bodice etc so I finished off my little rosettes. They are made of a matt silver ribbon which … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#16: Last but one…I hope