Today we are entertaining. Thus, I’ve had to box/bag everything from the sewing room, and lug it all upstairs. Again. Tomorrow, it’ll all come back down again, and several things will have vanished. Sigh.
I was REALLY hoping to sign off the ballgown this weekend, I’m behind schedule, and getting fed up of it, truth be told. I needed one more try on with corset etc, to judge the overlap ready fro buttonholes. This was meant to be done while the food is all cooking, but hey ho, the best laid plans of mice and men and all that.
OK, OK, ‘schemes’ not ‘plans’ I DON’T CARE because I’m now in a strop.
Firstly, wife went off on an errand and was about three times as long as stated…reducing my buttonhole making time to zero. She laced me into the corset, and I did a quick fitting of the riding jacket. Good enough to go ahead and cut out I think- any tweaks will be done through the many seams and darts, and I’ll need to allow for turn of cloth and all that.
The upper chest and back will be tailored somewhat, with the addition of a layer of some sort of interfacing to improve shape- I used some scrap corduroy in the green wool jacket, which worked very nicely.
There will be lapels, a collar, and double breasted fastenings, so plenty more work still to do. I like the shaped hem, and the seam lines in the back. Good enough anyway.
Off with that, and into the silver skirt, skirt drapery, and the bodice. But not. It wouldn’t do up. The missus laced me a tad tighter [I wasn’t done up to the correct measurement…but still no good.
It was great before the bones went in, now it’s not. Not enough space to fasten around the ribs, BUT buckling and bagging at the side seams. BUM!
So now I need to get back inside it, remove the side seam bones, possibly let out the CB waist a tad, as the easiest way to add extra in, then get all togged up again. THEN finish it [hopefully]
Tomorrow is mother’s day, so we’ll be travelling about making nice noises at our mums, and I may also have some tuition. Not much sewing time likely to be salvaged from that lot!
Ah well, back to the drawing board, or rather the kitchen.
In case you wondered, we’re having fried camembert balls with salad, slow-cooked pulled pork with red cabbage and coconut rice, and pear tarte tatin.
Some good will come of the day!