I’ve been shamefully lax in my sewing this week, and haven’t done a fat lot beyond thinking about it, moving things around on the table, trying not to buy more stuff [fail] and struggling to keep sane while work pressure builds up again.
The GP has upped my beta-blocker dose, and a day off work yesterday which could have been filled with therapeutic sewing, ended up being spent largely in bed, or staring blankly into space while I adjust. I did do a bit of bumping into things, and in a ten minute hiatus between naps and drooling, managed to measure up and rip/cut a few rectangles for a toile.
The missus got some PPI cash back, and being the lovely that she is, went out gricery shopping, and came back with a mini sewing toolkit just for me, so I’m not forever nagging for some pliers etc.
Lookee! Now I’m perfectly aware that those screwdrivers being upside down will be making some of you twitch…I did it on purpose so there! Bad Fairy. the long red thingy is magnetic, for retrieving dropped whatknots. I’m a bit blank on why I’ve got three grippy-snippers, but she knows best. Probably.
This inspired me to bore you with a couple of pics of my absolute indispensible tools- the stuff that never gets put away, and is always at my right hand. The giant pincushion was made about 25 years ago, and is huge so that I can’t lose it. [I still do of course] The Wedgwood box next to it is my needle-cushion, made in haste years ago from a couple of cutdown washing up sponges.
Next to the table, the ironing board, for which the missus ALSO bought a new cover yesterday. She’s a keeper.The sleeve board has been going for eons, and really needs a new pad and cover as it’s currently making do with a teatowel held in place with a sock. Ahem. Perhaps I should salvage a bit of the old board cover and make good? Or not.
I’m feeling brighter today, but still haven’t made it as far as sewing. I have however, managed to do some planning. Yesterday, the missus was fussing about for something to wear, and I flung her one of the Folkwear Western shirts I made last year from the Folkwear pattern. My belly increase makes it pull a little, not good in a button-through, so it hasn’t been worn much. It fits her like a dream, and despite insisting that she hates Western shirts [too Desert Hearts dahlink] she now wants some more. Go figure.
I ordered some beige coutil on ebay midweek, and it arrived the next day. Gotta love that eh? This will be used to provide some body for the 2 bodices I cut out months ago, and haven’t touched since. I plan to cord the side panels, possibly using hairy string, and put in a couple of spiral steels for extra oomph. It won’t work like a corset, but should smooth out any squidge to give the same look. I’d hoped to use some online advice for the cording, but every single article I found referred back to the same [presumably seminal] article…which no longer exists. Bum. I shall contrive.
So the current plans?
- finish the 2 bodices for the wife
- sewup the denim jodhpurs for me
- cut out a western shirt or 2 for wifey
- finish faffing with the trouser toiles [this may sit for a while, I hate drafting/fitting]
- make a cargo kilt toile for her indoors, using this tutorial as a starting point
- cut out an Armistice Blouse for me in silk/cotton
- cut out another Edwardian blouse for me in the fun sewing print
I have several other plans [mostly for me lol] but I’m also trying to nail down a style for that gorgeous ivory silk satin which I bought for my lovely missus. We’re thinking something piratical, drapey, but not overpowering or too costumey. Yeah right.
Exam marking season starts in a couple of weeks, and will stretch on until early July. It won’t stop me sewing , but might slow me down a little. Maybe. I’ll leave you with these two images, just to tease. What else do you think I’m planning?