Time goes so fast when I’m on holiday! I’m actually struggling to get my sewing speed up to normal- maybe I have just too many things on the back burner, so I can’t get a move on. I spent most of yesterday messing on the PC or napping, and finally got down to some sewing at about 6pm. Ridiculous!
The ‘suede’ bodice is all done, apart from the fastenings.
The colour is more true on the left hand image.
We’ve selected the antique glass/metallic buttons I found on eBay, and because my lovely missus is currently fluctuating in inches on an almost hourly basis [she bloats up after eating] and this bodice needs to be form fitting, I’m going to make elastic loops for the fastening. I’ve lightly corded a modesty panel to slip under the front edges.
Of course, at this stage, I realised I don’t have enough brown hair elastics, which is what I planned to use for the loops.
Ah well, off to the shops today…maybe. Actually, I found two types of round elastic on eBay, and ordered them- a minor stash addition at just a couple of quid, so I don’t feel guilty!
I then started on the silk version, which should go together more slickly now I’ve worked out a method. Changes- I’m cording FOUR panels this time, side fronts and backs, and I’m cording the silk to the underlining [which was the original toile].
The coutil will act just as lining this time. I think this will distribute bulk more evenly: I found that when bagging it out, the corded coutil made for some problems.
This one will use fancy hook/frog fasteners. The missus is very happy with both. The cording really is tedious, but very effective.
I also got her to decide on which fabrics are next for the cutting table, and she went for the novelty prints. She wants them all from the current favourite shirt pattern [McCall’s 6076] but I may have to try for a sleeveless version on at least one, as the fabric yardages vary a lot. Two of them also suffered from those bloody pre-washing colour runs [and at 30 degrees, that’s really annoying] so I will have to be canny about the cutting out.
I did find that a plain grey stretch poplin works beautifully as contrast to all the chosen fabrics, so will be chopped up for facings, collars, seam finishes etc. It was supposed to be a shirt itself, but I just can’t jigsaw all the pieces out of it.
I’m also going to cut out the GoT tunic [Simplicity 1008] in light green ‘monk’s weave’ cotton/cupro described as ‘willow green’ … It has a lovely texture, and a soft drape. It will be used alongside all those feathers and the bronze leather…intrigued?
…and some replacement drawers for me from an old sheet. [From the Laughing Moon underwear pattern]. No, they still haven’t turned up. Bizarre.
I STILL haven’t done anything about the 6Nap dress, other then coo over the fabrics.
What’s wrong with me?