Getting faster! I also looked at lots of images of 1890s skirts, trying to work out how to get what is basically a gored, A line shape, fuller at the back from…squares. These things are not going to make up obligingly into A shapes. Nope. Not gonna happen. Then it came to me. Maths. … Continue reading Licking the windows
Oh dear oh dear oh dear. It’s happened. I’ve gone over to the dark side. *whispers* I’ve been …quilting! Sort of. But not for a quilt. Remember my plans for the dress inspired by Lincoln cathedral? The fabrics have all arrived. Well, the first batch of stuff I’ve ordered has arrived, I succumbed to some … Continue reading A rose window by any other name…
Yes, yet another Vogue 1312 by Lynn Mizono. SO COMFORTABLE! Don’t start with the ‘secret pyjamas’ thing, this is a go-to-work NIGHTIE. Love it love it. Here are the last two, as a reminder: Two was not enough. The black-and-blue one gets heavy rotation, the white one is very summery, and would get very grubby … Continue reading Even more Mizono action…V1312 again
What a day that was! We were supposed to be going to a certain much-awaited wedding on Saturday, but as we started to get ready to go out, Dawn came down with a horrible upset tum, and had to go back to bed for the day. I cursed a fair bit [not at her, just … Continue reading King of the Rhodes!
Onwards, onwards. Now for the red, straight skirted version, with three quarter sleeves, and turn back cuffs. And a detachable peplum. Why not? The fabric is very odd- thick, almost felt-like, it looks very much like wool, feels like wool, but burns like a bitch polyester. Oddly, despite fighting me when pressing seams, it allowed … Continue reading Testing, testing #3: Into the Red
First, the blue, full-skirted version. I started zooming it together. The copious instructions start with detailed info on making up the toile, and fitting it. Yeah yeah, you know me. I zoomed ahead, just checking assembly order. All seemed very nicely drafted, the collar went together easily…until I tried turning the edges under to … Continue reading Testing, testing #2 Out of the Blue
**The posts on this pattern testing were written months ago, and I’ve been waiting for the pattern release ever since. It’s finally out, so here goes! I was faffing about on Facebook a while back [as usual] when I spotted a request for pattern testers from Sense and Sensibility. This is a historical pattern site, … Continue reading Testing, testing #1: Getting it Together