Hit the Rhodes Jack!

It had to be done- I got that bloody top stitching done last night [and now have 2.5 reels of thread surplus to requirements…], and then tackled those  extremely curved yoke seams.  I chose to use a ‘vintage’ method, and stay-stitched the seam on the wool yokes, notched the seam allowance and then pressed it … Continue reading Hit the Rhodes Jack!

Middle of the Rhodes

Or a bit beyond the middle anyway.    The lining is assembled, and looking pretty good, the lower body sections are joined, and the sleeves are ready to go in.  So what’s the problem?  Ruddy Gutermann’s threads only having about six inches of thread on a reel! I decided to do the ‘quilting’ topstitching on … Continue reading Middle of the Rhodes

Rhodes to New Wear

Groan. So, Vogue 1561 by Zandra Rhodes.  The colours made this one jump out at me, and it does have a rather Tilton-esque, art teacher chic thing going on don’t you think?  Anyhow, I bought it on impulse, despite the fact that jackets don’t figure much in my lifestyle any more, because I get too … Continue reading Rhodes to New Wear

Lady Garden

Or Garden Lady.  Not sure which works better lol Remember this lovely floral embroidered net?  Another eBay find, just over a fiver per metre, so I ordered three…then found it all came as separate metres, which flummoxed me for a while.  As is usually the case with this sort of panel/border design, the pattern goes … Continue reading Lady Garden

Nellie the Elephant

You’ve seen the fabric, you saw the pattern…and then I just forgot to actually wear the thing and take some pics.  Ladies and Gentlefolk, I bring you my elephant dress! Style Arc ‘Rowe’s Tunic’, a PDF download- I like V necks, I need some T shirts, I couldn’t ignore it.  The fabric was another impulse … Continue reading Nellie the Elephant