Post 2 of 5 I then said we needed to get cracking on the fabric shopping. Setting a date for this was tricky, life always gets in the way, but eventually Jackie was able to join me and my cronies on a fabric shopping expedition into Birmingham. I can’t recall the date, but it must … Continue reading Wedding #2: Jacking it up
First part of FIVE, I warned you! Backstory- Ten years ago, I hooked up with my lovely missus [we’d met many times, her parents lived next door to me for 25 years] on a night out at Scruffy Murphy’s, a rock bar in Birmingham. She’d been listening to my tales of woe over a cup … Continue reading Wedding #1: Hi 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!
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
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
Yesterday we went to a steampunk meet-up at Chatsworth House. The intention was to have a lovely picnic in the grounds, and also to see the current exhibition of costume that’s on, called ‘House Style’. From the site information: House Style demonstrates the power of fashion and brings to life the captivating individuals from the … Continue reading Chatsworth House Style
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
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
Back to college, new students to knock into shape, usual chaos, confusion, and nothing much that was promised is in place. Sigh. And another year on the treadmill begins. So, to cheer myself up, my brain has been accelerating away planning a showstopper for next year’s Asylum. Or at least, a really nice frock to … Continue reading New A-spire-ations