Warning- long post…and 5th of 5 Between fittings: oh boy, so much hand sewing! Shell top I adjusted the pattern again, and cut out the gorgeous, but very slippery charmeuse lining. Because the lame was a bit scratchy against the skin, I didn’t want any facings on the inside, but applied the lining by hand … Continue reading Wedding #5: Jackie in the box!
4 of 5, bear with me! Between fittings: I cut out the skirt, did some more maths to calculate the size of the godets, pondered on the best way to insert them, and got cracking. I’d done some eBaying, and found a gorgeous vintage petersham in turquoise, some turquoise cord [more on that later] and … Continue reading Wedding #4: Jacketing
3 of 5 First fitting. After much consideration, and some careful measuring, I decided to have a go at draping the shell top directly onto Jackie. Eeek! She’d taken my advice and bought a very well-fitting bra, and also remembered to wear it to each fitting [I’d have biffed her if she hadn’t lol] She … Continue reading Wedding #3:
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