The tedious part of any project is the fitting, as far as I’m concerned. Oh for the days when I could just buy a pattern, bang it together, and wear it. Partly because I was pretty much straight up-and-down in figure, and because I really didn’t know [or give] a damn about fitting, I was … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#5: Green jacket after tweaks
I think I’ve redeemed things. I made a new chemise- I found I had just enough silk left to make a short version of the Laughing Moon chemise, with modifications to the back to reduce the back bulge problem. How I did this: I marked the seamlines on the back yoke and main piece, then … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#4 Green jacket: does my back look fat in this?
Yay! I did some stupid things in finishing this ‘simple’ job, but it’s done. I’d already joined all vertical seams, and marked waist and hemlines with basting stitches. I did some careful measuring and trimming, finished the raw hem edge with a length of convenient green bemberg bias leftover from my Vogue Donna Karan jacket, … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#3, green skirt completed
A very productive day, after a rather dispiriting one yesterday. Yes, the skirt went well [and has progressed a little more today, trimmed, pressed and ready for finishing.] Unfortunately, the toile for the jacket threw up a new challenge: galloping back flab! Ew! My eyes! My eyes! Before the back fat, try to concentrate for … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#2, green jacket
And they’re off! Well I am anyway. I’d already got this skirt and the jacket toile cut out when I decided to join into the SWAP, so they will count as my ‘two things started/completed before the start date’. First things first, The skirt: The pattern: a surplus-to-requirements McCall’s 4020 which I bought on Etsy … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#1, green skirt
I talked myself into it. As I mentioned, I’d already got certain steampunk plans in process, as regular readers are well aware…the next step was to try to formalise these into the structure required by the SWAP rules . The only issue was trying to narrow it down, calming my excitement at allowing myself free … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016 #1 OK I’m going for it
AKA Sewing With A (Steampunk) Plan 2016 Should I or shouldn’t I? I first heard of the annual SWAP competition about 3 years ago, and then managed to forget/remember/forget it several times since. I now know [via the blogospehere] several people who regularly take part, and I’m debating dabbling this year. With my current preoccupation … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016