I spent some time wrestling with those ruddy pleats. The centre one is easy, fold fold, tweak tweak, press press. The two at the sides though were driving me mad. No markings, double box pleats, a very long tail. Turned out that I was trying to make the pleats balance along the ‘side’ seam, which … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#21: All the trimmings…
Well those little embroidered motifs are distracting me nicely from my train of thought…naughty things! They have caused a fair bit of ooh-ing and ah-ing on Historical Sewing Monthly, but no additional info yet. Mind you, one lady says she has a set of 6 in a different colourway, but she hasn’t been back on … Continue reading Motif-ation
Two days of misery later, the ruddy skirts are done. I don’t like making lots of identical items, it’s too much like work, and these were also BORING…so boring that I wandered off and made Anzac biccies just to relieve the boredom. Nom! Anyway, I cut them out ages ago, just a load of rectangles … Continue reading You can leder a horse to water…
Serves me right doesn’t it? I said ‘easy as pie’, and predicted the rest wouldn’t take long. Ha! The sewing gods heard me, sniggered, and rolled up their sleeves. They lulled me into a false sense of security by letting me find all those oddments of co-ordinating silk for the lining. They let me cut … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#20: Pie in the face
Well that was fairly painless- I zoomed up the ready-pinned seams, pressed them all open, trimmed the extremely wide darts, and herring-boned the seam allowances of the sleeves down flat. I inserted the sleeves, and trotted off to tidy up a bit [holiday time, I rarely get dressed or brush my hair, slovenly old bat … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#19: Easy as Pie
Onward and upward! This afternoon I cut out the penultimate SWAP item, a second use of the Truly Victorian Tail Bodice, TV#462. Version 1 was the short-tailed version, in green tweed, for pack #1, with long sleeves and a keyhole neckline. This is the long-tailed version, and should be even nicer, as I’ve nailed the … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#18: Long-tailed bodice
Well that took three days longer than expected/hoped, but it’s done. Unless I decide it needs more soutache around the button area…you can tell me later! The buttonholes were a cinch, so easy and fast I was almost disappointed and could have carried on making buttonholes all over the thing. I had to do a … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#15: The riding jacket complete!
Well that took longer than expected…but all the braiding is done, all the bones got matched to their casings and sewn onto the seam allowances, and the bottom edge of the lining has been attached, trimmed, pressed and understitched. PHEW! I’ve got the buttonholer set up to make ten buttonholes tomorrow, and the only other … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#14: Oh my aching fingers!
Although I had hoped to finish this today, and haven’t, I’m very pleased with progress…from the seemingly interminable stage of stitching down seam allowances, and the similarly tedious thread-tracing the wolf design onto the back of the jacket, I finally got onto attaching the soutache this morning. The first sleeve went very slowly, as I … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Wildcards-#13: Soutache! Bless you!
Thread tracing the pattern onto the back of the riding jacket. This embroidery design from Urban Threads just caught my eye…I ummed and ahh-ed and then just pinned it on and stitched straight through it. As you can see, I’ve started to cut the paper away here and there. Because of tall the twisting and … Continue reading Loose threads: SWAP Pack #2 and Wildcards update