Sounds cocky doesn’t it? All I mean is, that this will be the very last item in my SWAP wardrobe. I’d hoped to start it at the weekend, but the ruffler-doesn’t-fit-and-neither-does-anything-else disaster put paid to that. Not to worry, the purple tail coat seems to have earned me a LOT of compliments, for which I … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#11: the ultimate skirt
Oh my poor digits! Around the neckline: I row of black lace edging, two rows [actually one long loop] of purple velvet ribbon, 1 row [applied in two pieces so the directions balance] of the shell-smocked ribbon. It’s taken AGES. I’ve also finished the tweaks to the silver skirt: I smooshed out that annoying droop … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#22:Tail bodice completed!
Up…I’m making good progress on trimming the purple tail bodice, and only have to do a bit more round the neckline [but I keep changing my mind on the actual arrangement…] Down…It is [of course] taking longer than I’d hoped Up…The combination of trims is, to my mind, working really well, as all the … Continue reading Swings and roundabouts
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