Some months ago, I purchased a whole heap of Style Arc PDFs,including three or four trouser patterns [Ebony, Daisy, Willow, Sammi]. I started to toile two of them for Dawn [Willow and Sammi], and got hopelessly bogged down for various reasons: I hate toiles I’m not perfectionist enough to persevere with fitting issues I hate … Continue reading Toile & Trouble: Dawn’s trousers #1
Would you? This is a new challenge hosted by Tanya of the ‘Mrs Hughes’ blog The idea is simply to recreate a vintage garment, inspired by an old family photo, or if one doesn’t exist, ANY old photo that tickles your fancy. Both my parents’ mothers died before I was born, and very few photos … Continue reading Dress Like Your Grandma?
…because I’ve messed up with the stripey shirt. After sleeping most of the day away, I got ready to go boss-eyed with all those fizzy stripes, only to find that my planned chevrons down centre front and back are…not. I didn’t cut the ruddy pieces the right way did I? Why didn’t you tell me? … Continue reading I’ve given myself 100 lines…[Edwardian Shirtwaist #2]
Bit of a teaser, this post. I haven’t got much done bar cutting out, interfacing, and attaching one gathered piece to another, but thought I’d give you a little teaser. Reconstructing History #950, Edwardian shirtwaist [a blouse by any other name] in [a] scissor print cotton in two colourways, shown above, and [b] black and … Continue reading Stripe for the picking: Edwardian shirtwaist #1
…or is it teal? Vogue 1415, Tom & Linda Platt tunic This was a really fast make, having only 3 pattern pieces. The fabric is a truly luxurious treat I got from my favourite eBay seller, The Italian Textile Company. Not cheap, the 2m cost me over thirty squid, but it’s SO worth it! It … Continue reading Blue Velvet…
Another fun day, and I was good! [Mostly…] Yesterday’s jaunt was a small group again, which is nice, ‘cos you all get chance to chat during and afterwards. Katja, Denise and Liz all trotted round the markets and Barry’s with me. We decided not to bother with Fancy Silks this time, as no one was … Continue reading Marketing Strategy: half term at the Rag Market #2
…I are mostly sewing a corset. Sew Curvy ‘Sophia’, in a black ‘tulip broché’ remnant from Vena Cava. This is for ‘normal’ wear, not steampunk, so I don’t want a huge waist reduction, just a bit of shape for ‘stealthing’ under modern clothing. I’m making it single layer, to keep bulk down, and will wear … Continue reading When not baiting racists…