[Moody Blues- a Brummie band, did you know?] Anyway, not white satin, but ivory silk satin, very fine, very slippery, very lovely. The pattern is another Style Arc Victoria blouse, slightly shortened – this time at the cutting out stage! The fabric is very fine, so the whole thing, bar the sleeves, is cut double … Continue reading Nights in White Satin
Bonjour mes petits croissants! C’est fini, la jupe-culotte avec les grands boutons cerises! Sorry, I panicked there. Here are some beautiful models wearing Edwardian ‘jupes-culottes’ This skirt, from Reconstructing History, [#951] is VOLUMINOUS. I don’t think it would be possible to tell that it’s not a skirt even if I did the splits in it. Not … Continue reading Edwardian Equestrian Skirt
Well that was a better day! The Armistice Blouse is done, including fourteen buttonholes and teensy buttons. I also got a parcel [left on the doorstep, which according to Hermes, counts as ‘secure in porch’-humph]. In the parcel, new Fiskars embroidery scissors, and my three-way daylight lamp. The lamp does duty as desk lamp, floor … Continue reading
Just made the missus another shirt, McCall’s 6076 again, but this time using the princess seams that finish at the shoulder. It’s in the clock fabric we got from Barry’s a few weeks ago, metallic finish buttons from the rag market. French seams throughout the body and sleeves, armscye bound with some khaki green … Continue reading Feeling shirty
I’M SO HAPPY! I have just made a dozen beeeee-ooootiful buttonholes in about 20 minutes. All exactly the same size, all lovely and neat. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED TO ME BEFORE! Here they are, just got to be cut, then a dozen little square diamante buttons to go on… Right, now it really IS nearly … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#15: I’ve been to Button[hole] Moon!
I played. I fiddled and faffed. There are a LOT of variables on that buttonholer: length of buttonhole. That’s easy density of stitches. Mostly to taste, but needs to be in balance width of ‘bight’, basically the zigzag width width of the hole in the middle Obviously the thread tension also needs adjustment… I was … Continue reading Cute as a button [hole]
Actually several things: I bought an ‘antique’ riding crop on ebay I made some ribbon cockades/rosettes And I got the Singer buttonholer working! Brilliant day! Continue reading I done a thing!
Today was the day of the last A level maths paper my guys sat. I spent the morning up in my classroom, as various students came and went: BTEC guys were finishing their assignments [ohhhhh so SLOWLY], and a couple of A level students were prepping for the afternoon. So mostly, I just needed to … Continue reading Another era endeth…