Nights in White Satin

[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

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

Feeling shirty

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

Cute as a button [hole]

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]