McCall’s 6436 shirt, black stretch cotton poplin, fancy ‘silver’ buttons. Pretty much straight out of the packet, D cup front, no darts in back, and shortened a little. I also reduced the cuff size as I have fairly skinny wrists! I used the Folkwear Frontier shirt placket as usual. Very straightforward, despite the sewing machine … Continue reading Feeling shirty- SWAP 2020
We had my ma and pa over for a nice meal a few weeks back, to celebrate their SIXTIETH wedding anniversary. SIXTY!! She arrived [as usual] with various carrier bags of stuff- a load of net curtains for me to shorten, a bag of clothes to go to the charity shop, and a large carrier … Continue reading Hearts and Flowers, Buttons and Bows, Old Lace…but no arsenic. I hope.
Grrrrrooooaaaan. Well the rest of the coat was easy enough, even though I tortured myself by doing felled seams which will be completely hidden by the lining, because, I guess, more waterproof? Dunno. My usual slipshod topstitching, meh, whatever that’s why I don’t go for contrast! Some of the tightly curved seams were a bitch … Continue reading Kiss and Mac up!
All decisions have been reached, and the buttons have arrived! I had to work in the city centre on Tuesday, so used lunchtime to nip down to the market and bought some buttons for Dawn to consider for her coat. She liked all the choices, but wasn’t ready to commit to any of them. I’d … Continue reading Dawn’s Coat #2-all buttoned up
The end is nigh. Sewing down facings, sewing on buttons. Many buttons. Many, many buttons. After I’d sewn the collar facing down, I decided it was too floppy, so I opened it back up, and slipped in a folded, starched piece of silk organza. Better. Not stiff and uncomfortable, but should hold up nicely. … Continue reading Burda 7029 #8: Les boutons, les boutons, hi hi hi, hon hon hon!
You know how sometimes, you tell yourself something like ‘that’s all the tricky stuff done, soon be finished’ and then you realise it ruddy well isn’t? Lace is all on, fiddly piped waistbands are on, started to sew the zip in…and then remembered. All those buttons. Aargh! The pattern instructions aren’t very specific about the … Continue reading That Sinking feeling…Burda 7029 #7
I persuaded the missus to drive me into town to buy buttons. A short jaunt, which involved many flights of stairs because the carpark was RAMMED! I chose some buttons, then some more buttons, then some buttons for the other thing, then some spare cover-it-yourself buttons. YAY BUTTONS! I also got a bag/purse frame, because … Continue reading AbFabFrickardian
Time is very tight right now, and I’m ACHING to get some sewing done. As payday arrived, I consoled myself during the long, tedious, unproductive hours at work, and did a little [ahem] internet shopping. And the parcels have been turning up nice and steadily… These are all for my lovely missus-green stretch twill, and … Continue reading Retail therapy and more ideas…
As in, Birmingham Rag Market and all the other good stuff. I used to do regular Birmingham sewing meet-ups, but have let them drift over the last year, and decided to resurrect the fun this week while I’m on holiday. As a member of the Steampunk Seamstress Squadron on FaceBook, I offered to act as … Continue reading Rag Week, Part 1
…but no pigs today thanks very much. Three day weekend and lots of sewing plans, so we did a little jaunt into the city to get some bits and bobs from the market. I wanted a few extra bobbins for the old Singer, but unfortunately, the stall had sold out just before we arrived. Not … Continue reading To market, to market…