Blimey. Three visits to the rag market + Fancy Silk Store + Barry’s in 8 days. That’s a lot of fabric, and a lot of walking! I was restrained this time, but enabled the lovely Katja to buy one helluva lot of goodies [her shopping trolley was full before we were halfway round the markets … Continue reading Rag Week
I should be finishing that bodice- but it’s so very hard to stop buying fabric. Very hard. We bought a new mattress and full replacement bedding on Thursday…and I got some fabric. We are painting the bedroom in grey and sage green, and the bedding shades are all grey, so we want/need a a throw … Continue reading Bodice Building…well, nearly
After a looooong week and marking, and finally completing the first unit [400 papers take longer than you’d think, I can tell you], I managed to snag an hour or two sewing this afternoon before starting on the next unit. Not enough, but it will have to do. I’ve still got just over three more … Continue reading Tucking in
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…
…and a little fabric porn. My payday parcels are arriving, so far I have the WONDROUS off-white silk satin, antique glass buttons, and a load of lace trim. I’ve decided to replace the buttons on my green riding jacket, as the blackness of the soutache makes them look grey, so we’re using them for the … Continue reading Shirty McShirt Face…
I’m tickled pink by my pin-tucker, and I’m not going to try to say that, with or without any booze in me! Lookee lookee first attempt: As I’ve said many times, I am absolutely NOT a tidy or meticulous or patient type: all my attempts at tucks heretofore have been a royal mess, wobbly, uneven … Continue reading Tickled Pink!
All done. I can hardly believe it! Nothing to do now but take the photos. And make a gazillion accessories and extensions. And make just as many things for the wife… It’s been quite a week: after being soooo focussed and productive for two weeks+ over Easter, I had to acclimatise to getting up early, … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 1-#12: Frilled to Bits!
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!