2016 in pictures I make this 45 garments [I thought it would be more, but hey-ho, some were extremely time-consuming] 11 for Dawn, 4 for other family members…and 30 for me. Ahem. Selfish sewing alert! Of that thirty, only 6 items weren’t steampunk or dress-up. Hilarious! On the extrememly positive side, I don’t think I’ve … Continue reading Monthly Making
FINALLY managed to get the missus to lace me up, and help out with this ruddy fitting. Best part of a week waiting, this is not funny! Work so far-I’d rough pinned the front darts out, dividing the excess gained from my FBA into three darts, two under the bust either side, one slightly to … Continue reading 6Nap bodice- on with the show!
Because I’ve been thinking [and even dreaming] about this while everyone else has cracked on with it. Ruth’s finished hers, and it’s gorgeous. Marijana has completed the bodice but isn’t happy with the skirt [yet] and Kate promises to reveal hers very soon. There are more, but I haven’t tracked all of them down … Continue reading Six Napoleon, the work begins…
…with plans and ideas. Five more days of marking, five more days at work [overlapping slightly], then I can erupt back into sewing mode. My parcels of happiness have been arriving steadily, as I console myself with retail therapy. The latest to arrive is a length of Alexander Henry blue motorcycle fabric, intended for another … Continue reading Bubbling…
No, not that, this: The ‘Six Napoleon Challenge’ This amazing dress has been offered up as a challenge/inspiration by Marianna of Sew2Pro. The idea is we make up something inspired by this image by July 14th, Bastille Day. [Although I have asked for an extension as I’m still in marking season then.] My lovely missus … Continue reading Steampunk Napoleon
I haven’t done my hair for these, but I’m still pretty chuffed with the final look. The bodice did up with no trouble at all beyond the buttonholes being a bit stiff still… First, silver underskirt, lilac drape/overskirt, and lilac bodice: I keep seeing that sag at the front of the silver skirt, and it’s … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2[and 4]-#17: Done and dusted
A week ago, I crocked my back. It’s still sore, so I’ve done all my sewing today wearing pyjamas and a corset. A truly gorgeous ensemble! Anyway, I decided to do some more trimming of the evening bodice etc so I finished off my little rosettes. They are made of a matt silver ribbon which … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#16: Last but one…I hope
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!
No no no! That’s Nighy’s end, very different. I spent HOURS yesterday putting the boning into the bodice. First I had to find it. That took ages, as I knew it was all in the large cardboard envelope that it came in, but the ruddy thing had fallen over and was lying on a shelf … Continue reading SWA(SP)P 2016-Pack 2-#13: The end is nigh
Sore fingers ahoy! I added an extra SIX belt loops to the riding breeches last night, which was pretty tricky in places because of all the thicknesses of fabric around the pockets etc. I also unpicked one side of the zip, moved the fabric over a bit and hand picked it back in place. I … Continue reading Trim-triminee trim trim