sunday sevens #12 ~ reflections

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view from the porch

view from the porch

Monday was taxes due day over here, and now that’s finished life can go on as usual. Which always seems to be unusual these days.

Shhh! I’ve been downloading & listening to podcasts from BBC4’s Women’s Hour whilst doing mechanical work. Have discovered interesting tidbits, and thought I’d share a few.

Helen Walmsley-Johnson writes about being an older woman in society. Has anyone read her book, The Invisible Woman? Am wondering if it’s worth importing across the pond.

Since I learned how badly some books are edited for American readers, I’ve tried to get original, unedited versions.

Make-up for older women was also discussed here, with how-to’s on YouTube.

Hope I’m not the only reader/sewer around that finds both subjects of interest…

 

Sunday 7's

In a valiant attempt to catch up with as many photo challenges as possible, and considering this represents a whole week of piccies, here are those challenges ~

 

a sewing tale: the path to morris

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in sewing, the path to completion is sometimes a long & windy road

No, it isn’t a town somewhere. It’s a jacket pattern, from Grainline.

When it was first published last year there were lots of wonderful versions online, including this, and this.

Nice, I thought, very nice! But what fabric to use? That was the question, because I was living in a fabric-free zone, and very leery of online ordering any knit I couldn’t handle before purchasing.

Then Jen, Grainline’s designer, featured this version on her site, and the fabric was still available from Mood in NYC. After that  perfect recommendation, I ordered some.

Then it sat and aged a bit whilst I thought about it, as one sometimes does. . . you, know, to consider all one’s options.

this denim skirt, remember? click the pic for original post

And realized I should do a toile before cutting into the gorgeous green.

And wondered if I really wanted a jacket. The fabric would make a perfect….. (insert favourite style).

Then I watched a marathon of Stacy London & Clinton Kelly of What Not to Wear, and noted how much jackets/blazers added to one’s wardrobe.

That did it. I remembered some heavy stretch denim used for a long winter skirt several seasons ago. There was plenty left over. It’s heavy, but it passed the stretch test. Besides, it was for a toile that, if wearable, might go well with my denim skirt (right).

Then I moved house and put everything on hold.

Fast forward to a completed jacket, and end of this path.

Thank you for walking along with me, and special thanks to my patient prodder, who knows who she is. . . . .

Changes included:

  • lengthening the sleeves (I don’t like 3/4 length)
  • no interfacing used (fabric was heavy enough; boy, did that take a while to decide)
  • I stitched in the ditch behind the collar (to anchor the facing)
  • sleeve hem facings were both short, which might have been caused when I cut the sleeve longer (but didn’t actually widen the sleeves)
  • couldn’t decide how to finish seam edges (tried overlocking in contrasting white but couldn’t decide, so haven’t done them all)

And that’s all I can remember at present. Am basically opposed to front facings not sewn down (they flap), but there’s no way this heavy denim is going to be hand-stitched in place. Am keeping my fingers crossed.

Hope everyone has a restful weekend planned!

 

Also submitted for the 52 week photo challenge.

sunday sevens #10/11

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Sunday 7's

Finally got 7 piccies the easy-for-me way, which (hopefully!) is just as easy for you.

Natalie, over at Threads and Bobbins, came up with the idea of Sunday Sevens. Anyone can join in, and you don’t have to do a post every Sunday.

And now I’m off for a late telecon.

Have a grand week, everyone!

quick catch-up

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Ripon & Fountains Abbey

Antiques Roadshow on telly & I’ve had time to look it up on my old map (2013, Ripon’s Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire – lush setting!)

Hello again!
Long-time, no-write.

Got a great part-time gig working at home, but with interesting hours. 😉
Lots of yummy (esoteric) research & reading, so all I’ve had time for is keeping up with everyone else.

And doing the odd bit of sewing.
My Morris is almost done, just finishing up facing details which I hope to complete shortly.

I’ve cut out a new pattern. It’s sort of a sweatshirt, but I’m using jersey.
Meanwhile, enjoy your weekend!

PS/ Just realized there’s a bit of a secret here. Anyone guess what it is?

Submitting for the 52 Week Photo Challenge.