mid-week hodgepodge

sewing hang tabs on tea towels – pedestrian, but necessary!

Love this quote (thanks to Prof. Pski’s blog) from Poirot in Christie’s 1947 short story, “The Capture of Cerberus” (The Labours of Hercules):

“All these young women who surrounded him- so alike, so devoid of charm, so lacking in rich alluring femininity! He demanded a more flamboyant appeal. Ah! To see a femme du monde, chic, sympathetic, spirituelle – a woman with ample curves, a woman ridiculously and extravagantly dressed!”

But, wait . . . Searching for a better link to this story after declining to use the official Christie page (“BUY” written everywhere), I found the excerpted story and a newsy bit: Christie’s Poirot, hints of “s*x,” and why this story went unpublished for 60 years. U.K. readers & Christie aficionados may know all about this, but it was news to me.

So take a break from today’s “reality” and escape into Poirot’s world, where method and order prevail.

~ ❤ ~ ~ ❤ ~ ~ ❤ ~

last fabric order
Got my fabrics from Vogue Fabrics and immediately checked to see if they were on-grain before serging the raw edges and tossing into the washer. Of the 3 pieces of cotton, one of the six edges was cut properly.

behold the pile from ripping the other five edges.
turquoise cotton batik “pegged out” over the shower rail – it does feel a bit better…

Perhaps because I got the end of the bolt, the touch was rougher than the swatches, and I was disappointed when it came out of the dryer. Have just washed it again and am air-drying over the shower rail. (Noticed the fabric is translucent both wet and dry.)

So, am re-thinking the turquoise/teal group of fabrics…  Perhaps the turquoise would make a better Victoria blazer (By Hand London, or BHL)  but I’d have to try squeezing out the cropped version. And find a lining. So am still very much in planning stages for that group.

The orangey batik is lovely and light weight, but I’m wondering how badly the off-grain printing is going to affect my plan for a duster with an opening straight down the front (like this one).

bottom edge is selvedge; left edge is serged after ripping

Check out the lower selvedge and the left serged edge in the photo. Do please tell me what you think. Am I being too nit-picky?

Had thought an asymmetrical front instead, but am afraid it might look a lopsided mistake rather than planned.

gotta have me greens!

Lastly, the neutrally-dotted lawn’s texture is good and should pair with a lot of the greens I already have (as shown). It will be another duster to blend over the greens and the few browns in stash.

Lastly, from Lizzie’s latest Vintage Traveler Miscellany is a 20-minute film I found utterly charming, scenic and informative. Thank you, Lizzie!

TWEED: From Hill to Hill, a Rural Tradition

5 thoughts on “mid-week hodgepodge”

  1. “Suppliers” over here are very scarce and training in cutting is a forgotten art. Eager to see what you’re doing with your doggie fabric, though sorry to hear about too much of it in the waste bin.


  2. No help with the fabric fretting I’m afraid – I don’t think I’ve ever bothered checking the grain so that’s what I know! Having said that, I did have to square up a 50cm piece of linen blend fabric yesterday because it is covered in little dogs and some of their heads were getting chopped off across the width top and bottom. (Don’t worry, this is not for a piece of clothing!) It annoyed me because it had been so badly cut and, by the time I’d squared it up, I’d lost quite a bit of the length. Maybe we should complain more often and these suppliers would train their cutters better.

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  3. Love your term “window pane” although I might end up spelling it slightly differently. 😉
    Yes, I was taught the same thing and just double-checked the grain. It squares up nicely as long as your eye isn’t distracted by those window panes.
    Maybe I should just shrug and say, that’s what you get with hand-printed batiks…


  4. I don’t really know what to say about that nice “window pane” fabric. But I wonder, if you bother to rip the cut edges, do you also bother to stretch the fabric by hand, diagonally from corner to corner? I was taught that something like 40 years ago!! and actually recently had occasion to do that with a piece of cotton.

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