Managed an update over the weekend, and a save – not bad! (click a pic for all the details)
another petersham waistband to get crotch fitting properly (hated removing the old waistband, but needs must)
chopped off the bottoms of this hot linen/rayon trouser
re-stitched the label inside a pocket removed from trousers
and re-attached pocket to the cut off pants legs fashioned into a small self-lined purse (using waistband for handles)
making more wearable outfit!
What’s on the table just now? What’s not is my denim hat. Remember the hat? It’s on hold, awaiting horsehair braid . . . (no, it’s not real horsehair).
The machine’s currently threaded for a new duster, using handkerchief linen from stash.
(Pattern? Good question. One of the Big Four and very basic: front, back, sleeve, front & neck facings. From California days and I didn’t save it. I had one cut out and made a pattern from those pieces.)
Since linen ravels so badly this had to have french seams, which means double the work.
Not satisfied with that, I decided to add a bit of shoulder seam detail. And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge . . . 😄
Then there was that one sleeve that had to be pieced to fit the limited fabric…
So its slow sewing this week, and lots and lots and lots of ironing between seaming and seaming and seaming.
Remind me not to do french seams on a fabric that has no right or wrong side. . .
(click a pic for all the details)
right side: decorative stitching down pieced sleeve using rayon thread from stash. No, that’s not a boo boo toward bottom right; it’s a natural slub which is typical in linen
you can see how loosely woven and light this handkerchief linen is
a completed french seam viewed from inside the duster
first i serged the seam on the right side of the garment
sleeve has been set (sewn) in & side seam serged & seam and ready for next step
turning garment inside out, the next step is sewing carefully to encase the serged seam completely (see the long thread tail hanging out the end)
french seam will then go from wrist to hem of garment
The Petersham ribbon arrived Friday. It’s rayon and feels lovely – thank you to Chicago’s Vogue Fabrics!
(What petersham ribbon? I hear you ask… See previous post…)
Vogue has a variety of colours and widths, as the link above should indicate.
There’s also Britex in San Francisco (more choices). Now to sit down and sew & steam mine into place…
Got into warm weather hat making earlier in the solid week of 80’s, as I’ve been wanting a denim hat for years.
Using the never-ending denim (also used for that Morris blazer) it’s been sitting on the sewing table for a bit. Not saying how long a bit. 😳 But it finally came to the head of a pile one night and got mostly sewed up.
Then I discovered I really reeeally wanted some wire for the brim. And something to cover up the wire and finish off the brim nicely. Guess where I discovered just the thing. . . Yep. Vogue Fabrics, with the Petersham already in the post.
And all sewn to procrastinate on starting to fit & cut out a new pattern.
Honestly, I’m not entirely sure whether to use it or frame it.
The insides are in the slide show below.
Do please click a photo to go into the show viewing, as there are multiple texts and not all are visible if you hover. You can also make comments there on individual piccies. Then click Escape to come back here.
I’ve already checked out the web site of the woman who ran the class, Raggedy Annie. She has kits, Lovelies! For all us folk not living close enough for classes. Can you look & not get all kinds of ideas? I surely couldn’t!
PS/ For those fortunate enough to live in the U.K., and near to Halifax in Yorkshire, get thee to Fabbadashery for even more classes from Raggedy Annie and other creative people. The owner, Chrissy, is a delight! You won’t come away empty-handed from her shop. 😉