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everywhere), I found the excerpted story and a newsy bit: Christie’s Poirot, hints of “s*x,” and why this story went unpublished for 60 years.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.
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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