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rayon, rayon everywhere (aka, viscose)

Last week I was musing over this Butterick pattern, B5655. I got it out to confirm there are two complete items here, a dress or tunic and duster, sewn together. Both duster and dress use separate front and back pattern pieces.

For me, on a very hot and humid summer day, this is a big deal. If/when I make this up I’ve a feeling there won’t be double layers both front and back. If there are, they will not be sewn together, and one – probably the duster – will have longish and loose sleeves. 😉

Also under scrutiny last week was this cocoon dress from Vogue, V1496. Whilst talking with Vogue Fabrics to locate elastic lace for those half slips, I saw an interesting rayon/viscose fabric that might work well for this Vogue dress. Eager to have it in my hot little hands, I hoped it would arrive on the weekend. It didn’t. 😟

Wednesday the package appeared. I like the fabric very much. It’s very light in weight but not transparent, and it washed and dried in cool temps with nary a wrinkle. However, this is a fuzzy fabric. Fuzzy does not feel good in heat and humidity.

So I’m back to the planning stage for this fabric. But as you see below, there are some interesting color combinations in the offing. More thinking . . . which at some point makes my brain begin to feel a bit like Pooh’s, but we’ll get to that later.

About those other fabrics – The solid teal rayon (left) I’ve planned for trousers; the green and black pattern (another rayon) is already both blouse and skirt. The dark brick, right, (rayon again – are we noticing a trend?) was earmarked for a half slip, and the cinnamony arrows (cotton lawn) is a dead match for those tiny butterflies… another blouse?

I’m thinking the fuzzy rayon might make a blouse that can also be worn as a second layer atop another blouse, leaving the solid teal for trousers, and do the arrows cotton lawn as another blouse.

What do you think? Have I totally lost you? 🤪

books

It’s been a while, but you know I haven’t stopped reading! The local town library has opened again after renovations, so I collected a little pile… and just finished Becoming (Michelle Obama), loaned graciously by Jen of Let the Sewing Begin after I mentioned there were over 1,000 on the waiting list.

It was an absorbing book for two reasons: First, it is extremely well written and paced, and is very conversational in style. Secondly, it felt personal. I was living in Chicago and walked home from a late work session the night of Obama’s first election and could easily hear the crowd’s roar a couple of blocks over in Grant Park. The whole city felt lite up that night, proud and honored that one of our own was going to the White House.

The night of Obama’s re-election I could hear the crowds over on Michigan Avenue roaring every time cars flew past, hoping it was Obama on the way from his home, south of me, up to his campaign headquarters further north.

On the weekend I listened almost non-stop to the audio version of The Music Shop because the first paragraph grabbed me and I couldn’t stop listening. At two in the morning, exhaustion demanded a pause for sleep.

No, I never read the whole Winnie the Pooh and thought it was time. The stories are well suited for any age reader. The contrast between them and headlines is a stark but needed reminder of what I prefer to consider normal: gentleness, kindness, consideration, and lots of humor.

The unreadable title underneath it is Sayers’ Strong Poison. Haven’t started this one yet… And I couldn’t resist picking up Clinton Kelly’s book, Oh No She Didn’t, for a quick review of What Not to Wear. Remember that program?

Crochet One-Skein Wonders is interesting to look through but I’m not planning anything from it just now. It’s just because it was there and I thought it would be interesting to look through. (We’ll have to wait and see how that works out. 😉)

Yikes! This is marathony! Best stop, say many, maaany thanks to anyone still reading, and wish everyone . . .

May your sewing machine always be oiled, your needle sharp, and your bobbin full!

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remember these two rayons?

They’ve been sitting here quietly, waiting for me to locate some stretch lace for their waistbands.

I looked at Vogue Fabrics (Chicago) on-line first, but didn’t find any. So I looked a few more places, browsing other fabrics along the way, as we do. . .

Spent a weekend thinking how to proceed further. Finally thought I could at least call Vogue’s 800 number and ask if they had anything in the store, and they did.

Alleluia!

Turns out they had lots of elastic lace in different colours and widths and percentages of stretch.

We emailed and called over a day or two, and whilst doing that, I had a look at Vogue’s fabrics, as we do. 😉

Despite our winter weather I’d fixated on a summer pattern acquired last year, V1496.

With that on the mental back burner Vogue’s latest laser print linens and pontes were tempting me, until a rayon caught me eye.

The rest, as they say, is history and both the elastic lace and the rayon are winging their way to moi.

Hopeless, aren’t I?

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This is another remnant from my Chicago fabric collection. It was found at Vogue Fabrics and added shortly after what’s now my recent skirt.

I’m leaving the piccies huge so you can see the details. I think that embroidery is upside down. Just realised the embroidered shape, if it were more pronounced, might be a bit of a prob, or am I being paranoid?

This is one yard of medium weight unknown fibre, 60 inches wide with 30% stretch.

Never considered it for anything except a bottom something er other, due to weight and inside texture. (I hate having to line things. Much easier to make a slip.)

Which I’ve been planning on doing with both these pieces (below).

And delving amidst the collection, thinking about slips and such, these two pieces of rayon came to mind. After searching for threads, came up with some make-do’s.

a little experiment . . .

just to catch your eye… actually, am wondering how to use this big & BOLD print… suggestions MOST welcome! CLICK the pic for the larger view & check the yard stick for scale

Am trying the Import feature on WordPress and see it will/may take up to 24 hours before the transfer is complete.

Am trying to save some posts from Del’s Other Stuff to the category “Music.”

So if something weird is appearing, that might be what’s going on.  Maybe.  Hopefully it’s not anything weirder.

Meanwhile, it is just past the witching hour, but like most not-really-a-witch I’m going to rest with a good book.

And fingers crossed…

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happy, hot july

white loops on red medium weight cotton

Hello, Lovely Readers — how are you? Life’s been happening since my last post, so this is a mite lengthy.

Hope you’ve time to settle in with something cool (or hot, as appropriate to your weather) and stay for a catch-up, including some sewing. Yeah!

Have cogitated and cogitated over what to do with this medium weight cotton, of which I bought maybe 1½ or 2 yards. Finally decided on shorts with pockets, as my blue pair gets worn constantly at this time of year. How long has it been in stash? Ummm . . .  absolutely no idea.

But I couldn’t resist it as it’s that wonderful tomato red that I love but can never find when I have a specific project in mind. Now that I consider it, I was probably thinking “summer dress” but after laundering realised it would be too hot, and stashed it.

At one point I thought “tote bag” and have a piece cut off for that, as well as what I assume were the handles, except there’s a strange “V” cut on one end. Wonder what I was thinking…

Anyway, this is finally out of stash, ironed, and might be cut out by the time you read this. (Not yet, but the pattern’s out!)

this is what I frogged back to – 😳 – but next time maybe I’ll count better

Remember that green & mustard ski cap I was working on last time?  I got it out and looked at it, then counted my stitches and realised I’d got off about 8 rows from the start.

Yes, I was good and frogged it back, but that put a damper on my crochet ardour. That, plus the early onset of extreme heat & humidity. Managed late last week to pull out of the doldrums a bit, and am almost back to where I was.

See what the triple digit temps have done to the lovely hydrangea bushes dotted around the apartment complex? The roses are too scraggly for piccies and grass that isn’t on a sprinkler system is dead brown because our rain has been sporadic.

Looking on the brighter side… Heat means time to tackle the small unread stack of books on my shelf… and was delighted to have found one I’d forgotten I had!

piccie courtesy British Library Crime Classic site

Back story: Several years ago I discovered the British Library Crime Classic series and ordered Death on the Cherwell by Mavis Doriel Hay. I quite enjoyed it, and learned what a humpty is (a.k.a., hassock), as well as absorbing more bits about British women’s university years.

BTW, if anyone has a humpty pattern they wouldn’t mind sharing, please let me know (sewing, not knitting or crochet).

British Library Crime Classics
originally published in 1934
Click to go to book on British Library Crime Classic site

My forgotten mystery was another Hay book, Murder Underground, which also mentions a humpty.

(I’m blaming my humpty fixation on triple digit heat. That and a desire to stuff one with stashed fabric. Add a zipped top & it might be great storage as well as hassock.)

Hay has a third book, The Santa Klaus Murder,  that I haven’t acquired yet just ordered, but I’m also looking for a nice used copy of Bats in the Belfry, by new-to-me author E.C.R. Lorac (Edith Caroline Rivett).

click to go to the book on British Library’s site

If anyone’s read any of Lorac’s books I’d love to know what you thought. Somewhere I read she was a witty author, and if there’s one thing I like to read in summer heat, it’s something humorous.

(Speaking of witty, just found & ordered Doonan’s Wacky Chicks & another Gerald Durrell. And that third Hay book, too.)

I’ve been puzzling over what to do with some of this cotton batik (below) ordered last summer from Vogue Fabrics in Chicago, but now out of stock.  It’s heavier than I’d thought and has a funny sort of texture (possibly from all the dyes used to get the particular splotchiness of the pattern). I love the colours, but the texture put me off for a season.

Chatting over t’internet with fellow sewer Jen (Let the Sewing Begin) with fabric in hand, she thought it would make a good duster, and we talked a bit about what colours to wear with it. Afterwards I remembered a green linen camp shirt I’d found at a thrift shop in Arlington and got it out to check. What do you think—a definite maybe?

Lastly, a “goodness, I’d forgotten” moment earlier this past week when WordPress sent a Sixth Anniversary note. It’s been a tough time down here for most everyone, and I’m trying to buck up and stay more focused on goodness.

To that end I really really am valuing all you sewing bloggers around the globe. Reading your posts and seeing how you all are coping with a very turbulent world makes me feel not so alone over here, and sometimes even hopeful for a decent future. To that end, am sharing one last thing, which I hope will make you smile as much as it does me. . . . . . .

I finally read the last bits of Doonan’s book, Eccentric Glamour, and want to share a quote from the “Wallflowers and Big Stinky Peonies” section (p. 217). This might sound a little strange, but hang on as I’ve the perfect example below it.

“As you begin to stick your toes into the luscious lagoon of eccentric glamour, you will experience a jarring increase in the amount of amorous attention you receive… It is simply a result of how gorgeous and fabulous you think you are…” (Doonan’s emphasis)

If you begin to feel overwhelmed at such prospects, Doonan chides us not to “stay at home and watch “Dynasty” reruns…” Instead, he flatly says that is “…a waste of time—yours and mine (meaning Doonan’s)—unless you share it with someone… It’s a “What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play” Liza in Cabaret kind of a thing.”

As promised, here’s one of my favourite bloggers’ recent posts that perfectly illustrates Doonan’s concept. If you don’t already know NYC’s utterly & outrageously adorable Marcy Harriell, also known as Ooonabaloona, click and say howdy.

HEARTIEST THANK YOU’S & CONGRATS TO ALL WHO’VE MADE IT THROUGH!

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