Figured I had earned it after polishing off my black linen skirt and finally getting the handles sewn onto the veggie bag.
So here’s what I did with some wonderful crocheted doilies gifted to me by Ali, who knows the woman that made them. (Thanks again, hon!)
However, I do think they could use a spot of colour, don’t you? Maybe some ribbon to hide the rubber bands. Hm…
Have been meaning to post this update to that peppermint stripe outfit: It started pilling less than a month after I finished it. Good thing I’d mentally tagged the fabric for stretchy muslins.
Oddly, the bermudas seem to be okay. Wait! Better check the seat . . . . it’s okay! Don’t feel so bad now.
Have been wanting something in a solid green and remembered this from my Chicago days, languishing in the Needs Refashioning pile. Spent quite some time taking the waist apart, trying to figure out what on earth I’d done. It took a couple of long ripping out sessions.
But newly washed and ironed, it’s hanging whilst I gather my courage to cut into a summer dress I’d put in the refashion pile earlier this year. Hoping to use the dress for waistband facing and a sleeveless blouse. Fingers crossed! 😉
Meanwhile, hope everyone is surviving their season! ❣️❣️❣️
ps… The Guardian had an interesting article on craft/activismhere.
Enjoying your weekend?! I’m spending it crocheting because my squidgy package arrived Saturday. Yeah!
I’ve also been reviving my listing on Ravelry, so stop by at CurlsnSkirls and say hello if you’re a member. Long ago Chicago efforts are listed, but I’m working on getting things updated.
Valentine’s Day is Thursday and the appropriate cotton cloth (top) is gracing a bedside table. When my voice studio was open I made seasonal table toppers (any excuse to buy fabric) and I still enjoy seeing them each year.
Here’s that finished skirt topped with a gorgeous suede jacket from a closing consignment store in Chicago. (Yes, the skirt’s been that long in the making.) Anyone have suggestions for how to clean the suede without going to a cleaner who will charge multiple times my original cost and use icky chemicals?
Here’s one last suggestion for those of us struggling to get better at, or just get back into sewing – Lucie wrote a great post last week about her own experience. Much food for thought!
Meanwhile, hope everyone can hunker down and get to creating something. Creativity is positive! There’s nothing better for overcoming negatives.
This morning I logged into WordPress to see what the sewing world was up to and was greeted by a big announcement of Gutenberg.
I thought it referred to the large, free, public domain book site, gutenberg.org, and wondered what the heck was going on.
Mid-afternoon I had a bit of time and decided to explore. Being careful not to click the Download button, I opted for more info.
And promptly thought I’d dropped down the rabbit hole.
Starting here I had trouble making it through the first paragraph:
“The editor will endeavour to create a new page and post building experience that makes writing rich posts effortless, and has “blocks” to make it easy what today might take shortcodes, custom HTML, or “mystery meat” embed discovery.”
Rightly guessing my clueless and bug-eyed response, the text immediately set about explaining:
“Key take-aways from parsing that paragraph:
“Authoring richly laid out posts is a key strength of WordPress.
“By embracing “the block”, we can potentially unify multiple different interfaces into one. Instead of learning how to write shortcodes, custom HTML, or paste URLs to embed, you should do with just learning the block, and all the pieces should fall in place.
“Mystery meat” refers to hidden features in software, features that you have to discover. WordPress already supports a large number of blocks and 30+ embeds, so let’s surface them.”
Maybe I am more sleep deprived than I thought. This doesn’t make sense. Can any of you Lovely Readers help?
Meanwhile, on a more pleasant note, am debating about cutting up my last piece of the above buttery soft rayon.
Already have a top and cut-offs, but could also use a skirt.
Nothing fancy, just slip in an elastic waist and zip up the sides. Maybe a pocket, if the bits on the jagged edges are large enough.
Sitting over on the corner is another rayon remnant. This navy might be enough for shorts, but I think the fabric’s print might look better as a skirt.
Do prints ever do that to you? Sort of give you a Look, as if peering down their nose and saying, “I am not that sort of fabric.”
The inspiration piece for these skirts is another rayon skirt. All three fabrics were from Vogue whilst living in Chicago. They’ve been ageing in stash – goodness! – more than six years.
Hope this isn’t a “best-laid plans” sort of post, and I can actually motivate myself into picking up the scissors.
Remember this, this, and more recently the petersham post here?
After several years of working (mostly not working) on this, I still think it’s a good pattern.
Just not in the fabric I chose. And there’s a huge learning curve in that “NOT.”
As I got into the pattern, which has some weird pieces that prove interesting for fit, I discovered that precise seam widths were vital. (ugh!) A fraction off in some places and it’s seam ripper time.
But even more important was the concept of those side pieces. Definitely bias effect going on, which should affect what fabric gets used, and its pattern.
Blithely ignorant, I lost a lot of the skirt’s character, as all the interesting top stitched detail became invisible on this patterned fabric.
Although I thought the weight of the cotton would be good (it’s okay), it turned out the ravelling has been horrendous. Something I didn’t discover until I’d washed it a few times, which I did over the past 2 years.
But lest we get discouraged, there have been positives: Learning about petersham ribbon from Hila’s post and actually using it for a waistband has been a huge plus. (Suspect it will influence most future skirts.)
The other huge plus has been realising, then acknowledging my mistake in using fabric I do not like. (An early on-line purchase so I didn’t touch it beforehand.)
HUGE lesson learnt: Don’t even think about using up fabrics you don’t want to touch… even for a toile.
Below are assorted photos from the recent finishing. However, if you’re looking for sassy photos of me wearing this . . . 😱 Shock! Horror!
pinned on RIGHT side about every inch & wound up taking them all out as I went – not needed (yeah, sez Ali!)
fold back your tape at zip ends whilst still on the RIGHT side!
sewn ribbon just needs a bit of tacking down on WRONG side for finishing
close-up of inside of finished petersham waistband
can you see the slight curve? didn’t have to fuss a bit with the iron – just went right into place easy-peasy!
Do you ever see sassy piccies of me?? Lol! Will admit to laundering it again, giving it a good press, and trying it on. It fits loosely, as I made a straight 16 I think, and am not about to alter it.
The petersham waist works really well for me (hate waistbands) as it sits at the waist (or would if I fitted it properly) and doesn’t annoy. Because of the weird side pieces there’s a good fit at the hip, particularly when seated.
Would I make it again? “Never say never.” Maybe. . . . but with better fabric.