A few photos of what’s been doin’ round here lately.
Caution! If you’re hungry, have a snack before continuing. 😉
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Just so’s you don’t think the urge to sew/serge has gone. . . 😱
Besides reading the Cleeves & Durrell books I also did a bit of sewing prep.
By judiciously utilizing early morning minutes before the blast furnace cut in, I managed to cut out another duster (ancient pattern copied & origin no longer remembered) plus another of my favourite summer sleep shirts (NewLook 6871, gifted by Ali).
I also managed to totally forget not to cut down the centre back. Which will now be seamed. Ah, well . . .
I’d hacked the back a bit on the previous duster by cutting down the centre back of the pattern piece and pulling the 2 pieces apart to create a bit of a flare in the back. I really liked it, so did it again for the gauze. In the photos above that back piece is in the lower right of the photo.
The fabric is a black cotton gauze from Vogue Fabrics in Chicago, and still available. I must report it shrinks like crazy, but I think I might have washed it in hot water and machine dried it. 😳 Face of shame as I know better. Just figured if its gonna shrink, then get it over with.
Vogue has a redesigned web site. By the way, I don’t get a thing from anyone for blogging about them ~ receiving freebies is against my policy. They’re nice people who know & love fabrics and I shopped at the Evanston & Roosevelt Road stores when I lived in South Loop.
So on to the serging (overlocking) bits… Should say I have a 3-thread BabyLock BL3-407 almost an ancient as me. This week I decided to tackle serging all the edges of both cottons before sewing. Which meant the dreaded serger rethread operation because I knew all-white thread would not do for that all-black duster. Deep sigh.
Plenty of chocolate to hand, a fan, cooler outdoor temps on Monday so I began.
Being lazy, and hating to change thread colours, I decided to try something I’d just read over on Grainline Studio’s blog. Incidentally, they’ve also redesigned their web site.
They use neutral colours when serging (as do I) and just change the top looper thread colour. Yeah! I gave that a try on the dark gray (“ey”? never remember which is correct) and decided it was ok, but wouldn’t do for the solid black gauze.
Then I rethreaded the needle.
Which took about an hour.
Or so. . .
Am promising myself I’ll serge the duster pattern pieces today. And if that doesn’t happen, then definitely tomorrow. . . Maybe. Done yesterday! 😇
If you haven’t been to the post office lately, you might want to drop by and get a set of the Oscar de la Renta stamps for (U.S.) First Class mail.
Summ-ah heat has arrived, and luckily I had a grand solution to hand:
When the hottest day started I dove into the coolest room ~ luckily, the bedroom ~ and cracked open a new-to-me author. Gerald Durrell.
It’s the only Durrell available from this (insert your invective of choice) county library, and it wasn’t listed the last time I’d looked. Its a Penguin edition, so I was doubly pleased to have it.
What can I say . . . It was the perfect antidote for hot weather. Although A Zoo in My Luggage is about collecting animals in a hot jungle it was delightfully minus the heat and long on charming, light-hearted descriptions of hilarious high-jinks by four- and two-footed creatures.
The perfect opposite to Ann Cleeves’ latest in her Shetland series, Cold Earth. Reading brief descriptions of wet and cold were also a perfect solution for the heat wave.
On Friday I only put one book down long enough to pick up the other with one hand, and a cold glass in the other.
Now I’m attempting to line up more from both authors before the next heat wave hits.
Lest I forget, I read bad news about my much-loved rayon fabrics recently, and thought I’d pass along some things originally from Lizzie Bramlett’s The Vintage Traveler blog. This and this detail the pollution some factories product whilst making rayon. Thank you, Lizzie.
Do take a look if you’re at all interested in chapeaux, or women who purchase hat factories. 😉
Now, as The Fon of Bafut might have blogged,
My good friend[s],
… I am glad you have arrived once more to [the end of my post]. I welcome you. When you are calm from your journeys come and see me [again]. p. 64, A Zoo in My Luggage, Gerald Durrell
Reading Karen’s post over at Did You Make That? reminded me it might be appropriate to do a post about insulating fabrics available on the U.S. side of the pond.
Karen includes a delightful vlog about her latest Liberty purchases. It left me drooling with envy . . . but that’s another story!
(To read my earlier post about curtains, click the photo on the left.)
Here are some suggestions, from make-up to general health. Please feel free to add your own, too!
Adding to my list with your suggestions, Lovelies. . . . .
Need I remind you this is not the time to cook a roast or a bake a batch of scones?
One more thing… How many times have you gotten a call from a friend and known just from tone of voice something was wrong? Everyone’s voice is extremely sensitive to stress.
So if you notice your voice starting to get raspy, pay attention! That’s the signal your body’s not doing well.
How do I know? Aeons ago in a galaxy far, far away yours truly taught voice/speech, but those stories are for another time . . . 😉
The pile is getting smaller!
This time I got out some wonderful rayon/viscose summer sleep shorts I’d cut out earlier in the year.
Had enough fabric to experiment by cutting them on the bias. Used TNT Butterick 5432.
But sewing is completed and they’re in the wash now.
On the inside: I sewed using regular machine with red thread, then serged the seams using white thread. Used rayon bias tape for sewn hem.
This rayon has been in stash for a few years and originated from one of the Chicago stores, but not Vogue… I don’t think… really don’t recall!
Just know that it is wonderfully cool and silky and just right for this horrid summer humidity!
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