Remember the blue sequined top my client brought in to be restyled for her Moody Blues cruise? Well, here are a few photos of what went into the new jacket. Let’s start with the gaping original top: We agreed on new bands to go down the front edges so I went to JoAnn’s to buy some polyester peachskin fabric…it is not usually my first choice for garments but is has a dull finish that I wanted instead of shiny satin which shouts “Look at me, I’m cheap and nasty.” The bands are the full length of the front edge and will fan out at the bottom instead of just being the same width all the way down as that would only accomplish bridging the gap at the neck. These two are interfaced with fusible tricot and hand basted on for the client’s approval. Getting there and the final:
I offered to write out in sequins vertically “MOODY BLUES” on each band but she said she could not afford any more labor. So at least her bosom will be covered and she should be a hit with this jacket for 5 days as she swans/swims around Jamaica with her favorite band.
The other blue project was for Clarence the much loved cat who lives in LA with my daughter. You may remember the steps I used to make a pattern and get it basted but the final goodies were going to be the buttons and edge stitching. I dug through my button box looking for something whimsical/feline approved and found these buttons that I had bought back in 1980 when my daughter was born. You know you might have something like this in your button box. Flip that sucker over and check to see what the price was back then…I was surprised to see I had paid $3.60 for 3 hand made porcelain buttons from New Mexico. All I needed was 3 buttons and these were perfect. After I attached them I sniffed around the internet to see if there were more and sure enough there were some for sale…for $35…Holy Cat Fur! But instead of feeling like I was coughing up a hairball, I decided that those little buttons had waited 32 years to be sewn to something precious for such a precious cat. The vest was finished along the edges with a blanket stitch with jeans thread and mailed off.
This week Clarence got her new vest and did her best posing/relaxing in the California sunshine and she is happy her tummy is covered and cozy.
To finish this post I wanted to leave you with this true story of a selfless Basque runner…some days we all need to know there are still good people who are willing to do the right thing…it makes my heart sing: http://wingate-goodpeopleaward.blogspot.com/2013/01/basque-athlete-ivan-fernandez-anaya.html
Have a super weekend everyone!