The weather changed this week as a huge storm rolled in on Friday and dumped enough snow to snarl our traffic and cause accidents in our little valley. While I spent 3 hours in stopped traffic lines crawling past stalled cars, buses and trucks and police cars and snow plows all just to get home 7 miles away…our backyard was turned into a playground for the birds: We keep all our feeders stocked all winter and even mange to keep 2 hummingbirds alive that opt out of the annual migration to sunny Mexico: Inside the house I am watching 2 bulbs that were given to me by a client who grows flowers as her business. They started out like this: and after one month have had to be transplanted to larger glasses Not quite sure how tall these paper-whites will be but they should be fragrant when the flowers emerge. When I lived in England all the shops had bulbs of all sorts planted up and ready to buy just before Christmas.
Two garments got completed this week…one dazzling dress that was created by Rene Ruiz It was 3 layers of tulle over a gold underskirt and all the embroidery was sprinkled with Swarovski crystal. All it needed was hemming and trimming of the tulle. Inside it had its own boned corset…beautiful!
The other garment was a man’s Riverboat Gambler coat (Simplicity 2895) in wool with a silk lining. I helped finish this coat for a friend who got bogged down with other Christmas present sewing. Mr. Mole was kind enough to try it on and model it for me. Please excuse the wrinkles, it needed some final pressing and the back flap never did want to sit flat. I think it could have been eliminated and just left as a center back opening, but I followed the pattern.
The other weird thing was the shoulder seams, they angled back about 2 inches so instead of a straight line from the neck, the seam wandered toward the back…maybe this was the way things were made back then but fitting a shoulder pad was very awkward and resulted in wrinkles…I hate that!!!
Wishing you all toasty days and nights snuggled up with your loved ones!