Coming along

Adding to the kitchen chaos are the boxes that contained Christmas presents:

Work on the kitchen is slow but here are some more photos. A space for the fridge and microwave are ready.

The empty space for the dishwasher:

Where are the top cabinets?

Then the tile floor was installed. Can you see the new breadboard?

All the top cabinets were made too short so they went back to the factory to be made taller. So we wait. The cabinet on the floor will have glass shelves and glass doors and be attached to the cabinet top right over the peninsula.

All the brown plywood countertops are temporary to keep the cat from falling into the drawers or pooping in them. Temporary sink and faucet as well until the final countertop will be cut and installed. Round brushed pewter knobs will be attached along with more molding. Once the green tile backsplash is in, the electrical outlets can get new silver covers.

The glass cabinet is on the floor and more molding strips too. The beadboard/wainscoating has been painted green to match the new backsplash tiles to come. All of the blankets stacked on the left are glass shelves and glass doors.

Green tile backsplash is to come along with quartz countertop.

For now we can enjoy the fresh snow this week. One hummingbird taking a break on the feeder under the eaves:

A view from the back window and Nadine not happy with all that cold wet stuff!

Mr. Mole is working his way through these seasonal goodies along with Christmas puddings and mincemeat tarts but he does share with me.

Looking forward to 2022 and what joy it may bring to all my followers!!! Thank you for dropping by!!!

I’m hoping that some time in February when the kitchen project is finished, I can get back to real sewing…well that is the plan anyway!

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Transitioning to a New Project

My last bride of the season:

We have seen this dress over and over…Willowby Galatea. We know it offers little bust coverage with tiny triangular flat bust pads.

One thing I have altered on every one of these is shortening the straps by 2 inches. Here are the red thread markings for the new seam.

Of course, you have to remove and pull back the nude knit lining first:

Once all the machine stitching is done and the nude lining is hand attached, you can see that I did not cut off the excess fabric. What if the next bride needs it…it is there for her.

Another issue are the tiny bust cups. My bride opted for some taller teardrop shaped ones to be added to give more support and coverage by stacking them.

The finished gown with tulle front hem trimmed side seam to side seam.

Back tattoos erased:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last year, one of my brides chose this same dress and she was still nursing her new baby so she had easy access:

 

Now unto the new project…does it involve sewing…no, but it does require a sharp eye to see small gaps and big gaps in wood.

Here we started with a 1990’s vintage kitchen:

When we moved in 20+ years ago, this kitchen was wallpapered in navy paper with tiny white flowers. In fact, the bedrooms were all painted in navy or fire engine red and we spent many hours striping and priming walls with white paint to start fresh. Back then the trend was toward homey colors and motifs like grapes and a rustic feel.

We papered the walls in that manner and did the ever present upper border above the cabinets too. The wood floors had been pretty trashed from the families who had owned the house before and had been refinished badly with gaps between the slats.

We hired a contractor and here is the first photo of the same space:

Floors were stripped down to the basics, tile walls were cut out to expose pink insulation. All electrical outlets are just wires hanging out. Our 10 yr. old stove was kept while the rest will be replaced. The sub floor was attached and ready for the new tile. It started the beginning of September and the completion date was going to be Dec 5th.

With the worldwide shortage of appliances, everything was order way in advance and held in a warehouse by the kind dealer. Floor tiles and back splash tiles were also ordered and stored by another dealer.

Here is our temporary dining area…the new fridge and dishwasher and fan hood in cardboard boxes with our old microwave on a bookshelf.

  

Washing dishes in the laundry room and everything else we own is boxed up in the garage waiting…and waiting.

Our darling kitty had to be fostered out for the first 8 weeks to avoid the noise and chaos. We have gone past the finish date…and we wait…countertop folks are backlogged for another 6 weeks…and we wait…new completion date could be the end of January when we get electricity back and running water and new sink and faucet, garbage disposal and dishwasher hooked up. Then the cabinets will be installed and filled with all the contents from the garage. Certainly that date will be more like Christmas than it is now.

The funny thing is…one of my neighbors was making cookies last week and she asked me if I had some vanilla extract…well, somewhere a bottle is in the garage…but where?

Another good thing is we have been able to donate all our old appliances to Habitat for Humanity ReStore shop to sell to help build houses for the fire victims of last year.

Obviously ALL garment sewing has been discontinued at this point except for making fleece and flannel blankets for the Foster Care program in our valley with the ASG.

Wishing all of you a very peaceful holiday season and if you find yourself with a mountan of dust like at my house…these fish scale towels are fabulous!

 

 

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Bling and Swing(ing) 60’s

Lots of donated fabrics find their way to my house and into the ASG Community Sew pile during the year. Some folks just drop off fabrics for me to recycle into something usable.

When this fabric was dropped off, I was impressed but didn’t know what it could be transformed into. While the opposite selvedges were brown or hot pink,  both edges were impregnated with gold glue to resemble sequins…it took some thought and pattern planning.

Shiny glue did not photograph well!!!!

I settled on Simplicity 8172 which I had used before for Nancy. This pattern fits so well and drapes so nicely and even through the sleeves are “cut on” they are close to the body without adding bulk under the arms like most boxy kimono shapes.

I chose View D.The photos are fuzzy but you can see the main part of the kimono had no gold glue dots. The flounce was cut like a circle skirt so I opted to keep the straight of grain gold dots for the down center front. The sleeves also made use of the selvedges with narrow hems.

Instead of a button or snap, Nancy wanted a narrow tie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A better front view with the tie and all edges sewn with a narrow hem in the chiffon.

The back view showing how the lower flounce runs crossgrain and has a center back seam.

It gives Nancy a little blingy jacket to wear when she is feeling a little jazzy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In another donation bag of fabric scraps, I found this brocade jacket from the 60’s. It was made in London on Carnaby Street and it may look familar for those as old as I am. It was quite fashionable back them and despite the hems being undone and the side seams being taken in badly, I was able to release the previous alterations and press it nice and flat. It has a metal zipper and the stitching looks like the original but being grey, it looks awkward.

The back resembles the front with princess seams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The original label:

About the designer:

Aristos Constantinou graduated from the London School of Fashion in 1965. His father was a master tailor located at 45 Carnaby Street and gave Aristos two rooms on the first floor of his shop. His brother Achilleas was still in school and had hippie friends who painted the doorway in psychedelic colors, attracting a young and eager clientele. The shop was an instant success right in the heart of the British mod fashion revolution. Because of his couture training, Aristos was able to offer avant garde designs and was the first British designer to offer couture on high street.

   

It was a real peacock time for fashion especially for the men in music. Whether it be Mick Jagger in a checked suit or the Beatles in psychedelic trappings, it was a time to indulge and be seen!

The 60’s were my favorite time as that is when I first got a letter from my new British penpal from Liverpool in 1964. We swapped 45’s and magazine cuttings from the time but we never knew that 30 years later we would be happliy married!

 

Just 9 days until Thanksgiving here in the US and we all know what that means…stuffing…and more stuffing the bird and ourselves with such delicious foods while trying not to get into an argument with relatives who are rarely seen or invited to our table until turkey day. Being grateful for all the things we have in life will make for a pleasant day! Thank you all for following my blog and commenting! Gooble Gooble!

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Snug Me Up

Here is a late season bridal gown that needed lots of tightening up:

Here is the side view with the bride holding her dress up and a practice bustle. You can see that her skirt is too long by the width of the 3 inch wide horsehair braid. It would have been very expensive to remove it and make the whole front shorter as this hem was embroidered through to the braid.

The back strap was way too loose so the buttons needed to be moved over about one inch.

The top waist of the skirt was also too large and I made darts in both sides

Checking the position of the hook and eye shows that when hooked together, the laps would not come together nicely. Also being chrome, they would not look nice.

New white hooks and better positioning, see how much farther over the hook had to be to close properly?

Marking the center of the new waist dart:

Both darts are hand basted before machine stitching through all that bulk.

After all the darts have been made, they can easily be opened up if the next bride needs the extra ease as I don’t trim away any fabric, just hand tack it flat inside.

Here are more ugly chrome hooks and eyes. They will be replaced by white ones one the buttons are moved over.

For a little extra boost, we added bigger bust pads on top of the flat original ones.

Holding the 5 point bustle train to feel the weight.

Under the train is the knit lining train that will be bustled up too.

Now the bodice fits nice and tight, bust cups filled and after sewing on the bustle buttons and back strap buttons, everything is ready. The bride will just have to be careful walking with that long front skirt. The bustle does clear the floor and when the bride is wearing her shoes, it won’t catch on any leaves or twigs.

As the bridal season winds down and we are still stuck with higher Covid numbers in our valley, less and less weddings are being held.

We are looking forward to getting our booster vaccination as it has been 6 months since the second one was given. I have to say that with all the claims from anti-vaxers that my body will become a huge magnet…it is very disappointing to find that my car keys will not stick to my hips when I wear clothes without pockets!!! Maybe things will change once I get the next shot…fingers crossed!

If any of you are into British history, here is a blog post about layers of old wallpaper found in an old derelect house: https://spitalfieldslife.com/2021/10/27/the-wallpaper-of-spitalfields-x/

Hope your Halloween festivities bring good weather and lots of little monsters to your door!

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Rise and Fall

About a year ago a fire swept through our valley destroying over 3000 homes and businesses. 6,000 people were homeless in an instant. Three thousand acres were burned to the ground.

Where does one start to pick up the pieces and start the process of getting together documents for insurance payments?

How does one get over losing everything?

Today, driving past the areas that were burned, there is little in the way of resettlements and building. Folks are still trying to get their lots cleaned up and cleared of debris. Insurance claims are slow to appear so many folks have been left in a Limbo of burned paperwork and restrictions.

One lady in her 70’s has persevered through it all…my friend, Joyce. She is a seamstress who has been working tailoring clothes since 1969. Her home was flattened within minutes of her returning home from driving people to doctor and hospital visits.

She was allowed to run into her house and grab her medications and one doll…everything else went up in smoke.

After all the emergency vehicles had left, one of her friends told her that they should go to the ashes and dig through to see if anything survived. She was reluctant from the looks of the site but as they walked along to the back of the house, a jewelry box was found.

She opened the box and found one article…

Finding a thimble was her sign that she should continue her sewing business and rebuild. Luckily her tailoring shop was saved and she could continue working through this whole year.

The other single thing that was rescued was her doll. Joyce lost 4 chests of Teya’s clothes that she had made over the years. She said, “Teya escaped with the clothes on her back (t-shirt and leggings) as did I.”

But this month has some brought some good news…Joyce’s new manufactured home is on site where her last home was. Foundations are being poured and renovated and brought up to code before utilites are hooked up and she can move in. Her new front door is painted red as it reflects what a welcoming and generous person she is in the community.

Soon she will be in new sewing room and making new clothes for Teya and herself!

As the summer temps cool, we have been harvesting our two types of Butternut squash. Here is the first batch on Mr. Mole’s workbench in the garage. There will be more to join them once we have our first frost and the plants shut down.

Our Swiss chard plants are still producing:

The potatoes grown in fabric bags have done well:

The remaining green tomatoes will have another month to ripen and be brought into the kitchen to be scorched under the grill and then frozen for the Winter.

This week Mr. Mole got creative and constructed a “catio” as in a cat patio for Nadine. She can stay inside and watch birds safely when her humans are busy doing gardening chores. She is leash trained now and can be hooked up with a 60 foot leash and harness to roam around the back yard as she wants. Here is a stock photo, not in my back yard!

Halloween is fast approaching and I have already order 180 pieces of candy for the goblins. Normally, we pass out over 150 treats to neighborhood kids but last year and this year, we will have a box on the front porch with a sign to take just one in English and Spanish. Since half of our local population has refused to be vaccinated and our town was rated the most infected in the whole US, I won’t be getting close to the trick or treaters. It’s all about getting the most candy after all!

Wishing you all good progress on your holiday sewing projects!!!

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Adding and Subtracting

This Maggie Sottero dress fits the model like a glove.

 

But not all brides are models, are they? Let’s start with what has to be done:

The halter neck is supposed to join like this with two crystal buttons:

Pinning up the long scalloped lace skirt:

Taking in the right side seam:

Taking in the left side seam:

To make this dress secure, I suggested a different configuration for the halter and adding a new strip down the center to anchor it to the modesty panel. That way…NOTHING moves! The modesty panel will be moved over for the second fitting.

Always nice to let the helper know what the distance should be on lacing up day.

The bride can decide if she wants the bow to show or it can be tucked down inside.

Even with the panel moved over, I may still have to add to it.

As I was pinning up the one-point bustle for the satin layer, the bride grabbed the lace and it looked quite dramatic.

A better view:

A three-point bustle works well for the lace layer.

To take in the right side, first I remove all the lace. The same will be done to the left side. Even though this dress has a corset back, the side seams flared away from the body, especially the bust, and needed taking in right there.

The modesty panel will be detached and moved over just one inch…bummer.

The satin skirt layer is red thread marked for new hem.

Just folded under but will be trimmed later:

Same goes for the lace layer:

Lace hem border is removed like always:

Lace border is pinned 5 inches higher.

Before trimming:

Let’s not forget the lining!

Back to those side seams:

Those side seams require the boning to be removed. You can see the pins on the outside. The boning will be re-attached later.

Can you see what a drop-off will happen once the side seams are taken in?

Here is the real proof…what do you do with a one inch drop?

Well, thankfully, the top lace trim can help cover it. Right side seam:

Left side seam:

Getting down to the new vertical strap:

The overlap with crystal buttons coming to fill the gap.

Second try-on and we still need more width to the modesty panel to bridge the gap.

Second fitting also shows that the hem will be higher in satin layer

The lace hem border is also raised another 1.5 inches.

Using a strip of grosgrain ribbon, I can draw on it and get my markings.

With the lace hem border pinned for it’s final position.

What happens to the vertical strap? I use some of the lining trimmed away to cover a new ribbon.

Edges are folded to the back and hand tacked down.

Lace motifs from the hem border are attached.

The final look with edge stitching…crystal buttons to come.

Going to use a strip of new horsehair braid from Wawak instead of removing the old one first.

The dainty lace trim is removed and used later.

New horsehair braid is pinned into place.

After the second try-on, the side seams needed more taking in satin and lining.

I had to widen the modesty panel by 3 inches to bridge the gap. So, of course you need horizontal boning to keep the shape. The new boning is hidden inside the two layers of satin, not against her skin.

Two huge snaps hold the “tail” of the new strap and the lace trim fills in the gaps on the bodice.

Final touches include bust cups and back photo with bustle.

Final photos with Mr. Mole and his weekly harvest!

It is so nice to have our 100+ degree days are over for now and soon we will be gathering all the Butternut squash to store over the winter.

Happy sewing everyone!

 

 

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Too Much Tulle

This dress is Christiana by Wtoo.

 

Can you see a wrinkle just under the left breast running horizontally across that center panel?

My bride had the same issue with her dress and I tried to remedy it.

First, I removed all the hand tacking inside and steam pressed the panel…nothing. Then the bride tried on the dress and decided that she wanted all the hand tacking replaced and added another 2 rows horizontally. You can see the wrinkle is still there.

Hand tacking in place but still the main wrinkle:

Ready for final steaming of bodice using a pressing pad inside:

Ready for steam:

After steam pressing, the wrinkle is flatter but not perfect.

First fitting reveals that we need to take out 2 inches in the bodice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the inside we have to do the same altering to the lining:

To move the zipper over 2 inches the buttons have to be removed, first 9 and then 12.

Release both sides of the zipper down to the waist.

Just a small problem…the boning is in the way:

Now the zipper is pinned and basted to the new position.

When you move something at a dipping center back, you run out of zipper. That’s when I offer the bride to have the top edge reduced/dropped or adding hooks and eyes. She opted for hooks and eyes to pull the two edges together.

Could I have removed the entire zipper and moved it up? Sure, but that would have required a lot of diet Pepsi, gritting my teeth, grumbling and more labor charges.

Lining is folded under and hand basted for second visit.

In the quest to find out why there are horizontal wrinkles on the front bodice, I opened up the whole inside to find this kite-shaped panel but no wrinkles.

Outside is looking better:

Second visit shows that we have to take out 2 more inches at the zipper. Can we all say it together? “If you have to have 4 inches removed from the bodice, then this is NOT your dress.” The belt ribbon will be cut off at the zipper and attached without a bow.

There will be no bustle, just a loop inside to carry around all that tulle.

The inside elastic bra strap will be shortened 4 inches as well.

New position for the zipper again.

I know it looks weird being at such an angle but it does work for her body.

Once the zipper is attached by machine, I run a row of hand tacks to keep the tulle from getting caught in the teeth.

All the buttons have been re-attached.

I’m not excited about having 3 hooks but I just do what I am told.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At least the outside is closed!

Attaching the belt and making sure the center matches the center of the bodice.

The satin tie belt is hand attached at the top edge.

Final fitting and everything is tight! It was surely worth all the effort!

Last year we planted giant sunflower seeds but this year we didn’t and look what showed up! The heads are filled with little gold finches and chickadees pulling out the new seeds.

Our plum tree produced 2 bowls of fruit this year and the onions and squash are loving this 100+ degree weather. Today is predicted to be 106 F degrees and the next few days at 107 F degrees (41C).

A final shot of Mr. Mole with Nadine, both napping in the recliner chair.

Wishing all of you some time to relax, remove your masks and count your blessings wherever you are…I know I will be doing that!

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So Many Lace Flowers

                                                          I hate clamps!

When I see photos of potential brides with clamps all the way down their center back…it makes me realize that a salesperson could sell any dress if it is clamped tight enough.

The devil be damned if a seamstress can’t make every chunk of fabric under those clamped lips disappear and fit like a glove and yet, every day a bride is promised that a seamstress can fix ANYTHING!

My job is to make the sheer back fit tight tight and hug the lower back curve like a second skin. Does any seamstress want to remove ALL those buttons and loops and try to snug it all up? When no clamps are present the fabric flares away from the lower back in a bubble.

There are side seams but even when they were pinned, that was not the answer, we still had the bubble. I believe that RTW clothing is produced without any reference to the lordotic curve.

As the lower spine curves inward, fabric cannot always follow that curvature and we are stuck with making the impossible possible with darts and all sorts of weird solutions. Also to sell this dress, the salesperson tucked ALL of the powernet downward to inside the dress. One small problem…the powernet is the ONLY thing holding that dress up on her shoulders!

Here is a close up of a similiar gown showing the dart at the shoulder of the powernet fabric. Now our dress comes with nude full length sleeves of powernet but they will be removed and the straps attached before trimming away.

You can see where that top dart should be, on her shoulder, but it will sit lower and cause a groove on her upper arm. It is always nice to see what the dress is SUPPOSED to look like on the website model.

Here is the Okasana Mukha Ulla dress without the long sleeves made in the Ukraine.

Why is this? Well, the weight of this heavily bead encrusted gown pulls everything down and the dress is short-waisted. Another thing to notice when dress shopping is boob coverage. Can you see the bride’s left breast is more exposed? Why? Well the flowers are not placed symmetrically and it appears that the left breast is droopy.

Other issues are the lining and satin layers are way too long, about 4 inches too long as is the front lace layer with a 4 inch wide horsehair braid at the hem. Every bead and pearl and sequin is attached individually through to the horsehair braid. What does the bride want me to do?

She wants to drag her dress around in the front and hopefully bustle everything in the back.

First pinning of the bustle will need more time to map out all the points of the lace layer and the satin layer under it. The lining layer will be trimmed at floor level.

To snug up where the clamps were, the zipper will be removed and moved over 1.25 inches for a total of 2.5 inches too big. More lace flowers to be removed to avoid bulk.

Same goes for the lining and then hand sewn later.

What happens to all the clamped powernet? I will tuck all the excess behind the back neckline and hand sew everything to secure it. Then it will be able to be released in the future if the next bride needs it.

All the extra powernet is tacked behind the edge of the lace.

Let’s add some boobs while we are at it.

The top edge of the sleeve strap is attached 5 inches from the shoulder.

The sleeve band is basted by hand before cutting the sleeves off.

In hemming the satin layer, we ran into a snag. So much labor would be required to remove the horsehair braid and then re-attach it that the bride asked me to remove it instead and hem the satin to floor level.

So that is what I did for the front from side seam to side seam.

After the second try-on, the bride wanted the zipper area even MORE tight…remember the lodotic curve? So, as I am removing the zipper to move higher up the skirt, I slide the zipper pull down past the lining inside and that is when I discovered that the zipper had no clamp/stop at the bottom. The pull came off in my hand and there were some swear words spoken!

 

Now, I know lots of you seamstresses don’t mind fiddling with trying to get the pull back unto the teeth, but I can insert a new invisble zipper faster, so that is what I did. As the “V” of the waistline goes up the further you place the zipper, it is nice to have plenty to work with with a new fresh zipper.

All the lace flowers that were removed before tucking the powernet inside.

Flowers removed and hand basted to the lace edge:

What else? How about a 3 point satin layer bustle.

More hand basting for the third try-on:

Just before cutting off the sleeves:

The lower sleeves were cut off:

New zipper basted:

With the new zipper sewn in by machine, I hand tack all the excess fabrics to the back of the bodice fabric.

You can see both sides all hand tacked down for the next bride.

Then the lining is hand sewn over all of this mess.

All bustled up and sleeves removed and that extra 4 inches of front hem to be dragged around:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s finish with some beefsteak tomatoes…with 100 and 97 degree temps every day, these beauties can be harvested. Thank you all for dropping by, fingers crossed this hot weather will lessen and maybe move on and help the firefighters in their battle to control all the fires here in Oregon.

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Hot Summer Wedding

                Here is the Maggie Sottero dress on a model.

                                                 Here is the dress on a bride.

What needs to be done?

Shorten straps, shorten lining all around, hem satin layer side seam to side seam to start with.

First, the straps are red thread marked 1.25 inches for a total of 2.5 inches. Then they are basted for the try-on.

Hemming the knit lining all around:

To shorten the lace embroidered layer at least 5 flowers will have to be removed before trimming off the floor.

Each flower is machine stitched down so I have to cut every stitch to avoid making holes in the netting.

The first of 7 flowers to be removed.

Unto the satin layer bustle:

The three point lace layer bustle will just need a trim at the bottom to remove excess tulle.

Not all bust cups are in the right position to support breasts, so these will be dropped 2 inches.

Original position of a flat cup:

Once the cups have been lowered and the straps finished, the fit is just the way she wants it.  By shortening the straps 2.5 inches, the back neckline sits nice and flat along her back with no gaps. You can see the hem of the bustle is off the ground and the front hem just covers her shoes.

With our temps rising to 115F last week and continuing this heat streak at 100 + for another week, it has been a battle to water the veggies to keep them alive but here are the first 2 squashes.

These sunflowers are just volunteers from dropped seeds last year.

Do you remember the new empty raised bed from last time? It is now filled with 3 different types of squashes and watermelons and other melons.

On the other side of the new bed are bush beans, tomatoes, purple peppers and leeks and onions.

A newcomer to our garden is an artichoke plant.

Another group of squashes and corn in the background:

The old asparagus bed filled with…yes, you got it…more squash and watermelons.

Meanwhile back in the sewing room, Nadine has found a new spot to nap.

Even when the cat food box is empty…it becomes something special….

Mr. Mole discovers her sleeping/hiding in the hall.

Three more brides to finish all for the same date July 31st and then there is a dress from 1981 to repair and make a little more modern. Remember the 80’s? Big bows on butts must have seemed pretty necessary!!!

Stay hydrated wherever you live!!! Happy sewing!

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Shop-Worn Repairs

This dress is from David’s and quite a bargain right now.

Here it is on my bride with bust pads pinned in.

It had been tried on by many other brides and there are some damaged areas but first the shoulders are pinned up. You can see her right shoulder needs more taking up. Most of us have a low shoulder and it shows up on formal clothes.

The loops are not elastic like on most gowns so they take longer to fasten:

The train will need bustling up. See the clamps, I hate clamps!

Testing a three-point bustle:

Brides love pockets. I ask them what do they put in there and it is always, “my phone, of course”. Do they silence it for the ceremony at least?

 

The dainty beaded belt will be worn with the organza bow in the back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you can imagine the damage done when brides jam their arms into those dainty sleeves, here is proof of what you are buying. I used my snips to show the width of the hole.

All of the red hand basting on the edges is holding the lining to the wrong side. It will be hand-tacked with white thread and small stitches to make a nice smooth edge.

The missing teardrop shape:

The other armhole was damaged as well. My little finger fits inside the hole in the organza lining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looks like the other side doesn’t it?

Nope, it is way worse with the missing seam allowances. All the edges were brought back into position and hand sewn so no one would know what was there before.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the second fitting, the bride wants even more taken up at the shoulders.

Almost done…needing 5 bustle points, safety pinned into position:

The final back photo with lace covered buttons and loops. All the folds are even and angled down for a flattering look mirroring the top edge of the bodice lining.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back to the veggie garden…Mr. Mole is emptying our 3 compost bins and tumbler into his new raised bed for all our squash. The caged bed is filled with strawberries.

The raised bed in the background is filled with leeks and onions and broccoli and califlower. The other bed is filled with tomatoes, peppers and bush beans.

Last year, I took my amaryllis bulb outside after it failed to bloom a second year indoors. It was in a plastic pot all winter and I forgot about it. Then when clearing pots and plants this Spring…look what I found blooming under a bush? Of course, it got rescued and is now indoors to enjoy. Who knew a bulb could be so hardy?

With half our state vaccinated, things may open up soon and restaurants can seat more than the 25% they are doing now. Schools are closed now for the summer after only having students back a few months in a real classroom.

One result of the year-long quarantine is prices of services and items. My hairdresser wrote to me to say she is back and instead of charging $75, her rate has gone up to $130. A fancy restaurant in town that normally would charge $29-39 for a meal is now charging $49. So, we the public have to make decisions. I myself will continue to color and cut my hair at home for $7 a month instead.

Happy sewing and wishing you all a super Father’s Day and first day of Summer next week!

 

 

 

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