After 2 weeks away from my sewing room to catch some sunshine and relaxation Mr. Mole and I decided to drive flat out for 12 hours over the mountain passes to get back home before a storm was predicted. It was 9 pm and the snow was coming down fast enough so that neither of us could see the white line in the highway. Sharing the road with huge trucks passing us on the right was muy muy scary as I was riding shotgun!
The next day I was looking forward/
dying with pain to meeting with an orthopedic surgeon about my knee and he suggested that I have laproscopic surgery to be done like this. While not being a fan of surgery after my foot surgery last Feb (is this getting to be a habit?) at least this one will get me up and walking and I can continue sewing for brides. Speaking of brides, I have asked a neighbor who is a wizard at woodworking if he can make me a platform about 14 inches high and 42 inches across so the brides can be elevated and I don’t have to kneel to pin hems. Stay tuned for that!
This week a woman my age dropped by with 2 projects. One was a standard silk painted kimono dropped shoulder jacket that needed the sleeves shortened without losing the cuffs and the addition of shoulder pads to give her some height. I’ll give you some photos as to what I did: Thread baste the new seam line. Sleeve removed from French seam. The other side before deconstruction Measure both sleeve and armholes…we are lucky they both measure 12!!!! Chalk and cut off excess fabric…save the scrap as a template for the other side.
Ahhhh, the right sleeve is finished and ready for pressing.
The other project was for an event she is going to attend…are you old enough to know the Moody Blues band from 1964? Well, in spite of the original founding members being retired and replaced, they are going strong and even have cruises…check it out…Moodies Cruise.
Here is what the woman wants to wear to boogie along with her fellow revelers: Yes, it is a silk top from 1990 but it has a little problem… a whole lot of space between the center back zipper edges. The client decides it would fit better if we turn it around: (Really?)
All we need is 8 extra inches to make it fit…can you spell “impossible“?
Even after removing the zipper, things don’t look much better but if I add two 2 inch wide bands of black satin-back crepe to the center it may not look too bad. It will begin the second part of it’s life as a jacket and no one will know that she bought this little honey at Goodwill for $8. It’s our little secret.
I’ll be checking back with you in a week with more finished photos but in the meantime be sure and record the new “Project Runway” series on Lifetime TV channel so you can fast forward through the commercials…who are you going to root for?