Monday, 22 July 2013

Next project?

I have these two green shiny fabrics, one with embroidery and scalloped edges and the other is plain. I do have some yards of net lace as well. I was wondering what to make out of these treasures and I was presented with this dress:

At first I thought it was a crazy idea.... but it quickly started to grow on me.

I'm soon 55 but still rather slim and fit. Of course the corset would help a bit as well. Sooo.... why not? :D

Sunday, 21 July 2013


I think the progress would have greater had I done things by the book. Oh well......
Didn't enlarge the pattern for the arm enough so I had to leave out the fold all together. Then the cuff fit right in where they should. But having lace instead of a fold? I think it looks good. I also used sewing thread with a bit darker tone than the fabric to accommodate the colour of the embroidery. Since this is a thin fabric I used french seams, and that will help the cuffs to stand up as well since they are made out of a single layer of fabric. I might have to add a small stitch or two just to make sure.  The back piece is done, I just have to figure out how to sew the  front and back together since the back piece is shorter than the front pieces.
All of these questions could have been answered a long time ago had I made a muslin.....but I didn't take the time.........this time :)

Friday, 19 July 2013

Doing magic on the E1000

I thought I had enlarged the pattern enough to fit me, but obviously I didn't.
The arms were just too tight and I didn't have enough fabric to cut out a pair of new arms. So I added a piece of lace and reduced the size of the fold.
 Here's how it looks like on the wrong side..... cutting's done half way down.

And this is how it looks like on the right side. Will be better when finished :) At least the arm are wide enough to suit me now.... and even better when I lose a few more pounds....
Then there's these fabrics. About 3 yards each. I don't know how to use them or for what. If you have a really good idea, please let me know..... :9

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Just because......

I don't know anybody in Drammen (or Norway) that thinks it's fun to make outfits from the edwardian/titanic era and wear them. So I dressed up and went out for a walk.
This flower is from the garden...

.... of this building: Marienlyst. I wish this was my house :)

This is an original picture of three ladies in the garden about 1912.

And this is me and my collie, Hunter.  While someone took this picture, a couple of young men passed and they nodded very politely. Made me laugh :) That made this picture look really good...... for once....