Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Boiled wool jacket

My jacket is progressing very nicely, though slowly.  Because the fabric is so thick, each piece had to be cut out separately.  Then each edge had to be trimmed down to size and the overlap for each seam marked in chalk before it could be sewn.  This morning it took all the way through Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings, Dvorak's Serenade for Strings, and halfway through Beethoven's Fourth, which is a wonk of time, and which brings us here [these are just interim photos, mind]:

The color in the pictures above is really washed out.  Actually it's a lovely blue-ish brown, like this:

This is a way cool button Sis gave me for my birthday (the national holiday we all celebrated last week).  I'm thinking about using it on the boiled wool jacket.  Or maybe not, it may need buttons all the way down the front.  She also gave me this really useful needle cushion.  I can hardly wait to stick something in it!

So that's where we are at the moment.  Tomorrow I'll do the sleeves, collar and pockets, plus any fiddly bits that need taking care.  I am really pleased with it!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's National Sewing Month!

And I'm sewing again!  Sis and I have challenged each other to sew every day of September.  Except (for her) when off on fabulous vacations, and (for me) when celebrating a birthday.  This morning I cut out the muslin for a boiled wool jacket, using this pattern:

The fabric is a lovely dark brown boiled wool I bought from Emma One Sock last year.

After that I'm going to make myself a 49er jacket.  (I am myself a 49er so I especially deserve one.)  Over the summer I picked up a 1948 pattern that will be just perfect once I've graded it to my size.  For the fabric, I'm going to use a brown and cream Pendleton plaid I bought in Portland last year.  And I have a lovely dark brown wool for a skirt to go with it.