Readers, as you can see, the little matching bolero jacket for Simplicity 4227 is shaping up nicely. It still needs sleeves and a good pressing, but the facings are in and you can get a sense of where this is going. I wasn't able to get much done yesterday.
It looks short in the pic but my hand is at my true waist so I think it will be fine. I'll have to make some kind of self-belt too, I suppose. Did I mention this pattern is from 1953?
The jacket has been fun to put together; it has all sorts of darts and curved edges.
I interfaced the facings, clipped, and turned them, and then I'll either serge the facing edges and hand stitch them down, or apply bias strips, turn those under, and hand stitch those. Even with a Cathy garment I like things to look neat inside and not too bulky.
This fabric presses OK, not great, and I'm cautious as I don't want to overpress this synthetic. Dry pressing seems to work best and I've been using my point presser/clapper to press open those seam allowances along the outer edges. They turn better that way.
I'm not sure about adding decorative trim, which the pattern calls for. It's already such a bold print -- and so dark --and you know how Cathy likes to lay on the bling. I'll have to see how it looks with the dress. Anyway, I hope to finish this project today or tomorrow, time permitting.
BTW, I have dubbed this The Deborah Kerr dress; it just reminds me of something she'd have worn back in the early Fifties.
I found this vintage handbag at the Salvation Army on Wednesday -- a rare find there and in very good condition considering its age (1940's?) Picture it without the dog hair; it's all over everything at our house. Pretty, no?
In other news...
Actually, there is no other news. Everything Featherweight-related is on hold while I wait for my screw to arrive. The case is on the balcony airing out and I'll take another look at it in 2-3 years.
The Vinyls should be receiving a new shipment of clothes any day now.
Shortly we'll be discussing materials needed for our Jeans Sew-Along, which starts May 2, you'll recall.
How about a gratuitous puppy shot or two? Willy is annoying but he is cute.
Friends, I am eager to return to the sweatshop -- you understand.
I hope all you eager beavers are hard at work sewing something -- or unsewing, as the case may be. Both have their place.
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