Good news, readers! My denim jeans are underway and so far, so good. There's not much to see at this point, but one never tires of looking at topstitching -- or is it showing it that one never tires of?
Rather than use an actual jeans pattern, I opted for vintage Seventies pattern Simplicity 5048, which includes Western shirt and vest, neither of which I'm making this time around. See the shape of that front pocket? Different, right?
As I mentioned yesterday, I'm topstitching with my Singer 201 and stitching all the other seams with my Singer 66 treadle, which I hadn't sewn with in a long time. (BTW, I've put my hand crank dreams on hold -- once I start on a sewing project I'm reminded how many machines I already have, though I may purchase an after-market repro crank and try it out on my 66.)
I finally sat down and watched The Prodigal last night. As biblical epics go, it was meh -- dull, really, and you have to feel for poor Lana Turner, who apparently wanted nothing to do with it but was under contract and couldn't say no. Instead, she connived to make her skimpy costumes skimpier. Let's just say it was no Ben Hur.
Speaking of The Prodigal, word has it that the 3,000 lb. fertility god statue used in the film currently sits in a trailer park off Rte. 13 in South Jersey. While not actually autographed by Lana, I think it's a pretty good bet it's authentic. Any interest?
Friends, as it's something of a slow news week and I'm eager to get back to my jeans, I'm going to sign off now.
I leave you with Lana (along with Ann Miller and Zsa Zsa Gabor). Priceless.
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