The vast majority of you who commented yesterday will be happy to know that the light blue L.L. Bean turtleneck I modeled yesterday is headed back to Maine, free of charge (to me).
A number of you recommended Uniqlo, so I checked them out, and they were selling cotton/poly turtlenecks for $7.90, no tax, no shipping. I thought $22.95 was low but $7.90 is ridiculous. I'll keep you posted on the fit/quality when it arrives.
In other news, today I was able to add seam allowances to my traced mens balmacaan coat pattern pieces. Most of the allowances are 1.5 cm., or roughly 5/8".
I used an old cotton/poly sheet for a muslin.
I was very careful to trace the correct size and to add the seam allowances accurately, so you can imagine how disappointed when two (of three) raglan sleeve pieces, which are supposed to look like this...
...ending up looking like this:
Some of this may be due to the fact that a cotton poly sheet doesn't ease, but it annoys me nevertheless.
Everything else looks fine though. I need to add the collar and front facings and test out the pocket. It's actually a very basic coat, which is why it bothers me when I suspect there are drafting issues.
Not much to share about my mother; she has begun intensive rehab but is still very depressed. The social work staff seems to believe this is normal and, hopefully, her outlook will improve soon.
I'm looking forward to Thanksgiving with family in town tomorrow (preceded by hospital visit with Michael and his dad).
So how does Uniqlo manage to sell a shirt for $7.90? You can read more about the company here.
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