Happy Mother's Day, everybody!
I found this old high school graduation photo of my mom's today (circa 1948) and thought I'd share it with you. Teenagers don't look much like that anymore, do they?
This weekend I've been finishing the two skirts I've been working on for my Ladies Tailoring class, which ends this coming Wednesday. (My intensive draping class -- five weeks @4 nights per week -- starts two weeks from tomorrow.)
I finally completed the waistband and lining of my second skirt and now I'm pretty much done. The one remaining task is to create a handmade buttonhole (and attach a button) to the waistband. Since none of us have made one before and our first attempts may not be pretty, our professor is having us make the buttonhole on the inside waistband extension so it won't be visible from the outside. I think that's a good idea. The waistband will also have a hook and eye at the end of the outer extension; I've installed that already.
These skirts aren't exciting to look at but they're well made and I'm very proud of them. The first, a subtle wool plaid, has a back slit, a gold silk half-lining, and two front side pockets. The second skirt is navy blue wool flannel and has a full black acetate lining, a faced waistband interfaced with hair canvas, two front piping pockets and two back piping pockets. A few photos below:
|An off-center snap on the inner waistband extension keeps everything neatly in place.|
|The prick stitches around the lapped zipper are hard to see but there.|
|A length of chain stitches hold the half lining in place. Watch me make it here.|
|Waistband facing cut on the bias and finished by hand.|
|The blue skirt has a simple centered zipper.|
If the buttonhole is a success, maybe I'll write a post about it. Cross your fingers!
I'm excited about continuing my tailoring studies this coming fall. In the meantime, draping awaits.
Have a great day, everybody!
|My Mom enjoying Chinese soup dumplings.|