The outskirts of Hearne, Texas, if you were the nose gunner.
I came home feeling I need to sew more 1940's dresses.
A commonplace blog
We went on a road trip on Saturday but I did get some sewing done on Sunday evening.
The skirt is attached, and I got the buttonholes sewn. I have to finish the pocket seams still, and do the sleeves and buttons. I have a test sleeve to baste today. I had to piece the fabric but I should have enough.
I'm still working on the blue striped version of 4948, but I started the Marcus Brothers Cocheco Mills blue print one on a whim. I have barely three yards, though, and I had hoped to make at least short sleeves on it. I think I can get whole sleeves if I piece them vertically. I made the front facings and the pockets out of plain navy to save yardage.
Oh, wow--I had no idea it had been that long.
I've been headache-inducingly busy at work, and that horrible head cold I caught on the plane is taking its dear sweet time to go away; I'm in pretty good shape except for a slight cough, and if that doesn't go away, I'll have to cave in and go to the doctor. Ugh.
I spent this weekend running errands but finally sat down on Sunday and made an apron. I got this awful cotton-poly fabric from great-aunt Marian, but somehow it makes a good apron.
Predictably, I got no sewing done at all this weekend. I did get a bunch of cleaning done, though, and laundry, and some cooking.
This, folks, is how you cornbread.
Texas Cooking's "Grandma's Buttermilk Cornbread". This is the real thing: No flour, no sugar. It will clean your teeth as you eat.
Okay, that's pretty much the extent of my Welsh. I'm back. I had a great time but it's wonderful to be home, in my own bed, with washcloths and top sheets and other New World innovations. I'm picking up Mispickel tonight, and we'll see how long it takes her to forgive me.
I have so many pictures to process I hardly know where to begin. I only had sporadic Internet access so I uploaded the iPhone pix as I went, but there are still many to be uploaded from the camera.
Blaenarfon Iron Works (South Wales): Historic iron works with worker housing restored to represent various eras from 1790 to 1967.
Tintern (Southeast Wales): The Abbey, of course.
Blue stone outcrops: Source of the stone for Stonehenge.
Tre'r Ceiri: 2,000-year-old hill fort near Nan Gwrtheyrn.
St. Beuno's Church, Clynnog Fawr.
Aberdaron: Pre-Gothic church on the Llyn Peninsula.
Penarth Fawr: 15-century farmhouse.
St. Cybi's Well, Llangybi: "Llangybi" means "Area of Cybi", and the fact that we found the well despite spotty signage by realizing that the town name meant that was my crowning achievement in reading Welsh. (I don't read Welsh.) My mother met someone whose grandmother lived in the caretaker's cottage.
Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis: 13th century.
Llanberis Pass and Mount Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa: 3500 feet. Okay, not exactly Everest, but a good hike.
Porthmadog and the Ffestiniog Railway.
Bardsey Island: Seals!
Nant Gwrtheyrn: Former mining settlement.
Aber Falls: Hobbitses.
Anglesey Island/Ynys Mon:
Tacla Taid ("Grandpa's Attic", more or less) Transport Museum, Anglesey.
Finished the purple Frankendress this weekend!
The following project has no point.
Well, I guess the point is to produce a dress, but the entire thing is being conducted so haphazardly that . . . I don't know. Sewing by the seat of my pants.
I have no idea where I got this fabric, probably either from Sheila in Louisiana or at the antique mall. I never find this much yardage at Goodwill or garage sales. I think it's an old VIP print
The wearable muslin:
Yeah, the neckline is too big. The fit is good but I'd still like it bigger. I'm going to finish this one with the frogged yarn from the failed black sweater, and then do another, starting with a small neckline. Also, four stitches is nowhere near enough to pick up across the underarm; I did eight and there were still gaps.
Can I choose buttons, or can I choose buttons?
Again, not much to see. I've just started the ribbing around the bottom. That will leave the sleeves and the neckline. I think the neckline is going to be too big--when I make this again, I'll probably cast on for a small and then keep increasing to a medium, or whatever.
(The back of the sweater.)
I found, once I started wearing it, that I had way overcorrected the bust darts on the blue 4948, and they were far too low. No big deal; it's only a casual dress. I retraced the pattern this weekend and lowered them half an inch.
Of course, once I got started, all kinds of fabrics started begging to be made into summer flapper dresses. I found this awesome Richloom pinks (the flower, not the color) print at Joann's (coupon, baby!):