Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Listening: The Tallboys.
Surprise! I made something!
This is the fourth dress I've made based on Simplicity 4727 (1943):
It's the pattern that won't die. But I put so much work into fitting it, why not?
This one was made out of a delft blue double sheet I got at Goodwill:
With some white polyester flat lace that Amber Jean sent me, and a front button closing:
I adore the 7/8-inch buttons I found on clearance at Joann:
The neck trim is hem lace and the neck facings are made from some old heavy cotton:
And the hem facing was cut from a fat quarter of Moda Chloe's Closet Picket Fence. I love this but couldn't get enough of it to make anything:
The inset belt was lined in more of that green sheeting. The inside of the dress looks like this (the pocket seams aren't totally finished yet). The sheet was wide enough that I didn't need to seam the skirt, so it has "Colonial" (my term) pockets:
I wore it to Galveston yesterday, even with unfinished pockets. I wore my old boots because of beach grime, but this coming weekend I'm totally wearing it to Lemmonade Live with the red Ariat boots:
This is a terrible picture. Sorry. Sun and wind and all.
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Monday, April 14, 2014
The yoke lining is another bedsheet scrap, in pink.
Like so. Don't you love topstitching? I love topstitching.
I borrowed the small side-seam pockets from the robe because . . . pockets. Must have pockets.
Monday, April 7, 2014
Seriously, every. single. time. I sat down.
Monday, March 31, 2014
It was a good weekend for wildlife.
Pardon the terrible pictures. I didn't have my good camera charged.
Female downy woodpecker:
Male downy woodpecker:
Mystery bird. It hung from the suet feeder like a nuthatch. We think it might be a Carolina wren:
. . . and again:
Now he's at the wildlife rehab center. Realistically, his odds are not that great, but they're better than they would have been in the street, right? I am desperately glad they have hours seven days a week. He was in pretty good condition when I found him, considering, and I was afraid I'd have to watch him fail all day because he was too stressed to eat or drink, until I could get him somewhere on Monday.
(I also got to get uncomfortably close to an Eastern screech owl and a red-tailed hawk in the lobby of the wildlife center.)
Unofficially, his name is Jack. In the Box. After the French fry container in which he rode home.
Friday, March 28, 2014
The plan last time was to hit 1160 tumblers. But then I ran over and, since it's 29 tumblers long, I achieved another 29 tumblers. That made 1189, and the compulsive side of me, thought it was a pity to stop at 1189 tumblers when I had so many new fabrics I could add, so I did a marathon scrap-scrounge and decided to add one more row of length. That makes the quilt 30 x 40 tumblers (which is 1200 even, of course).
Monday, March 24, 2014
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour a 9 x 13 pan.1 cup white sugar1 cup brown sugar1 cup butter at room temperature1 cup milk or buttermilk2 tablespoons vanilla extract (don't skimp; you want this to taste like cookies)3 cups flour (all-purpose is fine; cake is great if you have it but you don't need it)4 teaspoons baking powder4 eggs3/4 cup miniature chocolate chipsOPTIONAL:Pecans, about 1/3 cup, crushed. Put them in a baggie and pulverize them with the bottom of a sturdy mug, or some other heavy, blunt, object.Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs (you can separate them and beat the whites to soft peaks to fold in at the end, if you want a lighter cake, but if you're in a hurry just add them whole). Add the other ingredients and mix thoroughly, but don't overwork.Pour into pan and bake 25 minutes, or until a knife in the middle comes out clean and the top is golden. I baked this a little longer to give it a good brown crust.
I was going to take a picture but it got eaten before I got the chance.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
There appeared to be a lot of zippers going on but, for the most part, I was kind of impressed that such an effort was made to make the costumes period. It was pretty clearly 1830's (early-to-late), with big sleeves, curly hair, etc., moving into 1840's drooping shoulders and low, wide, hairdos.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Monday, March 17, 2014
This is a debut album and I was prepared to kind-of-like it. It's rough, both in musicianship and in recording quality. Some of the tracks sound professional and some sound like a guy in his kitchen with a handheld cassette player. The songwriting is a little bit amateurish but, when I think about it, no moreso than most pop-country hits. Less so than some, even. And even when the musicianship is a little rough it's not bad; the songs that are fully produced are well-performed and creatively arranged. I've ended up liking it much more than I expected. If you like early-to-mid-career Robert Earl Keen and/or Steve Earle, would definitely recommend it; a lot of the material reminds me very much of one or the other.
Planned variations of Simplicity 4727 (1943):
1. Periwinkle blue poly/cotton with salvaged lace trim and white buttons down the front.
2. Blue-green cotton with large red, orange, and blue flowers. White rick-rack trim and white buttons down the front.
3. Cream and rust check cow print bodice with black skirt.
4. Wrap-over variant in purple calico.
Alterations to Simplicity 9880 (1995):
1. Added width across bust and upper chest.
2. Reduce shoulder angle. I feel as though the shoulders on the green dress are too sloped; the dress feels as though it bubbles up around my neck even while it's pulling down on my shoulders/arms.
3. Added width across upper back between armscyes. Honestly, I'll probably try extending the shoulder point slightly and then making the armscyes shallower. I'm totally cool with a slightly dropped shoulder on this particular dress, and that would also add a little width across the front and back between the arms.
4. Add about an inch of length all around.
5. Shorten the inset belt. I meant this to be relaxed at the waist, but I went a little too far.
6. Trim down lower sleeve; it's too full as it is.
I think that raising the shoulders will fix the sleeve cap fit, but I might have to tweak that a bit, too.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Monday, March 10, 2014
I won't get this done in time, either.
The plan was to make DuBarry 5986 (1944):
Out of Saint Patricks' Day fabric (yes, also cheap-ass, but the damage was already done):
Everybody say it together: "WTF?"
Here it is with commentary so it makes more sense:
Just so you know, the cuts you usually make to grade a bodice pattern look like this (this is a full shift dress, not just a bodice. The point is that it's all straight).