A few random sewing-linked thoughts today:
1. I thought I'd share this apron my mother gave me last week, made from fabric found in my grandmother's stash after she died. That pink is even more fluorescent than it looks!
Mum made four aprons - one for me and each of my sisters-in-law. We both regarded this fabric with some puzzlement. My nonna was an excellent seamstress (she taught herself to sew MEN's SHIRTS at age eight. Her own mother had died, and she was the seamstress of the house and made shirts for her brothers.) She was always excellently, but modestly, turned out. She wore dresses and skirts exclusively, all of which she made herself, in muted navies, greys and browns. So how, then, did this fluoro print pink get in the stash?
My bet is that someone gave it to her knowing she was a sewer, and she too, probably looked at it in puzzlement. Still, it's nice to have something made from something that belonged to her.
2. Sewing has been happening here. I've been muslining the Colette Truffle for my daughter. This is a first on two levels - one, sewing a fitted, lined dress and two, sewing something fitted for Amelia. Observations so far: how much easier is it to fit another person? Like night and day! Part of the reason why I've never sewn a fitted dress for myself is the purgatory of fitting . But being able to clearly see the issues on another person, and having two hands ready to deal with them...amazing.
It's also been interesting to deal with a shape completely different to my own. Amelia is as tall as me (and I'm 5'9"), so I have to add length as I do for myself, but there the similarities end. For her, it is small bust adjustment, and dealing with her squarer shape overall. A good learning experience for me, but she is getting a bit sick of stripping off to try the muslin on again. Them's the breaks! I have refrained from taking photos for the blog though, as a concession and to keep her sweet.
And lastly, my head scratcher. The muslin is looking good except for a bit of pouffiness between the bust and the waist seam. This pouffiness disappears if she stands up straight. Like most 13 year olds who are really tall, she does slouch. So my head scratcher..do I alter to get rid of the pouffiness, or would I be overfitting? If I took out length, her dress would keep her in the slouch position, which I am trying to nag her out of . What to do? Accept a bit of pouffiness in the hope she will learn to carry herself a bit better, or get rid of it? Any ideas?
3. Debating whether to take part in Me Made May 13, for the first time. I've always enjoyed other's MMM posts, and it looks like a bit of fun. I think I could do it ok clothes wise, but the photo and posting bit is a bit daunting. A few days left to contemplate this! Any advice?
4. There has been so much to enjoy about the Great British Sewing Bee. I've loved it. All of the entrants had something I could identify with. In the final, I cheered Lauren's enthusiasm and determination, willed Sandra to produce some great work (she did).As for Ann, not only does she sew fantastically, as an Iyengar yoga practitioner it is great to see an octogenarian in a hanging Sirsasana (as we saw her in Ep 1). She's my vision of what I want to be like should I be lucky enough to get to 82.
Check out Gorgeous Fabrics blog here for the last episode, but be aware the post includes a spoiler!
5. Lastly, in the kerfuffle of school holidays I've neglected to mention that my blog giveaway of my Beignet pattern has occurred. To tell the truth, I had two commenters kbenco and Kristy for this giveaway, but I am so honoured these lovely ladies, whose blogs I have enjoyed for a while now, have taken the time to stop and comment on my little fledgling blog. I really wish I had two Beignets to giveaway. But I only had one, and it went to kbenco.