Midnight Garden - Jacket - Part XVIII
All's Right With The World
That's how I feel about this whole project right now! Although things are a bit behind schedule, they seem to be just humming along nicely now. Last was a rough week all around for sewing, and that included Midnight Garden. So why are things back on track all of a sudden? Well, there are a few reasons:
One, I now have the silk and it is working out nicely for making leaves and flowers. Not that there's not problems - if the seam allowances are cut too small, the silk shreds, but that's a lesson learned. I have 30 leaves done and will get another 10 done today (I need 68, I think). Here are some of the leaves, ready to applique:
Two, I've made progress on getting the vines redone. I'm replacing the old ones with new ones as I remove them. The bias silk strips are so much easier to work with, too! Tonight I hope to sit down and work on it some more. Here's some of the work in progress, you can see the strip on the left being removed:
Three, I finished quilting the silk side of the skirt last night! I thought it was going to take two evenings, but I finished it up last night. Today I'll try to get the waistband ready for quilting. Once that is done, I'll be done quilting diamonds!
Q/A and other matters: Regarding the blue BWOF blouse I posted a final picture of yesterday, Andrea wanted to know, "Is the pulling across the upper chest a consequence of the asymmetrical placket? I only ask because your things are always so beautifully fitted." Thank you for the compliment. Yes, I noticed the same thing once I saw the pictures! The pulling isn't so much a consequence of the placket, but of the extra button/buttonhole I added above the last one the pattern had. I added an extra one for modesty. In retrospect, that probably wasn't a great idea. I think a better solution would be to wear a camisole and have that top button unbuttoned. It would accomplish the same purpose without the unsightly pulling!
Shannon G had this to say about the petticoat rejuventation, in case you missed it: "Regarding the petticoat; I've had to do just such a pressing job in the past, and more than once. If you do plan to touch the netting with an iron, use a press cloth...it melts very easily. A better option is to hang the dress inside out and use a steamer to remove the wrinkles. Then let the petticoat hang in this position overnight. When you turn it right side out, the fluffiness is usually back in place. You'll have to then press the outer dress, but that should be simple by comparison:)."
Parting Shot: It's finally autumn here in New England and the leaves are changing! These are on a tree that overhangs our back deck.