Mind your head: Work(s) in progress

Ooh I wish I had some reveal pics to share with you, I really, really do.  But I’m just in the middle of a couple of projects… almost there! I’m installing the invisible zipper on my Colette Peony dress (made from a sixties double bed sheet picked up from a vintage fair for just £4!) and hemming it tonight so fingers crossed there will be a big reveal on the weekend. Here’s a sneaky peek in the meantime…

Peony preview

I’m humming and hawing about whether to do the belt or leave as is. We shall soon see…

I’ve also cut out the pieces from my vintage Liberty silk for McCall’s 2401. I had to hunt around for just the right shade of thread to match the fabric. Another sneaky peek of fabric and notions.  A small tip but a tip nonetheless: I use old shoe boxes to store fabric that’s been cut which I have yet to sew up – it holds everything together in one place.

Mccalls #2 boxed up and ready to sew

Finally, I’m terribly excited to announce I’ve just pre-ordered Tasia of Sewaholic‘s Minoru Jacket pattern! I have to say I really love this coat – it’s so flattering and could be so incredibly funky with the right colour combinations of fabric and lining.

Minoru jacket

It’s labelled as suitable for an intermediate stitcher but I’m hoping the sewing prefects won’t see me at the back of the class with my tongue sticking out the side of my mouth in concentration, trying desperately to keep up.  You can pre-order a copy now and get free shipping until November 10th. This will be my first Sewaholic pattern so I’m really looking forward to making it up. I’m sure Tasia has the same attention to detail as Sarai from Colette patterns, plus she’s planning a sewalong in January – a perfect project to while away dark winter nights and plenty of time to find the perfect fabric and perfect a muslin. This coat is ideal for brisk January walks isn’t it?

When sewing thoughts are not running through my head, driving thoughts are. You might remember I passed my driving test in September, so the husband and I have been looking for a car. Just something cheap and easy to run around London in (i.e. go to Ikea every weekend from now to Chrimbo). We think we’ve found ‘the one’ but it’s not for definite yet. If we do, pictures will be provided. Maybe I should stitch something for it as a sort of welcome-to-your-new-home present, like a gear stick cosy. Ooh a gear stick cosy – what a fabulous idea…. but is it legal?

What’s on your sewing table?

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7 thoughts on “Mind your head: Work(s) in progress

  1. I’m working on a Peony right now, too! Very early stages, though, making a toile of the bodice. I am very excited by this pattern and have been dreaming about it. I thought of both you and Tilly – the Peony reminds me of that vintage dress pattern you’ve both made from. I’ve pre-ordered Tasia’s pattern also and think this is thrilling – a practical, contemporary make perfect for cycling. Top tip – Croft Mill has just sent me some free samples of a couple of their water proof (water resistant?) fabrics. Very nice and reasonably priced, too.

    • OOh Karen can’t wait to see yours! I had some issues last night with the fit so you’re wise to make a muslin. I found it ran quite large (way more so than on my dummy – I must adjust that – it’s obviously wrong) so I had trimmed the seam allowance off both sides at the centre back. and put the zip in again. It was still too big so I unpicked the zip again and then unpicked the skirt from the bodice. I’m going to redo the darts tonight and put it all back together again. Lesson to self – do a blinkin’ muslin!
      How exciting that you are doing the coat too! I will defo have a look at croft mill – thanks for the tip :)

      • Yes, I’m so glad I made a toile because it’s adjustment-a-go-go. The bust darts needed lowering and the front bodice darts also needed adjusting and mine was running small! I’ve also brought the (gorgeous) neckline in a wee bit, as I do have a tendency for things to slip off my shoulders. It’s such a clever design, though – all that fitting down to four simple darts.

      • God you are the adjustment queen – I really find it hard knowing what to do until the whole thing’s put together and then it’s panic stations. How did you bring the neckline in if you don’t mind me asking? I have the same problem with a lot of patterns (gaping back) and I wasn’t sure if I just needed to cut a smaller size in the shoulders or whether there’s a better way to do it?

  2. Looking forward to seeing your dress – the fabric looks awesome. A belt would be good but maybe a buckle one?

    I am between projects right now, can’t decide what to start on next…

    • Interestingly my corduroy teal bow belt that I made from your tutorial goes beautifully with it Tilly! I just need to get the fit right round the waist to really set it off :)

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