Cutting out, I mean. As you can see from the photo on the left, I drape my fabric across … the floor. That’s right. It’s the largest open space I have, plus I can have the telly on in the background whilst I snip, snip, snip with my pinking shears.
The experts among you probably shudder with horror at the rumpled fabric you can see here. I washed it, I pressed it. I even pressed my pattern pieces. For a woman who hates the ironing board, that’s something close to a miracle. I hear that pins are bad, pattern weights good. I don’t really understand why – do let me know if you have an opinion.
Something has occurred to me: when sewing blouses and skirts I try to do a French seam whenever possible. (French seams are my idea of tidy sewing heaven.) But I hazard a guess that if I’m lining my jacket, I don’t need to do that. Right? Any advice greatly appreciated.
Before I started cutting out I decided to check Erica’s blog post about this jacket one more time. I’m so glad I did. She added three inches to the length and when I re-checked the original pattern, I realised that I should definitely do the same. The pattern jacket is akin to cropped. Great if you have a washboard stomach, less great if you have curves that would happily pop out beneath a cropped jacket. Thank you, Erica!
So, I have a few more pieces to cut out tonight. Oh, and the lining pieces. Oh, and the interfacing. After all that, I can’t put off the inevitable any longer. I must start sewing. Scary, huh?
Not as scary as my spending could be if I visit The Cloth House. I spotted a link to this via the intelligent and inspiring blog written by author, Jane Brocket. I’ve been meaning to do a decent tour of Berwick Street for a while now, as it’s a haven of serious fabric shops. Now I want to visit this corner of Soho even more.
If any of you need inspiration for embellishment, I leave you with this photo of authentic London Pearly Kings and Queen. I bumped into them at the weekend – it’s relatively rare to see this sight in London. Are you familiar with this Cockney tradition? You can read all about the 19th-century practice of decorating clothes with pearl buttons here. That’s a whole lotta sewing. And a whole lotta buttons.