The day started early for me, with a latte and a gently chirrupping radio, a boyfriend sleeping in bed and lots of handstitching with Gertie on the laptop.
I’ve realised that early, early morning is actually my favourite sewing time of day, even though it can sometimes leave me drained by the evening. I REALLY like working when the rest of the world is still asleep or only just waking up. I’m left on my own, my brain is fresh, it’s quiet, I can pootle around looking absolutely foul and disgusting and there’s no one to cry out in horror – I can get a lot done.
I worked on the bodice of the Bombshell Dress. There was the twill tape, the cotton batting in the cups, the catch stitching, the re-enforcing of the sweetheart neckline, the fell stitching, more catch stitching…
I could have moved on to cutting out the skirt but after all that I realised it was time for something new and different.
So I attacked my jungle of a garden! My mother is an amazing gardener; I am a gardener. What can I say? With a full-time job and a sewing machine, it’s hard to keep on top of things.
Then I did a second toile of the dress I’m making for a friend. I can’t bear to ruin this for her and got nervous about cutting into the fashion fabric after adjustments, so a second toile it was.
Of course, none of the above involves the use of an overlocker. So tonight I may cut out the three – three! – pattern pieces for the dress I really want to make with recently acquired turquoise jersey. It’s the dress that Eugenia eulogises about and which makes my limbs melt every time I see it – the V1179.
That was my Bank Holiday Monday! I hope you’re all enjoying yours – or that people elsewhere in the world are enjoying this insight into our long weekends.
By the way, I’m writing a manuscript set in 1830s England. There’s a chapter where a passed-out woman has to have the laces loosened on her corset. (Ooh, Missus!) I think I’ve got the clothes details right, but if any of my readers know their stuff about 1830s British dresses and corsets, do let me know if you fancy being an expert consultant on no more than 1000 words of reading!