I got up early this morning to cut the cashmere wool for my V8548 coat. I wanted to do this at the start of the day whilst my brain was fresh. Did I feel nauseous whilst cutting them out? Yes, I did. I was so, so careful. Once I’d finished, I had a few scant pieces of fabric I could put aside. Lovely, I thought. If anything goes wrong on the bodice I’ll have enough spare to cut fresh pieces. Then I decided to re-check my pattern pieces. Doh! I had to cut four sections of the back and front bodice, not two! I snatched up my fabric and held it in the air. Enough? Just. Really, only just. I would have wept otherwise. No way am I catching a flight back to New York for more fabric!
Yesterday I went to MacCulloch & Wallis for interlining. As ever, the staff were lovely and helpful. I chose a slightly stiffer fusible interlining because I think that funnel collar needs structure. You can see in the photo above where I’ve already attached the interlining to my bodice pieces. I don’t mind admitting that the thought of attempting bound buttonholes through two layers of wool and one layer of interlining makes me feel really ill. Needless to say, there will be many, many practice attempts first.
Whilst at MacCulloch & Wallis, I asked about the high visibility twill featured on their Facebook page. Pow! It’s HIGH VISIBILITY. A bit too much for my Minoru, I fear. But if you’re interested in buying this, it’s £12 a metre plus VAT. I DID buy some fabulous reflective piping:
The staff were so delighted at my mentioning their Facebook page to them that they gave me this:
This has made my year!
Seriously. It’s the small things in life…