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Archive for March, 2014

What Next?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

These charming little cakes are friands, the Pastry of the Week. They look like muffins, but are made with egg whites, almonds, butter, and fruit instead of flour, egg, oil, and milk. The result is both dense and light. I had to make them because I have a traditional oval pan such as is used […]


Sunday, March 30th, 2014

I finished the skirt, so I have a spring suit complete. I scouted through my pattern collection till I found a very plain straight skirt with just two pieaces. I cut them from the wool and from the lining — the same lining fabric as I used for the jacket — and cut  a facing […]


Saturday, March 29th, 2014

I’m pretty well on target with my SWAP. In everything else, I have backslidden badly. I get up and start working in my nightgown without having exercised or even taken an allergy pill. I skip housework for sewing. I haven’t followed my skin care regimen or put on make up on a regular basis and […]

Butterick 4610

Friday, March 28th, 2014

This is Butterick 4610, from the Craftsy tailoring class, made of Marc Jacobs wool from Mood Fabrics. I don’t recall where I got the lining, but it’s taupe and probably synthetic. It turned out well. I think I’ll be able to make more in future, and probably better. But I think I will be able […]

Finished Jacket?

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

The jacket might be finished. I got all the issues with the collar sorted, and I did the hems and sleeves and a little feather stitching at the back vent pleat and removed the basting. I should topstitch it, but I am afraid that I would make a mistake and destroy it. Accordingly, I plan […]


Monday, March 24th, 2014

I had the collar sewn in upside down. Yes, you read that correctly. Putting it back in correctly made all the difference.      

Thoughts on the Jacket

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

I redid parts, then moved on to the next step and basted all around the permiter. We are now supposed to press it, and then we’ll go on to line the sleeves and otherwise finish it up. It doesn’t look bad. If the rest is all handstitching, I won’t be able to screw it up […]

Wonkiness Occurs

Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

It was a lovely spring day, so my husband and I took the dog to the park. It was a major thrill for said dog, and we humans had a good time, too. My husband said we should do it more often. Following this adventure, I returned to my jacket class. I was able to […]

Getting There

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Sewing up and setting in the sleeves should have been simple. Tailoring class smoothed over it with a sort of, “Just do it the way it says in the package.” But I sewed the top piece of the right sleeve to the bottom piece of the left sleeve, and had to take it apart. Then […]

Taped, Basted, Sewn, Pressed

Monday, March 17th, 2014

I completed the preparation of the major pattern pieces to the best of my ability, padstitching and taping and whatnot, and sewed the main pieces together. I pressed the seams — again, to the best of my ability, because they certainly aren’t crisply pressed. I worry about getting marks on the outside, though. Be that […]

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