Conditions yesterday were perfect for a PSD. The weather was lovely, three Netflixes arrived in the mail so I could have background movies, my trip for groceries also yielded buttons at a serendipitous 40% off, and no emergencies arose.
So here are the results of my sewing, unfinished, unpressed, full of pins — but it’s a suit.
The jacket is Vogue 7941, a Very Easy Vogue pattern, and it is, too. The fabric is a spruce-colored wool off the clearance table. I cut and sewed it without making any changes at all, just trying it on as I went along to check the fit.
The skirt is my TNT straight skirt pattern, Simplicity 4950, and I cut it about an inch longer than the pattern calls for.
The sleeves have an interesting shape. There is a facing, which is interfaced and sewn on at the wrist edge, so the length cannot be adjusted after the sleeve is completed. I feel as though the sleeves are a bit too long, but I think it is the style, so I am going to go with it.
I like the wrap. If my photography skills were better,you would be able to see here the pretty Celtic knot buttons from JBH. I have the same ones in a larger size for the skirt. The closure involves making loops of soutache braid (I used some tiger tail that I had on hand) and sewing them into the seam of the self-facing.
The pattern also has a tie and a buckle option for the closure. A two-part clasp or frog might also be nice.
I am pleased to report that I had no difficulty with setting in the sleeves. Maybe I have gotten the knack.
The lapels are the major design feature for this jacket, of course. The instructions do not suggest topstitching. I am hoping that pressing will be enough for them to keep their shape. I pinned them overnight to sort of give them the idea.
It is unfortunate that this is not the kind of jacket you can make multiples of without its looking like multiples of the same jacket, since it turned out so successfully.
Though perhaps I shouldn’t say that yet. I have hems and finishing and pressing to do yet, so I could still ruin in.
I am fairly sanguine, though.
In addition to the collection of Netflixes, I also received another box of free stuff from the Central Office. I bet that gets sort of addictive. People who have done this for a while and then give it up must begin to feel a little bereft, since no one is sending them presents any more.
One of the things in the box was the candy-making gear I plan to use for December shows, so #2 son and I tried out the recipes. In December, the pretzel things will be wreaths, but we were going for a spider-web effect. The other thing is almond-cranberry bark.
Almond bark is a thing you can buy in the baking section of the grocery store. It was new to us. It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with almonds. It is made of sugar and partially hydrogenated vegetable fats, or at least the only brand I found is made of those two things. It doesn’t contain almonds until you put some in. All I can figure is that it is customary to put almonds into candy made with almond bark, or that the stuff was somehow inspired by a candy also called “almond bark,” which is chocolate with almonds.
We were suspicious of it, frankly, so we also used some Ghirardelli chocolate, just in case. The Almond Cranberry Bark tastes good, though. I sometimes make Opera Fudge with cranberries at Christmas, and this candy is reminiscent of that. It has almonds and dried cranberries and Rice Krispies in it, an unlikely-sounding combination which is actually quite tasty. It is also extremely quick and easy to make, and will certainly find a place in my Christmas baskets. It is supposed to be broken into pieces rather than cut, perhaps to make it look like tree bark.
I have a feeling that most people are more familiar with this sort of thing than I am, and I probably sound unusually ignorant as I describe this exotic candy.
The idea of dipping pretzels into candy was new to me, too, though #2 son was familiar with it. He liked drizzling the chocolate, so there was a great deal of drizzling involved.
The boys tell me that our house is not sufficiently decorated for Hallowe’en. I’m going to see what I can do about that today, and try to finish up that suit.
Lolling around may also be a feature of the day. There is a church meeting this evening which I feel as though I ought to attend, but I am not going to commit myself to it. I am finishing up a book called Cyber Cinderella, by Christina Hopkinson. It is a Booksfree.com book, and it is about a woman who finds that someone has made a website about her. It could have been a creepy book (I need one more creepy book for the RIP autumn challenge) but it is not. It also has no elements of the Cinderella story, and I have done numerous workshops on the Cinderella story, so I can say that with confidence. It doesn’t even have a whole lot of computer stuff in it. I am confident that Pokey could have solved the supposed mystery within an hour or so. But it is a fun little book of the British chick lit variety in which people drink enormous amounts of liquor, travel around a great deal (but maybe distances are shorter there since it’s a small country, so it is really the equivalent of our going to the next county) and rarely do any work. My mental image of England, based as it was so largely on the BBC and classic mystery novels, may be changing slightly since I have read a good few books of this genre since joining Booksfree. Maybe someday I will go to England. No one will be murdered, no one will ask me to tea, and people will spend their work hours working rather than drinking, and I will be somewhat disappointed. Like people who come to America and are a little let down because we don’t all carry guns and have sex with strangers at all hours of the day.