Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Tuesday tidbits - mostly good

in which our plucky heroine stays warm...

Yesterday I finished the flannel shirt for my October wardrobe piece (6PAC + YLWC*). This is one of several attempts currently underway to sort of some kind pattern for a woven fabric top, my perennial and many years long challenge... It is quite cozy and comfortable (even a bit loose, as I have lost some weight in the last several months) and will look well with most of my pinafores, and can also layer a turtleneck knit top underneath when it is really cold. I am quite pleased with the collar shape, given how simple this was to put together. The rounded lapel and collar ends are echoed in the very slightly rounded sleeve ends, which rather than a button cuff are simply pleated into a fixed narrow band.
The pattern I'm using, based on a shirt jacket I made years ago, has very dropped shoulders, which I don't really like, but is so loosely fit that they don't cause mobility issues. folding out about a half inch in width from the sleeves may smooth out the slight gathering at the dropped shoulder seams, and make this pattern easier to put together. The other thing I will change in the future is to lengthen the bodice. While it works well as my desired length for cropped jackets, and is long enough to fit properly under my pinafores, it doesn't have quite enough weight to not try and creep upwards when being worn, which a bit more length would take care of...

My next attempt at a woven top will be based on my everyday dress, which has a bias cut front and narrower shoulders, it will be interesting to compare the results
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Sigh, persimmon ketchup is a fail... compost without guilt. I am not sure if persimmons are unsuited to substitute for tomatoes, or if the recipe from Food In Jars called for too much clove for my preference, or if simmering it overnight in the crockpot was a mistake... The result tasted vaguely like pumpkin pie, but then made my mouth numb, which was quite alarming until I remembered that cloves do that, and that I was not about to go into anaphylactic shock! OTOH, the dehydrated persimmons seem like they will make good treats for folks, and certainly will likely store well in the pantry
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thinking about a new black denim tote bag, possibly based on the concept of the knitters backpack, a tote bag being the other October YLWC piece that I could really use; and finding yarn to knit fingers onto one of my pairs of log cabin mitts from last year, to create gloves (gloves, a cowl, and possibly finishing up my rain capelet being the pieces from November YLWC that I have planned...

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November SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 Thora gown Earthboxes filledbag to Goodwill
2 Isabel gown woodchips moved8# persimmons
3 chookhouse baseEF cardigan refashion -
4 dried persimmons harvested persimmons -
5 xx -
6 x x -
7 x x -
8 x x x
9 x
x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

*YLWC = Year Long Wardrobe Challenge

Sunday, November 11, 2018

piles of persimmons

in which our plucky heroine is overwhelmed...

the first 8 pounds
My hope had been to leave the persimmons on the tree, as it is so very lovely to see the ripe golden orange fruit still hanging on the branches after the leaves fall. But wherever that happens, it isn't somewhere with the intense squirrel predation that we have here. Whilst picking some of the astounding quantity of fruit that is the first real crop on the tree, it became apparent that the bushy tail tree rats had discovered a new sweet treat. So, in addition to the thirteen pounds already picked (some of which is in the crockpot on the way to becoming ketchup, and some of which is in the dehydrator) there are another thirty-two pounds of persimmons neatly lined up in rows on my folding tables in the sewing room.
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Took some time out today to work on the unfinished flannel shirt  (month of October YLWC* project). I figure that if it works, I am ahead one piece for the winter 6PAC, and catching up with where I want to be as far as warm winter garments, and if it doesn't work out, it will still be good as a pyjama top...
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November SMART goals (x=extra)
# THINGS MADE THINGS FIXED THINGS GONE
1 Thora gown Earthboxes filledbag to Goodwill
2 Isabel gown woodchips moved-
3 chookhouse baseEF cardigan refashion -
4 x harvested persimmons -
5 xx -
6 x x -
7 x x -
8 x x x
9 x
x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

*YLWC = Year Long Wardrobe Challenge. Yet another of the interesting things I participate in for encouragement and camaraderie when sewing for myself. (Based on how Janice over at Vivienne Files does a series of once a month posts, of putting together a whole wardrobe using a particular scarf as inspiration for the various colorways. Of course, I don't dress like that, but am taking the idea of filling in the gaps in my own wardrobe as a way to play along, and using the same knit-by-me Solitary Foxen scarf as my colorway guide as I have picked for SWAP.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

to protect and comfort...

in which our plucky heroine has a stitchy sort of day...

In the morning, helping Topaz sort out the best way to create a keyhole neckline, and a few other mysteries from the project she needed to work on, reminded me of how much I enjoy one on one teaching. Must find a way to do more of that...

Then it was such a crisp autumnal day that the only thing to do was to take a bike ride running errands in the sunshine... at the art store, while it didn't yield the water soluble paper that I hoped to replace my tracing paper with, in talking with the clerk, we came up with the idea to use tissue paper instead. I've been using tracing paper for transferring embroidery designs, in that I draw or trace the desired motifs, then stitch right through the paper. Removing the tracing paper is very annoying, as it is strong enough that it is difficult to tear away, and it takes forever to pick out the remaining bits with tweezers. Tissue paper is nowhere near as robust, but based on my efforts this evening, it will hold up long enough to do the job, and is much easier to remove, even though tweezer work is still needed...


motifs from archeological textile finds from Novgorod

worked on Marya's rubakha collar patterning and began stitching the embroidery (golden DMC floss on red silk... took about three hours for 2 motifs, 13 more to go, so about another six or seven hours at least. All the rest of the pieces still need to be backed with plain fabric to protect the back of the embroidery, and to make the pieces more comfortable to wear, as metallic floss is scratchy.

embroidered motifs are about 1" tall