Monday, September 23, 2013

Monday musings


Instead of ordering the lovely NaniIro double gauze from Japan via Etsy, our plucky heroine picked up a half yard of this graphic silk chiffon whilst at Fabric Depot this weekend (it was one of their 30% off everything days) My plan is to make another cowl scarf, silk packs down to almost nothing, is warm when it is cold out, but light enough to not be too warm when the weather is moderate; it will make a good addition to my assorted dark travel wardrobe. To really look well, it needs to have both long raw edges hand-rolled. Not my favorite sort of handwork at all, but it looks soooo much better than machine stitched on such delicate fabric; timing the stitching on the bus today, it will take about five or six hours, fortunately not all at one go!

the translucency of the silk is clearly visible, as is the scale of the handstitching needed to finish the raw edges,
look in the upper right edge just below the ruler for the small needle and thread. (p.s. I wish I could read French...)

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just discovered that the bobbin winder cover on my old sewing machine, when in the uncover the bobbin postion, make a dandy place to stash a small pair of scissors for snipping threads...
Still mostly playing catch-up, but last week saw the completion of one big project: the Gorram Gambeson. Fortunately my old sewing machine has a walking foot attachment*, and while NewGirl 'Nina does a lot of things, she doesn't have one of these. For sewing through multiple thick layers of linen and padding, the right tool is vital, and I am quite grateful to have my backup machine be so well equipped.
Stitching the bias linen edge binding around the gambeson neckline, the end is in sight... This has been a lengthy project, and after seventeen hours behind the sewing machine, 'tis done at last. As the various pieces were added bit by bit to the garment, it became more and more heavy and unwieldy. The last part, sewing the central upper sleeves to the center of the shoulder line, I broke three needles, as the thickness was almost higher than the presser foot would lift; and even with the walking foot, moving the gambeson around so the machine could actually stitch was quite the challenge.
No pictures yet of the finished garment, since it took so many more hours than I'd set aside to complete it, that I was still sewing up till around 10PM that day. The good thing is that Gryphon is pleased with the finished project, and having him come down here for the final steps meant that the fit could be adjusted to suit the intended use. Still, our plucky heroine is very glad to move on to a different, smaller, projects.

Tune in next week kids, for words and widgets from the workroom....


* I purchased the attachment back in 1987 when I bought the machine (not a Bernina, but a Bernette, their "budget line), knowing that there were some tasks it would be invaluable for, it was a spendy bit of equipment even back then; a walking foot attachment for a real Bernina lists at around $300 nowadays, so I guess that having two machines really makes sense!
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"So we'll talk about the weather 'cause there's not much more to say..."

It has been over a year now, and the story of F & G is well and truly over...

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