Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tuesday tidbits

...in which our plucky heroine looks at treasure found and treasure created...

Found at the local Goodwill: this very large handmade and handpainted ceramic jar with a lid, in perfect condition... it will be a Useful Pot of Holding in the kitchen here. The name scribed under the base appears to be Booth, but there no useful way to look up "ceramic artist Booth" on Google to find out more about the potter...

Now have orders for five kitty face needlebooks, and they are currently being stitched up. While I miss my knitting, with Solitary Foxen patiently awaiting my return, the extra holiday dosh will be quite welcome. Plus the needlebooks are fun to make, being quicker than most of the creative endeavors hearabouts...

Progress report on the 6PAC slip dress: The original dress has had all extraneous parts cut away. After binding the new lowered neckline and enlarged armscye with bias made from the sleeve fabric, the prepared hem band, and bias strips made from the central black fabric, are stitched together along the hemline, to create the bottom embellished edge, which will be clean-finished on both sides.

It is a three layer sandwich, which I always have to think over carefully each time I use this technique. With the wrong sides of the dress and the hem band facing each other, and the right sides of the bias and the hem band facing each other, the whole thing is being stitched together along the raw edge...
Then that gets pressed with the hem band at the bottom and the bias turned up against the body of the dress. Once the bias is then folded over once more to cover the raw edge, it is topstitched at both the top folded edge and the bottom just above the seamline, to give the look of a stitched band of bias trim. A sketch or diagram kept in my sewing notebook would make it easier the next time this technique is wanted...

From the front, the hem band has a bound top edge that encloses all the raw edges; from the back, the pintuck darts that shaped the hem band are visible, but the joining seam is under the topstitching on the right side.
front of hem band  -  back of hem band

Back in the 80's, sets of matching china silk tops and either skirts or pants, were popular for a while... not terribly practical as daywear, being that china silk is comparatively flimsy, they often made their way to the thrift stores. The taupe silk skirt, a faint memory that had ended up in one of the yet to be disbursed bags of sewing detritus, had probably been in my stash for decades. Adding a layer of thin silk underneath the skirt of the slip-dress will make it warmer without adding much weight. This will slow slowed down the completion of the project, but not by much... First stitched in upside down at the waist, and then folded over and stitched again to enclose and strengthen the raw edge.

The completed slip dress; which will mostly only ever have the lower four or five inches visible, but will add greatly to my wintertime comfort


December SMART goal challenge
1 red-dyed wool,
from pokeberries
hem and new pockets
on Stacey dress
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  1. A very thrifty, but also beautiful makeover. Impressive :-)

  2. your slip dress is fabulous! I love the layer of silk inside and I really love the hem band! Good work - a true transformation!!