September is almost here, but the temperature outdoors, while not as horrid as in some of the previous years, is still fiercely summer. I've been working on the multiple layers of woolen garments suitable for 16th c German, a sewing commission that is quite fascinating. My own autumnal garment making plans are legion, but more realistically I've about a half dozen things in the queue. Mostly sewing, as I am a Very Slow Knitter...
For sewing I'll be finishing up the grey and white striped everyday dress from my summertime queue, a white cotton slip to wear with it, and to help it transition into autumn, hopefully adding a darker grey linen pinafore to layer. Probably two new long sleeve knit tops, one in a pale teal mushroom print, and one in a peach/pink with Charles and Ray Eames motifs. (I had good luck last year turning decorative tee shirts into sleeves for a long sleeve kit top, and want to try again)
The more exciting project I hope to get to is to create a short jacket by combining handknitted sleeves with some handwoven wool twill fabric. The fabric was a gift, and isn't enough by itself to make a garment, but is dense and flexible. I immediately thought of Carol Sunday's "Stripey Sleeve Bolero" and was inspired by the style and combination of solid and stripes. I'm pretty sure that the pattern is out of print, since it isn't on her website any more. I'm going to use the design as a jumping off point, and plan on making it as outerwear, with worsted weight stripey handknit sleeves suitable for the heavier wool fabric, useful in the cool damp days that will surely eventually arrive.
Suddenly one morning whilst our plucky heroine was in the shower, brilliant if small idea struck!... I can use tongue depressors (aka "craft stix") as shims for the wooden molding in the bathroom. That project has been on hold for months, nay years, since I couldn't figure out how to deal with neatly attaching the molding to surfaces that vary in height. Why, one may ask do I have tongue depressors? because I am considering a short detour to the land of the very small. While I did send Hazel and Zinnia off to live with little Kestrel, that doesn't mean that there won't be future small artifacts and tiny dolls made. Seriously, is not this clothespin bed too cute for words?
August SMART goals (x=extra)
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||undergown bodice||popover pockets||plant stand|
|2||Lion's cub master||gown band printed||bag to Goodwill|
|3||Leo Minor master||Kestrel gown neckline ||bag to Goodwill|
|4||Lion's Mane master ||freezer defrosted||bag to Goodwill|
|5||Kestrel gown toile||kitchen wall painted||old frozen food|
|6||smocked linen apron||repair soapdish ||morning glories|
|7||overgown bodice||add AC to kitchen ||windfall apples|
today's gratitude - living near enough to Pendelton mill outlet stores that their wool fabric for historical garments is a possibility. The brown wool I am currently using is a dream to work with...