I had a super busy weekend but I did get to do some sewing…and some of it was even for me!
Nerdy Husband is so happy with his merino top that he has requested more. At the moment he is working outside for his job and since it is winter it means he is wearing it everyday. I made him a second one in charcoal grey last month but that still means I have to wash them both every 2 days so on Saturday I was taken fabric shopping (squeee!) and more merino was bought. Global Fabrics had it on special at $20 a meter which means I can make his merinos for about $30 each, that is super cheap!
Then we went rubbish bin shopping.
I know right! Fabric shopping AND rubbish bin shopping in one day? I am a lucky woman 😉
The problem is that Harri thinks it’s hilarious to jump into my open-topped rubbish bin in my sewing room and then play in it. Sometimes she just tips it over to play with the contents. Just that morning we were in the kitchen eating brekkie and she trotted in with a paper scrap in her mouth that looked distinctly sewing related.
This is OK if it’s just paper but, as we have already discovered, she really likes thread. She munches on the offcuts and scraps from my overlocker catch bin and I worry she will swallow some and that would be bad. It also means I have nowhere to throw away sharp things like bent pins and old rotary blades. I’ve been putting them in the kitchen bin but one day I’ll forget and she will jab or cut her paw when she jumps in! So the kitten-proofing of the sewing room continues and a pedal bin (green with white polka dots) was purchased and success! It is kitten proof…but not the box it came in 😉
I swear I did not put her there. I turned around from unwrapping the bin and she was looking out at me, true to the Scottish Fold breed, she loves her boxes!
I spent the rest of Saturday cutting out my top secret project:
Then on Sunday the merino tops began, I bought enough fabric for three of them and whipped them up production-line style because I knew that if I made them one at a time I would get halfway through the second one and be super bored and want to stop. So instead I cut all three out first, then attached all the arms.
Next came the decorative top stitching (faux-coverstitch). This is the part that takes the longest, after racing along on the overlocker, switching to the Elna feels so slooooow! To make that stitch formation it feels like 1 stitch forward, 2 stitches back! But I did it!
Then arm/side seams followed by collars and finally hemming, phew!
NH was impressed with his instant merino wardrobe, his next request?
Hey you know this hoodie I’m wearing…
Before I could move onto some me-sewing I had to give my cutting table a good clean:
And then finally! I got to work on my Lady Grey, with Harri’s help of course.
This is actually a really good photo of the wool which is black but with a chunky weave that’s hard to photograph:
So this is as far as I got before it became too dark to sew black (must address the lighting in my sewing room!)
The shell is assembled, seams top-stitched. No sleeves yet but I am already really excited for the final garment. I love the vintage feel to this pattern and I think it will be super flattering and girly with the big lapels and twirly bottom.
Tonight I will make dent in the top secret sewing project stitching. I have to dig out the appropriate coloured thread and then remember how to set my overlocker up for rolled hems. I want to get some tricky and potentially monotonous finishing done first, then I’ll begin to assemble the rest.
Make sure you pop over to Kat’s blog next and check out her interview with indie pattern label Sinbad and Sailor.
Ooh, Lady Grey is looking great!
Kitty is so cute. It sucks being allergic to them.
Your Lady Grey is looking awesome. The fabric is so perfect. If you having too much problems with the fraying, Seams Great works and I think nylon tricot (not bulking).
Aww sorry to hear you are allergic to kitties, NH is a little bit allergic too but because we do not have any carpet in the main living areas he’s been ok.
Thanks for the fraying tip, I can’t believe how much it frayed just being stored after cutting it out! I have overlocked the worst edges now, I think it’s mostly just because it is such a chunky weave that the fraying is chunky too! 🙂
oooo I’m intrigued by the super top secret project – more clues please 😉
Hmm maybe later one 😉
luckily dogs are only interested in bins for left over food, but it took several attempts to find one that my dog couldn’t open!
You have been SO busy. I love weekends like that. I switched the lightbulb in my sewing room from Panasonic ‘warm white’ to ‘cool daylight’. Its quite a weirdly bright light (and hideously unflattering for photos) but is much better for sewing with. PS: Great headline, especially for your regular readers who know about Harri
Ohh I never thought about that! I have only a single bulb in the middle and it is a yucky old yellow incandescent so maybe a a switch in bulbs will help for now, I will try it, thanks for the tip 🙂
Hehe, you’d think Harri is so naughty based on my last few posts but she’s such a cutie I’m never really mad at her, I just don’t want her to inadvertently hurt herself and I try to think one step ahead of her but she’s such a curious kitty! We went to the vet earlier this week for final vaccinations and he said if he doesn’t hear a naughty kitten story then something must be wrong so I guess she’s normal!
I love your kitten adventures! Congrats on supplying an excellent Merino ‘range’ for your DH.
And that coat…oh …purrrfect fabric choice!
I don’t think I’ll ever be short of kitten adventure stories 😉 Thanks, I am excited to finish it!
You have possibly the cutest kitten ever! and I can’t wait to see your Lady Grey the fabric looks beautiful!
I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Blogger Award! http://dressesandme.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/super-sweet-blogger-award/
Cute cat! Loving the look of your lady grey too.
Thanks 🙂 If I can ever get Harri off of the fabric I’ll get it finished hopefully next week 🙂
what a lovely story, your cat is sooooo cute!