I should be in bed, but my MP3 player’s charging, so I thought I’d blog in the meantime…
Plus, I’m pretty pleased with and excited by my progress – I only worked for a couple of hours (by hand, being very much a beginning at sewing) on it, but I’m a fair way through the cuff. I bought this lovely silk dupion:
I took the photo without flash as that shows the colour slightly better than with flash. Slightly. Anyway, there’s a peacock blue and a really bright cerise pink. Mmmm… yummy… the peacock is actually more of a teal shade, in fact – I love it and might have to make something bigger from it at some point – but first things first!
Here’s a pic of my progress so far:
(This time a pic with flash to short the detail a bit better… Or, rather, that was the intention – sorry about the focus… I’m tired!) I’ve cut all the pieces, wonder-webbed the contrasting pink to the main fabric and made 3/5 of the Suffolk puffs (these are the smallest ones) and stopped part way through hand-sewing the base of the cuff as I realised it was midnight – time flies when you’re sewing! I’m really enoying it, actually – it’s been a while since I made something by hand, and I’d forgotten how much I enjoy it. And the Suffold puffs are so cute – I love them!
At the fabric shop, I bought 25cm each of the two dupion colours, 2 buttons (for the cuff), the wonder-web and 3m of cotton lawn (to make a shift for my 18th Century clothes) and it came to just over £8 – v impressed!
I also thought I’d go and order the Butterick pattern for ‘historical underpinnings’ as I didn’t expect them to have something so specialist in stock… or so I thought! Turns out they sell loads of this pattern all the time and so I ‘accidentally’ ended up buying it …
The quetion is – just where are all these women in 18th Century costume in Portsmouth?
… for now, bedtime!