Sunday, 31 August 2014

Typewriter Torment

When I read Dolly Clackett's last blogpost, I remembered that for about two months I've had a Mortmain  pattern cut out, tacked, and ready to sew, in the same typewriter fabric.  I'd spotted the fabric in my lovely local shop, The Creative Sanctuary, and I had to have it, and seeing Dolly's fab version prompted me to sit at my machine and finish it before the summer's gone.  
I'd not made this pattern up before, but I had already made a toile out of some curtaining fabric and it fit pretty much as I wanted, so I knew I could just cut this out and stitch it as it was.  In the end, I left out the neck and armhole facings and lined the bodice, and I interfaced the midriff band with some woven iron-on interlining.
My only quandary was whether to make the skirt up with standard box pleats as per the pattern, or inverted box pleats.  In the end, having pinned and tacked and unpicked and repinned and tacked, I went with the inverted box pleats and I'm glad I did, - fabric is quite heavy, more of a furnishing fabric and I think the inverted pleats fall better.  
One of my other recent finished makes is my first Miette cardigan.  Having made several little shrug type cardies, I've always been a bit disappointed with the fit - but not so with the Miette.  I love the fit and I will definitely make it again.  I'd like a fuchsia pink one and maybe bright red.  
Actually, if I'm totally honest, the dress isn't quite finished yet, the hem is only tacked up, but I wanted to get my friend to take the photos while the sun was out today, and hemming is a sitting down in the evening job, so it'll be done in the next few hours.
So now the only decision to be made is which 'bundle of laughs' Sunday night drama shall I hem to - The Mill or The Village?

Typewriter Torment - Procol Harum


  1. The dress is lovely! And so is the cardigan, which has made me think I really should get around to finishing off my cardi. We'll be watching the Village.

  2. Oh, such a lovely dress. I've been wanting some of that fabric since I saw R had bought some - but I'm trying hard to make my way through the stash before I allow myself to buy any more!