I really struggle to make nice buttonholes with the machine that I have. It is unreliable at best. As my current coat only has one buttonhole I think I'll do a bound buttonhole as it is safer, although if I had the materials I would love to learn how to make handmade buttonholes. For now I think I am going to skip the buttonholes on the sleeves and maybe make hand buttonholes later on.
My other issue with my coat is the top-stitching. I would love to have opinions. I was thinking of skipping the top stitching around the lapels and pockets and instead do pick stitching or stab stitching. My issue is that I find it difficult to like my top-stitching. I hate it when it is not perfectly even (though I try my best). Also the coat material is maybe slightly thicker than would be ideal for this design so I am somewhat concerned. Would love to have thoughts.
PS I second the wish that indigotiger is beyond all of her medical/dental issues.
Please take care everyone. We are definitely all in this together and it is nice to stay in touch with the sewing community to retain some semblance of normality.
Hugs to you, Stephanie. You have a lot of friends here, and we're thinking about you.
Your coat is coming along beautifully. The plaid is wonderful. Like you, I kind of enjoy pad stitching. I have the red thread on my sewing machine - waiting for me to get my act together on the buttonholes for the red coat. So I pulled out my older mechanical Janome and sewed up a bunch of the Olsen/Olson masks. They are a little more time consuming, but that has sort of helped me focus - instead of having my mind wander.
Thank you, IndigoTiger, for the extension. As the masks are in the mail, and the Janome is back under the table, perhaps I will be inspired to cut out the next piece. Or seriously attack those buttonholes.
Hope all your medical and dental issues are safely behind you.
Thank you, @indigotiger and DL. I could hug you for extending the deadline. Well, I would have hugged you before anyway! (At least virtual hugs adhere to physical and social distancing principles. ). I so very much wanted to follow through on this SWAP as it is giving me something to look forward to in a very lonely and stressful time.
These are strange and difficult times to adapt to for all of us. Some of us are staying home, either working from home or with our work shut down. Some of us are doing essential work and probably scrambling to keep things functional. All of us are having to learn different ways to accomplish what once were ordinary tasks. With that in mind, and with the permission of DragonLady, I am extending the SWAP timeline from ending on April 30th, to ending on June 30th. I wish all of you the very best, and hope that sewing, and sharing about sewing, can bring some peace and small pleasures to you whatever your current situation.
What a crazy time for all of us. Now that I am starting to adapt to the weird situation we find ourselves in (my partner in Italy noted this to me: at first you are shocked and then it becomes the new normal, because that is how humans are. We adapt. Touché).
Hi friends, The only thing I have been looking forward to lately is working a little bit at a time on my coat. I am learning a ton (mostly that I can, indeed, do traditional tailoring successfully!). I'd never pad stitched before and I am really loving it. Working slowly and methodically has been a real balm in this crazy time in which I am constantly worrying about my partner and his family in Italy, my own family, and since I work in fiscal policy, um...it's the economy all of the time. Sometimes I just want t curl up into a little ball.
But...there is always hope and I can always muster some. Here's the coat progress:
Monday evening's work:
I have some embroidery planned for this as well, so I think this will be a memorable project, if not entirely flattering.
@warpjr1965 and @stephaniecan hang in there with your work. Sending power vibes! Your change in workload is obviously in inverse proportion to my workload. (At least the workload at work - the things asked of me at home have been increasing
@mahgret LOVE the colour of the new shirt - one of my favourites! I am smiling at your comment about the book. My mother's friend translated the book into german and gave me one of the copys she got from the publisher later. I used the instructions for the V-neck last year for my sweater and felt also a bit lost somewhere in the process... but it worked out in the end, I think I just had to have each step 'in my hand' so to say as I was going along. Which is unusual, as I am usually good at thinking steps through. So, in the end I liked the way she was doing it but it needed a 'hands-on' experience.
@Medea happy to see you post - lovely items you made! Yes, wearing something made from fabric in your store certainly is the best way to promote - I once bought some fabric (that I had dismissed just 5 min earlier) when the salesperson turned around the corner in a beautiful dress made of that fabric.
@sewordinary what a cute jacket that is!! I want one like that. Would work as a blouse type top as well, would't it?