This week was a bit of a loss. DH and DS the elder both had the galloping crud (respiratory) that’s going around. That meant I spent a lot of time making things like chicken soup and tea. Special thanks to Phyllis for the chickens. They make fabulous stock, Phyllis! And Hoover has been the lucky beneficiary of the meat. I managed to fight it off, but it’s going around, and everyone seems to be getting it.
Speaking of health matters, I saw my oncologist this week. The conversation went like so:
Dr. C: “So, how are you doing?”
Me: “Fine, I think. How am I doing?”
Dr. C: (scanning the labs) “You’re doing…. PERFECT! See you in 4 months.”
Not only have I graduated to the four month plan from the three month plan, but now when I have my blood drawn beforehand, they take three vials, down from five. Every little step is a good thing.
On the Chanel Jacket front, I’ve sewn the main body seams except the shoulders, and I’ve secured the bouclé seam allowances with catchstitching. I did part of one seam in a contrasting thread so you can see it:
You’ll notice that the stitches are pretty big and that the catching is deep in the seam allowance. This is because the bouclé is big and ravelly. If I used little stitches, (say, 1/4 inch, like I would on a silk shantung or crepe), they wouldn’t catch enough of the bouclé and it would come undone. The catchstitching will keep the fabric from unraveling further, and will keep the seam allowances from lifting over time. These will be covered by the lining (more on that later), but it’s a good idea with a really loosely woven bouclé like this to finish your seams this way. The fabric is thick enough that they don’t show on the outside of the garment.
Here’s a picture of the jacket so far. I pinned the lining out of the way while I was stitching the outer garment SAs down.
And, typical of working with a bouclé, my ironing board is covered with lint.
Speaking of Ironing Boards…
Kittens, I need to give a gentle admonishment. I’ve seen a bunch of posts on different blogs recently showing good work that is ruined by an obvious lack of pressing during construction. Take a read of this post:
And Now, a Word from the Pressinatrix
Seriously, it pains me to see really nice work undone by puckery seams. Nothing screams “Happy Hands at Home” more than poorly pressed garments, and you can’t leave the pressing to the very end. Bobbie Carr, rest her soul, used to say, “Pressing is sewing.” Truer words were never spoken. Know that I say this with love, not to be mean. Pressing properly adds just a few minutes to the time it takes to make your garment, but boy oh boy, what a difference those few minutes make!
Oh, one last thing. Tomorrow’s Martin Luther King Day here in the US, so we’re extending the Weekend Sale at Gorgeous Fabrics for one extra day. Have fun!
Happy Pressing! (It is sewing, after all)