Thank you for the compliments about the new blog layout. I am still trying to recover from the closing of bloglines, and this is part of my plan to still be able to read about other people's sewing when mine drags a bit. Mine is dragging this week, can you tell?
I am being diligent with this coat. I have spent hours this week adjusting my pattern pieces, and sewing up this new toile. I am afraid it is rather dull to read about. Virtue is nearly always dull to read about. See my halo? No?
I nearly flew off in the wind - that is the closest I am likely to get to a halo.
It is quite stormy here, but we don't have as much rain as Carol, who was gloating earlier this week that she was flooded in, at least she was gloating until the bit where she ran out of thread. I wonder if the SES does helicopter drops of sewing supplies? My children were flooded out of school yesterday - fortunately only the bridge went under, the school was intact for their return today. They were not entirely happy about this.
It is a very boring toile week here, I seem to be writing about the weather rather than my sewing.
Here is a more representative photograph of toile 2
- I have taken Robin's good advice, and gone back to fitting just the body, before I fuss with the collar and sleeves. I have squared the shoulders by another 10mm - front and back (Joy asked if I raise the armscye when I square the shoulder. I don't, as I have very sturdy limbs, and need all the arm room I can get - I am considering lowering the armscye in this coat). I widened the shoulders by 10mm, and I have also made a full bust adjustment of 1.5cm, without altering the outer lapel, thinking this would be enough of a change to fix the lapel gaping that Elizabeth spotted, but I was wrong, the lapel still needs further shortening. I also need to take some of the curve out of the upper back.
You may notice that I have lengthened the coat by 13 and 1/2 inches. It is pretty easy to miss a little change like that.
I quite like it this length in real life, but feel that the photographs endow me with an alarming amount of dumpiness. The next toile is heading back around the knee. I am pretty sure I do not have enough fabric for this length anyway, but it was fun to try.
Are there any more glaring misfits that need fixing before I tackle the collar?