This is a sewing blog, so first I will talk about sewing.
Inspired by local difficulties, I naturally worked on a complicated project. This was a nice distraction. I do not think there would have been quite so much tailor basting and catch stitching of seam allowances had there been power, internet access, mail deliveries and telephone services more often over the past week.
This project is Lady Grey Mark 2. I have progressed quite well through my initial plans of applying hair canvas to the fronts, and undercollar, pad stitching the lapels and undercollar, catchstitching the roll line, adding an internal welt pocket, but have come unstuck on the collar.
I hand basted an interlining of cotton flannel to the upper collar (I knew I kept those scraps from making nappies for a good reason), following the advice of Kenneth King in Cool Couture. This apparently gives a rich and luxurious hand to the velvet (totally worth keeping those scraps for the past 7 years...).
Unfortunately, I think my velvet must be a bit too closely related to corduroy, as it just seems to make the collar bulky. I did remove all the hair canvas and flannel from the seam allowances.
I pinned the collar to the neckline to allow for turn of cloth (following the advice of my tailoring book) but after sewing it, there is a puffy sort of look.
Apparently topstitching velvet is henious sewing behaviour, my books are rather scathing. Despite this, I tried a little topstitching by hand, with silk thread,(the left collar in the photo above) but this did not reduce the heniousness - the topstitching did not look good at all. Back to the seam ripper. Do you think Lady Grey would look any good as a collarless coat?
Thank you for the many kind messages concerning the Queensland and NSW floods. It did get worse here before it got better.
We now have most utilities restored, and the roads to Brisbane were opened yesterday, so I was able to retrieve my stranded children, much to everyone's relief. There is even sunshine today.