Although I have been assured that this is a highly desirable birthday present, it was a somewhat unsatisfying gift giving process. This may have had something to do with supplying only the $. (I had to Google plasma cutting, looks nasty to me, other peoples' hobbies can be incomprehensible...)
This has displayed to me that in my case, sewing a gift has selfish elements, mostly to do with giving myself warm fuzzies.
Being rather partial to thinking well of myself, I sewed my husband a proper birthday gift, being something handmade and one-of-a-kind.
See the nice shirt? It is my usual Vogue 8096 pattern, made according to David Page Coffin's Shirtmaking book, flatfelled to within and inch of its life, and with topstitching via my handcranked Singer circa 1933, which has a perfect straight stitch. I am so lucky.
It has lovely parallel stripes at the front yoke seam....
I fiddled about to make fancy back pleats, which is a nice change for me.
I lined up the plackets so the stripes matched, a bit like jigsaw puzzles.I can almost see why patchwork is appealing.
Look! a contrast inner collar stand and amusing initial labelling ;)
Did you notice there is no man inside this shirt?
I have given up on photography torture of my husband.
Is it a bad thing that this makes me less inclined to sew for him? Blogging definitely influences my sewing.
Here is another thing I sewed for him, on special order, which is much more virtuous sewing. Just imagine that this on a man's head instead of charmingly applied to a paint tin. I know you all have excellent imaginations.
I am patting myself on the back for this one. This strange object is a merino jersey under-cycling-helmet head warmer and sun protector. He asked that I make it for cold morning rides - to replace his anti-sunburn caps worn during summer cycling.I made it about 2 months ago, actually I made 2 of them, and he has been promising to model it ever since. Hmmmm.
We might as well get lots of dull sewing done in one post.
New ironing board cover
Elastic drawstring cord and old towel for padding, untrimmed because I had not got the overlocker set up.
It is prettier than the last one, but I'm glad I have some fun sewing coming up.
Various merino jersey scraps
2m of cotton quilting fabric about 2009
3m of cotton shirting 2011