Jennie Little wrote:
That instagram is almost exactly what I aspire to, but I don't have the $ or justification for doing so. I work at home, I'm old, and who will I impress? No one. Nor do I care. But I love those clothes and the leaf piece is spectacular!
Those colours look lovely together - at least on my computer. Have you got plans as to what you'll do first?
r ranson wrote:I have an idea, so I spent this summer's clothing allowance on linen.
r wrote:I'm a big saddened that there is kemp (those itchy hairs that give wool its bad name) in the cloth. I might have to make a... what's the word? Wear under your skirt skirt.
I got some more of this fabric in a different colour that I will try flatlining (if I can find a half-decent tutorial - does perhaps this technique have a modern name or did it just stop being done in the mid-Victorian period?)
First, any simple skirt pattern with an elastic waste can be made to be an undergarment - like this: https://blog.megannielsen.com/2009/11/elastic-waistband-skirt-tutorial/
I need to find a petticoat pattern with an elastic waist. I figure my old cotton bed sheet should be perfect for this. I hope.
Hard to judge without a picture, but I'm thinking some sort of gusset. I've been contemplating the same issue with a pants pattern I want to try, but I can tell by the pattern that there's too much fabric in the front compared to what the front needs, because they've essentially made the front and back identical. Bums need a *lot* more material than tummies do with rare exceptions.
After a trial run chasing not only chickens but also a wayward duck that needed to explore every inch of 2 acres, I have ripped the seat seam. Centre back, just behind the inseam. Somehow I need to find out how to add more volume there without adding more volume anywhere else (it's very generous).
Duh! I avoid it like the plague. Our deep well water tends to turn white to a yucky grey even with trying to use a bunch of rainwater or dehumidifier water in the machine at the beginning if the cycle.
Also - white is not a good colour for the farm.
Isn't that the latest style - or is it just bra straps that are allowed to show?
I need to make the thing at least one inch shorter because it sometimes shows beneath the outer skirt.
r ranson wrote:mockup of the petticoat pants are done. These are like really loose bloomers with a 10" ruff. Not sure if they have a normal name in English as I'm working from a Japanese pattern book.
Anyone know what this would be called?
Quite comfortable. At first I thought I needed more room in the seat, but after wearing it a while, it's not bad.
I can finish the seams on this mockup and use it. But I think I'll wear it for a couple of hours first to make sure I'm happy with the fit. It's hard to know how well the clothing works until you've chased some chickens in it.
I'm going to make a shift/petticoat next then wear the two to find out which feels better.
My experience supports the "sew it yourself" concept. It won't be cheaper than purchasing clothing, because fabric is so expensive nowadays, although if you go to the end of the season fabric sales, you might find something you both like and that is made out of something you're willing to buy at less price than at the start of the season. However, for me, the biggest difference is that I can sew it to be quality - decent width seams, reinforcing where needed, quality material *and* I get to keep the cabbage which means if I get a hole/rip/stain, I've got matching material and might be able to fix the problem inconspicuously.
r ranson wrote:So what I want are garments that are high quality and easy to mend.
I can see sewing much of this wardrobe as I can choose different techniques to help the cloth last longer. That and I can avoid the surged edge rubbing on my skin as this is a huge discomfort in my life.