comforts for Frida

Confession:  today is the first time, in more than 30 years of machine sewing, that I worked out how to use the seam guide.  Cool!  This is without doubt, the most liberating gadget I have ever fastened to a sewing machine.  I think my life is about to get even better.

First up – Frida’s mattress (btw, every time I type Frida, I type Friday and have to go back and fix it – ugh!).  A lovely piece of heavy duck from Spotty (one of my favourite fabrics they’ve ever sold), filled with two thick layers of wool from a futon factory, and then tied to give it the appearance of a vintage mattress.  That red and white design could SO be Mexican and not Swedish couldn’t it?!  Yes, of course it could :-)

Then her pillow.  Same wool from the futon factory – 6 layers instead of 2.  A favourite piece of reproduction shirting – oh dear, I do declare it’s almost run out – trimmed with some sweet vintage lace from the Button Shop in Malvern.    Oh yes, they sell vintage – but as new.  You should see the Jaeger knitting patterns!  It’s an absolute treasure trove.

A thorough washing of the carriage in the shower – the only time I felt cool all day.

And then the clothes …. making my own patterns – a puffed sleeve blouse – getting the shape of the sleeve top just right seems to keep coming at the expense of the sleeve hem.  Tweaking, tweaking.

Then it’s done!  Well – almost.  No buttons or hems yet :-)  but enough for a quick show and tell before supper.  And look how pleased Frida is – that’s definitely a smile of delight today – rather than yesterday’s pursed lips.  Come on dear, outside for some photos, your carriage awaits.

Tomorrow will be a big day.  All the little details to finish off – wee button holes, hems and collars.  Julian’s offered his services in hood repair.  And Abby and I are performing complex surgery – there’ll be hair removal, a cranioectomy, a complete re-stuff, finished off with a hair replant.  We just can’t bear the pinto bean stuffing – so sluggish – and they keep popping out.  And this Frida’s just too lovely to live with such indignity!

Right now – I’m knitting a wee shawl for her.  Just in case it ever again gets cold here in Melbourne.  At the moment, I can’t even imagine it.

5 thoughts on “comforts for Frida

  1. Lily, it’s all just so sweet. Miss Frida is looking very content. Love the puffed sleeves. Heaps of rain up here so I’m willing it to head down your way to cool things off a bit. Have a bootiful weekend.
    Blessings Gail

  2. I have loved reading about your Frida. I got to see a retrospective of her work when I was younger, and was impressed. Can’t wait to see Heidi!

  3. Somewhere out there Diego is yelling and demanding the HE be the focus of your attentions….and he also says he’d like to be reunited with Frida.

    1. Hee! hee! hee! So true! I can just imagine it. Abby and I watched the film Frida the other day – it has Arthur Molinas playing Diego – he’s almost appealing – I had to show Abby photos of the actual Diego, just to keep things real ;-) Oh dear – a Diego doll – now that could be tricky – but could be rather intriguing too … what a couple huh!

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