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.