Monday, November 12, 2007


I'm all ready to begin smocking my second Temily:

I will be smocking one poodle on the center panel. I will probably use slightly different colors, perhaps a white poodle on the pink broadcloth, but I like the aqua as an accent color. I'm not sure about details like piping and ruffles right now, but I'm thinking I will lengthen the sleeves to full length and do a narrow hem and zigzag some elastic at the wrist. I would like to get started tonight while I unwind in my recliner in front of CSI reruns. It doesn't take much to please me these days.
In other news, the Vogue High Waisted Skirt is almost done. Only the hem is left to do, and it's all pressed, pinned, and ready to stitch by hand. I LOVE this skirt! I am so pleased with it. I would have it all done and have pictures to share, but I had a little problem while making it. I used an invisible zipper and it seems I stitched a little too close to the zipper teeth, because when I went to try the skirt on, I got STUCK in it! That's right. I got it on and then couldn't get it unzipped. Imagine my horror when I found that I couldn't get the darned thing off. It looked good, but not so good that I want to wear it forever. I ended up cutting off the zipper stops at the top and pulling the zipper pull completely off. I was able to pull the coils apart and get out of the skirt, but then I had to completely remove the zipper and install a new one. Have you ever tried picking out stitches to remove a black zipper from a black skirt? I don't recommend it! Anyway, I got the new zip in and it works just fine, but the whole zipper fiasco put me behind schedule and I just ran out of steam. I had to leave the hem for another day, and by that time it was too dark to take good photos anyway. I probably won't have a chance to get good pictures until Saturday, so I'll save my "review" until then.
I'm off now to smock. I might also go ahead and cut and pleat the sleeves for Sweet Arabella. Might as well smock those , too, while I'm at it!