I have a trip coming up and some lovely cotton lycra double knit in 3 colors: rust, camel and white, perfect for a mix and match travel wardrobe. I am using McCall’s 6247 as my base pattern
I have finished the top and pants. I modified both pieces. On the top I made turned up cuffs with buttons to hold them in place and the pants, which were largely PJ-like stovepipe, I pegged the thigh and made boot cut shaped legs.
I was surprised to see how the sporty details of the top make it look almost masculine
The jacket is almost finished. It is made from a long-stashed faux suede, I can’t remember the popular name for this brushed, knit backed fabric, but it’s soft and static-y, drapey and lightweight and barely stretchy enough for this pattern.
Edited: after ironing and top stitching I’ve removed the puckers YAY!)
OK, it’s NOT stretchy enough for this pattern: the front band causes the body to pucker but with the full drape and busy pattern it is not really noticeable. This is the fabric lying on top of the camel colored (it’s camel in Real Life) double knit:
I don’t have an alternative fabric for the jacket. I have not bought very many knits in the past. The skirt is cut out from the same faux suede: 2 pieces with elastic waist. I am making the self fabric belts, closed by some nice Clover D-rings in antique gold.
So? How come I’m not modeling and showing off? I’ve had some big changes in my life: my hair is now steel gray and white since I’ve chopped off all the yellow, my shoes and orthotics are huge and I can’t seem to take a good photo any more. Many of the fabrics in my stash are good for the old hair color and don’t fit my colors now. I’m a navy and gray person now. I need wide legged, long pants to balance out the shoes, heels are out of the question. My style must change! Ack!
OK. Please don’t laugh. I’ve been hiding. I just lately figured this whole thing out and more with the help of x-rays and a physician.
I need carpal tunnel surgery on both hands and have fairly advanced arthritis in my joints and bone spurs in mt left thumb. Husband needs the surgery, too so we’ll have to coordinate on this latest of adventures in aging.
Yeah. I’ve ground to a halt.
Last night I couldn’t manage the scissors so I ripped through the medicine shelf and found all those old wrist braces I used to wear when I did a lot of wood work and heavy gardening. I can’t even wear the braces any more. My right hand is still asleep and tingling.
Yup. I’ve been compensating and have totally incorporated pain into my daily life choices. I should know by now that if I don’t want to do something I used to love to do, there’s probably a good reason.
I just have chosen to stop sewing and posting and much of anything that will strain my hands. Oh major, beyond-Bart-Simpson, DUH moment.
So, I’ve cut way back on computer work and devoted myself to sewing and I hope to get through this current project or I’ll be left with an orphan color way in the closet. And we all hate that, don’t we?
Surgery, braces, doctors. Oh sure, I need more of that (NOT).
I would love to hear: has anyone had this surgery and did it help you in your ability to sewing and do daily tasks?