Thursday, April 17, 2008

Smocking done

That was really time consuming, but a bit of fun as well. I put the panels together and will finish the yoke after it's dyed, just in case it shrinks more. Below shows the threads connected in each panel.

All six panels. There's discoloration, think the kitties had some fun with the red chalk :-) Oh those felines, just can't live without them.  The dye will hopefully take care of it.

Today I cut the skirt panels, and the cutting table was really useful here. Warren at A-1 pleating said to bring in half circles, so instead of cutting out the pattern, I marked it with contrasting thread- well, it will be contrasting after the fabric is dyed :-). I didn't have enough for three half circles; the pattern is more like 2 and 2/3. So on the front right half circle I marked the seam line and the center front. Crossing my fingers this will not be a problem...

I'm still thinking about the dye and the design. Probably less is more. I tested a Blue Gray and it looks quite lovely with the blouse. Maybe I'll add just a touch of the color that's in the blouse. Painting the dye on might give some interest as well.

And on a completely different subject: Is it normal to have problems on Blogger- like today, when images couldn't be downloaded for the longest time? Just curious...


  1. The other day I had problems with images just not loading. So yes, sometimes blogger does play up!

    Your skirt is going to be gorgeous! Are you planning to put it into the PR silk competition?

  2. Thanks Vicky. I'm hoping the pleats can get done in time for the contest. If not, I might make DD's prom dress, or my 'real' blouse. :-) You're such a knockout in your new dress!

  3. Wow you are so creative, I cant even picture how the skirt is going to look so will be following your posts eagerly.
    Yes Blogger can take an age to load pictures sometimes, it's not you, I guess it happens when too many people are using it at the same time. I either leave the photos till later or just leave them loading and go off and do something else.

  4. Your creativity just blows me away. I can't wait to see this finished.

  5. That skirt is going to be so amazing!

  6. that is just too too cool!
    I need that book (the one you linked to in the blog post that you didn't publish? (it shows up on bloglines anyway)...
    I'm so intrigued and impressed.