Actually, it's more like "Sew, the month…" as I haven't done anything but sew since I finished knitting my Colorwash Shawl!
First it was the Tom Petty Corset; all put together and awaiting binding (and the loss of a few pounds)!
I still wanted a Corset, though, and found some Batman t-shirts on clearance at Macy's. I love the fabric, but the design of these things is hiddy:
I'd already chopped & sliced that one up, but yuck. I had an XL and an XXL, the backs gave me enough fabric for the body and there was more than enough on the fronts to cut binding.
It's a little bit wonky. The fabric is 100% cotton, but much finer and lighter in weight than I'm used to — medium weight is what I usually order from Alabama Chanin, often heavy weight in the thrifted t-shirts.
I checked a couple of times to verify that it was 100% cotton and not some combo with bamboo or something. It was slippery, more difficult to control, and it took a while to get it all sewn up. I like it well enough, though!
Since then, I've been working on the Alabama Chanin Magdalena A-line that I'd begun a year ago, in the hopes that perhaps I'd finish in time to bring it along on vacation. But first…
I "fixed" some sleepwear that I also want to take.
The heavy embroidered design was replaced with this:
It's a little swatch from when I was contemplating ideas for Catamount. I'm so glad to have found a use for it! That one little sequin makes me inordinately happy.
And voila! I finished all the seaming of the A-line on Saturday night, so yesterday was all about binding.
That dress form isn't anywhere near my size, but you get an idea.
Cretin stitch… always a bit of a challenge for me, but I think I'm getting better!
Originally, I'd stenciled pieces for the back, too, but I've left the back a single layer and plain for a number of reasons… besides time. One is that the technique used on the front is "lighter" than some. Another is that I'd placed the stencil on all four pieces in almost exactly the same manner, and have decided that I'd prefer some variation. I'm hoping to use those other pieces to make something for Gin!
Anyway, here it is. I used a couple of different colors of thread for the sewing. The cutting (negative reverse applique) was CRAZY INTENSE with all those knots & tails on the outside, but I don't think I accidentally snipped short a single one of those tails!
It's crunch time now!! One more sleep at home, another sleep on the plane, and then our first stop: Dublin!