This past Sunday through Wednesday, Mom and I went to Spokane to visit my brother and his family and had a fabulous time! We celebrated my niece's birthday and had lots of fun with her and my nephew! Then there was the usual binging on food and visiting kid friendly sites like the park. We were also able to get in a few fabulous anitques shops...and found some neat-o finds! And OHMYGOSH some silk tulle at a fabulous fabric store that we had been driving by for years. I finally stopped in to see if they had any soutache, they did not, but found real silk tulle!!!!! I am so deliriously happy about it!!! But I digress...
This post is about the progress on the RDWB green wool suit. I was finally able to cut out the wool after doing the mock up and getting it to where I liked it. I had some issues with the collar as the patterns I am using didn't have anything suitable that would match the original. And of course I need to mention the package I got in the mail on Thursday. I had asked my friend Tracy Gomes (Lady Fleur as I knew her a long time ago) if she had a source for Olive green soutache. She said she was going to LA "this weekend" and would check for me. While I was in Spokane, I got a message from Tracy saying to check my mail on Wednesday! Joy!! I was going to see samples of soutaches that would possibly work for my outfit! Well, the package came on Thursday and OHMYGOSH!! Tracy bought a ton of soutache for me! In almost the exact shade...I had to coffee dye it 2 times to get it a deeper color, but SQUEE!!! It totally works!!! Thank you so much Tracy!!!
Yesterday and today, my OCD took over and I didn't stop sewing until I had both sleeves done. I think that I just needed to see if everything would work well together and to get down the rounded zig zags that go in between the straight strips of soutache. Laaaaaa!!!! I am quite happy with how they sleeves turned out!! My neck, hands, arms and back are not so thrilled, but my creative brain is super happy!
|Ruth's dress...check out all that soutache in on the sleeves....|
Photo courtesy: moviescreencaps.come
|My sleeves...I hate the way this fabric and soutache photograph...sometimes it has a blue cast...grrrrrrrrrrr|
|I love the way the designer of this outfit used such different shades of green...very era correct..|
|Fun corner soutache.|
It took me forever to do two sleeves...I am fearful of the rest of the miles of soutache I have left to apply to the dress! But it will get done and I will forget in time what a pain it was to sew it all on!
Next up....sewing the body of the coat together...
It is a gorgeous jacket! Sooo much trim to sew though! It will be worth it!ReplyDelete
Yes, there will be a lot of trim to sew on...sometimes I really loathe my OCD personality!! But I agree, I believe it will be worth it in the end! Thank you so much!
Hi! My name is Brendan and I am 16 years old. I love your blog, I am also an active milliner! Going through all of your pages I noticed that we write and think the same about so many things that have to do with hats! I'm also a "Ruth," nut! I love every one of her hats. I had the privilege of seeing her "Lifeboat/Ship Sinking Hat," up close and personal at the Titanic museum in Branson a couple of years back. I try to duplicate hats worn in the movie for practice of my millinery skills. I would absolutely love to show you my creations. I have recreated "Ruth's Boarding Hat." A hat you said you would try making too. I would love to show you some pictures of it to get your feedback!ReplyDelete
Can't wait to hear from you!
Oklahoma City Milliner
Hello Brendan! I am so happy you found my blog! And I am delighted to meet another milliner who is a Ruth nut! I am jealous of you that you got to go to the Titanic Museum! That is on my bucket list...Her Lifeboat/Ship sinking hat is also one of my favorites along with the black tea hat she wears with that divine plum colored dress! Le sigh...I think that is a wonderful idea to duplicate movie hats...I do that to as there are so wonderful examples to choose from! (ps... I also have a hat blog http://houseoffaithfulness.blogspot.com/ that I try to keep up with...)Delete
I would LOVE love love love to see your creations! And of course the Ruth Boarding Hat! I will be making that here soon...here is my email address
I can't wait to see them!
Very neat, Gina! It's looking lovely. Did you hand sew the soutache on?ReplyDelete
Thank yo so much Quinn! I am hand basting the soutache on then machine stitching it. I so did not like how "not stable" the soutache looked with just the hand sewing. It looks much more crisp and "permanent" now...ReplyDelete
This is going to be stunning!ReplyDelete