The recycled item
This week I started on my recyling project. Do you remember the nasty, long, beggar-woman skirt?
Hours later…..I tell you, those Indian textile workers sure know how to over-engineer a garment. This tiered skirt had five sections and an encased, elasticated waist band, tight gathering stitches, seams, plus overlocking, lining, elastic, satin ribbon hangers and yards and yards of thread. I tried every way of unpicking it, including tearing and cutting, but as the strips were so narrow I wanted to preserve as much of the cloth as possible. I did create a few rips as the fabric itself is quite fine – I think a cotton lawn.
Neatly ironed and tidied up, it appears to be a pitifully small haul. But I got intimate with the bird which is rather lovely, isn’t it? I like the colourway and quality of the cloth. I need enough for one sleeveless blouse. Shall I join the fabric and then cut it as a piece, or should I try to work more the sensitively with the pieces (which are very long, but not very deep)? If there is not enough fabric for the top should I add some white lawn or try to print something to go with it? Having spoken to Morley college about their advanced Pattern Cutting classes I have concluded they are too advanced for me, and I shall go back to the Mary Ward Centre textile printing class.
Also this week my new pin board arrived, which should give me somewhere to hang my rulers and other sewing equipment. Nick has ordered some extra strong Velcro to attach it to the wall.
And finally I said goodbye this weekend to my friend Galina who is returning to Latvia on Wednesday. It has been so nice to have a real life sewing friend, and I will miss her very much.