maanantai 13. kesäkuuta 2011

Watercolours

Watercolour painting is one of my old hobbies. Here's most recent ones; two sketches after Jacques-Louis David... M. and Mme. Lavoisier.


Marie Antoinette, After Vigee LeBrun

Madame Pompadour, original painter wasn't mentioned in the source

lauantai 11. kesäkuuta 2011

Quick work vest

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Needed a black vest for the next day, had no money to go out and buy one, so what am I to do but to make one?

Lucky me, for being such a hoarder... I had black diagonal wool, dark lining "silk", adhesive backing and the buttons at home!
It still needs to be pressed better, and I did forgot the pockets in the rush of the making :-O
but I now have a well fitting pattern, to make another one (with pockets) when I have the money to buy more fabric, presumably more washable and modern than wool.

Next, I might have to make a banquet jacket... the company making them has sizing that does not fit me at all :/ making one myself won't save any money, but the stress will be less to make one from scratch than to try to alter an already made piece :P

maanantai 6. kesäkuuta 2011

Sewing machine trouble

Sewing machine died.
Now, it was the cheapest there was three-four years ago, a horrible piece of plastic, and in no means meant for extreme sewing like what I've used it to.

It's been acting for quite some time, the toothing was already flattened making straight lines frustrating to sew as you have to feed the fabric yourself to the machine (imagine all those bone channels)
Last week it ceased to sew zig-zag. Then I opened up part of the machine, cleaned and oiled it and it started doing zig-zag again - if you were sewing slowly...

Now, I will try last time to open up it, tear up every single part I can, clean and oil and fix and hope it starts working again for some while.

Meanwhile, I want to finish my Marie Antoinette inspired cloak, so I am lucky to have a roommate who has a sewing machine :) It's an old, cheap one too so I really hope not to finish it off as well :P