Sunday, July 14, 2019

Yet Another Miyake Vogue 1257

You can tell that this is not going to be a consistent thing from this first photo 
But it's going to be just fine.


I've made them all (jacket, pants and top) since I bought this pattern when it first came out (there was a pleather jacket/pants ensemble in 1989), but the shirt has stayed in the rotation ever since.

 I lost the cuffs for this a long time ago. They looked tacked on, like they were transplanted from another 1980's Vogue shirt pattern.
One thing I need to make clear: I learned proper construction from Vogue Patterns, and even with 'avant guard' designs such as Miyake's, the details and instructions are always tailor perfect. Those cuffs and placket were perfect.
 The fabric came from the Pacific Fabrics flat folds tables, four cuts, in the silks.
They all looked alike at the start, but they washed totally differently.
Some wrinkled up tight, some were flat as paper.

 This is how I used the different pieces 
I love how this turned out. It's a little stiff, could be drapier, but it's the exact right shirt for these pieces. Particularly 2 will wrinkle back up just right when I wash this again.
Hang them up and they are all different again.
(photo post wash shirt)

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Who's that girl on the needle threader?

this bundle:

I've been shopping for them in bulk, as I am beginning to lose the ones I have, and need them more and more. 
There's a whole lot of needle threading going on with this Haptic Lab map quilt.
Somewhere between poor lighting, old eyes, and fussy thread ends, I can't eyeball it the way I used to.
Super fun tip: put a dab of glue on the wires on the back before you use it. Of course, let it dry first. This stops the wires from slipping out after the third use. Can't help it when they break, because those wires will eventually.  
various images from the internets

There are a lot of variations on this mystery portrait, but let's go look this up at the one stop  info mall.

Pretty much all made the same way

I love the Straight Dope.

The take: it has to be Minerva, Roman goddess of handcrafts.
AKA Athena, in her Grecian identity.

Her helmet evolves into a hairdo

I ALWAYS sew in a helmet

This version is definitely the outlier of the portraits; it looks more like a Gallic caricature by Toulouse-Lautrec or Daumier.

Daumier’s The Orchestra.. ..During A Tragedy (1852)

And to keep things handy, a little DIY needle threader for you

and a little history cause
"A popular, late nineteenth century form consists of a small plate (often stamped with a profile image of a woman), with a diamond shaped loop of fine steel wire attached to it. The wire loop is flexible and easily passes through the eye of a needle. The sewing thread is passed through the loop and the loop (with thread) is then pulled back through the needle eye. This form is still available in the beginning of the twenty-first century."
Well, yes!

and while we're here: it's summer. Get a stack of coasters.
or just look at stuff