Do you ever…

…have those days where you have all the best intentions but get absolutely nothing done?

OK, so I exaggerate a bit – I did finally clean the bathroom…


It’s a squeeze but I might just do it!

I had planned to possibly finish my Belcarra today, toilé and all. But as you can probably guess, that hasn’t quite happened. I got my fabric out last week only to discover that instead of the 2 metres I thought I had, there was just 1. Disaster! Thankfully it’s 150 cm wide so I can just about squeeze the pattern on with no cuffs, but I will have to piece the neck binding so I’m hopeful it won’t be too obvious. I laid it out on the fabric – the pattern has 1.5 cm seam allowance included, which does make wiggling the pieces a lot more simple! Lesson learned – buy more fabric! Excellent plan.

My aim for Sunday was to get the pattern pieces traced onto more robust paper before running up a quick toilé in some polyester lining to check fit, before zooming straight onto cutting my proper fabric. Ambitious for a Sunday afternoon when you’re several years out of practice? I think not! (OK maybe a little bit). But boring everyday tasks seemed to get in the way and it was almost 4 pimagem by the time I actually got started. I then made the ‘wise’ decision to put on Steel Magnolias and before I knew it the film was over and I’d only managed to trace the pattern. All in all, not quite the Sunday I had planned!

I plan on cutting a toilé in some polyester lining tomorrow night, but I do need to find some better material to use for this – I’m running out of horrible fabric to use! What do you all use for making your muslins?

Will fill you guys in as and when – current concerns are that it’s going to be too big! I’ve traced a straight size 14 based on measurements but it looks massive! What fit issues have you guys had, if any?

In other news, I found this poly-cotton blend in my stash and I think I have enough for the lining – what do you think of this combination for my By Hand London Victoria? Is it too much? I just don’t know!

No Belcarra for me tonight – I am planning a secret make for someone which I will share once the lucky recipient has got it… More on that later!


7 thoughts on “Do you ever…

  1. Katy says:

    I found the Belcarra pretty big (wide) too, but I think it’s meant to be a loose fit. You can always adjust it when you’re done 😀 As for the Victoria, omg GO FOR IT, I love that combination! xx

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  2. Costumes by Bethany says:

    I use crap fabric for my muslins as well. I just use something that is a similar weight/blend to make sure it’s at least a little similar and then go from there. I tend to grab the ultra on sale fabric in hideous prints for muslins from local fabric discount place. Works well enough for me so far.

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  3. fabrickated says:

    I buy cheap fabrics that I like to make “wearable muslins”. I also buy traditional calico for around £2m which is very stable and a good mimic of most stable cloth. I love the red and blue colour combination by the way!

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  4. Klara says:

    What a lovely fabric! I bet the blouse will look great when it’s finished. I was wondering if you could maybe fit the cuffs on bias in that empty spot on the left? Just an idea, though! It’s hard to assess the amout of fabric from a photo…


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