As well, interference came in the form of a couple of knitting projects ... small ones. I'm trying to make knitting a way to occupy breaks from sewing, rather than the alternative. I think it's going to take some time.
So, how are those socks going anyway?
Yes, it's an unusual shape. She is plagued with swollen feet and ankles.
Both are based on the "upstream architecture" from Cat Bordhi's brilliant exposé on how to knit socks, New Pathways for Sock Knitters, Book 1. Curiously, despite the fact that the main goal of this book is to reduce your dependence on actual patterns, my sock is presented as a complete pattern, which seems divorced from the underlying logic of the upstream model. I almost got sucked into following it blindly which would have resulted in my making a sock that would have been too big for me. Then I got over it, started thinking for myself, and saved it. No frogging required! (Except when I made the exact same mistake on the heel that caused the frogging of the heel on the sock from hell...)
But now I'm back at it. Back at the sewing, that is. Knitting is for my breaks.
And I've started attaching the lining fabric to the front and back pieces, and even did all the afterthought darts in the fronts, shrinking the fashion fabric on the outside to match.
|Afterthought bust dart|
The vertical darts, however, have to be sewn as afterthought darts after you have machine-quilted the lining to the fashion fabric. The pattern tissue has four of these in the back and one in each front, and you can make as many or as few of these as you need for fitting and as can be accommodated by shrinking your fashion fabric with steam.
|Before - lining fabric is darted|
Then you get the fabric all nice and hot and steamy, and pat, beg, and cajole it until its fibres shrink into the available space.
The flat plain at right is indeed the same piece (showing the same seam) as in the bubbly picture at left, but after I had whispered to it, begged it, steamed the heck out of it, patted it gently into place and finally gave it a good pressing. In the distance you see the differently-shaped bust area.
copiously illustrated tutorial for the technique.
I finished the lining at the buttonholes WAY ahead of when Claire Shaeffer and Vogue thought I should tackle it (the very last think before sewing on the buttons), but these buttonholes could not be done after the jacket is finished. And I think the Spanish snap buttonhole is a vast improvement on cutting a hole in your lining and then turning the edges under, finishing by a double round of slip stitches (steps 90-92).