So. Today, A THING happened.
Well, obviously, quite a few things happened. But amongst them was A THING. A thing so unexpected that, even though I dealt with it there and then, I can’t quite believe it happened. Pinch me!
And as a result, I may need to practise me some sewing skills. For a start, I’ve never made a man’s shirt. I might need to know how to do a collar and proper, formal, stiffened cuffs. Preferably double cuffs. Mr P has volunteered, and so he will spend a day standing still while I measure, cut, and stick him with pins. But I probably need another man, just to perfect the technique. My lovely cousin, @CamSlates has also volunteered (if you’re on Twitter and you don’t follow him, you should: he takes a lovely picture). So that probably takes care of the shirts.
I could also do to make some fitted stuff. It’s easier for other people than it is for me. I mean, it’s easier for me to fit stuff onto other people. Do you fancy being another person? Leave a comment.
Look, this isn’t a promise. I’m not promising anything – I’m begging, but I can’t guarantee that everyone who gets in touch will get something, and if you get something, I can’t guarantee it’ll be brilliant (but it will…)
So if you can help me out, by letting me practise my skills on you, please give me a shout… We’ll agree on what I make, and we’ll find and choose a pattern together. I’ll buy the pattern, and ask you to provide me with the measurements I need. It would be helpful if you could buy your own fabric (that way, you know you like it, but I’ll tell you how much I think you need). And then we’ll get to work! I will be able to use the pattern to draft up a pattern that will be tailored to you, and then I’ll actually need you to come and sit around while I make it around you. From that point of view, it would probably be a good idea if I know you, and you’re happy to sacrifice a day of your life to the West Midlands… And in return I’ll make you a thing.
So things I need to practise:
Invisible zips (in a dress? A pair of trousers?)
Tailored jackets (I’ll be honest. I only want to do one of these at the very most)
Collar/cuff (but probably covered by Mr P and @CamSlates)
Oh. Embellishment. Of garments. Send me your garment to embellish. Or something…
Um. I think that’s about it, but if you think of something I need to know how to do, please do shout!
In other (possibly unrelated?) news, I find myself fascinated by beards. If I was a man, I’d totally grow a beard. And wax my ‘tache. And possibly dye it/them. It’s the first time I’ve thought it might be attractive to be a man. But, y’know. With my DNA, perhaps I shouldn’t entirely rule out a late surge on the beard front…