First, I wanted to thank all of you for your prayers and thoughts for Kal who went missing two weeks ago. I've just received good news today! She was found safe and well in Cornwall. I don't know the details yet but I'm SO RELIEVED!
In other good news...I finished Betty's riding jacket and bow-tied blouse and it's featured today over at The Sew Weekly!!
Hectic Eclectic as a little thank you gift for the Sew Grateful week (how sweet is that?) I must say that I actually gasped when I saw the pattern because it was Betty Draper's riding blouse--a perfect match! I had been searching high and low for such a pattern.
Can I just say that I might be in love with Maudella patterns? This was a superbly drafted pattern and was very easy to sew up. The pattern itself is unprinted and the only instructions are all in text printed on the back of the pattern envelope. Surprisingly, I found the text only instructions easy to follow. The only tricky part was that pattern pieces didn't have numbers, instead they had names. So at one point it was a bit confusing as to which facing pieces belonged to which sleeve version!
I made the blouse from a nice weight blue cotton sateen. I had the exact matching buttons in my stash as well! I really like the shape of this blouse and it goes perfectly under a tailored jacket.
I forgot to mention the fabric. This is a British lightweight wool that I got on a super sale at my local fabric store (with a groupon voucher no less). I LOVE this fabric.
I was very careful in cutting out the fabric to try and match up the plaid stripes. Can I just say that I love the shape of the pockets as well--a neat crescent shaped opening at the top of an otherwise normal patch pocket. Topstitching pockets always makes me nervous, though!
amazing fabric haunts) for $1. I believe it is also some sort of sateen. It's not your normal lining fabric and has a medium-hand. I really like the structure it gives to the jacket. I also forgot when I was inserting the lining: a) how much time it takes to hand sew it down, and b) how you need to leave quite a bit of ease in the lining fabric.
Here's a photo at dusk. I just love how the light plays off the almost budding tree stems:
Since we are on the topic of riding....I want to introduce you to Megan who is a member of our family. This photo was taken at one of the riding stables in Washington:
We've had Megan for 24 years and she's definitely my mom's baby (we often joke that she's the other sibling). She's now 30 years old (!) and living in happy retirement with lots of fresh grass and regular brushing. Isn't she a cutie? She's a 5.11 hand Morgan horse and just an absolute (and spoiled) sweetheart. This is me in my early teens. And my goodness, what is going on with my hair in this photo? ;)
What about you? Horse-lover or scared to death of horses?