Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sewing the Sleeveless Spencer...and a Short Hiatus

Ye spencer bodice. All seams and hems are stitched
in constrasting yellow silk (Au Ver de Soie 100/3)
Much of the sleeveless spencer has been sewn together during the past two afternoons. It had been so long since the last time I did any 18th century or Regency sewing, that I had to relearn the construction process. Silly, silly.

Anyhow, here's another view, below. Being at my mother's house, quarantined from my son-with-a-cold so that I'd not get sick and affect tomorrow's abdominal surgery, I've only had the smartphone camera, and her borrowed computer. Therefore, no detailed progress pictures, I'm afraid.  All I can tell you is that all seams are lapped and all hems are point a rabbatre sous le main.

What's left? A final bodice seam, and two hems, then attaching the straps, adding the front closure, and the neckline ruche.

It will be several weeks before I get to that. Segue to a hiatus I'm taking from the blog: there'll be no posts until recovery is well underway or over with. No need to work with a needle while the hands are shaky or the head woozy :} Last time I tried that after a surgery I produced one of the worst efforts in redwork embroidery ever. Huge wonky lopsided stitches. It's a nice memento but I don't need any mementos on this spencer, thank you.

Very best to all, and see you in a few weeks! Meantime, I'll try to keep up with everyone's blogs as I can.


lahbluebonnet said...

This is beautiful. Praying for good healing from the surgery.

Laura Morrigan said...

The material looks lovely! Best wishes for the surgery and recovery!

Anonymous said...

Healing wishes are being directed toward you as I type. Hopefully it all goes well and your recovery time is short.


Sarah W said...

Good luck with your surgery and recovery!

ista said...

wishing you all the best for your surgery.

Barbara said...

Mend quickly. We, your readers, will miss you.

Kleidung um 1800 said...

Dear natalie,
the spencer looks so promising. I'm looking forward to seeing it finished and you wearing this lovely garment.
Hope you'll have a quick recovery from surgery, so that you can fully enjoy spring, sewing and sharing your research (fly fringe) and pictures.


The Choll said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you heal! I look forward to your triumphant return.


ZipZip said...

Thank you all so much! The surgery was a success, and I'm on the mend, bit by bit. Perhaps near the end of the recovery there'll be a chance for a wee bit of sewing!

Very best to you all,