|Here they are in some of their new togs|
The jacket is from 'Stylish dress book: clothing for everyday wear', as per my Crimplene suit. This was made from a very soft tapestry, which frayed to buggery by the way. I've never known anything like it. I french seamed the side seams, overlocked the armholes, but then had to bind the armholes on top, as the seams were not holding up too well. I managed to salvage them though and hope they will last now. The inside of the jacket, although unlined, is something to behold! I am so proud of it that I made my Mum turn it inside out, so I could take pictures. All the binding matches the dress and I even printed a little label (my woven labels hadn't arrived at this point).
|My beautiful Mum!|
The next item is this little a-line skirt. Self-drafted, it is made from some very lovely heavily embroidered silk. This was a bargain that I picked up from a car boot for 50p can you believe? It was a joy to work with and I love how it turned out. I also made this same skirt in a purple psychedelic print, but Mum had already packed it by the time we were taking pics.
He chose the fabric, which was from our local market and was £1 a yard. It's a Teal crinkle cotton with embroidered flowers. At first I thought it was a bit too pretty, but I love how it turned out and how it looks on him. The crinkle was a bit tricky on such a structured garment though, as you really need to get it flat for the collar and the centre front. I opted for easy popper fastenings instead of buttons. Job done!
I need to make more of these shirts to send in the post, but overall I feel really good that my parents have been able to go home with such personal gifts from me.