On top of everything else going on to keep me totally busy, the blueberries have started to ripen. 2 weeks earlier than normal. Everything is early this year. Once they really going, I'll be picking every other day. Last year we harvested 35 pounds of blueberries off eight bushes. Yesterday Alan and I put up the bird netting on the two blueberry raised beds. Talk about a pain in the patoote. That netting catches on everything! Buttons, watches, rings! And talking about a pain...every mosquito in Tulsa County bites me and don't even look at Alan. That's just so wrong. LOL. Even though it's not hard work, it's frustrating, time-consuming work and we were both hot and sweaty when we finished. Hopefully this will be the last time we have to put it up since we're planning to build a screened enclosure around the whole garden area this fall. This should keep all of the critters out.
Onto progress with the shell. I've sewn the neck opening and both armhole openings closed with tiny fell stitches. And I've spent a good part of today understitching the inside edges with a prickstitch. And if I do say so myself, I think this is my best effort yet at making a couture style garment. So, now all that is left is purchasing buttons so I can make buttonholes. I'll be checking out both the dreaded JoAnn's and Hancocks. If I don't see anything inspiring there, I'll make a run over to the Cloth Merchants.
Here's a couple of pictures:
The pic above shows the inside back. You can see I used one of my new embroidered labels. And if you click on the picture, you can also see details of the prickstitch around the armhole. I did the neckline, armholes and the hem with the prickstitch. I love the look inside; so nice and neat.
And here would be the finished front. I should be able to get the pants stitched up pretty quickly. I already have them cut out and the darts stitched.
Oh...you'll laugh. Here I am at the finish-line with the shell and while I was giving it a last go over with the iron I tipped it too far over and water came out onto the lining! GAH! I grabbed the closest thing I could find, which turned out to be my robe and dabbed the water up. Can you imagine, getting to the finish and then getting water spots all over the dang silk? But it didn't go through and my robe saved the day. LOL.