My sister Lois in San Francisco in the early 40's where she and her husband had a flat as he was stationed at the Presidio. Her suit is very similar to the one I'm making don't you think ! Oh I adore her hat! She loved SF all her life and took me there to introduce me to the big city.
Lois and Jimmy, just had gotten married. He was a nurse in the army, a very kind and caring person all his life who we all loved. I was only 4 years old when my sister had her first of three children. We were 21 years apart no one in-between and the same parents.
Working on my Nancy Drew jacket slowly but surely it is nearing completion. I was going to put the lining in by machine but switched to all hand work as I just hate the way the machine is harder to control than hand sewing is. You will see a substantial 'drop pleat' at the bottom of the lining, this gives you extra room in linings to fill out and move without pulls.
The boys wanted to be in the photo. The jacket does not have the sleeve hem in yet nor the button holes, then I'll be finished and make the skirt next.
A view at my second cabinet. The shelves that connect the two at the top are being made right now by my friend who did all this work for me. I gave lots of my fabric to my friend Cookie who has the nursery. I have more than what you see here in bins but I got rid of stuff I just didn't think I'd use the way I'm sewing now.
This silk arrived recently in this gorgeous two tone color, this is China Silk and it's simply the richest fabric to touch. Can you imagine this in those long dresses of the 1800's where they used yards and yards of the stuff?
I've been collecting tatting from Etsy (very reasonable) and this fabric under it is white Batiste for a slip for my daughter trimmed in the tatting.
I think they call this panne velvet, but I loved the magenta color and will make myself a top for the Fall this year to wear with a black skirt or black pants.
Bob is working on leveling the dog's potty pen this Spring. He has progressed more since I took this. I assist by lifting here and there and doing what he says.
Three pairs of cranes have been visiting, one will win out as claiming this territory and hopefully nesting here. They see themselves in the reflection and this one is visiting my back lower deck door. Ha ha it's always the males that do this! Remember the flock of 40 ducks we had last year? One couple nested here in the beginning of the summer and just Friday they returned! I can't wait to see if they nest again then bring all their relatives by to eat the corn.