Hello all I have been a busy beaver since the last blog post! We have put our house on the market once again and hopefully this time it will sell finally! That meant we had to get it "people" ready, photographer ready etc. Thank God for children, my daughter and her husband stayed and helped us get the house in ship shape and spit and polished it with great care and success! As all sewers know this means that everything and anything that needs to be "put away" gets plopped in the sewing room!!! I finally saw bottom today and now the whole house is in great shape ready for viewings.
I also have been battling a shoulder/neck injury that has been very painful it all started with a degenerated disc in my neck pinching a nerve down the arm of course it's my right arm, seemed to get better last summer, it was fine in the fall into winter and then in Mexico it flared up again. I have been to my doctor, chiropractor, massage therapist and so far no relief whether or not I take pain killers so I quit taking them if it makes no difference what's the point of taking meds? Anyway I'm going to see my doctor again and tell him to start all over again because since the fall my shoulder has dropped over 1 cm, my side seems to be crunching down and my shoulder blade is protruding on that side so there is more than just a pinched nerve at play here, at least in my opinion.....
In the meantime I managed to finish a dress I started last fall it was difficult but I'm happy with the results :)
There is quick explanation of the process, pleating is not for the impatient person! It takes time and patience to draft the pattern and pleat the fabric evenly for a more professional finish, I even finish the hem BEFORE pleating to better press everything. No worries about the length, make the pleated part longer than needed, cut it off the top if necessary.
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"