Gone Mobile

Hello everyone.

Last Monday, I have moved to a new city and slowly, things are taking shape. It will be another while until the sewing can commence but I finally managed to get the right furniture for my first own sewing space. As the apartment is not that huge, I went for a mobile solution on wheels. When it is not needed, it all sits in the bedroom corner and whenever I want to sew, it comes out. Perhaps this might also help prevent some fabric clutter. ;) Right now I feel somewhat chuffed with how it turned out, so here is a picture for you. Obadiah (the sewing machine) was still in his box here, but by now he is unpacked and proudly sitting on his new table.

The new mobile sewing space.

Hopefully it will not be too long, until the sewing and posting continues. The internet access will be patchy here for another while but I hope you are not too mad at the lack of activity. If things go well, I might be back in the loop for the HSF “Re-Do” challenge. I can’t wait to be back and to see the wonderful things you are all making. Until then, please accept my apologies for not being around more.

Yours, Nessa



HSF #4: Under It All – A Sneak Peek

Home at last…

now I can finally share some sewing pics with you. Today I got out the Regency chemise I hand-sewed while at my parents’ house and took some photos. It is the first part of the Regency underthings ensemble I’m making for the HSF challenge #4 “Under It All”. The second part will be a matching pair of short stays. I started them today and they should be done just in time for the due date (phew!). To tide you over until then, here is a first sneak peek at my chemise:

Here is the whole chemise. It is made of a very sheer cotton muslin and, as I am a short ‘un, it comes down to mid-calf length. And, yes, it could use some ironing, indeed. ;)

Here is a close-up of the drawn neckline and sleeve. Here you can also see the purl cotton yarn I used for the drawstring. It is very durable and works very well… much better than my camera lense that decided to have a field day with me. My apologies for that. ;)

Another picture of the sleeve. As well as the neckline, I trimmed it with bobbin lace. This was not really common period practice, but lace is just too pretty. Lady Constance, who made a gorgeous lace fichu for the “Innovation” challenge, and I had a little exchange about this topic not long ago. It sure backed my choice of lacy trim.

On the bottom edge, I sewed a broad blind hem. The fabric was so sheer, the hem could pass for both reinforcement and decoration, the same way shortening tucks did on period petticoats. It works a bit better than changing the pattern via slash and spread… ;)

At last, here is a photo of the sleeve gusset. Before sewing this chemise with the Sensibility pattern, I was a bit scared of gusseting. Now I know it is really pretty easy, if you know how. And they add a nice bit of comfy wearing ease to any chemise. Why did I ever make a chemise without them?

So, this was the first look at the Regency underthings. I cannot wait to share the rest with you, once it is done. As Obadiah, the little scoundrel that calls himself my sewing machine, is finally working like he should, it will not be long now. I will keep you posted.

Love, Nessa


A New Family Member

A New Family Member

Meet the newest addition to my family.

This is my new “baby”, the first sewing machine I have ever owned. His name is Obadiah, or Obi, for short. He arrived yesterday and is still in his terrible twos. I am trying to get him to work properly, which he doesn’t yet. That is why I named him Obadiah, after Sergeant Hakeswill whom I don’t like much. Sometimes, when I read a Sharpe novel, I like to yell at him. And this Obi still needs some shouting at, too.

Once we are past the shouting matches though, I will finally get to sewing part of my short stays with him. I can’t wait…



PS: Today I have finally gathered my mojo and signed up for the Historical Sew Fortnightly 2014 for real. I think it will be much fun. :D