After too many years to count of speedy sewing, trying to get things done quickly, I have become enamored of slow sewing. Why? For one thing, I don’t really need many clothes…I have so much and lead a fairly quiet life (Clothes-wise). For another, I have come to appreciate the steps in the process of making something, which includes A LOT of hand sewing, basting, and experiencing the magical process of MAKING.  And for a third thing, I am able to listen to audible books, music, podcasts for some of the time I’m sewing. When I get to a hard part, I turn off the sound and concentrate on what my hands are doing.

So, as I mentioned, I have been working on another Koos van den Akker
pattern, V1493, a kimono-styled jacket with “tulip-banded sleeves”.

I made it in an “embossed velvet knit” in two shades of gunmetal gray from Emma One Sock, trimmed with (LOTS OF) bias binding in a stretch taffeta in metallic gray. This jacket used even more bias binding than my previous one, and was very labor-intensive.

Laying out the criss-crossing bias tape on the sleeve band.

After attaching the sleeve band. I probably spent more than 2 weeks on this, but I am very happy with the end result; I wore it out to dinner the other night and received many compliments.

After that was finished, I moved on to a vest to add to my travel wardrobe for our upcoming trip to London and Scotland.

I’m sure you recognize my TNT vest pattern, V1453; the fabric is a very interesting Black and Red Abstract Embroidered Lacy Mesh which I got from
Mood Fabrics sometime last year. It is embroidered wool mesh on a nylon tuile

When I got it, I knew the red wasn’t right for my use, it was somewhat on the orange side. So, I overdyed it…SEVERAL TIMES, with different types of dye, until I got the red I wanted. All that hot water also shrunk the wool a little
so that it’s not so see-through. I really like it!

I lined it in a red satin, so it should be warm for the all-spectrum weather we will have in Scotland.

We leave a week from today; we will fly to London and spend a few days visiting the new Tate Modern wing and have a dinner at NOPI. Then we’ll take a train to Glasgow for 3 days. After that, we’ll go by train to Inverness, whereupon we’ll embark on a week-long small ship cruise on “The Lord of the Glens” to the “Heart of the Highlands”. Neither Dave nor I have been to Scotland, so I’m really looking forward to it.

For those who have asked, this is what I’ve been reading/listening to in the last few weeks:

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Blacklight Blue by Peter May
Cold Earth by Ann Cleeves
Earthly Remains by Donna Leon
The Old Man by Thomas Perry

Broken Harbor by Tana French
The Secret Place by Tana French
Celine by Peter Heller


C.P.E.Bach Symphonies and Cello Concerto
Leonard Cohen, Complete Studio Albums

On Being with Krista Tippett

We’ve been escaping the ongoing construction and termite work whenever we can…last week we took a picnic lunch to our old winery and vineyard (now Beckmen Vineyards) so I could check out some of the many roses I planted more than 35 years ago…

Those olive trees in the back are part of a gift for my 50th birthday from Dave…
50 olive trees!

Here’s Dave with his well-loved and used tractor, which came with the raw land when we bought it in 1979!

My travel wardrobe will rely heavily on my past trips to Portugal and Paris… I have updated the pictures, which follow:


As I did during my Paris trip, I will not try to blog, but I will put some photos as we go on my Instagram account, here.  We’ll be back the middle of May. This afternoon, I’m heading over to Visible Monday, where Patti is hosting our party!


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