As I mentioned in my last post I am working on a project for the Sew for Victory 2.0 sew along.  I picked out these super cute overalls from Wearing History and while I was at it I also picked up a copy of the pattern for the blouse that the model is wearing with the overalls.  I thought they were super cute and would be great for wearing this spring while my husband and I worked on the numerous house and yard projects we have planned.

However, as I also mentioned in my previous post, April is already pretty crazy with sewing and freelancing projects.  But I thought, “I can at least make the blouse by the 30th.”

Well, yesterday this happened:

Guess who's no longer allowed to use power tools!

Guess who’s no longer allowed to use power tools!

I had an accident with the hedge-trimmers Sunday.  I’m fine but I did have to have about 12 stitches and with the pain medicine they gave me I’m not allowed to drive.  And I can’t use my injured fingers for the next 10 days.  In fact I’m typing this post with just my right hand.  So with now having to finish my article with just my right hand, not being able to use my left hand really until the 24th, and the super secret project due in May I don’t see how I am going to be able to even do the blouse by the 30th.  I do still plan to finish the project but it’s going to take me a little longer.  Maybe I can finish it by the end of May.

Spring daffodills from Wikimedia Commons

Spring daffodils from Wikimedia Commons

It turns out that April is going to be completely insane. There’s a lot going on here at Nerd Girl Sewing that all comes due in between April 29th and May 15th.

The first is that I have another article I am working on for Your Wardrobe Unlock’d. My article on Sewing with Ease and Pleasure was published last week and I’m very pleased with it. The next article is due on the 29th and I am working to have the initial draft finished by Friday so I can focus on editing and images.

The second is that I have a project due by May 15th. It’s kind of top secret but I can say that it involves my brand new toy, Brother’s PE Design Next Software. It’s pretty powerful digitizing software and I can’t wait to start playing with it. Once I get the hang of it I would like to try my hand at some tutorials so we will see how that goes.

The third is that I working on a project for the Sew for Victory 2.0 sew along.  I’ll be posting more on that in another post this weekend so stay tuned.

I’m also still trying to decide between two gorgeous red wools for my doublet project.  I need to make that decision soon so I can order my fabric.

Before starting to pattern the doublet I needed to order fabric.  I had planned to order wool from one of my favorite fabric sources B.Black and Sons.  But when I took a look a their in stock wool flannel colors the didn’t really have a madder red wool like I was looking for.  So I asked for some suggestions on Facebook.  I got some great responses.  After taking a look at the suggestions, I found that Burnley & Trowbridge Co. had a nice worsted wool in a color I liked as well as a nice wool broadcloth in a deeper red.  Now I’ve heard some very nice things about their fabrics but I’ve never ordered from their before so I picked up a pack of their fabric swatches.

When ever you are ordering from a company for the first time, even if you have heard good things about their quality, it always pays to pick up a swatch.  Often you can get a swatch for free or for a small cost.  Either way, I’ve never regretted picking up a swatch to confirm that the fabric I’m looking at is really what I’m looking for for my project.

In the case of Burnley & Trowbridge Co., they offer all their swatches in one packet for a nominal fee.  I picked it up and it should be here soon.  I can’t wait to get a chance to look at the wool broadcloth and the worsted wool.  I really think one or both of them will work very nicely for my project.

Portrait of an elderly lady in a red coat, seated by a table with a flax winder by Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade (Haarlem 1610-1684).  Picture from Christie's

Portrait of an elderly lady in a red coat, seated by a table with a flax winder by Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade (Haarlem 1610-1684). Picture from Christie’s

We’ve reviewed some basics on fabric, fiber and grain.  Now it’s time to start getting into actual projects and learning more about sewing.

In order to show y’all a wide range of techniques useful in multiple sewing on costuming arenas I am going to be working on 3 or four projects at a time and blogging about each to demonstrate patterning techniques, machine and hand sewing techniques, and more.

One of our first projects will be this red wool doublet depicted in this painting by Adriaen Jansz. van Ostade.  While the painting dates to the 17th century, the doublet style is decidedly late 16th century.  As the subject is elderly it is not unlikely that she might continue to wear styles from an earlier time.  I love the simple lines and color of this doublet as well as the sleeves and shoulder treatments.  This will be a very fun historical project.

The next time we revisit this project we will be discussing out first step: patterning the doublet.