I hope that you’re all having a great weekend. Mine has been spent catching up on sewing the Beignet skirt – after a successful trip to the fabric shop to find some replacement lining. It’s quite literally the most fabulous material I’ve ever come across – I’m so in love!
I think that it works well because the pattern is too busy for me to use on a whole project. With peek-a-boo pockets and a full lining, this is a good pattern to use with some cool lining fabric. Having never lined anything before, I’m on a bit of a learning curve. So far, so good. I’ve put the pockets in and they look super cute. My new machine is also making finishing seams a synch. I’ve never used a proper serger so I can’t compare – but having gone through frustration trying to finish seams with a zig-zag stitch and ordinary foot, this is SO much better.
That said, I’ve probably spent over 50% of my time on this project finishing seams. It’s something I’ve totally skimped on in the past, mostly because I couldn’t be bothered. But given how amazing a finish it’s giving, I think the time is worth it!
So yes, the skirt is progressing well! I’m hoping to get a good bit more done today and hopefully have it done by mid-week. Fingers crossed!
In other news, I’ve been reading my copies of Woman’s Weekly. I thought I’d feature a couple of highlights here. Firstly, this ad:
There’s also this absolute gem. An advice column from 1944 – ‘Mrs. Marryat Advises’:
“I wonder if you can help me? I feel very depressed and discontented. I am eighteen years of age and a shorthand typist. When I was seventeen…I wanted very badly to join the Services, but my parents and my employer stood in my way. Since then my best boy-friend has gone in the Navy. He promised before he went to write to me, but I have written twice and received no reply. I know he is a poor letter-writer, and he is very shy. Should I try to forget about him…? Several of my girl-friends are in the Forces or on War work and I seem to be doing so little for the war effort. This depresses me very much, What should I do? – Doris”
I absolutely love reading through these little insights into the lives of women in the 1940s!