All that's left to do is topstitch all the way around, place the pockets (incl. topstitching), sew on the sleeves, make buttonholes and sew on the buttons, and of course hemming. Oh dear, that does sound like there's still a lot of work to do before I'm done!
Didn't want to let the weekend go by un-blogged though, so here's an update on the blouse-jacket so far:
I'm proud (again) about how the collar turned out. I have avoided this kind of collar for years and years. About 5 years ago I tried it for the first time and it was a succesfull attempt. I was sold. But it's really not a sewing-technique I would recommend to a 'beginner'.
Here are more details of the parts I prepared in advance.
The collar has some kind of stand. Once it was attached to the collar it all made sense. The pocket is easy-peasy. Square. With a flap. (Is that the right word for it?) Can't go wrong there.
I love the buttons. There are supposed to be 2 buttons on the sleeves. I discovered that when I looked very closely at the linedrawing. Lucky thing I've got enough buttons.
And for the Grande Finale: did I already spell it out for you that I'm proud of these?
But not all of the swelling has gone yet and the area of the scars still feels very weird. Like there's sand and electricity under the skin.
Most worrying for me is the fact that my fingers are still very, very stiff. I try to do my exercises as much as possible and I achieve a certain amount of movement throughout the day. But if I haven't moved my fingers for a while than it just hurts to bend them again. And I'm not even talking about starting up in the morning...
I can't stretch them completely either. Thoug there is definitely an improvement in that area, I'm glad to say.
Afther reading this you probably think it's a wonder I can do any sewing at all. But the thing is that the little movement I've got in those fingers is just what I need to do 95% of the things I would normally do. And thát, my dear readers, is a blessing!