I am fearless and creative with anything plant-related, especially in my veggie patch. I have heirloom 'Listada de Gandia' striped eggplant growing with Purple Basil, Easter-egg Radish and Green Zebra tomatoes. The fig cuttings I struck last year are now fruiting shrubs. Mangelwurzel, Daikon radish and yes, Turnips have been planted for the winter. However... the sewing table is a different story. I am a sewing tyro with vintage coutoure taste in patterns. I have a new machine, an overlocker and all the accessories but limited knowledge of what to do with them. I mostly live in jeans and a t-shirt. This is another creative outlet for me and maybe a chance to spruce up my wardrobe a bit.
My fantasy...veggie gardening in my 1940's Nora Charles-style robe.
Nick and Nora Charles and Asta in 'The Thin Man'. Aren't they divine?
The problem...I'm terrified of cutting the fabric and making a mistake with the tres expensive fabric. Thank you to the girls at the Melbourne Burdastyle Sewing Group for strongly suggesting that I make a toile for every garment. This was after a moment of silence when I confessed that I had yet to make a garment that didn't involve hours of ripping out stiches and re-sewing.
- Toile - n. A sheer fabric, such as linen or cotton; a test garment made by a dressmaker in cheap material.
My goal...Turnips and Toile.