Thursday, August 31, 2017

Not dead -- yet!

My brother called a couple of weeks ago, worried that I might be dead. Apparently my niece mentioned that I hadn't posted anything in ages, and she was a little concerned.


Contrary to opinion, I am alive!

What's been going on???

I've been sewing like a madman, and blogging about it has fallen to the bottom of my "to do" list. I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, and will share my exploits soon.


In the meantime, here's a sample of what's gone down in my world.





Because the world needs more fur bags.



And speaking of fur....This arrived from Scotland.




To be augmented with some kilt bling.



Pewter buttons arrived from a small business in Ohio.




I plowed through some "quasi couture" construction. Mon dieu!




I've done lots of pad stitching and basting.




Even more pad stitching and basting!




Weeks of tailoring and fittings via FaceTime. Seriously!



Topped off by kilt #2.


Oh, and Agnes has come home to live in my driveway, refusing to get her feet wet!






I'm a little burned out and at the same time greatful for a life that years ago I never would have imagined. More about all these projects will be forthcoming at some point. Until then be well, and happy sewing.


  1. The pictures of Agnes are lovely, so you are forgiven for not posting in so long. I'm going to be looking forward to pictures of you in the kilt with all its bling.
    Theresa in Tucson

  2. WOW. Your craftsmanship is inspirational. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  3. So glad to see this blog post! It wasn't just your niece who was concerned. Looking forward to more posts about your current projects.

  4. Well I'm glad and relieved. I was a bit worried you might have become a 'lost blogger'. I do so want to see the finished kilt.

  5. Agnes looks wonderful! I like that you post pictures of one of your non sewing activities as well as your sewing ones. The sewing looks fantastic as well. That is an epic amount of hand sewing.

  6. You've been productive--beautiful work!

  7. So glad to hear you're still with us, Duane. That boat looks awesome -- it all looks awesome!

  8. Sir, you have been busy! Those black jackets, are those to be worn with kilts?

  9. Yes. One is a Braemar jacket worked up in a wool/cashmere/mink blend. (there is also a vest to go with it). The other is a Prince Charlie jacket (and vest) done in a wool suiting.

  10. FANTASTIC! Seeing a new post from you very much lifted my spirits today and as usual you are amazing me with your craftsmanship. Thank you

  11. So happy to see your post, and can't wait to see the full versions of your amazing couture adventures. Be glad for Facetime the post would have been so frustratingly slow.

  12. Wow that boat is amazing! Sounds like you have been quite productive. Love all the handwork on that jacket. I look forward to reading about it when you get a chance to post.

  13. You're alive! We were all missing you at MPBDay!!

    Love the shape of those pocket flaps.

    Agnes is a beaut!

  14. Yay!! I love your blog ❤️ Agnes looks so amazing! Congratulations!

  15. I am such a fan of your blog! I not only love your sewing but I am Ultra fascinated with your boat making skills. I would love to see more on that.