Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
And a pile of scrap metal, cabling and pipes to be taken away. The collection has been booked!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
This weekend's sewing project was a pair of baby dungarees.
Because someone went and had a BOY when I had only a GIRLY knit "in stock" (tsk! how inconsiderate!), I decided it would be best to sew a little something for the newborn... you know, before he reaches school-age.
The pattern was free from the Kokka website. You can find it here.
It is presented as a diagram with Japanese instructions, but it was easily drafted on squared paper.
These dungarees are supposed to fit an 80cm baby, but I reckon they are a lot smaller than that. The legs seem quite narrow and there isn't much nappy space. It is entirely possible that I was supposed to add a seam allowance before I cut the fabric... um... I didn't. They will fit sooner rather than later!
Rather than bias-binding the edges, I faced them with contrasting fabric and made a pocket out of owl-print cotton.
The prints came from Fabric Rehab as part of a pack of four fat quarters. Overnight delivery!
I widened the underarm slightly and then drew it back in with a tiny elastic insert, just to add a bit of shaping. I used to do this when I made dungarees for my kids.
I rather like the shaping of the straps, which are cut as a continuation of the back piece, and curve round the shoulder to fasten at the front with a couple of buttons.
I added contrast turn-ups to the bottom of the legs. Just because.
Navy buttons and top-stitching.
Half the width of 80cm long cotton from Edinburgh Fabrics. 60cm would have been enough.
Perhaps half of a fat quarter of zig-zag and a tiny piece of owlet-print from Fabric Rehab's Scandinavian Owl Bundle. It is really soft!
Navy buttons from Eeeebaaay (again!)
Pattern: Nano Iro 2009/06 (pdf link) .
Would I make them again?
Probably. But I would add an extra centimetre round the edges next time. I am also not sure if they would be better with snap-closures between the legs, for easier nappy changes. I didn't add them to this pair, because I do remember that if trousers were a bit snug round the bum, the poppers used to un-pop when you picked up your baby, which was annoying. It's funny how it all comes flooding back!
These were done in a few short hours, even allowing for pattern-drafting time.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Will I make it again? Almost certainly, though it is such a distinctive shape I need to change it around a bit next time, maybe by making the long-sleeved version for the autumn.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
"You want me to sit where?!"
Male models, eh? They just don't understand!
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Edited stitching highlights:
- I have finished FL's birthday socks, exactly a month late! Pictures soon.
- I have started another pair of socks.
- I have made most of my polka dot blouse and it is looking good.
In Dress-For-A-Wedding news:
- The Toast dress was 4 inches too large all over - sent back
- "Matching" shoes did not match - sent back
- My daughter found me the Perfect Dress, but it is out of stock! - email sent, no reply yet
- We scoured the vintage shops of Edinburgh - found nothing
- We both tried on the same dress: she looked stunning... and I would have needed Gok's Magic Knickers (no way!)
- I came across an enchanting vintage dress shop in Leeds who are going to help me find my ideal vintage 1950's dress! I am totally over-excited about this! They are sending me some photos today and I already think I know which one I will choose! A purple brocade tulip dress - gasp!
Pictures of everything soon!
Thursday, July 08, 2010
That Vintage Dress was not to be, and I need to accept it and move on. I found loads of lovely dress patterns in the current New Look pattern catalogue, so I might yet make a dress for wedding-wear.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
My daughter read it first and passed it on to me.
She recommended it to me for the descriptions of wonderful vintage clothing, and she was right: if only there was a real life shop which sold these garments! Three 1950's prom dresses "like cupcakes" caught my imagination straightaway.
The plot is pretty much unbelievable, hanging on a series of incredible coincidences. The characters are less well drawn than their clothes: the men are literally "suits" and the women are held together with safety pins. But it kept me up til midnight in a single binge-reading session. A good one to leave behind in a holiday cottage to brighten someone else's vacation... which is exactly how my daughter came across it in Morocco!
Also in the picture: my little "Sew Eco" purse. I can't find the pictures I took as I was making it. It is half-sized as I didn't have a copier handy to blow up the pattern times two. It is perfect for my sewing accessories: embroidery scissors, tailor's chalk, quik-un-pik, measuring tape, and a packet of pins. The zip-pull is finished off with a bead and a little leaf. Cute and practical!
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Saturday, July 03, 2010
It feels like yesterday, and yet it feels like a long, long time ago. I can still remember the pattern on the tea cup I was holding when the Doctor told me. But I only have flashes of remembering FL's pain and all the strange little incidents which alerted me to how ill he actually was. Like how he couldn't bear to look at my daughter's book Varjak Paw, because the cover illustration frightened him.
We know it's only a matter of time before the MM comes back - because it hasn't actually gone away. He is "stable", but absolutely not "in remission". And there is just one more drug left in the armoury, Revlimid.
But he is alive and well. Imagine that! Alive and well, three years later!
Friday, July 02, 2010
So, as ever, there are more ideas buzzing round my head than I have time free to sew. The school holidays start today, so I am ekeing out my annual leave to give the Girl some attention. The Boy is working part-time. Sunday looks like it may be a good day for stitching though!
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Meantime, I failed to meet my self-imposed sock deadline. Sorry FL! But it is on the way.
Cookie A declined my offer to test-knit. A wise woman, that Cookie! Would you pick a woman who admits on her blog that she is a slow sock knitter? Or who has blatantly only ever knitted one pair of socks from your book?! Thought not.
However, there are happy things to report! I received a package in the post from Cecelia in NYC. Look, look! She contacted me to tell me off for listening to mournful music, and offered me a "mix tape" of uplifting songs. How very kind! And look! Not only has she sent me two fab CDs (with a selection which made me laugh out loud), but also a skein of delicious handspun yarn from Jamie Harmon! And there was some tea too - macadamia and coconut?! Mango? Mmmm!Thank you SO MUCH! The CDs are going straight into my car so I can play them and sing along without complaints from anyone, old or young!
And speaking of the young... my son came home safe and sound from Glastonbury Festival. He was helping set up an art installation on the Green Futures Field and got a free ticket - lucky boy! I watched as much of the TV coverage as FL could stand, but I didn't see him. It was "effing awesome", apparently :O
Oh - and I noticed that Ruth Singer's new book Sew Eco is available at Amazon. I did some test sewing for this book a while back and made a very dinky little purse - I must show you, now that it isn't a secret anymore!