I can't believe it is just a week since the Crafters' Ceilidh: it feels like a long long time ago! But it certainly explains why I haven't done much sewing since.
Because I had to leave early, I wasn't able to go to the Sewing Cafe with everyone else, but there was no way I was going to miss out on the pattern / fabric swap! I left four patterns in Kestrel's care and I am really looking forward to seeing them appear around the blogosphere! Scruffybadger has already confessed to taking the Star Wars costume pattern (!) and just the other day House of Pinheiro showed the Amy Butler mini-dress pattern. Somewhere out there is a stunning 50's dress pattern that I could not understand, and a 60's back-zipped top that was simply far too big for me. I really hope their new owners can make them work!
And what did I get in return? Kestrel made some really great choices for me! Three
Simplicity patterns, all from the 70's - so many possibilities! And she also picked out a piece of coral red stretch cotton which is a pretty good colour match for the hat I was wearing last Saturday. I might try out the Jasmine pattern with this, if there is enough.
But this weekend I am making a start on my velvet shorts. I ran into a problem with the pdf pattern. Can you see that this piece doesn't quite line up with all the others? It is really odd. To make the pattern shapes continuous, I have to leave a gap between the "tiles" of A4 and the 1-inch grid lines no longer marry up. I have emailed the designer for advice. I scoured the internet and no-one who has made these shorts has mentioned a problem. Curiouser and curiouser.
But right now I am off to the library. Remember I loaded up my reading wishlist at New Year? My requests have been fulfilled - all eight books at once! More about that another day.
FL Update: In spite of our trepidations, he is not in any pain from his extraction and is feeling quite chipper today - woo hoo! Thank you all for your good wishes :)