Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Home Is Where The Heart Is

We are well in to the swing of the summer holiday and just enjoying pottering about at home.

When we are no longer all together this is what I will miss, just being.
I am sure the messy kitchen will remain always.

We have been catching up with the best thing on TV this year, Kate Humble's 'Wild Shepherdess', or Shepherdessy as Miss Belle calls it.  A bit too much talk of semen but well worth it for the Alpaca, sheep, fibre, drop spindle, weaving, felt, wool, scenery, Guinea pigs - hilarious, peeing in a bottle, dead cats, in fact just a glorious programme.  Possibly the icing on the cake is Kate Humble, a bright and engaging presenter truly enthusiastic about her subject, an intelligent woman who isn't afraid to rough it and look like she has.  Hooray!  She is going on our list of suitable role models for a seven year old girl along with Lauren from Sewing Bee - making clothes not taking them off, and Catherine Bennett - Paleontologist and Pop Star.

The baking was Jo Wheatley's White Chocolate and Lemon Muffins, don't think we will need to do them again.

Monday, 29 July 2013

The Joy of Charity Shops

£2 Katharine House Hospice Shop, love it.

A tailors ham, just what I needed, £1 from the Katharine House £1 shop.

These were old fashioned even when I was a kid, £1 from the Katharine House £1 shop,
 mint condition, love it.

Japanese Uber Cool or Prisoner Cell Block H

Dress D from 'Stylish Dress Book' Yoshiko Tsukiori, box dress with boat neck.  I made this from a remnant I got from a charity shop for a couple of quid, when I got it home it had the tag on from Habitat, some sort of silk - can't remember - something like £25 a metre.  When I opened it up it had a few splashes of emulsion paint as if it had been used as a cover.  It is a loose weave with a slub, definitely some sort of silk, it feels gorgeous.  I left the selvedge of the hem in its natural state and found a bit of previously cut silk bias binding in my box of tricks.

The dress is a big slightly a-line shift and it looked fab on the tiny Japanese model but I thought it was a bit more Prisoner Cell Block H on me.

I wore it belt-less today and I absolutely love it.  The glare is from my pasty legs.

When I put the belt on,  my very honest 12 year old camera man said straight away, "take it off you look massive".  I'm making another one already, dead simple to make and I would recommend this book and its 26 patterns.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Sew Far Sew Good

I was given a tonne of fabric last week by a friend of mine having a clear out.  I thought this slinky stuff would be perfect for a boxy floaty t.shirt.  I was going to make something with lots of pleats from Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori, but when I had a closer look I had no wear near the width so I just winged it, folded it in half and just went from there.  Only snippets left.

I am a seamstress who likes to tweak when it's on.

I completed the hand stitched hem in Betsy's piano lesson and wore it that night, it's also been to the Treacle Market and forced to pose in the garden!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Strike A Pose

This dress has been hanging around for a few weeks waiting for the last bit of hand stitching.  It's from some fabric I bought ages ago from a vintage fair in Manchester, I made an A-line skirt from the Twinkle Sews book, which I have worn to death.

I think she likes it,

can't get her to stand still,

no idea what this one was?

Friday, 26 July 2013

Up The Women!

Here's to all the middle aged women who are brave enough to have braces, stick with it!

The third week of Louis' summer holidays but only the first of Miss Belle's.

We visited The Secret Garden for afternoon tea...

with the lovely ladies of Hyde Lea and Coppenhall W.I.

We had a trip to Attingham Park, this case with 83  birds was my favourite.

She loves a hat...

but not as much as him.  The t.shirt says it all!

My second favourite things were the cake tins.

Tittesworth Resevoir, looking a bit low.

Perfect for a stroll.

Bibelot, we managed to leave with just a pair of pink spotty scissors and they weren't even Cath Kidston!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Liberty Boden Mini Totes

I've been busy making mini totes perfect for mini people's stuff or big people's project bags, lunch bags etc. anyway if you are interested you can find them here.

Liberty Birdie, hand applique,

and lined in the gorgeous Tana Lawn.

My personal favourite.

Boden creepy crawlies for boys or tomboys.

Boden pink kittens.

Monday, 15 July 2013

Summer Sewing

Betsy in Betsy,  the first official project of the summer is complete, it started off as a sun-top pattern from the current Burda Style.  Age 10, just fits around the chest but was too loose around  collar bone so added a few little tucks.  Lace straps from the Gladys stash.

Second official sewing project of the summer is for me, a loose fitting cotton tank, from the current Burda Style.  I used a Laura Ashley linen wraparound skirt that I never really got on with for the front and the dark green cotton lining for the back, watch this space...

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Busy Day In The Garden

Miss Belle can't get in to her summer dresses, I keep feeding her and she keeps growing, so we raided our Liberty Tana Lawn Betsy stash!

Took about half an hour to cut out and French Seam the sides,  took to my retro lounger - £5 Kathryn House - for some rolled hemming around the arms and neckline, dead easy and looks top notch.

Friday, 12 July 2013

Betsy of Green Gables

This is what you get when you leave a seven year old alone with your fabric stash, she just machines up layers of little old hearts.  She likes to include the Elmo fabric whenever she can, because I won't make her a dress from it.  Mummy added the bondaweb and the tote.

What does a busy gal about town keep in her bag? 
Why 'Anne of Green Gables' and her knitting of course.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

D.I.Y. Tipi

 After yesterdays escapades we needed some down time, can't really do anything else in this heat, so we knocked up a tipi - different from a wigwam - from a pole, some string and a couple of sheets Johnnie Boden would be proud of.

This was my view...

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Too Cool For School

Another door closes, after a very long hot and good day,  four prizes and being likened to Churchill in the headmaster's speech, goodbye Prestfelde.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Mabel Lucie Atwell

Woman's Hour yesterday was talking about traditional baby names, apparently Mabel is very popular.  Miss Belle has a birthday party to go to next week so we got Mabel out from the stash and tried out a tote.  I wanted really good corners and a sharp finish.

A very observant lady pointed out that I had done such a good job it was reversible - she is my biggest fan.  Anyway we decided it was a little bit too big for the birthday small person, so we tweaked a bit.

The machines were whirring all night whilst we caught up with The Cazalets and Ambridge Extra - she is a bigger fan than me!