…because I have already cut out another. Family Circle Exclusive Pattern No. 11: she of the bound buttonholes… Mods. I raised the height of the pinafore at the centre back as I wanted to be able to wear it without a little something underneath. I substituted a zip for the button closure. I graded in at… Continue reading I hope that you like it…
Don’t you just love*/hate* it when things that you have painstakingly fashioned for yourself look much better on someone else? No? Yes? Well, when that someone else is the youngest female member of our clan, it’s all good here. No, not that female family member. Although, she does think that fur is for her. Last… Continue reading As well as feathers, my jungle has fur.
I’ve made something a bit twee you see. I could be more detailed with regards the garment construction but basically it’s a circle skirt. I have to put the blame fairly and squarely on the shoulders of Margaret McCrirrick. In her book Better Dressmaking, she blithely tells me that one of the few things that you can… Continue reading Makes me want to nip behind the bike sheds
No, not me. As if! The eponymous Babe was admired from afar, she will never know of my existence or how she inspired me. Let me set the scene. We have travelled to The Other Side of the World. We are jet-lagged, we are hungry, we have embarked upon a possibly over-ambitious hike along the… Continue reading Bronte Beach Babe
As the lawn dries, cracks and slides inexorably from ‘Centre Court on Men’s Final Day’ to ‘Summer of ’76’ I find myself in need of verdant shades. Enter stage left, an elderly bit player: Something ready-to-wear which to the faint-hearted may seem beyond redemption, but I say cut her down from the gallows, furnish her… Continue reading This precious stone set in the silver sea
Oh so pensive. In a dress that fails because it’s unlined, exposes too much middle aged back and is too narrow at the hem to allow me to vault anything other than the squattest of walls. One never knows when the need to vault might arise. As the material might just be my most favourite… Continue reading Make or Mend Monday – Summer Blooms