Posting this, I’m as nervous as a Bake Off contestant approaching the Gingham Altar after a particularly gruelling technical challenge. What will everyone think? Will it be good enough for The Handshake. You know, The Hollywood Handshake. Sure, I start every make hoping to be worthy of such an accolade. However, as things progress, you… Continue reading Goth Gingham
Did you know that here in the UK it’s National Sport Week? I only know because there have been events at both of the children’s schools, one of which the eldest-and-newly-a-teenager gave us permission to attend. “Permission!” I hear you snort. I know, sigh, but it’s an improvement on last year. Last year I didn’t even get to find out… Continue reading Spectator Sport
Take one sandy afternoon, one men’s shirt and a dash of Great British Sewing Bee inspiration. Engage elation, energy and excitement. Warm up the iron, start the clock and off we go!! 11:12 Oh gosh, this is soooo exciting, what am I going to do? Let’s have a bit of a think and a bit of… Continue reading Great British Sewing Bee Challenge – it’s as tough as it looks
set by Sew 2 Pro. You see that new button to the side? That’s a Great British Sewing Bee Challenge button. I was wondering if this shirt: Bought in a spirit of Jubliee red, white and blue inspired optimism two whole years ago could be combined with a trio of inspirations, The… Continue reading Taking up the Challenge…
Let us consider the evidence. A prim tablecloth reincarnated as a circle skirt: Kinda cool as she may look above I have mentioned before how she just didn’t work for me. The poor unloved circular creature was consigned to the airing cupboard where she lay crumpled for many a month. There was a brief… Continue reading What a difference a dye makes!
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.
fezzes are cool. Oh, and a bow tie. Bow ties are cool. And a dress. Dresses are cool. This dress being an edited version of Simplicity 5803, view 1. I drafted a skirt section and added armhole facings to the neck facings to make it sleeveless. Two new (to me) stitches were employed. I forgot… Continue reading I wear a fez now,
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
Trousers of Denim Diagnosis She be perfick Fit issues Style issues Un-recoverable Treatment An hour with the beauty therapist Day patient treatment Day surgery Radical surgery Outcome Perfect for radio Reality TV beckons Soap Stardom Film Stardom Obligatory Sewing Error – zip length miscalculation, zip underlap mess. Sewing Insight? You need a lot of height at the… Continue reading MMMay13 Makeover Magic – Chapter One