One of the many things that I love about working with an older pattern is drawing deductions about the time that the pattern was written. I have no clue where you would start to search for contemporary accounts from seventies seamstresses. The archives of Houseparty or Womans Weekly? It matters not, I’m shunning the… Continue reading Expectations and Assumptions – Butterick 4743
An oxymoron if ever there was one. I wonder if the creators of McCall’s 8118 envisaged anyone fashioning their dress in such a fabric? Given that in the year of its making both the Russians and the Americans were slipping the surly bonds of Earth, vacating their crafts and having a bit of a walk about in… Continue reading Vintage scuba
Rule One: log fire flickering and guttering in the grate Rule Two: cats recumbent on the hearth rug, paws stretched in sleepy supplication to the flame Rule Three: the distant rattle, crack, whistle and pop of Bonfire Night pyrotechnics Rule Four: A car alarm oscillating incessantly Probably set off by all the suddenly-not-quite-so-distant-fireworks. And they’ve… Continue reading Autumn rules!
Or. Everywhere I went, my trousers followed. Where did your sewing follow you this year? Mine tucked itself neatly between the sun-cream and the woolly socks and trailed us to a northerly Shire where the roads were steep and the locals were friendly. Much is made of the English North/South divide, but honestly, being a… Continue reading What I did on my holidays.
Yep. Truly delighted cackles. Delighted cackles emitted, by me, on pulling this: from its hanger. Yes, it’s so bright it’s attracted a fly. Yes, it’s too bright for work. Yes, the ancient cotton will tire quicker than a toddler on a trampoline. However. Whatever. Aloha autumn! This dress is the colour of the nectarine that… Continue reading Delighted cackles
Wondrous makers of the web, you inspire me! I am literally COMPELLED to take to my machine in a desire to match a kaleidoscope of colourful that has beautified my blog roll of late. Looking for a muse or five? Allow your senses to delight in the spiced and fruited hues of these fine makes from… Continue reading Inspirational Oranges
Dear Sewsan, I’m worried and I don’t know who to turn to for advice. I met this fabulous pattern whilst on a short break to the Jurassic Coast. Have you been? It’s breathtaking there, we stayed close to West Bay – where Broadchurch was filmed – you know, Olivia Colman and David Tennant? Anyway, there… Continue reading Can this be anything other than a holiday romance?
Did I do it? Of course I did it. I mean, I set myself an extraordinarily generous timescale. Seventeen sleeps, hah! It was finished with, well, about a day to spare. McCall’s 5881 in ‘Lilo Swimmers’ from Stone Fabrics, currently in their summer sale. McCall’s 5881, which I am astonished to find having just this… Continue reading Your destination has been reached #SundressSew15
Afternoon All. How are you today? Well I trust? I’m very well thank you so very much for asking. Seventeen sleeps until the school holidays, not that we’re counting or anything. June, hey? Crazy busy in this household. I mean I know that we’re all busy but, well, here’s a snapshot of the itinerary: My… Continue reading Possibility and Destination
Felicitations fellow fabric fans. How are things with you today? Things are tickety-boo in our tiny township, the sky has been blue and the step count has been high. Good news because I’m part of a Global Corporate Challenge (GCC) team and step counts count. Go Library Academicals! Yea-s… and back to the clothes. As I’ve… Continue reading Things from other things