fabric scraps · Famous Frocks The Little Black Dress · foraged fabric · Liberty · Sewing · Sleeveless Shell

In Search of a Sleeveless Shell – Diana Variation

I’m on a quest and I think dear Reader that I will need your assistance.  I’m looking for a pattern for the perfect sleeveless shell.  I want a pattern that uses maybe a metre or a metre and a half of fabric.  A pattern that can be used with my odd-shaped leftovers, my remnants and my… Continue reading In Search of a Sleeveless Shell – Diana Variation

Sewing · Simplicity 3850

Ash, azure, battleship

blue (greyhound), cadet, carbon, charcoal, cinereous, Davy’s, dim. Dolphin, dove, dun, elephant’s breath, eigengrau, fuscous, gainsboro, glaucous, granite, gray. Gris, gun-metal, iron, jet, lavender, lead, midnight, mouse, neutral, obsidian. Oil, oyster, Payne’s, pearl, petrel, platinum, puce, rocket metallic, salt and pepper, silver. Slate, smoke, Spanish, steel, stone, stormcloud, taupe, thunder, timberwolf, whale. That was Fifty Shades of Grey.   ************** Salutations sewing siblings, are you here for a sewing story? Here I am this time last year looking rather eccentric (my children’s words) in Simplicity 3850 Mark Two, The Grey Flannel Version:  My first attempt… Continue reading Ash, azure, battleship

Famous Frocks The Little Black Dress · jersey · Jungle January 3 · refashion · Sewing · Stretch

My jungle has flamingoes*

How do you like your jungle flamingoes?  I like mine bright.  Lookee here: Woah!  Bright, right?  And where to place said birds?  That not being a euphemism.  Although given that the flamingo fabric became the bodice section of a dress it could well become my next best euphemism.  “Grr, if only me birds would face… Continue reading My jungle has flamingoes*

Burda · jersey · Oonapalooza! · sewalong · Sewing

One link leading to another and discovering…

Oonaballoona from Kalkatroona:  A sewing star of celestial proportion.  One of those folks who are able to radiate warmth and energy using just thought and text and screen.  The link that laid me at the feet of O from K was The Sewcialists who have declared July 2014 as Oonapalooza Time.  Here’s their First Roundup.  Cool hey?… Continue reading One link leading to another and discovering…

New Look 6626 · Sewing · Sporty Summer Sewathon · V&A Golden Age of Couture

Sport and strawberries – effort and reward

Fruit?!  I know, I know, you just want to see the sewing but I wish to draw an analogy and so I beg a minute of your time kind ladies and sirs. You see, it occurred to me as we munched our way through possibly the last bowl of home-grown, organic, free-range, cruelty-free strawberries that… Continue reading Sport and strawberries – effort and reward

sewalong · Sewing · Sporty Summer Sewathon · Thrifting

Finding beauty in the discarded.

Many is the hour that I have happliy wiled away browsing through the baskets and boxes that line the back wall of my favourite local charity shop, for the back wall doubles as an impromptu haberdashery.  Picture me if you will, balanced unsteadily with one leg either side of an overflowing bag of second hand bed-linen… Continue reading Finding beauty in the discarded.

GBSB · jersey · self-drafted · sewalong · Sewing · Sporty Summer Sewathon

Spectator Sport

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