Saturday, 26 September 2020
Monday, 21 September 2020
She is good, very, very good. I have realised of late that I am no longer as good at embroidery as I used to be because my eyes are not so sharp. My ten year old however is a demon stitcher. Look at this beauty.
Her first attempt was actually this unicorn on a rainbow but as my youngest goes against the grain of most fashion imagery, she shows a contempt for unicorns that would never ever be necessary in her future life. She was adamant - it was a horse on a rainbow because unicorns aren't real! You go for it girl.
Monday, 14 September 2020
This Stevie dress, which I have made over the weekend in little half hour slots, has arrived in my wardrobe just in time for some late summer sunshine.
I have made this pattern twice before but this time I made a few changes.
The first one was very good and I have worn it a great deal but I was so excited when the pattern arrived through the letter box that I made it in a hurry. I didn't overlock the seams, I just used pinking shears and sewed it up. In all honesty I thought it would just be a pattern trial. It is sods law that it was one of my favourite dresses which I have worn loads so the seams have all frayed and I have repaired holes which appeared under the arms. The fabric is fading a little too on my first one but it has seen me through three summers. The second one was in some fabric I didn't really like very much in the end so it went to the charity shop.
I would have worn the first one more to work but it was a bit short. This time I made it longer.
I always wished I had bothered to put pockets in my first one therefore I added some this time.
On my first one the sleeve cuffs didn't hold in place very well so I did a small line of stitching on the upper and under arms to keep it turned up.
I made the back neck tie version on the first one. The linen mix fabric was too heavy when it was tied in a bow at the back which pulled the front neck line across my throat. It also gave me a strange lump at the back of my neck when I wore a cardigan. Sorted. This time I made a hand stitched loop and added a button.
The one thing I did keep the same was the feel of a linen mix fabric. This one is a floral extravaganza which reminds me of some 1970's bark cloth curtains... but in a good way. I can't remember where I got it from unfortunately :( but it makes a great dress.
Thank you for stopping by. Jo xxx
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Loving - this bunch of Lisianthus given to us as a new house welcome.
Friday, 4 September 2020
The girls are getting used to having separate bedrooms which they have never had before. While I lifted heavy boxes of house contents, they packed up the tiny contents of their dolls houses.
Our old furniture fitted well into our new home. Our Kitchen table however was sticky and out of colour with the legs, it had been for years. My dad had rescued it from his Great Aunts farm yard in the late 1950's then sanded it down. Unfortunately he had used linseed oil as the final finish and it always had a tacky feel and a slightly green tinge. Yak!
Other favourite parts include: the light fitting Andy made for the Kitchen from a piece of girder we found in the shed and the island my friend kindly made for us using recycled apple crates with the last of the oak worktop.
The best bits continue with our bathroom window which I absolutely love. Again, it was all white until I plucked up the courage to use fern green around the window. This little display is only really appreciated when you actually stand there and look at the freshness of the green. I enjoyed learning how to make macrame plant hangers then surrounded the window with all the white and navy enamel ware I found in the old sheds outside.
Finally and most importantly the best thing about our new house are the views. Of course there are worst bits but hey let's just concentrate on the best bits shall we?!
Thank you for popping by my new space. It is soooo good to have the internet back.