Tie Project Completed

March 1st seemed like a good day to plan a project using a donation from Eastbourne of a large bag of stunning silk ties, bought at auction, to make a ‘house coat’.

Choosing which ties to use was fun – but there was competition for the prettiest ones!

None of the configurations that I tried quite worked – but inserting some dark strips provided a good contrast and, as the ties were simply joined, only the sleeves of the garment needed lining.

Despite the large range of ties to choose from (including top designers and chain stores), many did not chime with my colour theme and charity shops in Norwich, Shelford and Cambridge enjoyed my custom  – for pure silk ties, I paid from 99 p to £3.99.  Sourcing suitable complementary fabrics to complete the garment was also a challenge – some were found in the family ‘stockroom’ but a trip to Goldhawke Road in Shepherd’s bush (see April post) was necessary.

So, the final garment (which weighs a ton), cost around £60 in materials – but is certainly unique!



Summer Dress Alterations

One delightful fancy-party dress and two linen dresses to improve (alas a nightmare to photograph well):

  1. up-sizing a dress made for a three-year-old to fit a six-year-old by making armholes slightly larger, inserting some strips and a zip (making longer with a border will be a job for next year):

2. adding a white border to provide knee coverage:

3. improving the modesty of the front, removing ties, unhitching sleeves and adding a little white for contrast.

Perfect Summer Wedding

A beautiful bride (the ideal groom), five lovely bridesmaids – a perfect creative occasion.

One steamy Sunday in June,Sew-in-company helped m-o-b, bride and a bridesmaid assemble the bridesmaids’ gowns – the pattern came from an old Anne Ladbury book (previously seen here) .

Sid performed an inspection and approved! 

So did the bride’s team!

Finally, one bridesmaid (wearing Ghost with altered sash to improve fit) and her mother wearing Sew-in-company jumpsuit and bespoke hat (thank you Helen).

Shepherd’s Bush Fabrics

I took advantage of a free, dismal April Monday with to mooch along Goldhawk Road’s many fabric shops to pick up material for various projects.  Amazingly, I only succumbed to two lengths that were not on my shopping list!

From top to bottom:

– Wedding outfit (silk/cotton Liberty @ £13)

– Bridesmaid kimonos (cotton @ £3.99)

– lining/top ‘couldn’t resist’ (silk/cotton @ £6.00)

– ‘Gentleman’s’ dressing gown (hand-woven silk @ £25)

Tie project (cotton velvet @ £10)

– Winter skirt ‘coundn’t resist’ (dog’s tooth tweed wool @ £12)

– recycling maternity cordory dress project (polyester jaquard lining @ £4.50 and jumbo cord (cotton @ £7.50)

– recovering sofa mattress (wool herringbone @ £8.00)