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!
One delightful fancy-party dress and two linen dresses to improve (alas a nightmare to photograph well):
- 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.
On a bitterly cold February day, m-o-b began to sew fifty lavender bag favours from some beautiful old French linen.
The wedding took place on a gloriously hot day in July – everything was perfect – every inch of the linen was used to help make the occasion special.
In 2016, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings commissioned some ‘corporate’ bunting to add a party atmosphere to the site of their annual volunteer working party at Greatham Church – it made another appearance at the Lumsdale Working party in 2017 and at Eastbury Manor in 2018 – Barking & Dagenham video.
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).
The old one, made c. 1982, is literally in tatters – but is still being worn despite the production of a smart new version in hand-woven Italian slub silk!
A warm day in every way – Lucy and Lucretzia created a simple, stylish top:
And Lucrezia created a unique pair of ‘trews’ for her young son from an old, previously favourite skirt!
Spent the first May holiday in the garden and making bunting for two important occasions:
– the Friends of Rock Road Library Plant Sale:
– the special birthday of my Writtle College RHS tutor – perhaps the bunting will be feature at her weekend celebration event in Beth Chatto’s garden:
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)
Congratulations to Dorota who, on April Fool’s Day, completed the handstitching of the binding around the edge of Marta’s quilt!
Work on the quilt began in 2016 – the result is stunning and well worth waiting for.
Next project – a full-size quilt for Sebastian?