A month of minor projects:
- binding the frayed edge of a much-loved cashmere coat with fine leather (a nightmare to source from Canada incurring tariffs and PO handling fees);
- a half-term sew day in two parts, in the morning, a knitting class and progress on Sebastian’s quilt – the afternoon mainly planning projects – a padded toy bag and a blouse;
- creating spooky, silver-starred Halloween aprons with pockets to distribute treats + updating the fabric bags for a ‘feel what’s in the bag’ challenge for FRRL;
- turning a pair of trousers (originally cropped c. 1997 for a Morley School, Kentwell day) into Victorian breaches (by adding black velvet bands) and covering the football image on a cap to create a John Kemp Starley costume for another Morley history day.
John Kemp Starley, Inventor of the modern bicycle
A new term, a lovely new lodger bearing a gift of haberdashery for ‘Sew-in-company’ creatives to enjoy.
To celebrate some successful ventures, a fabric incorporating the business logos was designed and printed in silk.
Begun at a ‘Weskit-workshop-Sunday’ at which a companion ‘peacock’ waistcoat lining was set out.
Following fittings and adjustments to the pattern –
….. the commission did not take long to complete.
(And there is sufficient fabric left over for some underwear – photo to follow!)
Having completed Marta’s quilt, a new quilt will be made for Sebastian who has outgrown his previous one.
Fun is to be had planning and selecting fabrics.
*Note, no sign of Sid who – for some reason – swiftly departs via the cat-flap when these two appear!
A pair of very simple-to-make culottes were much admired by a friend’s daughter, so I enjoyed making them all over again – as she was unable to come to a workshop to make them herself.
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 (work on a smaller size gown has begun)!
None of the experimental configurations 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.
A beautiful bride (the ideal groom), five lovely bridesmaids – a perfect creative opportunity.
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) …
… with m-o-b and everyone’s favourite Granny in her favourite wedding outfit with her grandson in his!
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!