A new, delightful, Sew-in-Company experience this week – joining a friend in the kitchen of a primary school near Luton to tackle the cotumes for a Bedford Youth Opera production of the Pirates of Penzance. The stage design and principal costumes made by the Art Director are fantastic – if you would like to see them, buy a ticket. From listening to the young performers rehearse, I can promise a wonderful evening’s entertainment!
The last of the length of vintage fabric combined with some offcuts of white to make a unique dress (see 12 March, Recovering Boards and 9 May, Book Club Blouse posts) .
Although it has a recycled linig, the cotton skirt is not the best of quality so the garment may not be a pleasure to wear (in which case the top section will be converted into a bouse!).
May and June have been fallow months for creating – too much gallivanting and way too hot in the sewing room!
Despite the heat, the DofE student has made progress with her project, wedding suits have been altered, darts added to a linen dress, curtains made and shortened (my least favourite tasks) and a stunning wedding gown adjusted – providing three different fabrics to create a plaited headband.
The fabric cut from the curtains will be used for a quilt – the hunt is on for complementary scraps!
Of course, there were Hot Cross Buns at the Easter workshop – and delicious, home-made lemon biscuits.
Participants were learning to knit (thank you ‘Associate Expert Tutor’ Pat), cutting-out a blouse (Duke of Edinburgh project), making progress on the Marta quilt and creating a pom-pom Easter chick.
(Not surprisingly, Sid decided to find somewhere quiet to snooze and did not carry out his usual pattern layout inspection.)
On Friday, a project which has taken over three months to plan and execute was collected. The challenge was to convert a set of ‘pre-loved’ curtains for use elsewhere in a seaside holiday home where the ‘vintage’ brown print curtains were in need of replacement. The recycled curtains, a good quality plain textured weave, were too short and there was not quite enough fabric to cover the expanse of windows in the new location.
Sid carrying out an inspection of the fabric:
The solution was to create two sets of curtains by adding blocks in complementary shades of ocean blue – original heading tape and linings were retained and matched.
The result is very pleasing – 10 curtains matching top and bottom!
The fabric remnants were used to make half-a-dozen unique cushions.
Design and calculations:
The exotic bird fabric used to make this simple bedcover was purchased by my grandmother to make curtains and chair covers for the main bedroom when she moved into our house in 1946. The fabric is very robust and one pair of curtains is still in use.
This much-loved, mouse-nibbled, maternity dress made in the 1950s is made of fabric which I wonder may have been designed by the author Judith Kerr who worked for a fabric company after the war and produced work which was remarkably similar.
The garment was carefully taken apart, patched in one place, lined and turned into a simple skirt.