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!
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:
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?
Three delightful dresses for Edwina’s grandaughters made from new remnants and recycled charity finds – note the excellent choice of buttons and zips!
Appalling weather did not deter my visitor from Eastbourne.
The outputs of this very chilly busy day were:
– progress of a Pat woolly creation;
– a recovered stool;
– and 50 bespoke lavender bag wedding favours.
On two days between Christmas and New Year, we enjoyed sewing around the Christmas tree!
The 30-year, multicoloured house-gown project and a gorgeous Liberty blouse made a little progress; an elegant Japanese jacket was completed in a day; a cushion-cover with a promise of spring was begun and a chic 1950’s period dress began to take shape.
Dorota, Sebastian and Marta also joined in – but no progress on the Marta quilt was made – hopefully it will be completed in 2018 (project year 3)! It was lovely to see Sebastian’s quilt again!
(Note Sid’s absence – far too many people!)
While Marta played in the snow and Patty penned Christmas cards (‘dreaming of a white Christmas‘), the three layers of the quilt were assembled – the wadding was hand-stitched to the seam allowances to keep it securely in place.
Further progress this weekend – both sides are now complete (and Marta enjoyed collecting autumn leaves for a collage picture)!
We enjoyed several sessions in September and October and the tricky process of joining the squares (all of which are slightly different sizes) has progressed well and message has been composed for the reverse.
At last, the quilt/baby mat (it is too thick for a baby’s cot) begun in August has been completed (see previous posts).
The ‘strip’ method was more complicated than anticipated (joining the padded tubes to slippy velours was a challenge) – but the result is charming!