Sew-in-Company’s contribution to a ‘100 Years of Women’s Suffrage’ celebratory banner is a square based on the cover of a book by Clara Rackham (1875-1966).
Clara was an astonishing suffragist, local councillor, magistrate, factory inspector, suffragist, educationalist and prison reformer in the early 20th Century. Her civic legacies are numerous around Cambridge (even the swimming pool by Parker’s Piece was one of her achievements); she was also one of the dignitaries present at the opening ceremony for Rock Road Library in 1936 – one of the Rock Road Library’s first ‘Friends‘!
My favourite nightshirt (September 2016) ripped down the back on Christmas Eve – fabric fatigue – so I have replaced the top half with a shirt purchased from a charity shop – I think Sid approves.
The shirt was new so will hopefully last a long time – perhaps longer than the white skirt section – which, of course, I will replace! (
PS Needless to say that the scraps of my favourite blue stripe have been saved to make bunting.
There were three jolly sew-days during the festive season – alas I had neglected to remember the third and was still slumbering when my sewers rang the doorbell!
The ‘multicoloured dream gown’, white blouse, toy bag and Sebastian’s quilt all made progress.
… and two elephants were created.
The skirt of an old dress has already been turned into two skirts – October 2017 – now the bodice has been turned into a padded jacket to wear on my bike (somehow the bright shade of purple no longer pleases me for more general wear) – the Liberty lawn used for the lining has also appeared before (March 2017).
Construction was a major, but enjoyable, challenge (not helped by Sid) – achieving a padded lining without raw seams and hidden, zipped pockets.
1986 Original Top Half of Maternity Dress
At this weekend’s workshop, progress was made on the white blouse and toy bag projects begun in October half-term week – and Sebastian’s quilt.
Selection of Toy Bag Fabrics
A month of minor projects:
The combination of navy and black and shiny pocket edging was necessitated by shortage of fabric – the elasticated back of the grey stripy version of the pattern was replaced by darts to avoid the potato sack look.
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!
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!
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: