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 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!
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!
Appalling weather did not deter my visitor from Eastbourne.
The outputs of this very chilly busy day were:
– progress of a Pat woolly creation;
– planning of a recycled tie project;
– a recovered stool;
– and 50 bespoke lavender bag wedding favours.
A mother & daughter day – one vintage fabric and one new length from the Cambridge branch of Sew Creative, home-made soup and some excellent cheese. What better way to spend a Saturday?
Alas, there was not time to complete the outfits on the first visit – happily, they were able to return later in the month (and will be back to make a top to match the skirt)!
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.
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.)
A very pleasant Friday afternoon spent with baby Anabelle’s quilt-making grandmothers (and mother) making two simple work tabards.