[to the tune of ‘grandma, we love you’]
Sorry for that trauma!
Here we have the results of a couple of low-stress hours at the machines: Style Arc ‘Ann’ T-top and ‘Flat-bottom Flo’ trousers.
The top is pretty plain and simple, bar a bit of elastic at each side front to provide a nice bit of tummy disguise. I downloaded the size 16 PDF, and had to take it in from just above waist to hips. The elastic measurement quoted is incorrect, I’ll let them know. That would have been a real pain if I hadn’t needed to take it in, as it was, I just chopped it off and cut a shorter piece. FYI, if you make this, check the measurement on the BACK piece between notches, as that’s the elastic length to use on the front.
Almost all on the overlocker, bar the elastic, hems, and topstitching the neckband into place. Fabric is a poly panel print from The Textile Centre.
Trousers [third or fourth pair?] in dark blue ponte, no alterations or changes other than getting the leg length right! I haven’t even hemmed them yet, just neatened the edges on the overlocker. In woven fabrics, I usually topstitch down the front leg seam, I haven’t bothered with these. Lovely and comfy, but look smarter than leggings, Result! I can’t offhand remember where I got the fabric: MyFabrics probably.
I really like the top pattern, it also has a long sleeved option, which will be handy in a few months time. There will be many more trousers!
I’ve chosen all the threads for the next sewing, wound bobbins, and got the right length open-end zip for the Mindi skirt at the rag market this afternoon. All set to crack on tomorrow.
Of course, while at the markets on a Tuesday, it would have been rude not to go visit ‘the jersey lady’ on the outside stall. This was the first time EVER that I’ve been to that stall and not had to elbow my way through a wall of elbows as everyone rummages for the best bits. I snagged a sizeable piece of a nice vibrant green self-stripe for two squid, and a couple of metres of ‘black watch’ tartan ponte for the missus.
Here they are, with the two lengths of Indian cotton voile that arrived [from India lol] yesterday. Very pretty, and they’re asking me sweetly to be made into long skirts/dresses. Quite narrow fabric, and some interesting panel/border patterns. Nice and bright for ‘summer’.
The garden is moving into the next phase- the jasmine is very oddly turning leaves to autumn, while just starting to bloom. Elders and himalayan honeysuckle are turning to berries, and the lacey hydrangea is just starting to open.
The lilies again just because the colours are SO sexy, and a teensy tiny wild strawberry plant that self-seeded on the rockery. The strawberries here are about the size of my little fingernail!
PS I’ve had tentative positive news re the job, but still nothing official, so no chickens are being counted yet.