1. Baking 2. Sewing 3. Eating 4. Drinking (This is not me!) In no particular order, to be applied as and when I see fit, and repeated until I go back to work in a week’s time: hurrah! We survived Ofsted, and I aten’t dead. This weekend is Birmingham Gay Pride. [This is NOT me … Continue reading Plan for the weekend [so far]
First up- the let’s-see-if-this-works asymmetrical top. I bought this [now OOP] pattern for the wife a few years ago, thinking it might be a cool top to wear when she’s performing, leaving either guitar hand free as desired [you just turn the thing front to back, both pieces are identical]. I made it up, she … Continue reading Simply Red #1- red or dead?
After my little wardrobe blitz, I noticed a dearth of red…and, conveniently, some red and reddish fabrics among my more recent acquisitions. Serendipity! So, just cut out and ready to sew I present: Another Folkwear Frontier shirt, using the mega-red roses stretch cotton sateen. I’ve placed the pattern to put roses on the body sections … Continue reading Simply Red
[Apologies to Roisin!] Yes, as you may have seen over at Core Couture, that Donna Karan gets about a bit! Ruth enjoyed her company the other day and gained a beautiful DK gingham shirt. Ruth very kindly then gave Donna my address, and she’s spent a couple of days here, obligingly producing a mock suede … Continue reading But it can’t be Donna Karan…
I’ve finished the western shirt, or ‘Frontier Shirt’ as the Folkwear pattern labels it. It’s all in Tia Knight stretch cotton poplin, same fabric for the contrast piping leftover from the wife’s shirt. It’s quite straight up and down, as am I so that’s OK. The sleeves are good and long, I hate skimpy sleeves. … Continue reading Yes ma’am!
Folkwear ‘5 Frontier Shirts’ pattern number 212. Fabric: white cotton stretch poplin with navy piping. Fabrics from Tia Knight. Woven fusible interfacing on collar, cuffs and front band. All seams are flat felled. The pattern comes with two alternative fancy yokes; I chose the simpler of the two. I omitted the breast pockets, there’s enough … Continue reading Yee-Haw!
And on to my selfish sewing. I cut out all three on Sunday, and spent Bank Holiday Monday on sewing a few things for my lovely wife. So this morning it was my turn. First up, a tried and tested favourite, the Style Arc Tootsie. Short sleeves, no pattern alterations, straight up size 14 [which I … Continue reading Quick fix and parcels of delight