Delphine avec des fraises et les fourmis

Bonjour and Happy Easter!

imageI bought this fabric a year ago from Cloth Kits, Chichester when I did my first workshop (even before I had my own sewing machine).  I immediately fell in love with the funky pattern  – ants and strawberries together on a rather stiff cotton fabric.  Having bought it I didn’t really know what to make with it.  However, this week whilst I have been pottering around – both in general and on the sewing front – it suddenly came to me: a Delphine.

imageThere’s not really too much to say about the skirt.  The pattern is straightforward to sew; it comes from Love at First Stitch and I really appreciate the instructions, clear diagrams and Tilly’s pragmatic approach. Here is Tilly’s advice for Stitch in the Ditch which I did first time with this skirt: ” …don’t worry if it doesn’t turn out perfect and some stitches go off piste – for I do believe life’s too short to stress out over the little things.” A girl after my own heart but my ditchy stitching was OK.

imageI’m not sure really what to wear it with – I think maybe a plain black or red top  but I haven’t got one so for the time being it’s dark green. By the way, in the background you can see Arundel Cathedral and just in the corner, the castle.

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Well the first week of the holidays have gone and it’s been really relaxing but I am in full matriarch mode for the weekend. I made my first ever jam (jelly) – pink grapefruit and rosemary to go with the spring lamb. Just look at the lovely colour:

imageI also managed to fit in a bit of fabric shopping. There is a great shop in Worthing called … The Fabric Shop. The only trouble is, whenever there is a lot of choice I always feel overwhelmed. I bought two metres of this blue fabric which I think I am going to make another Kim with – although I did buy four buttons because I was also thinking about making a Sureau.

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What do you think? Kim or Sureau?

Toodle pip,

Clarinda x

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9 responses

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  2. Another vote for Kim! In my head Sureau is a winter dress, and I’m all about summer dresses at the minute. Your skirt is great, what’s not to love about the fabric?!

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  3. Kim!!! Don’t get me wrong, I love a Sureau, but I think a Kim is a great way to look forward to Summer. You look like you’re on a glorious holiday in your snaps! Love the skirt too. Must invest in Tilly’s book.

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  4. Funny, I was just reading my Tilly book yesterday. It was amazing how much more I got from it after having made a few more things than when I first bought it. I love your Delphine. Perfect fabric. And anything plain will go with it.

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  5. I’m with the others….in that gorgeous fabric a kim. Love your skirt a perfect choice with that fabric. Talking about fabric – ants and strawberries – super fab!

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  6. Thats a great looking skirt! I think you could wear it with most plain colour tops- this top you are wearing it with works well. As for the Kim or Saureau; I dont remember if I have seen you in a Saureau so I cant say. I have, however, seen your Kims and you look fab so my vote goes for Kim – nautical Kim 😃

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