Hope you have had a wonderful sunny Sunday. I have just got back from a weekend Hen-do in Bath which was great fun and proved to me that the Girls Just Wanna Have Fun mantra is just as true for Hens who are 40/50 something is it is for the younger chicks.
I was SO lucky to receive as a gift from Ms Sew South London as metre of fabric she had bought in Hong Kong and posted because she thought it was very me and that I might like to make a Sorbetto out of it. Well, as you know I make a Sorbetto out of practically every piece of fabric I have but nearly always as the second piece – i.e. my Scraps Sorbettos. I really felt that such a lovely gift deserved to be used on a garment which would show off the fabric and felt that Tilly’s Clemence skirt from Love at First Stitch was calling to me. By co-incidence a week or so before I had treated myself to some gorgeous shoes in the sales which were a coral colour and perfectly match some of the little handbags on the skirt. I had a vision that I would waft around and look as glamorous as Tilly. Well, it was a vision that sadly did not come to fruition!
The instructions for the skirt were very good. I am certainly enjoying working my way through Love at First Stich and would highly recommend it – the technique I most enjoyed on this pattern was “sewing in the ditch”. As I had a metre I went right up to the selvedge and reduced the waistband by half; this was a mistake and unnecessary. I think the skirt would actually look better for being a bit shorter. What do you think?
This should be an out-take really – it’s me trying to flatten my tummy for the photo
I decided to see if I could get away with wearing the shoes without tights. The answer to that question is No – I only went to the local coffee shop to meet a friend and by the time I had walked back, I had an enormous blister!
All of which has led me to consider another vision. I think this skirt will look absolutely cracking in early autumn with navy tights, my coral shoes and a plain navy top. I am really looking forward to showing you another photo of this come September when I have styled it in work mode. It is exactly the sort of garment that my students will really enjoy and comment upon.
It is so lovely to have become part of our sewing community and to have made on-line friends like Rachel – it really was the most up-lifting experience to receive something in the post unexpectedly.
Toodle pip for now but there will be another post in a couple of days to celebrate a special birthday!
Funky fabric and what it is destined to become
Bonjour and Happy Easter!
I 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.
There’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.
I’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.
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:
I 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.
What do you think? Kim or Sureau?
For the last few weeks I have been reading, with interest, various sewing blog hops where people answer a varying range of questions about their sewing/blogging/inspiration etc. It was therefore incredibly surprising, that this fledgling blogger (with only eleven posts to her name and an even fewer number of followers) was nominated. So huge thanks to Rachel from Is it fitting for thinking that I might have something of interest to say – Here goes . . . . . Why do I write? I have always liked writing. I like the permanence of the written word – particularly from a social and historical contextual point of view. I find writings from women of the past fascinating. I have been both a diary keeper and a letter writer – I guess that I am just moving with the times, albeit a little after everyone else, and now blogging. Years ago Virginia Woolf wrote about the importance of A Room of One’s Own – the desire is just as important today and it is with great interest and pleasure I have read about various bloggers’ sewing spaces and how precious they are to them.
My first Sorbetto
What am I working on at the moment? I am still in the September return to school flurry and have not completed any projects this month but I have started loads! I tend to sew at weekends and knit during the week which is more manageable on my commute. I have started knitting a patchwork blanket designed by Martin Storey as a knit-along for Rowan. On the sewing table is a dress from Love at First Stitch (cut out and ready to sew), a yoke top from Learn to Sew with Lauren (cut out from the most gorgeous silk I bought in China this summer) and I am determined to make Fehrtrade’s VNA top for the Chichester Half Marathon which I am running on October 12th.
How does your blog differ from other blogs? It’s obvious isn’t it? I’m new, don’t really know what I am doing, can’t easily add buttons, icons, etc. take rubbish photos (or rather my willing students take them) and haven’t really established my own style yet. I am working on that and hopefully by the time I celebrate my first blogiversary I will look back fondly (and with some embarrassment) at these early, juvenile posts.
Bluebell woods on a run
How does my writing process work? I am a runner. Whilst I am out I go through all sorts of things in my head: letters of complaint; job applications; blog posts. I can assure you that somewhere on the South Downs are crafted the most amazing, original and entertaining blogposts. Bizarrely, by the time I have got home, showered, done a million and one other things, all the little gems have vanished and what remains is what you can read here.
Post race ice cream
Nominations No pressure at all if not your sort of thing but I would like to nominate Lazy Daisy Jones whose blog I discovered with this post on Day Three of OWOP and saw immediately that I would love her style – her description of herself as a “mid-century …..mama who will forever be a girl at heart” had me cheering “Me too!” My other nominee is Sew South London who has been a kind and generous supporter of my blog and sewing efforts. Toodle pip Clarinda x
A brief foray into kidswear enabled me to use this wonderfully nostalgic fabric called Making Paper Planes