and gone are the days when i could purchase a size 14 pattern & it would fit perfect
now 59 and with my widening top half & large 36ff cup I found much to my dismay that patterns just don't fit anymore
My first attempt was with a stretch jersey fabric
I found it was quite forgiving around the bust I mostly used my overlocker/Serger to construct this one,
my over-locker really has not been used to its full potential in the past but i think I will be using it more over the next few months
For my first Tunic I use Simplicity 1916 and made version D
I enjoyed making this one & mastering easing of the neck band so it fits snugly
here I am in the spring sunshine squinting with the sun in my eyes
This is the pattern used
I am really happy with the outcome of my first tunic
New Look Pattern
My Second is my Easter Blouse
New Look pattern 6407 version D with collar from B
Now this was an new experience as the pattern was so poorly fitting on me
the shoulders & above bust were much to large and I had to resort to trawling YouTube to ways to resolve in the end i had to use the size 14 shoulders to underarm level and shamefully the size 20 for bust & below using my french curve
I managed to make a new bodice pattern that fits quite nicely but I suppose a professional might think other
I made version D collar but it was huge & I did not like it at all so used the little stand up collar from Version B instead
I was sewing the button holes and got to the last one & machine has a hissy fit & miss formed the last button hole so i carefully unpicked it with no ill effects on the blouse
I did alter the sleeve edging as the included edge was rather wide & not at all pretty I made a narrower version & its much nicer
New Look pattern 6407 Blouse
the collar was rather 70s
I will be using this pretty fabric for the next one and will be making D again
I have not been around a lot as lately
My lovely Mum has been so poorly with diabetes and had a pace maker fitted two weeks ago.
On Tuesday she was rushed back in with a diabetic hypo as we thought!
I phoned & they said all was well When Dad and I finelly got to see her Wednesday we where so shoked at what we saw doctor & nurses around Mums bed & they said can you get her to respond to you as they could not,
Dad was in tears he is in his mid 80s & is lost without Mum,
Mum looked so poorly eyes closed & non responsive!
Doctor said she has had a stroke! how could this be that's not what she came in for
I held her hand and I leaned over her put my face close to hers & said Mum her eyes opened but did not focus & closed again soon after we sat for hours with much the same response & the occasional groan we had to leave for home at the end of the day so I brought dad to stay at our house so he was not alone.
We went in & mum had her eyes open & could focus imagine our joy,
Dad shed yet more tears & had to leave the room a few times to compose himself
Drips in both arms & tube up nose feeding her,
Mums voice was trying hard to come back she could not get the words out & was frustrated & agitated.
Mum was looking better eyes open & she could say words but it soon became apparent things were still amiss when she started pointing to the wall & saying look at those lovely white cottages along the shore and the sea is so blue! And look at the pretty tree with the lovely bluebird in it that was a table with a blue folder on it then there was the little train going around another patients bed!
I get nurse to take mums blood sugar levels at this stage but all was well so I think she was just getting tired we left for the night Friday
Much the same brought mum two new nighties to pretty her up a little
Sat up in bed new nighty on feeding tube out most of the drips out smiling & talking
She had walked to the bathroom drip in tow a little unsteady but she did it
Had a cup of tea & ate some food still a way to go but a miricle
I just hope tomorrow will be another great day