Monday, April 14, 2014

Antics from the sewing room

Its been a long time since i made myself clothes 
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

watch this space

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Good News

My Mum is now home from hospital & doing really well
 fingers crossed the improvements will continue


I am shattered with all the running about & looking after Dad who seems to have reverted back to a naughty 3 year old {:0)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The miracle before Mothers Day

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


Much the same brought mum two new nighties to pretty her up a little

 Mothers Day
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

Happy Mothers Day Mum
Love You

Sunday, February 02, 2014


I have been treasured among the amazing talent of Etsy Cottage Style members!


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Stitched Portrait

look what I just stitched out 
a self portrait of the me photo as a child same picture from last post
I thought I might as well make use of the image while it was still fresh in my mind
I think it would have nice set in a wooden hoop and used as a picture or maybe tern it into a pillow!
Off to find a hoop!
Well as you can see I found a hoop big enough to take the embroidery!
I added a vintage button to my cardigan
and here it is finished!

And one of my big  Brother


Monday, January 20, 2014


I only ever wanted long hair! 
and some front teeth so I could smile

I remember so well having this picture taken at School I must have been about seven or eight
My class mates all lined up taking it in turn to sit in front of the big canvas painted with a amateur country scene to have our photo's taken
All that rang through my head was what my mum said to me that morning
Don't forget to Keep your mouth closed when you smile 
I can recall the rest of the classes laughter as the photographer tried his hardest to make me smile
Would the picture have been better with a toothless grin
I don't think so because for a moment of embarrassment I saved  many years of titters when any one saw this old photo sporting a toothless smile!
And yes I can smile
But maybe I hear those words every time I'm near a camera

PS and I have teeth! LOL