I have some holidays coming up fast. I am not sure if we will actually go away - we have a cottage booked but it might not be wise to stray too far away from the hospital. We'll see.
Home or away, I intend to sew, knit, crochet and read.
some kits of pattern, fabric and notions so that she would be ready to go with 4 projects. So sensible! No last-minute scurrying in search of the right size of zip. When you live in the middle of nowhere, the lack of a zip can cost you half a day's good sewing time! I was interested to see her choice of patterns and fabrics too. Simple shapes in good quality materials: this is a far more considered approach to sewing than you find on most "sewing blogs". Ysolda is approaching her sewing as she would a knitting project.
It is all too easy to get swept up in the relative speed of sewing over knitting and makes lots of cheap garments in the latest patterns. I am trying really hard to slow down and make things that will last, in styles that actually suit me and my lifestyle. "49 before 50" and all that...
So what am I planning to sew?
I need to replace my white Portfolio top. I wore it to death: it had gone yellow and threadbare, but was such a staple garment I still kept reaching for it - tsk! I had to force myself to throw it away. I want another of the same. Simple, perfect.
|Cappuccino dress by Liesl and Co|
You would not believe the mental resistance I have to ordering a single metre of dobby dot cotton from an online shop: I have to scour the virtual shelves to find something else to justify the postage, and then I start to get twitchy about over-consumption and end up buying nothing! If you are interested, Ditto Fabrics has it in white, and Eternal Maker has a lovely periwinkle blue.
Oh dear oh dear - just do it, Roo!
|Speakeasy fairtrade cotton|
So, yes, a cotton Camber dress would be a good plan too!
However, despite all the above plans... the only fabric I have actually bought in time for my holiday is this black and grey "cats and spots" print Japanese sailcloth from Frumbles.
Yes, totally insane and juvenile, but do I give a hoot about that?
I am going to have a go at making the Mortmain dress with an exposed brass zip on the back - ooh!
Because in the end, if I am going to sew something, it has to make my heart sing - even at the planning stage. Cartwheeling polka dot pussy cats? Just try and stop me!