Saturday, 26 February 2011

Further blogging around

I'm aware that I have been blogging a lot this week, I hope you are not sick of all my ramblings. Incase you are not, I have been rambling on in a couple of other places this week.

Firstly I wrote a review of the lovely Proper Attire Skirt pattern for Sew Hip this month. Look - they actually published it. I felt a strange combination of fear and pride when my copy arrived, I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I made the skirt using Innocent Crush velveteen (really sorry but still no word on when I will be able to stock it) it's lovely stuff but I won't go on about it.

I tried really hard on this skirt. It is a beautiful pattern and I was using equally beautiful fabric to make it. But part way through this pattern I have managed to incorporate a number of interesting adaptations (read: careless mistakes) that I realised really quite late on. AND I was trying so hard to concentrate. At one point when I was trying to figure out how to put the pockets in the kids appeared and started to swarm around me giving the illusion of many more kids than I actually have. I just put my sewing down and admitted that it just wasn't going to happen.

Right towards the end (and I made a toile the same too) I realised that I had sewn the front pleat the wrong way round, it was meant to be inverted. I quite like the way it looks but it annoyed me that I had managed to get it totally wrong. 

I think I also made a size too big and spent a while taking bits of the side seams, it was worth it though for a great fit.

It's a really versatile skirt, just above the knee, but has a lengthen line, if like me, you don't want your knobbly knees on show in the summer. It has pockets, perfect for storing tissues, shells and children's hair bands. This is what I usually have in my pockets.

The second place you can find me this week is on my latest blog post for Boden. I recommend that you read this, not because I think I am terribly interesting, but to enjoy the frank honesty of some of the comments, one of which made me laugh out loud late yestersday, see if you can spot it. It appears that outside the cozy world of my blog where everyone is lovely and kind, different rules apply.

 Boden denim bunting photo from no more disco

I was asked to write something on the theme of recycling and having just made some bunting at home and thinking about the cool bunting that Amy and I saw at the Boden preview made of old jeans, well I wrote about bunting.

I asked Boden to send me some scraps of fabric to make it with and was very excited when a Boden bag arrived with all sorts of different bits of half garments, I particularly liked the mustard apple print.

Together with my recent bunting making for this blog I know have loads of the stuff and am considering starting a party decoration service. I'll let you know when I am taking bookings.


  1. Hmmm, I think I spotted a demanding blogger!!

    I look forward to a post about saving the rain forest with an old bra hook, a couple of t-shirts and a roll of sticky-back plastic!

  2. Ha ha! I think a Boden customer saying that- Boden not really ground breaking although very pleasant- is an extra bonus

  3. that made me laugh :) next time I'm searching for ideas, I will know where to come!!

  4. Kerry - rather like hearing the queen swear, I'm sure she doesn't though.

    Ben Folds was a magnificent swearer.

  5. I have recently started to make bunting and even more recently have started to sell personalised bunting to my Facebook friends (and their friends!). I love it! It's so great to be able to use up all those little scraps (and my proceeds help fund my shameful Boden addiction!). I also subscribe to Sew Hip! and noticed that you'd written that article.

  6. Ooooh, i'm still waiting for my copy of sew hip to arrive, looking forward to your article though (and hopefully seeing my cushion pictured in the Gallery!) Boden comment... glad you laughed at it ;-)
    p.s. Fabric arrived and its lush, thank you!

  7. Is it the songbird cushion? If so, good job! I need to find a suitable foot for my Janome before I can have a go at machine embroidery.

  8. Love the Boden comment! Some people have little or no sewing skills and no idea where to start and actually posts like that can help those! Well done for rising above it :-)