I have continued to have a lovely time going through my make do and mend box and now own several more wearable pairs of trousers and shorts after some mending and cutting - it’s amazing how easily you forget what you own when the items are languishing out of sight.
In amongst the waiting items were two of Lovely Husband’s old grey t-shirts. He had a habit of buying lots of the same item in the past which turned out to be great for me when he put them out for the second hand bag.
With Oldest Daughter on her summer holiday earlier than Youngest Daughter I decided to find her something creative to do, so I gave her a heart shaped stamp, some fabric paint and the t-shirts (with cardboard inside) and told her to stamp away.
When the pattern was dry and ironed to fix, I used the t-shirts as fabric to make her a new summer dress. I literally laid her favourite dress onto the t-shirt; first the top half (adding a few inches as she is ever-growing)
and then the skirt part onto the second t-shirt. I had to wiggle it about here to make it fit, so the swish is slightly less, but it still works.
I then simply sewed the pieces together and hemmed the skirt, neck and armholes.
As you can see it looks pretty and fits well. I think oldest daughter is pleased.
I cleared out my craft corner (again) recently, trying to make space for the paperwork I know will be part of my new course.
This meant I unearthed my sewing machine from its corner and yesterday I set to on my make do and mend box.
In one day I managed to:
shorten/adjust two dresses
fix and line my favourite handbag
adjust a t-shirt for a better fit
repair my horribly torn pyjama trousers
hem smallest daughters school trousers for next year
In addition I rediscovered a much loved linen jacket. It had torn and worn cuffs so I hand pleated 5 metres of cotton ribbon, cut off and reapplied the cuffs and then applied the ribbon to the bottom hem and cuff ends. Here is the gallery of work:
Am very happy.
Entirely appropriately, on my 100th blog post, I have been working on something for one of the celebrations of the Brownie Centenary in our area.
I was asked to paint a Brownie for Starquest on Saturday, so that our District could run a ‘Pin the badge on the Brownie’ game during the day.
I love to paint, when I have the time, and having been reminded that I’d said yes to this request, I threw myself into it – and here is the result:
I am particluarly pleased with her face:
I tried to make her as generic as possible while still going for the 1970′s girl vibe. I think I have been successful.
Anyone need any illustrations done? I’m on a roll and I’m probably not expensive enough :)
I finished paid work a little over a week ago, but that first week of my ‘holiday’ was just as busy as ever with meeting friends I haven’t seen for a while, Brownie Pack Holiday planning and helping out on a school trip alongside my usual activities.
I’m looking forward now to the next phase of my life, but today, this morning, I wanted pie.
One of my recent emails was entitled ‘Rustic Peach Raspberry Slab Pie’ and that got me thinking about all the soft fruit we (by which I mean my lovely husband…) have been growing. As always the children get a bit over strawberries after a week or two and I have to think of something to do with them – often jam – but this recipe gave me an idea.
I took all the slightly over ripe nectarines from the fruit bowl and neglected strawberries and raspberries from the fridge and piled them, turned with a little cornflour and sugar, onto a board. I then used Delia’s pastry recipe (never fails) and made my version of that slab pie.
It looks gorgeous and I can’t wait to have it after tea with cream (naturally). And I had enough pastry left over for jam tarts.
For the last few weeks I have been using my network to collect plastic milk bottle lids for Brownies.
‘Why?’ I hear you cry. Well, I’ll tell you.
We have been using the clauses of the Science Investigator badge this term for some of our activities and one of the clauses is about making a vehicle – so essentially I was collecting wheels.
My daughter’s book ‘SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS’ by Robert Winston gave us the instructions for a racing type car powered by rubber band and that’s what we did last week.
Because we only have an hour for the actual activity I spent time drawing and roughly cutting out the car in cardboard (35 in total). I also wrote and drew an instruction sheet for each six. This meant the Brownies had only the final trim and the shaded areas to cut out and then they could get on with adding the wheels and rubber band and having a trial run, plus we could refer them back to the instructions instead of having to explain too many times over.
I warned them at the beginning that we weren’t looking at 0-60 in 3 seconds and this was proved. However, shiny floors, slippy wheels, dodgy cutting out, trapped rubber bands notwithstanding they seemed to enjoy it. :)
Another half term, another workshop.
This time we had Horrible Histories – a second time for us, so less stressful in terms of looking for things to do.
On the itinery were things like fake wounds, smelly sock smells quiz, our famous poo cakes:
…and salt dough rats
For the rats we used 50g flour, 25g of salt and two-three tablespoons of water for each person so they did some weighing and making of the dough before fashioning their rats. The children then took them home with instructions on how to bake (2-3 hours at the lowest oven setting).
These are some made on the day:
If you are in the vicinity and would like to see the show here is the link:
It’s Half Term! Huzzah!
In reality this just means I am only working two days instead of four and have had to organise childcare, however, it does involve a Bank Holiday, so all is good.
I am a winter skirt wearer – when tights can be worn without comment. The reason for this is comfort, but I love the idea of summer dresses and skirts.
Halfway through yesterday I decided I had time to try and make something that has been rolling round the creative space in my brain for a while – a skirt with shorts underneath; so I took that pair of trousers with inside leg wear (aka a hole) and a top that I no longer love as much (but still love the material) and made it.
Here’s what I did:
First, I cut the legs off the trousers at the point where they had worn. Fortunately for me this was at a short shorts, rather than a hotpants point :)
Then I cut each of the detached legs open at the inside seam and opened it out and cut the top at the underarm point – I ironed them after this photo…
The next step was to create a piece of material long enough to give me the opportunity to try a pleated skirt, so I cut the top into equal pieces and sewed the pieces together alternately, then trimmed the length.
Joining the pieces gave me a circle of fabric to pin to my shorts. This was the most time consuming part. I pinned and unpinned several times using my trusty dressmaking model. The hardest part was deciding how high to pin the skirt so I got a flattering length. I basted the pleats and, after a few try-ons, I pinned and sewed the skirt to the shorts using a zigzag to try and flatten the top edge a bit – I have enough bulk of my own…
I am pleased with the result. It looks the way I imagined it and it is comfortable to wear. I won’t worry about the summer breeze and flashing my knickers and I have the comfort of a pair of shorts. I won’t be wearing it to any events, but it will be great for ordinary days out and for popping to the beach etc. Roll on proper summer.