LastMinuteLucie and the search for time

Archive for July, 2014

a silk purse out of two sows ears

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)

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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.

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As you can see it looks pretty and fits well. I think oldest daughter is pleased.

 

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busy busy busy

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:

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Am very happy.

Painting again-at last!

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:

brownie brownie face

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 🙂

 

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