LastMinuteLucie and the search for time

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Easter ‘make’ a day – Day Four: the red car and the blue car had a race

As a student of the eighties I had a large number of headline t-shirts with slogans like ‘Cats against Vivisection’ and ‘Mad Car Disease’. My opinions matched those slogans and, although my opinions have mostly stood the test of time, the t-shirts haven’t.


The one on the right of this picture I wore all the time – it was comfy (and huge)!  I took it out of my drawer today after a prolonged absence in my life and noticed the paint stains and the holes and thought, ‘I know, I’ll take that fab Milky Way ad car off the front and add it to a t-shirt I will wear’.

The t-shirt I had in mind for transformation was a black marl number from Primark that had also been a wardrobe staple for some time. (I don’t shop very often) but when I looked closely, it had torn just above the elbow of the left sleeve. Undeterred I just cut both sleeves off at that point. The fabric will roll, giving me a cap sleeve of sorts.

I cut out the car and ironed it onto some Bondaweb before ironing it onto the front of the shirt. As you may have read I made a t-shirt in a similar way for my daughter’s birthday and with that experience in mind I sewed all round the motif with running stitch in a complimentary colour. Now I have a t-shirt I will love to wear – there will be a brag label going on at the hem in the very near future!



last minute lucie strikes again

Unusually I have had a creative moment at the beginning of the week.

Not so much a case of making time, but a case of having to – my daughter’s birthday is tomorrow. I have shoehorned in a decorated cake as well as the owl motif t-shirt I’ve been meaning to make for ooh, let’s see, a fortnight…

Anyway, here is the cake.

owl on a branch - in case you were wondering...

owl on a branch – in case you were wondering…

You can see I went for sweets as the easy option, but I love the way he’s come out. I find him most amusing.

The thing that took the longest however was the t-shirt. Here are the ingredients:


a lovely french blue t-shirt from Primark, various pieces of old clothes fabric from my ever expanding stash and some bondaweb.

I took inspiration from the wrapping paper I’ve used on my daughter’s gifts so far ( her first phone, house keys…you can see we are growing up here) and drew some freehand shapes on the fabric. This first attempt I wasn’t very happy with – the pink stripe is way too strong.

a bit Batman and Robin this one

After that I got into the zone and the fabric started to make sense, inasmuch as the patterns began to show their affiliations, and I put together the pieces using bondaweb. Finally the built up owls took their place on the fabric branch and made this lovely design.

Unfortunately I won’t fit into this t-shirt, but as I’m pretty sure my daughter will like it we should be ok….. I am still contemplating hand stitching the edges of the motif, but for now I am happy with it and my daughter – who knows me well – will understand if I take it back at a later stage to add a little more.

11 already. Sheesh, where does time go?

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