Friday, October 31, 2008


Most sewers are addicted to fabric, and while I will confess to being slightly affected by this affliction, my big craft addiction is patterns. Sewing, cross stitch and quilting, I have more than I will ever use. And today I bought two more. In my defence, they were at least partially paid for with birthday money (originally a Spotlight voucher but they gave me cash change after I bought fabric) and they were 50% off.

This one is described as a 'Walk-away dress' the idea being that you can start making it in the morning and walk away in it in the afternoon.

And I just couldn't resist the gorgeous 40s style of this one.

*sigh* I'm already dreaming about wearing them, but have no idea when I'll manage to make them!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Another Loss

We buried you today, Pa. I know you didn't want to live without Nan, but it was hard to say goodbye to you so soon after losing her. It was evident in your funeral today that no one could think of you without thinking of her, so it's fitting that you're together again. I'll miss your wicked sense of humour and your stories and your support.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Jam Drops

More Jam Drop cookies, once again at Mum's request. I made them this time with blackberry jam, because we were out of raspberry. I was a bit concerned that I wouldn't like the flavour, but as it turns out, it was sweet, but rather bland. Back to raspberry next time!

Cobblers Apron

I made this for myself. I got the idea from Anna at Pleasant View Schoolhouse who has this exact pattern - I have gotten much inspiration from her gorgeous blog. I made it from a gorgeous cotton print I got from my grandmother's stash, and bound it in white. I'd say my grandmother had started making something out of this fabric herself (curtains perhaps) and there are lines of holes where I removed stitching - I'm hoping these will disappear with wear and washing. I didn't bother to do any measuring of fitting so I was quite impressed to find that the waist ended up exactly where it should, given my above average height. It went together quite easily and quickly, though I made the sash double thickness to enclose the seams rather than hemming it. If I make it again, I will lengthen it a little, and lengthen the sash. I may also round the back corners so that I can bind the bottom and back in one go. I've been wearing it all day today, and it makes me smile. I love the deep pockets, the fabric, and the way the shoulders sit out.