Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Knitted Pasty Anyone?

I've been knitting merry festive pasties

As you do

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

A Very Tenuous Gifted Gorgeousness for November

Yes I'm cheating again for this months Gifted Gorgeousness as organised by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. It's not that I haven't made a lot of things for gifts, just that I can't show any of them yet.
But there is this. The "Weekender Bag"



I made it for myself, but the pattern was a cover gift with Simply Sewing Magazine (the same issue that the pinafore pattern came with - bonus!) so I'm totally counting it.
The main fabric was an oddment of curtaining I picked up cheaply, so it was an inexpensive project to make as well.
I promise next month I'll have some real gifty things to show.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Pinafore Mark 2

This one is for Naomi, made from the same pattern as the one in the previous post, in a plain teal coloured needlecord. Eagle eyed readers might spot that Naomi looks very much like a tree in this picture.
Actually she's away at Uni. The pinafore has been sent up to her, and has met with her approval, though it is apparently "a bit long".
Oh to be young and not to feel the need to hide your legs

Lots of other makes recently, but I can't show any of them yet as they're for gifts

Saturday, 29 October 2016

P-P-P-Pick Up a Penguin (And a Pinafore)

Meet Bernard.

Yes I know it's a silly name for a penguin. DH named him. Duh, everyone know penguins should be called Skipper 

or Kowalski or Rico or Private.

Maybe if I call him Sgt Bernard it'll work better...
I made him from a kit from House of Zandra. Check them out, there are some lovely ones.
I also finished this pinafore dress this week, using a lovely soft printed needlecord with a real 70's vibe. 

The pattern is from Cotton and Chalk and came free with Simply Sewing Magazine. For once I made this up exactly as given in the pattern. The only alteration I had to make was that the shoulder straps came up a bit long.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness For October - Hallowe'en Comes Early

Gifted Gorgeoussness (Jo's Blog Hop where we show our gift related crafts every month) has a Hallowe'en theme around these parts. Naomi asked me to make her a specific outfit for her to wear for Hallowe'en (or Comic Con, or whatever), namely Daenerys' Dothraki costume from Game of Thrones.
Here is a reference picture from the show.

Now, believe it or not, Simplicity make a costume pattern for this (Simplicity 1010), so here is my version.

It doesn't hang too well without someone inside it, but I've posted it up to her, so as soon as she sends me a decent picture of it on I'll post one.
She has purchased a blonde wig, and is threatening to make an edible gelatin horse heart to add a little gore so you have been warned.

Sunday, 9 October 2016


There is definitely a spot of autumn in the air so I decided to revamp the wreath on the front door.

The leaves are silk ones because I didn't think real ones would last very long, but the cones, twigs, chestnut seeds and sycamore keys are all real ones I picked up when we went for a walk this afternoon.

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Days of Our Lives - edited

Welcome to my post for Jo's Birthday Blog hop. Jo has a special birthday today, and to honour the occasion we are marking the events in our lives that correspond to a year in Jo's.
My year is :-

This is what was happening to Jo that year:-

1974 - Jo was 8.  She had complete the Infant Stage at Primary School and was then in the Juniors.  Jo  was put into a mixed age class with the majority of the children being the year above.  Jo discovered the more grown-up pursuits of Top of the Pops and the merits of the Bay City Rollers versus David Essex.  Jo was a Rollers fan and owned the jacket (made by Mum), the maroon trousers, the scarf, the socks, the pendant and the printed T-shirt with their photo and her name across the top (from Great Yarmouth seafront market).  These were all worn with pride for the School Discos.

I, on the other hand, being older, was not a fan of the world's most tartanest boy band.
In 1974, I was 13, and listening to


Pretty much still am come to think of it. Here, a little audio treat for you.

When I wasn't listening to music I was watching these guys

And reading this

A brilliant, bittersweet, multifaceted, sparkling diamond of a novel which makes a lot of recent popular YA stuff  look dull, predictable and amateurish (why yes Twilight, I am talking about you), and which has stayed with me ever since.

Not really now, not any more

If you've read it, you'll know what that means.

I am not going to inflict what I was wearing on you.

You're welcome

Aaargh! I forgot the stitched picture bit! I was supposed to include something I'd stitched that I thought would appeal to Jo. I found the piece, lifted it out and forgot to photograph it. What a numpty!
Here you go. Bonus points for anyone who can guess which other book from my youth inspired this design