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Costumes for school

Ok, I’ve finished playing the drama queen over my linen dress.  I’m still not 100% happy with it but I’ve had lots of lovely and helpful comments about it ( and here of course – thank you everyone) so I don’t feel quite as rubbish about it as I did.

Onwards to my next project.

Jen and Yvonne (teachers in our Year 1 class) have asked me if I’d make two costumes for their class assembly next month.  The children are going to perform the story of “Mary Jones and her Bible” so I need to make a costume for Mary and her mother.  The story takes place in 1800 so I’m looking forward to making my first “historical” costumes.  I’m using Simplicity 3725 – view B for Mary and view B but with view A’s bonnet for her mother.

The story of Mary Jones and her Bible is the true story of a poor young Welsh girl who saved for six years and then had to walk barefoot the 25 miles to Bala to buy her very own Welsh Bible.  Wikepedia gives the factual details of the story but I prefer this version –  I can remember being told this version of the story as a little girl in my own school assembly.

I’ve just ordered the fabric from – they’ve got a really good offer on crepe at the moment – ideal for the dresses.  I’m itching to get started!

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Talking Threads

I’ve just been sent this fab link and wanted to share it with you all.

For those of you with Sky tv, Channel 171 “MyChannel” is currently showing a series called “Talking Threads” which is a series of half-hourly shows looking at sewing; quilting; silk painting etc.  Unfortunately, when you look at the on-screen tv guide the shows come up under the heading “Country Channel” which, from what I can see, also seems to cover programmes such as “100 ways to brush your horse” or “My favourite shovel” and other such nonsense (my apologies to those of you out there who actually do have a favourite shovel).

Sorry, I’m rambling now.  Anyway, the above link takes you directly to the Talking Threads web page where you can watch and download each episode from the series without having to wade through the hours of dross served up on the actual channel.

Whatever happened to Ann Ladbury?

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I’m hooked on Folksy!

I read about this website a couple of days ago in the March issue of “Sew Hip”.  What a great site!  It’s very similar to Etsy but its a UK site so no having to convert from $s to £s when trying to work out the prices.  For me it has a nicer feel than Etsy too.

Anyway, I’ve spent a lot of this afternoon browsing Folksy – there are so many talented people out there.  I just love the cloth toys in the “Covetables” shop! 

If you click on “sewing” under the Practices column it shows you literally thousands of different things for sale that people have sewn.  Even if you decide not to buy anything I dare you not to feel inspired!

Also on offer are fabrics, notions, trims etc.  A lovely shop to browse is ‘vInTaGe VioLeT’s BuTtOnS’ .  It pretty much does what it says on the tin – lots and lots of original vintage buttons and trims.   Its well worth a look.

Don’t just take my word for it – click  🙂

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