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A Very Good Week :-)

Well, just over a week really …….

……. starting on Good Friday

Hubby took me away for the weekend for my birthday.  Ok, it’s not actually my birthday for a couple of weeks but it was the only weekend he’s not going to be working for a while.  He doesn’t normally take me away for my birthday (not to mislead you that we’re very posh and do this sort of thing all the time) but it’s a big one this year 😦

So to soften the blow he booked us into the Castle House Hotel in Hereford.  Oh it was gorgeous!  You can take a little peep at the suite (yes, I did say suite!) we stayed in here.  What a treat! 

We stumbled across some lovely little sewing/fabric shops while we were there.  Doughtys have three shops in Hereford – one for quilting fabric, one for dressmaking and one for habi.  After a lot of agonising I eventually chose some lovely fabric to make myself a couple of summer dresses.

I got this:

Amy Butler’s “Wildflowers” in Navy.  And this:

Erin McMorris’s “Freespirit” in turqoise.  Yum!

Since I’ve been home I’ve worked on Chloe’s flourescent yellow top and I finished it this afternoon (pic to follow).  She loves it but her dad is rather unimpressed with the colour.  As I pointed out to him, we were wearing the same colours back in our teens and our parents probably thought the same.  (Although I was chatting with my mother-in-law last night and she told me how she wore those colours in her teens too!  Fashion doesn’t just go full circle – it loops the loop!).

And last, but certainly not least, we went to a couple of car boot sales this morning and I picked up som real bargains!

Bargain 1 – teenage girl books for 10p each!  I bought 7 for Chloe so that should keep her busy for a day or so.

Bargain 2 – BRAND SPANKING NEW Fiskars Softouch 21cm scissors for – wait for it – £5!!!!!  Amazon are currently selling them for £14.99. 

The packaging was seriously ratty but the scissors themselves are perfect.  It looks like the people selling them are buying damaged stock because they had lots of different types of Fiskars products for really silly prices.

For those of you living in the Swansea area they go to Singleton Hospital car boot on a Saturday morning and Julian’s (Garngoch) on a Sunday.

We’re off to Gloucester for the day tomorrow – maybe there’s a little fabric shop tucked away ……….

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Home-made bias binding

It’s been a funny sort of day.  Firstly, I didn’t go to work today, which is a very rare occurrence for me.  I’ve not been very well since last Friday – nothing major, just a bit sniffly with a sore throat.  By yesterday afternoon my voice had started to sound very Bonnie Tyler-esque and by 4pm my boss sent me home.  I imagine he’d had enough of the coughing and the raspy voice coming from the office next door.

By this morning I had no voice at all so, considering a lot of my job is carried out over the telephone, I called in sick.  Hooray for text messaging!  Without it my colleagues would still be wondering where I am.

I decided to use the time by trying to make my own bias binding.  I’d already tried making some last night but had somehow managed to make it on the straight grain!  So, with the help of two books (Simplicity’s “Simply the Best Sewing Book” & Cavendish House’s “Guide to Basic Sewing) and a Youtube video (I won’t bother referencing it as it was rubbish) I set to work again. 

Success!!!  Flourescent yellow continuous-strip bias binding made by me!  Yes, I did say flourescent yellow.  Chloe chose a lacy fabric in said colour to make view A (New Look 6660). 

Now I managed to track down matching thread – after a lot of trawling of the internet I eventually picked it up in Swansea Market – a five minute drive away!  However, flourescent yellow bias binding does not exist.  Ah well, a new skill learned!

Well, the voice still isn’t back properly and the bottle of Robitussin is nearly empty, but hopefully I’ll have enough of a voice to go back to work tomorrow.

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I made bags!

Yup!  Not one – but two!  I’m feeling very pleased with myself!

I made my bag from Issue 14 of “Sew Hip” as promised.   It was really easy to make and I want to make lots more.  In fact, Chloe is making one for herself too so I’ll post a pic of that when it’s finished.

Bag - issue 14 Sew Hip

I didn’t waste the leftovers either – I made this from the 25cm scrap that was left. 

Drawstring bag

I found the pattern on http://www.knitting-and.com/embroidery/skullbaggy.htm .  I did adapt it a little bit as I used just the one piece and stitched up the sides.  Chloe is going to use it to keep her trainers in for school (maybe she’ll manage to come home with both shoes this time!).

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Welsh Costume Fabric

Just a quickie post.

I popped into Lee Mill today and while I was browsing I spotted some black and red dogtooth, woolen-type fabric.  Perfect for the jacket for a little (or big) girl’s Welsh costume jacket.  They also had a bolt of red fabric that looked suitable for the skirt.  Sorry – I didn’t spot how much per meter they’re charging.

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Frogs

It’s been weeks and weeks since I blogged last – we’re only just back online. 

I have to say it’s not been a brilliant start to the New Year – just before Christmas our poor house was diagnosed with dry rot.  It’s an absolutely horrible fungus thing that spreads like crazy and the treatment is pretty radical.  So basically, since Christmas we’ve been living on a building site while the builders hacked off infected plaster, ripped up floors and pulled out windows.  Anything of value has had to be packed in polythene to stop the phenomenal amount of dust getting into it.  So I’ve had no computer and no sewing machines for weeks!

The good new is the work is all finished bar the decorating.  The bad news is that it’s cost us a fortune (many thousands!) so hubby and I are thinking up ways of making extra cash.  Think I need to pull my finger out and start doing a few craft fairs …..

Anyway – frogs.  Check out this really fab fabric.  I picked it up in Butterfly Fabrics in Cardiff yesterday.

I’m going to make the bag in Issue 14 of Sew Hip magazine.  It looks nice and roomy, which is good because I tend to carry half a ton of junk round with me.  I’ll get hubby to take a pic of it when it’s finished.

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I’ve finished it!

At long last!  It’s been draped over the banister for months.  I swear I’m never going to sew with velvet again!!!  It shifts about, it’s virtually impossible to hem invisibly and its just plain evil!!

Looks nice though 😀

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Its nearly time for school …..

….. and Chloe’s not too thrilled about the prospect.  To try and soften the blow I’ve offered to make her school skirts this year.  The skirts we usually buy are never “right” – usually too long or scratchy material etc etc. 

We’ve agreed on a pattern (McCall’s M5696 – View A) which I’ve made for her before (pic pending), it fits and she likes. McCall's M5696

We nipped into town this morning and picked up 1.5m of black polyester from Lee Mill which should be enough for two skirts.  They’re really easy to make and can probably finish one in an afternoon.  I may start one this afternoon or we may go to the Marquis for our tea instead (the boys are going to watch football so perhaps a girly afternoon is in order).  I’ve got two weeks before she goes back to school so plenty of time.  In the meantime I have floors to mop and an Everest-size pile of ironing calling my name ……

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