Three days ago I finished what can only be called a sewing marathon. I feel a bit dazed actually, the sun was shining and then it was winter again and I hadn't even noticed. During the past few weeks I spent every free minute working on my sewing projects. I am not even exaggerating when I say every free minute. I was sewing late into the night, which is maybe not a good idea. I noticed one morning that I had sewn in the zip of my dress outside in. The immersion into what is to be my summer wardrobe was not without consequences. Apart from the tell tale signs of sleep deprivation, there was is a mountain of laundry the height of Ben Nevis. The bathrooms were not safe for visitors and the dust bunnies in the corners of the house showed signs of life. The children had to remind me of their names and I wondered briefly who that good looking man in my living room was. Relative order has been restored now.
I am done with what I had planned to make before our Cornwall holiday and I am going cold turkey. I don't dare asking if I could take my sewing machine to Cornwall. I was determined to complement last years makes to create a summer wardrobe minus the trousers/jeans. I made three more Concord t-shirts, and finished two long term sewing projects: a summer dress, and a beach kaftan. Finally, I made another Sorbetto top, this time in navy blue bamboo fabric. I already 'ruined' one of my new t-shirts, the buttercup yellow one. It shared the washing machine with something red and is now pastel apricot coloured. I am really cross with myself because buttercup yellow is easily in my list of top five favourite colours but pastel apricot isn't, not by a long way.
I am particularly pleased with the t-shirts. They are so quick to make with the overlocker, it is a joy. T-shirt before dinner? Sure, no problem (I am of course exaggerating). The Upton Dress (I made version B) was more difficult and took a while (I started in April), particularly because I had to unpick the zip. I'll probably write about this sometime soon, if I can face modelling it for some photos. The fabric is a dark beige with delicate birds printed on. The kaftan is a longer version of the Mojave top I made last year, it is another simple pattern. I used a Kaffe Fassett fabric I've had for years, light blue with enormous flowers. It will be great to walk to the beach.
I also did some mending. I asked Richard to remove all the faulty poppers from my favourite Boden jeans skirt because these were a cause for continuous embarrassment. Imagine standing up from a chair, leaving your skirt behind. I replaced the poppers with sturdy buttons and button holes. There were little holes from the poppers and some darning was needed, all is not very neat but but you'd have to be fairly close to notice. As I will actually walk away with my skirt on, nobody will be able to closely inspect it.
I spent far too much money on fabric, so much so that I ran out of pocket money by the 10th of June. There is always some fabric left no matter how rational I am with the calculations for amounts needed. Luckily, I have two little boys that love having t-shirts made for them. Anything that is too girly for their tastes can be used for quilting. I have a quilt vision slowly taking shape in my head.
After the holidays, I'll take it more slowly, time and resources are limited but I do hope to make this poncho as we move towards autumn.
Time to pack now, we'll be leaving tonight! If only Cornwall wasn't so far away, I am not looking forward to the drive. I have a couple of scheduled posts for you, in case you miss me. Have a great two weeks! x