Sunday, 27 May 2012

The Sun Has Got His Hat On!

And Mr B and I have been out to play at Cragside this Saturday, possibly my favourite National Trust property.

We had a lovely picnic and spent the day wandering around the grounds, the smell of pine was amazing and I wish I could grow rhododenrons in my garden. These pink ombre flowers are just beautiful.

The day has inspired me to start making something ladylike.  I bought this pattern a little while ago.  Its vintage Simplicity 2109 from the 1950s.
I'll need to re-size it and I'm not sure that a full skirt is the way to go but I just love the scalloped edge to the neck and back.  By next weekend I'll hopefully have the bodice figured out...

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Liberty Fabric Sorbetto Top (Slightly Delayed)

Well things haven't gone entirely to plan since the last post...
Work has been a lot busier than expected and then disaster struck.  My sewing machine died, there were tears, Mr B remained calm and sensible throughout.  Fortunately the nice man at the Sewing Centre in Newcastle was able to bring it back to life.
And so this afternoon, finally, I have completed my Liberty fabric top using the free downloadable Sorbetto top pattern from Colette patterns.
I'm pretty pleased with how its turned out considering the troubles I had with my machine.  I made a size 2 and copied the pattern on to Swedish tracing paper so I can make it again.  Its the first time I've used bias tape and my stitching isn't the straightest but I don't think anyone will notice!
Time to start planning the next project.