Monday, 30 July 2012
1. Remember that when you wash fabric, any fabric, but especially vintage fabric, it may change in texture. When I bought it, it was a stiff-ish cotton fabric which I thought would be great for soft furnishings. After washing it, it became very slippery and was extremely difficult to sew, even when I pinned and tacked it.
2. Try to think about the pattern and get the pieces the right way round, which will save time and temper. I sewed it all up then realised I had sewed the flap of the pillowcase the wrong way round. Grrr! Elementary mistake, but I really should have avoided that.
3. Tidy up as you go along. Anyone who knows me knows that I am messy. This morning, there were threads everywhere, sewing paraphernalia everywhere and a general pickle which now needs to be tidied up before I have lunch. Tidying as I go will perhaps never be a target I meet, but I can try harder.
4. Choose a suitable material for your project (even if you love the fabric you have just bought and are determined to use it, no matter what). The vintage material was a nightmare to sew. If I had used a nice simple cotton material, things would have been much easier.
Do you think I'll remember any of these very sensible notes next time I embark on a project? No, nor do I.
Saturday, 28 July 2012
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Last week, there were only green berries but now, after some much needed sunshine, here they are in all their blue/black/purple glory. There are more on the bush to come though, probably about the same amount again. As this is one of the only edible things I grow (the others being mint and chives), it required some form of celebration.
Hoorah for the blueberry!
Monday, 23 July 2012
Sunday, 22 July 2012
The garden above had a great shot of colour and I was particularly taken by the sculpture/wildlife home wall at the end.
More in my next post...
Sunday, 15 July 2012
The photos don't give any idea of how small the person who wore it was - it would only fit a small child these days. Probably a size 6 or 8 at the most. Of course, women were smaller in the past, and there would have been a corset under the dress to cinch the waist in even more, and a bustle.
maker's label. As luck would have it, we did some research using trade directories of the day and census information and managed to find some information about 'Bevern'.
However, she was not in the Post Offfice Directory of 1895 as either milliner or dressmaker and in the same directory, 33 Sackville Street has other occupants. In 1895, 32 Sackville Street was described as "Milliners and Dressmakers Provident and Benevolent Institution". I wonder what happened to her and where she went. She may have retired and moved back to Lancashire, or moved somewhere else in London.
Thursday, 12 July 2012
mrs thomasina tittlemouse , who has been making the most lovely rosy pillowcases, I decided I could use my material to do the same. As my pillow is one that you don't turn over as it is specially shaped for my neck (I have had a few problems in the past and this Putnam pillow has really helped), I thought I'd use the material for the top and calico for the bottom. So far, I have washed the material and it is drying on the line. I'll keep you posted on my (probably a bit slow) progress.
Monday, 9 July 2012
Other things to be cheerful about: a banana and apple loaf which is yummy, more gemstones on their way so that I can make some more jewellery, the fact that I have finally started the hand embroidery (lots and lots of french knots) on two felt pieces and (the one I am most excited about) I am going to Tatton Park Flower Show a week on Thursday, which should be fantastic. I have never been there before, so it will be a new gardening-y experience. Lots of good things to be cheerful about.