Visible Mend for the Win

Take one smart, shop bought cardigan.

Give it to your child to wear.

Get cardigan returned with large hole now in it. (caught on branch whilst tree climbing or some other such commendable activity).

Ponder how to fix it without loosing it’s smartness.  (Fine knitted fabric, too big a hole to darn, patch would look scruffy).

Decide to embrace the hole.

Neaten edges of hole.

Find multicouloured thread that you inherited from your grandmother in law.

Go around hole with blanket stitch.

Add petals, freehand with chain stitch.

Host impromptu workshop when camping with friends curious as to what you’re doing how.

Bring now mended cardy back from folk festival.

Leave for several weeks lost in a pile of your husbands clothes over the end of the bed.

Find cardigan, reunite with daughter, blog.

Et Voila.

Ambling along

Hello there, how are you this fine spring evening?

I’ve had a bitty few days sewing, things have been getting done, but not that much to show for it yet. The boy and I are supposedly working on a joint project but I can’t do much on it until he gets his bit finished. Currently he’s about half done and stalled.

concentrating on a bit of embroidery

concentrating on a bit of embroidery

I did a bit of mending/adjusting/finishing yesterday. Including hemming my second attempt at the Day to Night Drape top and finishing the last bit of seam allowance on my Tova. (Left at the time as I was considering pockets.) Both are now with the same friend who got my first attempt at a Day to night Drape top, along with the dress she asked me to take up the hem on at the end of last summer (it was pinned and took approx 5 mins to my shame). I decided, after having the Tova on my “alter it in some magical way so I want to wear it pile” for about a year, just to give it to someone that’ll wear it. I’ve also given the copious amount of leftover fabric to another friend.

So today I started work on the Jalie 3132 top I got given in the Curvy Sewing Collective Christmas swap. I’m making the (shorter) hip lenth, with 3/4 length sleeves and v neck in some pink and grey stripey fabric from my Slightly Seasoned Pretties layer (bought back in November with a birthday dress for the girl in mind). If it turns out well I have a recently purchased something from my Pure Excitement Layer in mind to make a second one.

FBA done, just the bottom curve to smooth out

FBA done, just the bottom curve to smooth out

However, I got frustrated trying to get the stripes horizontal and have now started some modesty shorts for The Girl to go with the extremely short nightdresses someone gave her for her birthday (I’ve had longer tops).

Speaking of which, I might try and put a quick waistband on one in time for bedtime.

See you later, happy sewing!