I’m still a bit all over the place at the moment, we are fast approaching half term (but wait, didn’t we just have school holidays??!!) and I have rather a lot to get done in the next few days. We will be visiting the in-laws in Germany (ash cloud permitting) and it’s the first time the boys have flown that they will remember; so for the occasion, we’ve bought them a Trunki each so they can pack their toys and if needs be, be dragged along when they get tired.
I remember these being pitched on Dragons Den and thinking ‘what a brilliant idea’….I seem to remember the Dragons weren’t all that impressed, especially by the plastic catch which wasn’t strong enough on the prototype, oh how wrong they were.
I’ve also made myself a skirt for the trip, it only took half a day and has been made out of fabric I already had in stock. It’s a copy of a favourite one from Jigsaw that I wore for many years and has quite an unusual cut that produces a gentle swing to the bottom. Now, HUGE apologies for the really awful photo but I wanted to show you the pattern pieces laid out ready to cut so you can see how they might work once sewn together
the final skirt is a really flattering fit and I have been meaning to take a pattern from the original for some time. Inside I lined it with some liberty tana lawn in ‘wiltshire’, one of my favourite designs.
I’ve been buying new fabric; also for clothes making, whilst I’m on a roll
some lovely ‘Little Folks’ voile by Anna Maria Horner from M is for Make (in the sale so a bargain).
I’m also trying to get some samples made up for new products and for this have bought some Metro Dots in Marigold from the fabulous Saints and Pinners, one of my favourite fabric shops. I have a very special project in mind for this and it was inspired by the Buttercups I have been sewing for new brooches for the shop.
I’ve really been enjoying stitching these, they are such a lovely sunny yellow and have been brightening up my work bench. I just need to keep going and finish them, I’m still finding myself jumping from project to project and not being able to settle.
Finally and actually the most important part of this post is a big thank you to Justine, who surprised me with a wonderful gift in the post this week
She made me a gorgeous Hoop Travel Bag with linen and red riding hood fabric, it’s perfect and reminds me what a wonderful community there is in blogworld. It’s most definitely coming to Germany with me, probably with some nice little hand stitching project to keep me happy.
Sorry for the slightly disjointed post, I need to focus and have a big tidy up this afternoon, the house and my workspace is quite frankly, a bit of a mess and for me it always makes me feel unsettled when this is the case so I shall be spending the rest of today putting everything away and will no doubt feel happier for it 🙂