Archive: Apr 2016

Portrait: AnaOno Intimates, Lingerie for Breast Cancer Survivors

Change comes in many forms and at many times. It can be forceful or it can creep along incrementally. It can come as the result of a tragedy or as the result of an opportunity. It can also happen for no reason at all. Just a natural evolution. Whatever and whenever the change, you are one person before and another person after. For Dana, founder and owner of AnaOno, change came when she was diagnosed with Infiltrative Ductal Carcicoma (breast cancer) just shy of her 28th birthday and wedding. Following a bilateral mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and chemotherapy, she set out on a mission to help other women recovering from breast cancer surgery feel confident and sexy. She started an intimates line that offers bras and lingerie exclusively for survivors with each design taking into account anything and everything a patient is going through. Just one example, the Pocketed Plunge Wirefree Bra was created in collaboration with radiation oncologist Katie Deming, MD. Made of eco-friendly modal/spandex, all interior seams are enclosed, so no elastic touches the skin.

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One Pot Southwest Pasta

Southwest PastaI love simple, easy, and healthy meals like our One Pot Southwest Pasta. This dish is so quick to whip up that you’ll have dinner ready in about 30 minutes. It’s great when you want a meal high on nutrition and taste, but low on complaints and fuss. If you love one pot meals as…

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Project Mania

So, when you have two fourth graders in your home and they both have huge projects, what do you do? You freaking make them, that’s what. Each had to make an “ancient artifact” and costume to go with it. I don’t have finished pictures of the other costume, but I will soon enough. I do have this one though. She wanted a chinese kimon-type costume with giant sleeves. This, people, is why there has not been much popping up on my blog lately. I could have probably have sewn this in a few nights, but instead, I watched and helped while she sewed most of it (bent over at the waist night after arduous night helping her feed yards of ravelling jaquard through the slloooowwwly moving machine – aaauuugggghhhhhhhh!). She sewed the whole body of the gold robe and I did the black “sleeves”. Joking aside, I was really pleased by her hardwork and follow-through. We spent a little bit of time each night working on this. One night we just spent folding miniature pieces of paper and reading the directions. I’m really proud of her. She loves it and that is what really matters.

We used Simplicity 1573, View F as our starting point. I traced the largest size (8) and made the facing wider. I also added length to the hem and sleeves because she is 9 and looong. When we sewed on the facing, we flipped it to the outside instead of inside. We also made a wider Obi-type belt instead of the thinner one pictured on the pattern. Really, we didn’t change too much about the pattern. I embroidered on the dragons (Korean, not Chinese) at night after she went to bed (109 minutes of stitches per dragon!!!) and then sewed up the black panels and attached them under the arms. Whew. I’m glad that’s done. I will try to remember to post pictures of her wearing this.

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Isn’t the embroidery amazing? It’s from Urban Threads. They have pages of dragon embroidery! Here’s the one I used
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I actually did get some other sewing done while the embroidery machine was stitching it’s heart out. Stay tuned!

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Silk Kimono + My Fabric Designs

This silk kimono is epic. I love the movement, the length, and most of all the fabric!! I used silk crepe de chine from My Fabric Designs. I designed this print and (I really shouldn’t brag but) I think it’s gorgeous. It’s nice to be getting some Me-Mades into my closet. I planned to wear […]

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Think Pink! more fabric designs with McCalls 6513 and Simplicity 5914

Thanks everyone for all the great comments on my denim shirtdress. Sounds like there are a lot of these in the works – and perhaps we can all wear/post on the same day. #denimshirtdressday   That would be fun. Also I have had some questions on my …

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Think Pink! more fabric designs with McCalls 6513 and Simplicity 5914

Thanks everyone for all the great comments on my denim shirtdress. Sounds like there are a lot of these in the works – and perhaps we can all wear/post on the same day. #denimshirtdressday   That would be fun. Also I have had some questions on my …

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Paper Straw Bracelets

Paper Straw BraceletsDo your children love to make bracelets? Mine sure do! But sometimes, craft supplies can be expensive. That’s why I love to find ways for them to be creative without breaking the bank. These simple Paper Straw Bracelets fit the bill! Colorful paper straws can be found in dollar sections of large stores or in bulk at party supply…

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Pattern Hack – Honeymooner Suitcase

This is a pattern hack of the Sew Sweetness Honeymooner Suitcase sewing pattern, from the book Big-City Bags. The modification to the pattern is for luggage straps and a mesh zippered pocket! While this tutorial is free, you’ll need to pick up Big-City Bags for the pattern in order to complete the rest of the bag. DEFINITION – […]

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Sleeves On Saturdays/Stylized Gathered Sleeve

I have had this sleeve in my file for quite some time. It’s such a pretty sleeve and would look so nice on everything from a t-shirt to a dress. So, very versatile. I had found a full length picture of the dress, but for the life of me, I was unable to…

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Belt Finishing Options

When you’re thinking about stitching a needlepoint belt, it’s a big commitment in time and stitching. You probably spend some of that stitching time thinking about how you will finish the belt. You’ll love the post from Needle Nicely which both shows and explains several belt types. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016Original content here is published under these license […]

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Belt Finishing Options

When you’re thinking about stitching a needlepoint belt, it’s a big commitment in time and stitching. You probably spend some of that stitching time thinking about how you will finish the belt. You’ll love the post from Needle Nicely which both shows and explains several belt types. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2016Original content here is published under these license […]

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saturday blog

May300BLIt’s update time!  On Monday, May 2, 2016, you’ll be prompted to update your Inspirations software programs when you open one.  Once you go through that simple exercise, you’ll find several new features that make the software even easier to use than it’s always been. I’m going to hit the high points in this blog […] Read more…

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flower bomb

Well hello there everyone! I hope you’ve all had a great April! Around here we’ve been truly living up to the old saying “April showers bring May flowers”. Well, at least the bit about the showers. The flowers we get all year round. In other words, it’…

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Comfortable And Classic Coco

I will never stop loving the Tilly And The Buttons Coco Dress for a quick fix of creativity and a startlingly comfortable dress that can still look smart. I lost the instructions a long time ago, but I know this … Continue reading

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April Indie Pattern Update!

Another month has flown by but it’s been another month packed with gorgeous pattern releases! I’m well and truly in the mood for some Spring and Summer sewing now I just wish I had the time and the weather felt the same! What have you guys got planned …

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New Patterns, New Fabric, New FIT Class (Draping)!

Lots to tell today, readers!Yesterday, Willy had to have some dental work at the Humane Society, where we take him for veterinary care, and they ended up extracting ten (!) teeth.  This despite the fact that we do brush his teeth on a regular basi…

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COLFAX DRESS CONTEST WINNERS

1st – (Winner of a $100 gift code to My Fabric Designs) Paige of verypaige.com did such a great job on the Colfax Dress. I love the large scale gingham fabric that she chose and the way she played with the bias on the yoke. She also did such a great job styling it with the skinny belt. And can we please talk about her cute purple hair?   2nd (Winner of a $50 gift code to My Fabric Designs) Stirling at riven921  on instagram is our 2nd place winner. She really went the extra mile with a small bust adjustment, muslin, and other adjustments which really paid off. Not only does the sewing look impeccable and crisp close up, but the fit is pretty perfect too.   3rd (Winner of a $25 gift code to My Fabric Designs) Our third place winner is Rebecca of Everyday Notions. I really love that she made the Colfax her own by ommitting the yoke and adding an exposed zip at the back neckline. So cute! Also, she made it up in tencel which is my new favorite fabric. So soft and flowy while still being easy to sew.   Congrats ladies! I am only […]

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Springtastic

Guys, I just knit the most textured, cabledy socks I’ve ever seen.  They’re Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter’s Springtastic Socks.  Ah, my need to make something “more” has been completely satisfied.  The lower cuff also meant I could f…

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Easy Mother’s Day Card Idea

IMG_1727Mother’s Day is just around the corner! Kids can make mom, grandma, or their motherly role-model feel special with a simple hand-made card. This easy mother’s day card idea uses basic craft supplies and recycled materials. Perfect for caring, eco-savvy kids! Easy Mother’s Day Card Idea Every week, my family tosses vitamin bottles, medicine bottles, and milk and juice…

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It’s purple all right

The big purple thing is still marching along. It’s Purless, and I really like it, and it’s going well except for one thing.  I was standing in the Loopy Ewe last Thursday and Prince had just died and I was … Continue reading

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Pattern Review: McCall’s 7351

Back in March, I posted a guide to plus size shirtdress patterns. Of all those dresses, one particularly caught my eye. McCall’s 7351 seemed to have it all: a proper collar construction, interesting design options, and even multiple bodice cup sizes. While I already have a tried-and-true shirtdress pattern, this one begged to be tried out.  Would…

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Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers

vegetarian black bean burgerEven hardcore carnivores will love our Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers! Packed with healthy ingredients, texture, and tons of flavor you’ll want to make these vegetarian burgers a part of your regular menu. I have five children and ALL FIVE of them raved about these burgers. Not ready to up your veggie game? Then try this…

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Scrap Bag: “Outlander” fabric coming soon, Nazi flag quilt, Great Migration quilt, and more

Also in this week’s Scrap Bag of quilt and textile news items is a story about inmates who quilt for charity, a round-up of modern quilts for modern homes, an “urban” quilter receives recognition, and broken ceramics repaired with metallic … Continue reading

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Announcing Our New Clothing Company – Oui Fresh!

Emma and I are so thrilled to share our newest project with you today! On May 16th we will launch Oui Fresh! Oui Fresh will be a curated collection of t-shirts, apparel and accessories. Basically a shop full of things we LOVE and want to wear – a total dream come true for us! We’re partnering with Hello Merch to print our t-shirts! A few weeks ago we had a…

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Spring Cleaning!

I love spring! The sun is coming out, the birds are tweeting… has spring come to your area yet? Here in Minnesota, it’s *just* gotten here. It was 37 degrees…

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MY APRIL FABRIC HAUL

HI DARLINGS! I had a little fun yesterday picking fabrics at THE FABRIC STORE in Los Angeles. The fabric haul video below has all my picks and what I plan to do with them. I have posted about this little shop of gorgeousness several times but in case you missed it info is below. If you are local feel free […]

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April Wrap Up and May Plans

This month I sewed 2 5/8 yardsMcCall’s 7246LOL!It was my Fabric Mart contribution for April. I used their Kit, which I got pattern and fabric for free. I really do like the dress though! You can read about the project on their blog.I thought for s…

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Zakka Style Zip Organizer for me!

Ah! If only I didn’t catch myself saying this over and over again. I wish I would have just made

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Starlet Suit Jacket – Craftsy Class

I had loved this jacket since the class was first released, but didn’t buy it then because I was pretty new to sewing.  I did manage to get it during a Craftsy sale, which is just as well as it doesn’t seem to be available any more.  The teacher is Gretchen from Gertie’s Blog For better Sewing, and if you like the look of the jacket, there is a similar pattern in her book, Gertie’s Book For Better Sewing.

 

I finally decided to have a go at making it after buying this lovely lilac herringbone fabric on ebay for £33 for 5 metres.  It’s 65% polyester and 35% wool and was a lucky find, and I knew I‘d have enough fabric to re-cut if I needed to.  In the end, I didn’t need to re-cut, and the jacket only took 2 metres of fabric.  I made a toile before Christmas, and then spent some time gathering together all the other bits and pieces that I needed.  I had planned to start it over Easter , which I did by cutting it out on Easter Sunday.

 

I’m delighted with how it turned out, and have a lot to say about it, so I’ll break it down.


Hand Tailoring

I did all the hand tailoring when I was off work on Easter Monday and Tuesday.  It was enjoyable, although it did get a bit tedious towards the end.

 

This is both fronts with the pad stitching done on the lapels, and the roll line and edges taped.  I think the bit that turned out best was the under collar.  I didn’t take a photo of it by itself, but it stood up beautifully after it had been shaped!

 

I think I will investigate some different hair canvases for my next coat.  I got this canvas on ebay, but if anybody has any recommendations, please let me know. 



Lining

The lining is some lilac peachskin.  This is what I had planned to use, but I couldn’t find any on the interwebs.  I know!!  So I got some white instead.  Then I considered using some cream silk that I have, but it turned out that the hair canvas showed through, and there was a minor panic.  The good old Spinning Wheel in Belfast came to the rescue with two different shades of lilac peachskin.
 



Welt Pockets

I have come to the conclusion that I do not like sewing welt pockets.  They are fiddly and time consuming.  Also, my tablet computer threw a wobbly when I was at the crucial stage of sewing down the little triangles at each end of the cut into the jacket front.  It just refused to play my Craftsy class, and I ended up having to watch the rest of it on the tiny screen on my phone.

The right pocket turned out well, but I’m not so happy with the left one, and I’m fairly certain that I couldn’t be bothered to sew welt pockets again.

 


Bound Buttonholes

These are made using the patch method.  I think next time I will use the welt method as I think it would give more even horizonal edges.


Mods

Shortened sleeves by 1/2″ above the elbow dart to raise the dart a bit – and that was it!!  It turns out coats are more forgiving in fit that dresses and blouses!  That said, if I made this again, I think I would go down a size at the shoulders and underarms.
Collar
The way the collar is attached is different to a dress or blouse, and unfortunately this bit of the class wasn’t very clear.  It did reference an artical from Threads Magazine, which I found here, but predictably I didn’t bother looking at it at the time, and just winged it!  It turned out ok though, and then I found some more references to this method in a couple of my books.  I’ll know again though.

The under collar is cut on the bias, and the top collar is cut on the straight grain.
Setting in the sleeves

The class shows a method that I hadn’t heard of before, which is to gather the sleeve heads using a strip of bias cut fabric.  It suggests using hair canvas or the coat fabric.  I was a bit sceptical about it, so cut out two sleeves heads and practiced on them.  I tried both hair canvas and the coat fabric, and ended up using the coat fabric.  

 

The strips are cut 2″ wide and 12″ long, and then you line the long edge of the strip up with the edge of the sleeve head.  Starting at the top of the sleeve head (the bit that lines up with the shoulder seam), you sew it in within the seam allowance – I think it was 1/2″.  You stretch out the bias strip as you push the sleeve head under the foot.  I pushed the sleeve head a bit too much on one and got some puckers, but just unpicked and did it again.

I really wasn’t sure how this would fit into the armhole, but it did!  There is a little bit of give if you need to stretch it out a bit, and I was delighted with how the sleeves looked.   

This was taken on my phone, but you can see the strip around the top of the sleeve head after the sleeve has been set in. 

Shoulder Pads
It wouldn’t be me if there wasn’t some overthinking involved, and with everything that’s involved in making a jacket, it was quite a surprise to find out it would be on the shoulder pads.  I had bought some shoulder pads, but when I pinned them in I thought they showed though to the outside.  So I remembered this great post from Manju, and basically copied how she made her shoulder pads.

Then came the sleeve heads which fill out the very top of the sleeve.  I would have sworn there was a bit about sleeve heads in the class, but it turned out there wasn’t!  After a lot of doubting my own mind, I realised that they were in another Craftsy class I have.  Then I couldn’t decide if it was the right thing to do to add them.  Eventually (and be glad you don’t live in the same house as me!) I thought I’d put them in because I could always take them out if I didn’t like them.  

I forgot to take photos of all of this until everything was sewn in place, and even then this photo was taken on my phone.

 

I really enjoyed making this jacket, and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, but it definately helped to have a class to follow along with.  I’m already planning more coats after finding these vintage patterns on ebay.

 

The one on the left was £3.99 and is a single size pattern.  I think it is roughly the right size, but will make a toile first.  The pattern company is Le Roy Weldon, which I hadn’t heard of before, but my mum said she remembered her mum having some of their patterns.  It’s from the 1960s, and the price sticker in the top left corner say 5/9′; my dad said that worked out at about 35p.  The green coat in View B is the green winter coat of my dreams, and also the lady wearing it reminds me of my mum.   

The pattern on the left is from Family Circle which was a magazine that I remember my Granny buying.  This pattern was £2.50, and is a multi sized pattern.  I can see this in a charcoal grey or charcoal purple, although I think I would add buttons and widen the skirt on the back a bit.

 

Apologies for the slightly wind-swept photos, it’s been very breezy today, but yesterday morning we had snow, so I shouldn’t complain!  You’ve got to love the British weather!  And Monday is the May Day bank holiday, so it will be a long weekend of sewing for me.

Enjoy if you‘re off too!

Lynne 

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Starlet Suit Jacket – Craftsy Class

I had loved this jacket since the class was first released, but didn’t buy it then because I was pretty new to sewing.  I did manage to get it during a Craftsy sale, which is just as well as it doesn’t seem to be available any more.  The teacher is Gretchen from Gertie’s Blog For better Sewing, and if you like the look of the jacket, there is a similar pattern in her book, Gertie’s Book For Better Sewing.

 

I finally decided to have a go at making it after buying this lovely lilac herringbone fabric on ebay for £33 for 5 metres.  It’s 65% polyester and 35% wool and was a lucky find, and I knew I‘d have enough fabric to re-cut if I needed to.  In the end, I didn’t need to re-cut, and the jacket only took 2 metres of fabric.  I made a toile before Christmas, and then spent some time gathering together all the other bits and pieces that I needed.  I had planned to start it over Easter , which I did by cutting it out on Easter Sunday.

 

I’m delighted with how it turned out, and have a lot to say about it, so I’ll break it down.


Hand Tailoring

I did all the hand tailoring when I was off work on Easter Monday and Tuesday.  It was enjoyable, although it did get a bit tedious towards the end.

 

This is both fronts with the pad stitching done on the lapels, and the roll line and edges taped.  I think the bit that turned out best was the under collar.  I didn’t take a photo of it by itself, but it stood up beautifully after it had been shaped!

 

I think I will investigate some different hair canvases for my next coat.  I got this canvas on ebay, but if anybody has any recommendations, please let me know. 



Lining

The lining is some lilac peachskin.  This is what I had planned to use, but I couldn’t find any on the interwebs.  I know!!  So I got some white instead.  Then I considered using some cream silk that I have, but it turned out that the hair canvas showed through, and there was a minor panic.  The good old Spinning Wheel in Belfast came to the rescue with two different shades of lilac peachskin.
 



Welt Pockets

I have come to the conclusion that I do not like sewing welt pockets.  They are fiddly and time consuming.  Also, my tablet computer threw a wobbly when I was at the crucial stage of sewing down the little triangles at each end of the cut into the jacket front.  It just refused to play my Craftsy class, and I ended up having to watch the rest of it on the tiny screen on my phone.

The right pocket turned out well, but I’m not so happy with the left one, and I’m fairly certain that I couldn’t be bothered to sew welt pockets again.

 


Bound Buttonholes

These are made using the patch method.  I think next time I will use the welt method as I think it would give more even horizonal edges.


Mods

Shortened sleeves by 1/2″ above the elbow dart to raise the dart a bit – and that was it!!  It turns out coats are more forgiving in fit that dresses and blouses!  That said, if I made this again, I think I would go down a size at the shoulders and underarms.
Collar
The way the collar is attached is different to a dress or blouse, and unfortunately this bit of the class wasn’t very clear.  It did reference an artical from Threads Magazine, which I found here, but predictably I didn’t bother looking at it at the time, and just winged it!  It turned out ok though, and then I found some more references to this method in a couple of my books.  I’ll know again though.

The under collar is cut on the bias, and the top collar is cut on the straight grain.
Setting in the sleeves

The class shows a method that I hadn’t heard of before, which is to gather the sleeve heads using a strip of bias cut fabric.  It suggests using hair canvas or the coat fabric.  I was a bit sceptical about it, so cut out two sleeves heads and practiced on them.  I tried both hair canvas and the coat fabric, and ended up using the coat fabric.  

 

The strips are cut 2″ wide and 12″ long, and then you line the long edge of the strip up with the edge of the sleeve head.  Starting at the top of the sleeve head (the bit that lines up with the shoulder seam), you sew it in within the seam allowance – I think it was 1/2″.  You stretch out the bias strip as you push the sleeve head under the foot.  I pushed the sleeve head a bit too much on one and got some puckers, but just unpicked and did it again.

I really wasn’t sure how this would fit into the armhole, but it did!  There is a little bit of give if you need to stretch it out a bit, and I was delighted with how the sleeves looked.   

This was taken on my phone, but you can see the strip around the top of the sleeve head after the sleeve has been set in. 

Shoulder Pads
It wouldn’t be me if there wasn’t some overthinking involved, and with everything that’s involved in making a jacket, it was quite a surprise to find out it would be on the shoulder pads.  I had bought some shoulder pads, but when I pinned them in I thought they showed though to the outside.  So I remembered this great post from Manju, and basically copied how she made her shoulder pads.

Then came the sleeve heads which fill out the very top of the sleeve.  I would have sworn there was a bit about sleeve heads in the class, but it turned out there wasn’t!  After a lot of doubting my own mind, I realised that they were in another Craftsy class I have.  Then I couldn’t decide if it was the right thing to do to add them.  Eventually (and be glad you don’t live in the same house as me!) I thought I’d put them in because I could always take them out if I didn’t like them.  

I forgot to take photos of all of this until everything was sewn in place, and even then this photo was taken on my phone.

 

I really enjoyed making this jacket, and it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be, but it definately helped to have a class to follow along with.  I’m already planning more coats after finding these vintage patterns on ebay.

 

The one on the left was £3.99 and is a single size pattern.  I think it is roughly the right size, but will make a toile first.  The pattern company is Le Roy Weldon, which I hadn’t heard of before, but my mum said she remembered her mum having some of their patterns.  It’s from the 1960s, and the price sticker in the top left corner say 5/9′; my dad said that worked out at about 35p.  The green coat in View B is the green winter coat of my dreams, and also the lady wearing it reminds me of my mum.   

The pattern on the left is from Family Circle which was a magazine that I remember my Granny buying.  This pattern was £2.50, and is a multi sized pattern.  I can see this in a charcoal grey or charcoal purple, although I think I would add buttons and widen the skirt on the back a bit.

 

Apologies for the slightly wind-swept photos, it’s been very breezy today, but yesterday morning we had snow, so I shouldn’t complain!  You’ve got to love the British weather!  And Monday is the May Day bank holiday, so it will be a long weekend of sewing for me.

Enjoy if you‘re off too!

Lynne 

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