Sew Fun

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Freddie, Aga and Miranda

I had a lovely afternoon yesterday in spite of the rain, rain and more rain as Miranda, Aga with her adorable Freddie to keep his Mum on her toes, Kristina and I all met at Petersham Nurseries Teahouse for tea/coffee and chat. How nice to have three of my favourite bloggers all together, and Miranda was also glad to be able to show Kristina the dress I had made from a piece of Liberty fabric she had very kindly given her. A lovely teahouse with delicious cakes, Petersham has the advantage of its greenhouse seating areas. Even with the cold and damp, we were cosy and the smell of jasmine was heavenly.

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Sewing something practical is a great project to speed recuperation as there’s only so much sitting about and reading I can bear before I start getting fidgety, and the last dress I made for Miranda must have been at least 16 years ago. High time to see if dressmaking is like riding a bike!

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Perhaps, in retrospect, starting out with an old Very Easy, Very Vogue pattern (hah Very Easy hmmm! fully lined,16 darts in total and a zipper) might have added more challenge than I’d really anticipated, and of course I’d forgotten as much as I’d remembered: carefully shortening the bodice and length to allow for my daughter’s petiteness and then forgetting that would mean a shorter zipper (made do with the one we had in the end) and a rather high slit at the back that had to be hastily sewed up again. Never mind I muddled through, and Miranda was so pleased we’re already talking about what she’d like next. Fabric was Liberty’s Coral Toria Tana Cotton Lawn. Liberty fabric has a wonderful silky feel – such a treat to sew with. 

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8 thoughts on “Sew Fun

  1. That’s very impressive! It’s so long since I’ve had the sewing machine out, I’m not sure I remember how to use it. Well done for making such a pretty dress.

  2. It must be nice to be talented. I once went to a wedding where the matron of honor showed up two sizes to big for her dress. I was fascinated to watch the bride’s aunt and two or three other women spring into action. They went to the fabric store, bought material and a pattern, came back to the house and six hours later had a dress for her to wear. Thankfully there were no other bridesmaids so they didn’t have to try and match the dress to anything. And, I remember, they used upholstry fabric so they wouldn’t have to line the dress. That is the kind of knowhow that impresses me.

    • Thank you Thomas, but rather embarrased by “talented” as I don’t feel it! Eeek what a nightmare! Weren’t bride and matron of honour so lucky to have the Aunt and friends able to leap right in and save the day!

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