Sunday, 24 February 2013

1940s trousers part one

Found this fabric in my stash. No idea how it got there. Do you ever find fabric you had forgotten about ?

chilli jam

Chilli jam made. Also marmalade but no photo of that x

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Sew for victory!

Everywhere you look on vintage sewing Blogland you can see versions of Simplicity 3688.

Simplicity 3688 Miss / Plus Size Leisurewear

Rochelle is hosting a 1940s themed sewalong, so you can play too!
Rochelle has asked us to be thrifty and resourceful in the spirits of the 1940s so I risked life and limb climbing on a rickety chair to look in my high stash cupboard and see if I had any fabric just hanging about.
I almost couldn't believe it when I found some suitable black fabric. I am slightly worried that I don't remember how it got there......
Have you made trousers? Any tips? Are you sewing anything 1940s just now?

Despite the dodgy brown and shiny flesh coloured styling sewists just love this pattern. I am going to use the trousers (pants) as my first ever trouser (pant) pattern and have a go. (No way am I getting into the whole Brits vs US trousers v pants debate again....) 

Am I a mad fool to try sewing trousers?

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Map the sewintists

Another Sewing Scientist

Another Sewing Scientist had a great idea, you can pin your location on her world map and see where other sewists, sewers, sewintists, seamstresses or anyone sewing and blogging can be found. So far I see one other in Lincolnshire.

Is there anyone near you?

Are you pinned?

Sunday, 17 February 2013

"Did your mother make you do this too?" mittens

I have two strong memories of wearing mittens as a child.

1. They were always joined together with string or elastic threaded through the sleeves or your coat to prevent loss. If you weren't wearing them they would hang at your sides and flap about as you ran along.
2. In the winter when I went to church my Mum would give me 10p for the collection which I had to keep in the end of my mitten to stop me from losing it. When I put it on the collection plate it was lovely and warm.

Mia is always one glove away from a pair. This winter it seems every time we go out we are searching high and low for its partner. Finally, after much swearing under my breath I have given in and joined her mittens together. Modern parents don't seem to do this so I was a bit afraid she would be laughed at. I made these mittens using this 70s pattern I got from a Charity Shop for about 10p (exactly the money I would keep in my mittens 35 years ago!) and I attached them together with a crochet hooked cord. The yarn is left over from another project.

They are a bit big.....

Did you wear mittens as a child?....... Were they attached together like mine? Please say yes!