In the spirit of 'use it or lose it', I've been digging through my shelves for more things to do... and you know... it works. If I was made of stronger stuff I'd make some sort of pledge of not buying anything till I use all the I have up... but I won't. Because I'm weak. Have you ever read that book by that journalist that for a year just bought the absolute necessities... which was basically food and toilette paper, probably petrol too... no books, no clothes, no cinema, no dinner out... I think she cancelled her TV licence as well... Just the basic. I never got to read it and now I wonder what her conclusions were... A part from having saved tons of money... was she happier? what did she learn? Have you read it? How did she rope her husband in it? Mine wouldn't survive without Sky Sports or rugby matches to name but a few..
On a mildly related thing Penny is having a 'disconnected' week. No tv, no internet, no nothing. I'm curious to see how it's going. She's made of sterner stuff than I am.
Moving swiftly on, have you ever heard of Sonia Philip? And her patterns? I had already made a tunic last spring/summer but this time I wanted to try the Dress No 2 because it has sleeves and you know... winter... cold... sleeves are good.
The pattern instructions come as a very well explained bookelt, and the pattern itself is extremely simple and easy to customize.
For once I thought I'd make a muslin... shocking!... using this very cheap fabric bought in Italy last summer and I'm glad I did. I'm a UK size 10 (US 6 I think) and the small was actually quite big, so had to go down one size.
The whole thing came together very quickly (probably quicker because I omitted the pockets and used some ready made bias binding I've had for ages.).
The result? A very wearable muslin... in fact I'm wearing it right now!
The photo isn't brilliant, you try wrestling No 1 from his computer game for more than 14 seconds. It's impossible. So this is it I'm afraid. Creases and monster hand included.
It's Halloween after all!