Sisters with a secret

We both think lime green and purple look great together…

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We are both 48 years old….shhh! This isn’t our own hair….no, really !

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..and only one of us has always been a girl ๐Ÿ™‚

Dresses by Ginny and Ruth, shoes by Mary and Gayle, cardigan by me.

First attempt at dungarees..

Well I said I’d try dungarees next and once I’d said it I had to do it. I roughly traced a pattern from the Sasha Redhead dungarees, and used some stretchy corduroy children’s trousers I’d saved in the fabric stash for just this purpose….and spent about 6 hours on Sunday making these.

I lined the bodice and the straps and made lined pockets so there was a lot of hand finishing. They’re not perfect, I’ll adjust the pattern a bit next time, but overall ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m chuffed with the result. It could have been a lot worse. The straps are too long, the bib is too big .. but I made them ๐Ÿ™‚ !!

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..And what I had a go at today

I am no seamstress. I need a manual to know how to thread my sewing machine. In my defence it’s an old one I bought a few months ago in a charity shop and this is the first time I’ve used it. You don’t need to know any more about my sewing skills than that ๐Ÿ™‚

However, I had a clear Sunday, good sunlight, Venus Dodge by my side and lots of potentially wonderful fabrics..

20170813_125806 ..and second hand baby clothes that I’ve been hoarding for years for the day when I would be overcome by the urge to sew something for Sasha.

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Today was that day.

I chose a baby dress, all white embossed cotton with ready made pin-tucks at the bib. I only had a day, not a week ๐Ÿ™‚

I struggled with lining the bodice. Knowing which bits to sew together and which bits to leave open….you don’t need to know that when you’re knitting, so it doesn’t come easy. After a few flicks of the ‘quick unpick’ or seam ripper, I more or less got it right and managed to put together a very simple, sleeveless dress. Then I couldn’t find my button-holer, which I know I have somewhere (!) so I went with press-studs.

And then when they were on and it looked like a real dress I got a bit pleased with myself and probably went a bit too far and added a bit of vintage cotton lace around the neck.

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I don’t know why I did it, it’s not a style I’ve ever seen or wanted to wear, but I just had some lace,ย  a needle and some white cotton and I was on a roll. I might well take the collar off, but here is the finished dress, well maybe I’ll also add a petticoat because Pintucks looks to be having a Princess Diana wardrobe malfunction silhouetted against the light. Now remember I’m a novice ๐Ÿ™‚ ……

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Unrealistically mad with power now ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ ย  Next week dungarees !

 

What we did today..

 

Sasha wanted to stay in and finish her ironingย  (she doesn’t get this from me) ..

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Rufus wasn’t too happy about that..

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but Joe and Pintucks were desperate to get out and play and in the sunshine. Even though they know play = work in harvest season ๐Ÿ™‚ย Today was all about picking what we grow. Some things are easy to pick..

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..and some need a bit more effort

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and team work.

 

 

The plums are delicate so Joe wheel-barrowed them to the basket for careful packing.

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The blackberries are ready too. These are the thornless ones we grow on the allotment.

20170812_140224We have plenty of apples and blackberries to make lots of pies and crumbles and jams.

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The sweetcorn isn’t quite ready

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..and the strawberries are having a final fling but they’re not ripe yet.

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..but lots of things are ready to pick and bring home to freeze and make jams and chutneys with. I hope Sasha’s finished her ironing. Look’s like she’ll have another job when we get home ๐Ÿ™‚

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Recent little knits

Some of the little knits I’ve made recently. If you are waiting for a little knit, please don’t despair, I’m slow but I haven’t forgotten anyone. Here are three slightly different Princess Charlotte cardigans. Everyone’s will be slightly different ๐Ÿ™‚

The Princess Charlotte cardigans are knitted in alpaca silk and are soft and cottony-silky.

These two are knitted in 100% baby alpaca wool and are soft and a bit fluffy.

When life gives you strawberries…..

It all seems very quiet in here…

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Ah, I thought it wouldn’t last long. Today is strawberry jam day. Not chasing a ball around the park day, apparently.

It smells lovely, but it takes so long…

 

…and now she needs a cuppa and a biscuit !

I won’t be too much longer……you can’t rush these things. Be a good boy and wait nicely.

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Will it ever be time for my walkie ??

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