Liberty Knickers

I have lots of sewing to do, most of it requiring a clear head and a quantity of concentration that I do not possess at the moment. As soon as school finished for half term I got a sore throat which has developed into a miserable infection of throat, sinuses, earache etc. I received the Flo-Jo knicker sewing kit in the post today and decided that should be a simple enough project to complete.

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The kit contains a multisize pattern (sizes 8-18), fabric, elastic, ribbon and a label. No thread is included but luckily I had a pink/purple thread that was a good match for the elastic.

The instructions are easy to follow though the elastic was tricky to sew evenly and the instructions for that weren’t very clear. The finished knickers are lovely, the Tana lawn is soft and almost silky, the elastic though a little wobbly matches beautifully. In retrospect I should have made a pair from a remnant of cotton first before cutting into the Liberty print and practiced my elastic application but for a first try they are great. The pattern is reusable so I can make a selection of pretty knickers, I will modify future pairs a little making the front a little higher to cover my transplant scar and make the size 12 rather than the 14 – I have taken a couple of centimetres off each side to adjust this pair. Other modifications – I haven’t added a ribbon bow on the front or the enclosed label in the back, I find the ribbons get caught on buttons and zips and I know I made them myself so why add a label saying so.

Value for money 9/10 , the Liberty kits are £22 plus postage but that includes the pattern, other kits are £15 for spotty or floral cotton fabrics. The kit includes a fat quarter of fabric, a couple of metres of elastic, 30cms of ribbon and the label. Liberty Tana lawn is £22 a metre, knicker elastic costs approximately £1-2 a metre so having bought the first pair for the pattern it will of course be cheaper just to buy fabric and lace next time.

Sewing satisfaction 10/10, a quick project with pleasing results. It has encouraged me to try an elastic sewing foot on the machine or use my over locker to sew the elastic on.

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100 happy days (25)

I saw this in The Guardian newspaper today as part of an article on Making Do and Mending. There was a clear list of instructions to go with it to enable the least handy person to sew a button on to an item of clothing that had lost one.

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Skills that were once part of every family’s repertoire seemed to have gone out of fashion recently, how wonderful to see them returning.

100 Happy days 22,23,24

I know, I know it should be one post each day with a photograph but sometimes the moment happens when I have no camera or it is not a photographable moment.

day 22 for example, I was up at around 5.40am because Skye was awake and in need of a trip out to the garden, when we got to the back door I looked out to see two young squirrels playing on the lawn. They were having such fun chasing each other that I held Skye back for a minute then opened the back door in stages to give them time to run off before being chased by two big dogs. Naturally the cheeky pair ran straight up the birch tree where they chattered and called to the dogs in a taunting manner. Once the dogs were safely back inside the squirrels returned to their play and ventured up onto the windowsill to peek in to the kitchen. I haven’t seen any squirrels in the garden before although there are a lot in the park.

day 23 I spent much of the day gardening, cutting the grass and strimming so my moment was definitely this one. The joy of cool clean sheets on a hot and humid evening.tulips 002Yesterday was another hot day, the dogs played in the garden all morning but by lunchtime it was too hot and they were tired so I got an unexpected couple of hours of sewing time while they snoozed on the cool kitchen floor. 

And I got an unexpected present from my friend Evie, a Named Clothing Halava parka pattern which I can’t wait to sew.

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