Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!
Friday, 9 August 2013
Not a sheep in sight........
This is slightly off topic for a wool/knitting/crochet blog but I just had to show the 2 dresses I made this week. I used to sew a lot many moons ago and even made my own coats, trousers, jackets and blouses. Then I stopped sewing and promptly forgot nearly everything. These dresses have been a steep learning curve and I'm pleased with the way they turned out.
They are very similar to the pillowcase dresses that people make but I actually followed a Simplicity pattern. I looked at lots of online tutorials about how to make this type of dress but gave up partly because I don't have any spare pillowcases and partly because I bought this lovely material for the bargain price of £1 a year ago and have been itching to use it. The blue material at the hemline is from an old sheet that I had already chopped up and used to line a baby blanket last year.
These two dresses are supposed to fit a girl aged 6 years old. The organisation I am thinking of sending these to is Sew Scrumptious which distributes dresses to girls in Africa, India and other countries worldwide. With that in mind, I made a great effort to make these dresses as indestructible as possible. They will hopefully be handed down and worn by many girls over the next few years.
As I am not lucky enough to have a sewing room, I have to use the dining room table. This time of year the room is bathed in natural light and warmth. I'm going to take advantage of that and do a bit more sewing before the weather changes.