Tuesday, 7 September 2010

What I've been stitching lately


There's been a sewing lethargy bug spreading round the blogosphere these last few weeks, and I caught it. I haven't sewn any clothes for quite a while now. But I have sewn some pants-themed car bunting.


Yes, some pants-themed car bunting.

My old school friend Sarah K - one of the most kind-hearted people I have the honour of knowing - is currently on a car rally from the UK to Croatia to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Sarah and her team mates bought a clapped out old banger off our friend Juliet for 43p and a case of beer, found an artist to decorate it, and (not so) subtly hinted to me that some interior decoration would be appreciated. So I whipped up some bunting for the back window. Oh, to explain the checkerboard pants - their team name is "Racy Knickers" (that's Sarah's sense of humour). I didn't know much about Cystic Fibrosis before, and I won't go into it here in case you're eating your tea, but it really is a horrible disease. Check out their blog, and if you feel like donating to a good cause, their fundraising page is here.

Apart from making bunting, I've also done a little mending - you may recall I declared in mid-August that I wouldn't allow myself to start on a new project until I'd mended at least three things in my wardrobe. Well, I restitched the buttons on two dresses and reinforced the buttonholes on my Beignet skirt. I love sewing buttonholes! So satisfying...

Before - after a few washes, the button holes were a disgrace...

After - good as new!

So. Now I can start a new sewing project. September is going to be a busy month for me at work, so I fear that any small hurdle may turn into a mega stress and set me back many sewing years. So I'm going to go with something foolproof, and something instantly wearable so I can reap the benefits immediately. Pyjamas!

Grrr... sexy...


Making pyjamas will also allow me to make a dent in the three million yards of pink floral cotton in my stash (I can't for the life of me remember what day wear I thought I was going to make out of this). Wish me luck!

[Soundtrack: 'Dream Cars' by Neon Neon]

15 comments:

  1. Love the bunting - hilarious! Still love the buttons on your Beignet skirt and looking forward to seeing your pyjamas. Good luck for your busy month.

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  2. I love the bunting too! What a great thing they are doing! Pyjamas are fun-good luck during your busy month!!

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  3. Great idea with the bunting. ANd for such a good cause as well.

    Great work with the buttonholes, and PJ´s is a good choice for a busy month. I seem to have lost(!) my pair of homemade pajamas, so might be making some too. I actually have that exact fabric in my stash, only with purple flowers. Think I was trying to make a dress out of mine, but I never got around to finish it.

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  4. The bunting is brilliant! Such a good cause - what an adventure your friends are on!

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  5. I like that pajama pattern - the camisole top makes it better than a normal pattern. I have a robe on my list, but I never seem to get around to it!

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  6. Cute bunting! I totally caught that sewing lethargy when we got back from Canberra. The only thing I have sewn in the past 2 months is the bunting for my engagement party. I got my machine serviced last weekend and jumped straight onto it when I got it home. I think I am finally kicking the lethargy bug!

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  7. That bunting is really fun! Good luck with your busy month. I hope you'll be able to squeeze some sewing into it. I often, when I am busy, busy, busy, think I don't have time to sew, but when I create a little time (instead of crashing on the couch after a long day) I always notice it relaxes me and gives me energy again like nothing else.

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  8. I'm with you on the pyjamas theme - I think it's the changing weather that makes getting cosy indoors seem like the best option!

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  9. Ooh, I love that bunting. I thought they were real underpants for a second, and I kind of wish they were!
    I can't wait to see how your pajamas come out, as I need to make some but don't want to use a Laura Ingalls looking pattern so much.

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  10. The bunting is brilliant! Love subversive bunting. Hooray for your soon-to-be jammies too. I actually have some super soft fluffly cotton that makes me think of lumberjacks that I couldnt work out what to do with it.... you have inspired me.

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  11. Oh pjs... they make winter almost worthwhile... x

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  12. good luck with the pyjamas! I think i might have to make myself a pair for the coming summer months (i live on the other side of the world so summer is only just around the corner!) I love your blog by the way - another one to add to my growing list of blogs x

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  13. Oh, I have this pattern as well but keep finding other things that I want to make and wear in public! I hope it really does only take two hours....

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