29 May 2012

Sewing in the Park



What do you do when it's a beautiful sunny weekend but you're desperate to finish a sewing project? I faced this dilemma on Saturday as the park was beckoning but I wanted to wear my Picnic Blanket Skirt the next day. So I finished the machine stitching faster than the speed of light, packed a mini sewing kit and took it to the park to hand-stitch the buttons while sitting on the grass and chatting with friends. Bliss! A few people were definitely staring at me thinking I'm a crazy lady, but by August I reckon they'll all be doing it.

I'm determined to enjoy nature and relaxing (a bit!) this Summer but I don't want to slow down on the sewing. Do you face the same dilemma? How do you get round it?

[Soundtrack: 'A Real Hero' by College & Electric Youth]

41 comments:

  1. Waaat? No actual picnic blanket? You need a hamper so you can make a day of it. Also, please get disqus so I don't have to deal with the blindness inducing hideousness that is recaptcha, everytime I want to comment. Disqus handles spam blocking for you (it uses Akismet, the same algorithm that's built into Wordpress) and enables cross platform commenting while keeping tabs on comments, responses, pings and trackbacks. Do it. Do it now!

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    1. Do you have shares in disques, by any chance?! I will look into it when I have time...

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  2. Aww, those pictures are too cute, Tilly! I have brought sewing (and knitting, and crochet) to the park many's the time, and as long as you don't get a sore neck from bending to look at it or squinting in the bright sunshine it's all good. I feel a similar conflict... the warm weather makes me want to sew endless gorgeous summer dresses, but it takes time away from being able to wear those gorgeouse summer dresses in the actual outdoors. I like your compromise x

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    1. The sunshine definitely makes it harder to thread a needle!

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    2. Do you find yourself constantly putting the thread to your tongue trying to moisten it and making it easier to connect to the neede? So cool to sew outside though, I like to sew on the beach too, but the sand is another issue!

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  3. I saw some similar fabric yesterday and I had to tell myself to walk away, because a, it was not the equivalent of 2 pounds a metre and b, I am trying to be on a fabric diet and actually sew the stuff I already have (having said that should the fabric come on sale I'll be there - you see willpower is overrated).

    Anyway, you look fabulous in the park :-)

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  4. We have our Winter season starting here but on a cold day there is a warm sunny spot on our front deck, that makes a perfect sewing spot. There should be more sewing in the sunshine! :)

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  5. It hailed here this morning and was nearly 0 degrees. Lovely to know somewhere int eh world it is warm enough to sit in the park! )

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    1. This is London - it won't last!

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  6. Fabulous. That's the type of thing I would do.

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  7. I have an old sewing machine on its last legs and a small cubby-hole in the corner of my classroom. At lunch hour, I go back there to sew - I can only sew straight seams and finish seams on it but it is so relaxing. So I get a lot of sewing done over the lunch hour as long as no one finds me to talk or call me away to a meeting. It isn;t a nice sunny spot in the sun, but still its a great way to relax at lunch hour and get a lot of sewing done. (It sounds a bit anti-social but I work in a high needs special ed class and sometimes I need the downtime at lunch hour!)

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    1. That's so lovely that you can make time to sew at work :)

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  8. Another great sewing soundtrack - I was listening to the very same thing when sewing this weekend... and dreaming of Ryan Gosling of course. I have crocheted in the park during my lunch hour and faced the odd quirky look but I don't care :)

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    1. I know, if I'd heard the song without seeing the movie I don't think I'd feel so swoonsome when I listen to it...

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  9. I did the same this weekend too! Except I hand-finished a waistband into the skirt I'm working on. Your skirt's lovely - v chic :)
    love the blog redesign too (I've been reading via Googlereader, so only just noticed the nice design details).

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  10. Sounds like total bliss - if I didn't have to keep a VERY close eye on my littlest pixie I would defo be taking my current crochet project down to the park! ... although having said that a big woolly blanket isn't necessarily what I would have wanted to have piled on my lap!!

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  11. How cute! What a nice way to spend a Saturday!

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  12. What an excellent idea, I always struggle to sew when the weather's so nice...this sounds like the perfect solution! Can I just ask how much fabric you used for your delightful 'picnic' skirt? I'd love to take part in your tutorial or sewalong and I've seen the perfect print...just need to know how much I need ;o)

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    1. It was about two metres, I'll confirm when I write the tutorial, hopefully by the weekend (I've got it written down somewhere) x

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  13. RosieWednesday29 May 2012 at 16:40

    Hi Tilly,

    Where are those darling yellow shoes from? I am looking for something similar to wear as a bridesmaid in a wedding.

    Also, love the picnic blanket skirt and can't wait to see a tutorial!

    Thanks,
    Rosie

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    1. I got the shoes at a shop in Brighton, the brand is called Yuma. They're super comfy with rubber soles :)

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  14. I do this too! A friend and I were relaxing in the fine arts museum courtyard the other day and I pulled some hand sewing out of my bag...a couple older ladies stopped by our table to remark how nice it was to see people still sewing. Best random stranger encounter in a while!

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  15. Yeah, why not? I did do some knitting here and there, so also in the park. I have a small garden and when it is really hot for several days, I sometimes put my sewing machine outside in the shade and work from there.

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  16. This is such a cute idea! It's hard for me to balance sewing productivity with being out and about and spending time with friends. This looks like a great compromise.

    sewcollegiatechristine.blogspot.com

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  17. One time, I was crocheting outside at college, inbetween classes. A guy rode up behind me on his bike and yelled, "GRANDMA!" I think it was supposed to be an insult. I found it rather funny--why yes, my grandma would have done this, and she would be proud to see me that day.

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    1. Hahaha this made me laugh so much! Grandmas are awesome, who wouldn't want to be one? :)

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  18. What a great idea!!! Those stare-ers were just jealous they didn't think of it first... or wondering if they could get you to make something pretty for them too! ;)

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  19. Mmmh, voilĂ  donc ce que je vais faire le week-end prochain! :-)

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  20. Glad you could get out and enjoy the day while also finishing a project.

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  21. Hi, we met yesterday morning at the Conway Hall.

    Taking the sewing along with you tot he park makes sense to me.

    I take sewing with me pretty much wherever I go. I don't really like hand-sewing much, but it's a Necessary Evil fr finishing even the most heavily machined project, and more so for the historical costumes I make so I save up the hand-work for times and places when a sewing machine is out of the question.

    My fellow commuters are quite used to me pulling out a medieval robe or some other sewing project on the train to work on during the journey, as are my colleagues at lunchtime in the staff room (although I'm considering investing in one of those dinky little bright-coloured sewing machines from John Lewis' to keep in my locker to use at work.

    In the summer I take a folding table out to the garden and set up the machine there (we have an outside power socket, before that I used a long extension lead through a window).

    Sewing on the go is a great way of gettign things done without restrictign what else you do.

    Teddy

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    1. Hey Teddy! It was great to meet you. I would love to see someone sewing a historical costume on the tube, it would definitely make my day :)

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  22. How fun! When I lived in Florida and had a large, screen in porch, I used to take hand sewing out there a lot to enjoy the sunshine. I never did think about taking my machine out there, which now just struck me--because I could have! (There was an electrical outlet on the porch.) Oh well...

    At this point, I'm pretty much stuck inside sewing, unless of course I do as you have. Although lately the biting bugs have been so bad, no amount of good weather is making me want to spend too much time outside! :/

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  23. What a pleasure it was to meet you last night! Your red Beignet was even more dazzling in real life. And bring on the alfresco sewing I say!

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  24. he he, i usually do that with my knitting or crocheting (not with my sewing yet though), and people definitely think i'm crazy but well, THEY don't have handmade garments ;)

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  25. What a good idea! Is that Brockwell Park? Found your blog through a Colette Patterns blog link - really enjoying reading about your sewing pursuits and nice to pick up tips about local fabric finds (I live in Tulse Hill).

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  26. I was debating doing this very thing last weekend myself (but didn't). I love the idea of sitting outdoors while sewing or doing some embroidery, I may have to this coming weekend, just because now. :)

    I love the first shot of you... with that angle your legs look like giant length legs while your body is so tiny. :)

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