Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Cherry baby

I had quite a pleasant weekend, albeit it seems like nought but a distant memory right now. The only thing I’m finding extremely irritating at the moment is the ever changing weather. I’m desperate to swap out my winter wardrobe for my summer one, but we seem to get 2 days of spring, maximum at the moment. C’est la vie, the weather didn’t stop me filling up my weekend.

Saturday morning was lovely so me and the Mr took the pooches for a long walk. They’re on diets at the moment (the pooches, not the Mr) and the extra exercise does them good. They are spoiled, getting tidbits from almost every meal we eat, not to mention bits of cheese, doggy chocs and so on. Bailey is 11 though, and Alfie 8 so we can’t help but spoil our little old men dogs. Anyway, we walked them to the local high street to post a parcel and peruse a couple of the charity shops. I didn’t find much, although I did get this fab 1970s pinafore dress pattern for a whopping 50p. It’s in excellent condition and I got quite excited when I opened it to find an original receipt for some fabric, tucked away inside.
I’m eyeing up some pink linen for this, I think it would make the perfect summer utility dress.
Vintage sewing pattern

Saturday evening we went to see the new Jungle Book film. Like most people, I love the original Disney animated cartoon, the one with George Sanders and Louis Armstrong doing the voices, so I was a bit sceptical about how good this CGI extravaganza would be. I shouldn’t have been, it was really good. It was far more scary than the original, obviously because they were like real animals and it was quite ferocious, but the voices, especially Idris Elba as Sher Kahn and Christopher Walken (who I think is fantastic anyway) as King Louis. Despite how excellent the film was (and it really was), and how much I’d recommend you go to see it, I still feel a bit sorry for children of today, they’ve lost the innocence that we had from watching drawn characters act out a fantasy world on the big screen and everything is a bit too realistic now. I sound so old!

Sunday was pretty laid back, as Sundays usually are, but I did set to on trying to finish sewing the skirt I started last weekend. I have this sort of unofficial routine now of trying to sew at the weekend and knit in the week. Knitting is so much more portable, I’m not going to haul my sewing machine on the train to work with me every day now, am I? After puncturing my thumb with a needle though, I decided to call time on the sewing, finally finishing my skirt on Monday evening. This is the second time I’ve done this Eliza M skirt pattern, and this one is definitely better. I got the waistband right for a start. I love pencil skirts, but often find that they don’t cater to my hourglass shape when I buy them from the shop, so I reckon I might run up a few more of these in some nice super bright colours. At least I know they fit me properly.
Homemade skirt
Eliza M skirt in Cherry print

So, this week is all work and no play, but that's okay. I just hope this nice spell of weather holds out to the weekend so that I can do something nice, maybe.


  1. I've found a few receipts for material tucked inside vintage patterns before, isn't it exciting? Like a mini time capsule.
    You've done a great job on that skirt. xxx

  2. Oooh, that looks really pretty!!! Ouch, don't stab yourself- BAD idea!!!! I know EXACTLY what you mean about the lost chance to exercise the imagination of the young through everything being too realistic!!!


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