Sunday, 16 August 2020

keeping out of mischief

As usual, I've been keeping myself out of mischief by doing some sewing. Here's what I've made recently.

First of all, some more stockings for the tartan bee.

I've just re-opened the tartan bee after closing it when lockdown started. I've trimmed my stock down to only Christmas stockings and a few project bags so we'll see how it goes. Last year I sold over 60 Christmas stockings. Even if I sold a third of that this year, I'd be more than pleased!

Next I made a couple of pinnies like this for Emily. I gave her one to wear in her house and kept this one here for when she visits her Grammie and Papa.

It was Debbie's 40th birthday last weekend - how did that happen?? - so all the girlies wore pretty dresses for our birthday party get-together at their house. This is mine.

It's this pattern - I made view D but lengthened it by 4½" - a much better length for me.

It's so comfortable. I added pockets into the side seams. A comfy dress with pockets - what more could you want? I am definitely going to be making more!

Next, Debbie gave me this to mend.

She was given it when she was a baby - so it's 40 years old too!! One of its eyes needed replacing and the other needed re-stuck. An easy job but, crumbs, I hope I never need an eye op! Or, if I do, I hope the surgeon doesn't use glue and pins on me! LOL

I made a fabric chain with some scraps and snaps for Emily and Isla to play with. So far they only drape it around themselves but they'll get the hang of the snaps eventually.

I might have to make some of these out of Christmas fabrics. Plenty time for that ... you'd think so, wouldn't you? I suspect it'll be here sooner than we think! πŸŽ…πŸ»

I made a few more of the curved masks. I gave the owl ones to the girls and kept the sewing one for myself.

Lastly, I made myself another pair trousers.

I made them using the Jalie trousers pattern which I've made a few times previously - see here and here.

I had noted on the pattern when I made them for the first time in 2016 how much elastic I needed for the waistband. I was DEEEE-lighted to find that I needed a wee bit less this time around. Not much less but I'm counting a ¾" reduction as a win! Go me!


  1. You have been busy, such a variety of different projects. I think Christmas crafting is on many people's agendas now, time is cracking on and it will soon be here. Your shop is doing very well with all those sales, though I have to say that I'm not surprised, your sewing is always beautifully done.

    1. Awww, thanks, Jo. I sold the first stocking last year in August so I'm hoping people will start looking soon! If not, I'm not going to worry too much. It's a hobby after all and hobbies are meant to be enjoyable! :o)

  2. Yay - I love the fact that it's nearly Christmas! πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„
    Your projects are always so varied - lots of different things to make and to tackle!
    You looked gorgeous in your dress. It's obviously the perfect style for you.
    And thank you for my mask - even if my new plan is to never go anywhere ever again! 🀣

    1. Thanks, Beanie. I was very comfy in my dress - plenty room to eat birthday food! LOL
      Yes, I keep making masks for myself and then realise I've only been out of the house three times since the end of March so really don't need 55 million masks! 🀣
      Christmas is coming! πŸŽ…πŸΌπŸŽ„

  3. Hi Anne,
    My Bag arrived today and its gorgeous. I'm going to fill it with sock yarn for my holiday knitting whilst we're in Kilmarnock. Thank-you so much

    Kim Cranson


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