Friday, August 12, 2011


Wow, it's been almost two months since I've posted. It seems like the blink of an eye, and also an eternity. Two months ago, our house has just gone on the market and the summer stretched out ahead of us. Today, the For Sale sign is gone, and our uncertain futures are stretching out in front of us.

It's been quite a summer. To give you some idea of what it's been like, I started this post two weeks ago.

You'd think with all of this I'd need a diversion and would maybe have been sewing and posting, right? Well, apparently sewing takes way more brain power than I have right now, because the few things I have tried to put together haven't gone so well.

I made shorts from Burda 06-2011-111. I had found what I thought was a super cute linen-blend with wild zebra print all over it. Perfect for a mini skirt or a pair of shorts, so I thought I'd have a go of the shorts pattern. YUCK. The pattern is fine, but I decided to include the front pleats, which I hated. The fabric's weave was too loose for clothing and too stiff for pleats. The combination was a colossal fail.

Then I fell in love with Amy Butler's new Soul Blossoms rayon prints, and ordered this pink border print from I cut it out in Burda 07-2011-101. No big deal, right? Simple dress. Except that I somehow managed to cut the front and back all wrong, leaving my front six inches longer than the back and forcing me to cut the border print off!
Anyway, the moral of the story is I am not quite yet emotionally ready to sew again. So instead I've set about finishing some unfinished objects, with mixed results. So far I've managed to take off the uninterfaced waistband on these trouser jeans, interface it, and re-attach it. I still haven't hemmed them.

Thanks for your patience. I'll be back soon, hopefully with the Soul Blossoms rayon dress to show for my absence. **crossing fingers**


  1. I'm so sorry to hear about your summer! That sucks to say the least. Sewing takes pretty much all my brain cells even on a good day and I still end up having to rip out a heck of a lot of seams. The fact you are attempting to make actual garments is a testament to some serious inner strength!

  2. How awful for you! I do hope things improve soon.

    It's funny how stress can leak out even when you think you've got everything covered - when I lived in Suffolk my little cottage got flooded. Soon after I went and got a load of glass cut for secondary double glazing. I measured everything twice and was so certain I'd got it right, and then discovered when I went to put it up, that I'd forgotten to allow for the glass overlapping the window frames and every single piece was 2 inches too small! I'm sure it was the subconscious distraction of the flooding that was responsible for the cock up. Perhaps your sewing is suffering the same problem.

  3. Yuck. At least you have the strength to blog. That's something. The sewing will come along soon enough. So glad to see you post. I was a bit worried you had moved to Mars.