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A comfortable Miz Mozelle …

I’ve had writers block, sewists block, bloggers block and can’t be bothered block this month, but I think there’s a light at the end of the tunnel and that light is called Autumn!

As much as I love the summer, I also look forward to the change of season and get ridiculously excited about getting the old woolly tights out of the bag at the back of the wardrobe. The sheepskin slippers will also soon make an appearance and don’t get me started on the delights of wearing thermal vests! Sad I know, but I confess to quite liking it when the clocks go back and you come home in the dark to a warm house with the smell of washing drying on the radiators!

Don’t worry, I’m aware that I’m depressing some of you, so here’s a dress that I made earlier (please ignore the crumpled collar, it’s lovely in real life!) …

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Yes, it’s another Miz Mozelle from Jamie Christina and this time in black crepe with green bias binding (that button is black, honest).

I have worn my first version quite a lot this summer and kept thinking a plain version would be very useful. The crepe (viscose) was from Cath Kidston in a remnant basket a couple of years ago. I think there were 3 metres for £21 which I thought was quite good at the time, but actually it’s a bit thin (thank heavens for slips) and creases just by looking at it which is a pain. Not to worry, it’s such a nice pattern to work on, I had a lot of pleasure sewing it up.

IMG_3363No pockets again (the pattern doesn’t have them) but I wish I’d listened to the voice screaming ‘put some blooming pockets in’ because we all need somewhere to keep our emergency supply of chocolate. I didn’t make the belt this time either (though I may do later), I just hid the elasticated waist with a charity shop leather one that I already had.

IMG_3364Anyway, Jimmy quickly took these pictures yesterday on the hottest September day in 20 million years or something like that. Today however it is raining so I’m allowing myself to think about what I’d like to make for the cooler months ahead. Exciting …

Disclaimer: Writing the words ‘elasticated waist’, ‘thermal vests’ and ‘slippers’ in the same post only shows my appreciation of all things comfortable and has nothing to do with the fact that my children have both  left school, I have a bad shoulder and that nowadays I tend to fall asleep in the afternoons. Thank you.

 

 

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Bargains and blues …

As you have probably guessed by now, rather than buy new fabrics, I like to make things from fabrics that nobody wants anymore. I do occasionally fall and buy a remnant but try not to go down the buying off the roll route. I don’t really know why I do this, there’s the cost of course (it sort of takes away the enjoyment of making something when you know the fabric cost a lot and you may mess it up!) and the whole ‘green’ thing of recycling, (or is it upcycling?) but it is also very satisfying. I have said all this and suddenly have a picture in my mind of the rose red crepe that is sitting in my basket, but it was end of roll and quite cheap! Oh, and the black crepe from Cath Kidston that was also a bargain remnant. Oh dear, I won’t preach, but it is the best feeling to make something good from someones cast offs …

I found these recently, the stripes was £1.50 for 3 metres at the local charity shop and the flowery curtain was £3.99 at Oxfam (only one but enough for a skirt I think). All washed and ready to sew …

Boys back from Wood soon, can’t wait! I feel very blue without them here, worrying for my girl … hang on they’re back, hooray!!

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