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Holiday romance …

I have finally made a Cambie and, like myself, she is half Welsh!

As you may know, I squeezed my sewing machine into the boot of our car between the beach ball and box of beer on our recent holiday to the hot Welsh hills and enjoyed four hours of undisturbed, indulgent, heavenly sewing time whilst there.


With the boys off on their bikes and my girl lost in her book, I cut out my pattern and fabric ( from the London meet-up and lovely lawn lining from Sewbox) in the first session, hand basting the darts (I never do this normally!) and smugly folding pieces ready for the next stage as I went along. I felt completely prepared for this make having thought about it for sooo long and then carefully planning what I would need to put it together whilst away. All my bits and bobs were to hand and I worked on a large, bright kitchen table with loads of space and the door open to let the warm summer breeze through, how perfect!


Unfortunately there wasn’t room in the car to take my dress-form, that would have been stupid involved having to choose which teen to leave behind and tempting as it is, no mother wants to be put in that position! I did try on my Cambie a couple of times and I do seem to remember wishing (again) that my bust was bigger, but there was only a small bathroom mirror and to get to it you had to swim through a river (blocked shower, don’t ask).

Can you see where this post is heading?


So, main dress made in Wales. After a few days back home, the sand had settled and normal life resumed and I started on making up the English half, the lining. It just all felt wrong at home in my post-holiday messy bedroom and that guilty feeling of knowing you should be cooking, cleaning, food shopping and putting the unused wetsuits back in the loft … anything but sewing!

IMG_3260But, in the end I got there. This dress has been great for me. I now know how to line a dress (it looks good on the inside too), I put in my first truly invisible zip (worth investing in the proper foot!), I took my time with the construction (my sweetheart neckline is perfect!) and I have a beautiful dress to show for all my patience (just a hem to sew). I love the pattern and will absolutely use it again. In fact I think I enjoyed making it so much that I forgot to try it on once at home and (as you can see quite clearly in the photos) …


It’s too big!

What would you do? Take it apart (ouch) and start again, create something new from it like erm, a skirt, pop it in the cupboard with the other fails (the last Airelle for starters and let’s not mention the welt pocket episode please). Worry not, I’m not giving in, I have the day off today and intend to redeem my self esteem with … something, though I can’t decide what right now!

My half Welsh Cambie is a story of a holiday romance and we all know they end, in tears right?!


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Sunshine, sandals and sewing …

Not a lot of sewing going on here, work, work, work and a mini (Guinness fuelled) trip to County Wicklow have sort of taken over lately. Let’s not mention the missed flight and tears in the airport toilets (I was knackered and a plonker), I got home in the end, that’s all that matters!

So, rather than disappear completely, I thought I’d show you what my lovely girl made me for my birthday (I know it was weeks ago but I like to drag these occasions out) and it is sewing related …


A sewing box covered with old patterns and filled with goodies (which are removed so that you can see the lovely insides) …


Let’s not focus on the fact that she tore up vintage patterns (not mine thankfully but ones left over from her art project) to make this brilliant box … She’s an artist (and a treasure)!

I can also reveal my birthday sandals which I LOVE …


You may well have a few pairs of these in your hallway? Your five year old lives in them and your eight year old won’t be seen dead in them unless they need to paddle? I know, I know, they are designed for kids, but I love these sandals! Toast sell them in adult sizes (hallelujah!) but mine were purchased from here. Sod the fact they look a bit sensible, I’m forty four now and so long as they are comfy and red, I don’t care!

Back to sewing, I am about to cut out another Airelle, a sleeveless version this time in a summery cotton. I am also edging closer to a Cambie (I have the ingredients, I just need to find the time it deserves) and I also have the new Colette Hawthorne (thanks to my lovely sister-in-law, hello Clare!) to look forward to, so I should be busy for a little while.

For now though, the sun is shining and I need to find a rockpool so I can test my super sandals! Have a lovely, sunny weekend x



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