Woot-woot-woot! Free patterns! All month! I know! The very kind Kathleen of Grosgrain is hosting a whole month of free patterns with tutorials from their creators – that’s a new pattern each day. It’s like it’s your birthday every day! Here are the patterns so far – I can’t wait for the rest.
As for me – I’ve just welcomed a new addition to the family …
Her name’s Dolly and I’m very proud of her (hahaha!). She’s already been measured up and adjusted, though she needs a bra full of padding and a little re-shaping on the hips, but I’m very happy with her so far. I’ve been watching what I eat (not a diet, just being more healthy – lots of fruit and veg!) and I should have time to go back to the gym soon, so over the next few months, I’m hoping I’ll be able to start narrowing that big gap in the hips (can you tell that’s where I put on all my weight?).
In the meantime, I’m really looking forward to getting some calico and having a go at draping (with hilarious consequences, I don’t doubt!). If you’re in the UK and looking to get a dress form or a sewing machine, I really recommend Hobkirk: they were really helpful and nice on the phone, they had the best price I could find for this model (Dolly’s a Diana by Adjustoform and she was £104, including P&P) and I ordered her at 9pm on Wednesday, she was dispatched on Thursday and she arrived this morning by courier. This is how online shopping should always be! Well done and thank you, Hobkirk!
(And no, I don’t work for them or have any affiliation, I just happened to have found them and bought from them online – and I’m glad I did!)
And finally, it was craft class today – yay! In the free fabric bins I found this fabric, which is very similar to a Marks & Spencer cushion I like:
It’s actually a little more green than it looks in the picture – more like the folded over part in the top left. Here’s that cushion:
But I didn’t just spend the lesson rummaging in fabric bins (honest!): I started making a cushion cover – sorry, that is an owl cushion cover!
I got my inspiration from this little fella:
I need to do some more sewing and I think I’m going to try some confetti applique on his chest to get a ruffly-feather effect (hopefully!), then it all gets stitched together into an envelope-style cushion cover.
Oh, and his name’s Horace. 🙂