Kick the shoes off, slip out of the coat, sit down with coffee, scissors and anticipation.
First up, a swap from Prttynpnk, all the way from the U S of A. I bagged the red cotton in a free swap, meanwhile I sent a blue paisley to Juliet in New Zealand as payment.
This photo does not do justice to the delectable red cotton - it is soft to touch and vibrant in colour. But this was a bonus package containing not just the expected fabric, but a super-duper vintage pattern that might just make SWAP for Katherine, loads of individual shell/wood buttons, note-paper and a greetings card!
Mmmmm, I even forgot to put a note to Juliet in my package, though I did e-mail instead. But there's something personal in a hand written card, and Anne, I really appreciate the time you took to put this package together - I won't let you down.
The other package came from Linton Tweeds, no less, supplier to Chanel, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and the like. I can't get my sewing together at the moment, so when in doubt, go internet shopping.
And you just know I'll look like this when it's done!!!!
I'm suffering from 'in between-season-itis" at the moment; too cold for spring wear and too late for winter, I expect all you who live in the northern hemisphere are experiencing the same illness. At the weekend to fill the void I thought I'd try my hand at lingerie - again!
The first time last summer wasn't so successful and all of Saturday morning's efforts merited a dump in the bin. I had downloaded a PDF from Melissa of FehrTrade about a month ago, primarily because is was free but with the remote idea that I might actually make the Lacy Thong. Yep, you heard that right, a Lacy Thong!
Well things were going so badly in the sewing room with the bra and the panties that I thought I may as well give the thong a go - I mean I hadn't actually produced anything worthwhile so there was nothing to lose. I shall now give you a little bit of advice - download this pattern now!
If you make lingerie, even if you don't, make this.
Two lacy thongs and a pair of granny knickers behind.
Easy, straightforward and nothing complicated. You need stretch lace, a bit of knicker elastic, something stretchy for the middle bits, an old T-shirt for gusset lining, and half an hour of your time. Perfect.
Do not be put off by the 'thong' description, these are substantial thongs - no string riding up you know where - comfortable and secure, and I can guarantee they do not do the disappearing act as the day wears on.
With such a success in the knicker area my confidence returned and I managed to make a matching bra and have now moved on to dig out all stretch fabric scraps to make more thongs. Kudos to Melissa who gave me back my sewing mojo and the will to try and try again.
I must get back to SWAP 13, Audrey is well and truly shod but poor Katherine languishes naked in the sidelines.