January….

New year, new starts and resolutions…

I am trying not to make any, but the list voice in my head seems to have other plans.

So, my aim for 2016 is to do more sewing and feel less guilty when life means things don’t go quite to plan.  Like blog posts not happening.  I have been making, but not had time to post or life gets in the way.

Today is a good example, I planned on a quick whizz round of tidying up, a zumba class and then sewing.  However my son came home from Cubs last night coughing, sneezing, runny nose and looking thoroughly fed up.  So one child at home means snuggles on the sofa in front of the TV (tick), but no zumba.  After this post, (another aim: quick short posts) I am going to carry on with a quilt top I am making.  No photos as yet, but I am doing a checkerboard design.  Red Pepper Quilts have some fantastic ones, go and see.

So in short, I am still here and trying to be better about posts.

What are you trying to be better at?

Take care

Fiona

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Long legs….

This is the last week of school before the long awaited summer holidays.  Almost there.  We are all ready for a break from school, but before we can relax, there is a last weeks worth of activities to get through.

At the weekend there was a karate grading for Dr S.

Karate yellow stripe

He is now a yellow stripe belt, which as new is impossible to tie.  He however is as pleased as punch, and as he should be, he has worked hard.  The fact that he is now a higher grade than his sister is the icing on the cake!

School is full of end of term events as is after school ones.

cubs badge ceremony

Badge ceremony at Cubs saw Dr S earning, among others, his seconder badge which was a surprise to him, so was lovely to see his pleasure for it.  It was great to see him and his friends all chatting about their badges and hearing about the eventful manner in which some were earned!  I love the fact that at Cubs he does things outside of his comfort zone and the badges are a great way to remind them that they can do new and different things.  Just have to sew them all on now.

I have managed some sewing last week.  I made three skirts.  Which brings me to the long legs.

3 new skirts

That is what my daughter has.  Long legs which keep on growing and skirts that don’t.  This became obvious when as we were trying to go out the house, she went upstairs and I was standing at the bottom.  Her skirt was not long enough, her new skirt!  We were too late to change the outfit, so a pair of leggings were added.  Leggings are great, helping shrinking skirts last longer.  But, yes there is a but, they are not great when the weather heats up.  I know the UK is not famed for its searing heat, but it does actually get warm most summers.  More skirts were needed.

Sweatpea asked on exiting the house that maybe I could make her some more like her old pink one.  I had made a simple gathered elastic waist pink skirt a couple of years ago.  So why not.  I hadn’t taken long the time before, so measurements were taken.  The waist measurement and length to the knee measurement are the two needed.  Some simple maths produced the size of rectangle needed.  Yes a simple skirt like this only uses a rectangle of fabric.

So Sweatpea and I went through my fabric box, well I let her go through some of my fabric.  Some is definitely out of bounds!

Anyone else possessive about their fabric?

So one afternoon last week, 3 skirts were made.  I had fun and took my time making 3 simple gathered waist skirts.  I did however use French seams on the side seams so they don’t rub or fray when washed.

french seams

The first two had rolled edge hems using a special foot for my sewing machine.  You can do it manually by carefully folding the hem edge and stitching it slowly and steadily.

The last one, I had some bias binding just the right shade of pink, so that was used instead.

pink binding

Sweatpea loves them all, which is useful, as I hate making things that no-one likes and thus doesn’t wear.

Blue lounging

She wanted to do some proper modelling she said, so this is her lounging in the blue one.

Swinging

Swinging in the green with pink binding.

sitting pretty

She said that the blue was her favourite, but she stayed in the yellow spot all afternoon.  The modelling lark lost its appeal after a couple of minutes, not active enough for her.

standing on one leg1

 Her brother challenged her to stand on one leg.

yellow spot 1

yellow spot 2

Then we were back to situation normal where she spends most of her time climbing on and over the swing.  She seems to spend most of her time upside down on the frame.  I frequently remind her that its designed as a swing, but this doesn’t appear to be risky enough!  I am not looking forward to when it collapses!

What do your kids do that makes your adrenaline pump?

Looking forward to the summer.

Take care

 Fiona