Sunday Sevens #3

Happy Easter everyone, hope you had a lovely weekend despite the weather in some places. 

Having had sunshine at the beginning of the week, it dragged me out of bed early for a run & I was surprised how lovely & quiet it was.  

 
I did a spot of baking too. When i do get around to making something it always reminds me how much I enjoy it. I can’t believe I used to make bread, pizzas & everything when my children were little, how did I find the time! I need to do it more often as it was very yummy even though I say so myself😃 

 
With such clear nights it’s been chilly but It been a lovely sight seeing the moon so bright from my window. Unfortunately my pic doesn’t show it as good as I saw it 

 
We had an exciting day in the salon this week when I was introduced to this little puppy, well he’s more of a fluffball than a puppy & we think he looks like a lion.  Soooo cute I’m sure you’ll agree

 
Good Friday was a beautiful day in Devon & I managed to sneak out the salon between clients to have a wonder around the market. The bank holiday & weather had certainly bought the traders & shoppers out; it was buzzing which is always such a lovely atmosphere to stroll around in.  

 
Having felt a bit under the weather for a few days the lurgy finally took over at the weekend so a bit of a duvet day was needed. Curled up on the sofa, listening to the rain beating against the window & watching a Disney movie (i was to lazy to move to see what else was on but it’s good to be a big kid sometimes!) was just the afternoon I needed.  

 
Managed to end the week with an Easter Sunday stroll along along the river & watch a bit of a boat race. These poor canoeists had everything thrown at them as we sheltered under the trees; rain, wind, hail mixed in with bursts of sun. We weren’t sure what the race distance was but with supporters on the banks armed with flapjack, chocolate & drinks it was obviously not a quick paddle.  


So that’s my week. Having had no wifi the last few days I’m looking forward to catching up on everyone else’s Sunday Sevens now😃 

Sunday Sevens #2

It’s Sunday & I’ve remembered!

1. My week started with a free day in London. Having read Vivienne Westwood’s book earlier in the year I’ve been wanting to visit her shop on King’s Road. I can see why it’s called Worlds End, my that road seems to go on forever! It’s a cute little shop with a compact but varied range of goodies to gaze at.  

     

    2. After a nice day of walking, I rested my tired legs with a nice glass of Pimms, & watched the sunlight fade against The Tower while waiting for Mr B to meet me.                 

    • Back in Devon it’s lovely to see the sea & the blue sky even though it’s raining as well!   
    • It’s great to getting home from work in daylight even though the sun is starting to set as I pull in the drive.   
    • This cheeky boy came into the salon to see me so I got my fix of puppy cuddles for this week.   
    • Saturday evening with Mr B, a cosy end to the working week.   
    • Today is the first day of Spring so I made the most of the bright, dry & slightly chilly weather to tidy up the garden. It’s lovely to see the first flowers of the year.   

    It’s been a busy week so time to put my feet up now or maybe do a spot of Sunday sewing😃

    Sunday Sevens 

      Sitting on the train catching up on reading everyone’s blogs. I enjoy seeing everyone’s posts on Sunday Sevens & think it’s a great idea to look back at pics of the great things you have done or seen in the past week.  

     
    I’m trying to get back into the habit of blogging every week & I’m always taking pics so thought I’d have ago! 

    1. The week started with Mother’s Day & I really enjoy spending time with all the family. We had a lovely afternoon tea & I felt very spoilt.     
    2. We actually finished the invites for my younger daughter’s wedding.  Now that they are actually sent out I can finally share a pic.                             
    3. It was real team work with myself & both daughters on the production line & keeping my little grand kiddies occupied!   
    4. As a hairdresser my working day is never the same and I really enjoy the transformations.   
    5. Travelling by train means you get to enjoy the view   
    6. It’s great to get out in the sunshine. We walked miles along the Thames, it was beautiful.   
    7. Well earned refreshments & warm enough to to sit in the beer garden!   

    So that was my week, I can’t believe I did so much. 

    I can’t promise I’ll remember to do this every Sunday, as its already Tuesday, but I enjoyed looking back so I’ll try😃

    Lost sewjo

    Having sadly lost our big black daft dog a couple weeks ago I’ve felt at a bit of a loss at times & totally missing my motivation to sew. I don’t know if it’s due to the lack of interruptions of squeaky toys & puppy dog eyes but my sewing room has seemed a little too quiet to sit for an evening. 

    I have been keeping busy with my daughters crafting for the up coming wedding but decided I’d find myself a quick sew to get back into the swing of it. Raiding the fabric pile I found this knit that I must have purchased over a year ago.

      

    I didn’t have an exact plan for it when I bought it, hence getting left in the fabric heap, but loved it’s loose weave & silky feel. I have a shortage of tops again, I don’t know where my clothes go off & hide, so thought I’d replace a overworn batwing tshirt. 

      
    Firstly I measured the depth of the band I wanted around the hips, doubled it & cut this strip off the bottom of fabric. I then folded the remaining fabric lengthwise, the folded edge being the shoulder line. 

    Marking the centre I used the old shirt as a guide for neckline & for the width at the bottom   & cuff edges before making a curved shape for the side seam. 

      
    The left over pieces were used to cut rectangle pieces to use for cuffs & bias strips to edge the neckline. Cutting complete! 

    So to the sew. Joining bias strips together to make a circle the same radius as the neck opening, I then folded the band widthways and attached used a stretch stitch, before top stitching close to seam line to give a flat finish.

      
    After sewing side seams I then took the long strip. Measuring hips for size I joined the narrower edges together to form a tube, folded in half (wrong sides together) and tried on for fit. Happy with snugness this was then added to hemline of top.

      
    The smaller rectangles were constructed in the same way but made to fit as cuffs & attached to the sleeves. 

    So that was a quick sew! Not sure if it’s a dress or a top but love it’s versatility & how it hangs. The cuffs are a little to baggy so may take off & redo or just wear folded back. 

      
    Will definitely make some more of these and possibly try some ribbed fabric for the bands with a woven for the body…..so many ideas I think I’ve found my sewjo again 😃