My panic sewing hasn't really happened. Again, due to lack of time. You'd think having a fortnight off work would afford me plenty of sewing time and that I'd have whipped up an entire capsule wardrobe by now, but alas, no. I have friends you see, and a family. In the past week I have spent quality time with the Small Boy; Zoo, Museum of Childhood, kids show at the theatre, baking, play dates, shopping for him (and letting him chose the weird, scary Octopus t-shirt and shoes like mummy's and daddy's), but most importantly, LUNCH IN A CAFE (just like Sophie)! I have also met friends for lunch and for coffee, been to the opticians, painted my nails, cuddled a 3 week old baby, been to the Portrait Gallery, charity shopped, been to the ECA Graduate Fashion Show and attempted to buy bras (fail). Phew!
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Here is my Laurel blouse:
Never quite made the deadline, as you can quite clearly see! I got to Sunday and suddenly realised I only really had about half a day in which to make this, including printing the PDF and cutting that out. It was never going to happen, but I made a good attempt. I printed and cut the PDF pattern on Monday, while Small Boy watched Peppa Pig, and then yesterday morning I made my muslin! I don't always bother with this, but I knew from previous experience that Colette patterns are large on me, but too short.
So, after a few adjustments (hopefully better than my attempts with my Joan dress) we were good to go... when I suddenly realised I hadn't pre-washed my fabric. I suspect that Liberty Lawn is such good quality that it won't shrink, but I wasn't willing to take the risk, particularly as my adjustments have been to make the garment smaller. So that is as far as I got yesterday. I have missed the competition deadline, but TBH having perused the Flickr group a couple of times, I don't feel I'm in danger of having missed out on any major prizes! The standard is absolutely outstanding, and my humble, pretty, design-straight-from-the-packet blouse was never exactly going to raise the stakes! The judges are going to have a really tough time deciding. I can't wait to see the results!
Now, I have a free day ahead of me today. My last free day. Tomorrow my mum and I are braving the Boden Clearance Sale (elbows at the ready) and sadly, I have to work on Friday. The sun isn't shining, so I feel less guilty about having neglected my garden all week. I've now written this, so I don't feel guilty about not having posted for a while. There is a pile of ironing, cleaning and general sorting out to do, but that's not for today. Today I am going to sew my Laurel and nothing can stop me!