Slow Sewing

This year is going to be a different one for sewing. If you haven’t already noticed, things are going much slower. By this time last year I’d completed 22 projects, this year I’ve done 13 and am working on my 14th. It’s not as if I have less to make, or less fabric to play with. Just less time.
I have stuff I need to photograph, neither Camas Blouse have made it to the pages of the blog yet, despite them being completed late January, early February!  Here’s a glimpse.

Marking the seamlines on the reverse of the sequined shoulder yokes.

Marking the seamlines on the reverse of the sequined shoulder yokes.

 

The completed sequined shoulder.

The completed sequined shoulder.

A sneaky selfie in the back of the florists, the first outing for my Camas Blouse

A sneaky selfie in the back of the florists, the first outing for my Camas Blouse

I decided this year to get my act into gear regarding trousers too, the styles in the Burda magazines aren’t floating my boat and there really is a limit as to how many times you can remake a pattern, no matter how you think they look so different in different fabrics.  So I’ve managed to get a new pair of self drafted trousers up and running too.  I stole a couple of different styling ideas from different patterns I like, like pocket shapes and cuffs.  I’m pretty happy with the first pair, I think the proof will be in the wearing though, so I’m holding off rushing to make a new pair before I’ve worn these a couple of times to identify areas of improvement.

Sketch of the intended pattern and a pile of taped together bits of paper forming the pattern pieces!

Sketch of the intended pattern and a pile of taped together bits of paper forming the pattern pieces!

Adjusting the style lines after the first toile.

Adjusting the style lines after the first toile.

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Almost there, fly zip, topstitched square shaped pockets.

My current project is a simple v-neck tee from a self drafted block.  I’d needed to adjust the original block heavily, apparently Winnie Aldrich doesn’t really mean 0 ease when she says it for a tee block!!  I think it’s sorted enough, so I’ve marked the fashion cut and created the style pattern I’m after. I need to toile it today, so fingers crossed.

Simple shaped tee, 3/4 sleeves and a wide v-neck band embellished with beads

Simple shaped tee, 3/4 sleeves and a wide v-neck band embellished with beads

The one thing about making garments with jersey is that each and every jersey behaves differently. I’ve even had different results from the same bamboo jersey in different colours!! Does the dying process have an effect?? Who knows.  This time I’m using a pale grey viscose jersey I bought from Croft Mill Fabrics last year, it’s not one of those flowing jerseys, so hopefully it works well with the simple shape.  I decided to lift it from being a boring grey tee I’d dig out a tube of silvery beads and embellish a bit.  We’ll see if my hands behave enough for me to hold a beading needle long enough to get any beads attached!

Speaking of hands, I’ve been rushing to crochet enough granny squares to make a throw for daughter no2 before I have to stop.  Holding a crochet hook is not easy at the moment, but I’ve managed fairly well so far.  I crochet like mad when my hands behave and then have to leave if for days other times.  I hope I get it all finished and put together before she heads off to University in September.  I have a long way to go yet!

This was the last photo I took of the growing pile.  I have another 18 to add to this.

This was the last photo I took of the growing pile. I have another 18 to add to this.

Of course, just because I am not sewing much doesn’t mean I’m leaving the growing of the stash alone.  I persuaded Daughter No1 to attend the Sewing for Pleasure at the NEC last week with me, on the promise that I’d buy the ticket, lunch and any fabric she required.  Sucker.  We got a good haul, she left with silk and wool tops for embellishing, wool felt and silk woven pieces to add texture to her latest project.  Me?  Well, I left with these, amongst other things…

Cotton poplin for a dress and 40s stye shorts for daughter no1

Cotton poplin for a dress and 40s stye shorts for daughter no1

just one of the pieces of Linton tweed, this is a cotton weave, destined for an edgy, modern jacket for daughter no1

Just one of the pieces of Linton tweed, this is a cotton weave, destined for an edgy, modern jacket for daughter no1

Silk print onto cotton, the most amazing colours!  I got 2 lots of 2 metres, neither for me!!

Silk print onto cotton, the most amazing colours! I got 2 lots of 2 metres, neither for me!!

You can never have too many books to assist with fitting issues.  Everyone has a different opinion!

You can never have too many books to assist with fitting issues. Everyone has a different opinion!

So that’s me for now.  I have lots to sew and lots to crochet and lots to photograph!  Daughter no1 will be home for the Easter Hols soon and I have lots of things I want to make for her before she goes back to University, so I’m going to have to hurry up just a little.

Little Black Pencil Skirt

The Little Black Skirt

The Little Black Skirt

Just like the essential LBD, everyone needs a black skirt.  I’ve made this one for Daughter No2 from 1m of black stretch cotton sateen I bought from Fabric Godmother on Boxing Day – what else was I going to do on such a lazy post-Christmas day??  It was in the sale at just a 1m piece, so was only ever going to be a skirt and I had intended to use the Burda pattern I’d used last year for this plaid version.  I decided this one would be lining free, more of a summer skirt.  Possibly not my best decision, I now need to either make a slip, or find some stretch lining.

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Burdastyle skirt #120 from July 2012

I used the same alterations I’d used on the previous version, tapering the side seams to make it more pegged, but otherwise the waist fitted really well.  I think I might put some stabilising something or other either in the top or on the waistline, because this stretch cotton does stretch really well.  I don’t want any complaints that it’s moving too much or not sitting properly.  So there might be a strip of grosgrain ribbon appearing at a later date.

DSC09654-1So, lining – as you can see in these photos, the sateen clings to tights, so if Daughter No2 were to wear the skirt now, in the cold weather, she’d be fighting a losing battle to keep the skirt off her legs.  Now I did think of it more as a summer item, needing no lining.  Needless to say, now that the skirt is made, it will need to be worn, so I will have to make a plan.

DSC09652-1In the meantime, I’m happy, she’s happy and I have used up fabric before it’s had a chance to disappear into the stash – it’s a win!

DSC09655-1Talking of fabric…  Daughter No1 is now in her last year as a Textile Design student and has uploaded some designs onto Spoonflower.  Her plan was that loads of people would buy her designs, and she’d have enough money to go travelling for a year to Thailand, Australia and South America in September.  My plan was to print loads out for myself, but I just couldn’t decide which designs to print onto which fabrics, and then there was the waiting time, the cost of postage to the UK and of course, the UK customs tax..  So when the ladies at By Hand London announced they’d be printing custom fabric fabric I thought all my prayers had been answered!  It’s still taken me 3 months to pick a design, but finally last week I bit the bullet and ordered 2m of the “Thread” design.

Thread design by Hauser Prints, printed by By Hand London

Thread design by Hauser Prints, printed by By Hand London

I didn’t order a test swatch first, naughty I know.  The initial design is more grey than the fabric that arrived, this has a blue/green tone to it, but I don’t dislike it.  The fabric is a sturdy, crisp cotton and would stand up well to being a dress with either pencil or full skirt, it has plenty of body.  But I don’t do dresses, so I’m thinking a tailored shirt.  For me!  I just need to draft a pattern.

In the meantime, I am shamelessly going to ask that if you like a design on the Hauser Prints Spoonflower page, that you go ahead and buy some fabric!  Otherwise I’m going to have to fund more of this trip than I’d really like!  You’d be supporting a really good talent (I’m not just saying that because she’s mine) to explore more of the world and hopefully return to us in one piece, fully inspired by all the fabulous places she’s seen and the new cultures she’s experienced.  Then she can knuckle down and get a job in a design studio somewhere and start living her life!

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Maria Denmark Day to Night Drape Top

Maria Denmark Day to Night Drape Top

Whoot, another make, another blog post!  I’m on a roll here…  This is the eighth incarnation of the Day to Night Drape Top made for the daughters.  The fabric is from Kat from Modern Vintage Cupcakes, swapped in the Sabertooth Swap organised by Anne from Petty Grievances.  I knew the minute I opened the parcel what the fabric would be for, I love patterns that require little bits of fabric!

DSC09647-1I put it together with my standard adjustments, no clear elastic in the armholes, just turned under and twin needled into place.  In fact there is no clear elastic anywhere in this make – not that I was trying to make a point or anything.  I had a fabulous sort out of my sewing space in January, re-organised the boxes and storage, brought in a large cutting table and generally made the whole space look a whole heap better.  However, I then didn’t do much sewing and as a result now I’ve forgotten where I’ve put stuff!  You know the drill, move things because the new home makes far more sense…  Where the flippin’ ‘eck is it now??  So I couldn’t find the clear elastic, not even in the elastic box, which is exactly where you’d expect to find it.  Ordinary 8mm elastic was called into action instead, and it’s done an ok job.

DSC09646-1With the overlocker playing up, I used the sewing machine for this make, one hour and it was done.  The jersey doesn’t stretch as much as would probably be preferable for this particular pattern, but Daughter No2 wasn’t overly bothered by the more fitted aspect of it, so I’m not gong to make too much of a fuss.  I love the stripes, didn’t make an effort to line anything up as it was rather random and I didn’t have much to play with.

DSC09645-1So thanks Kat for the fabric, and to Anne for the organising of the swap!

DSC09650-1ps, I did eventually find the elastic 3 days later – in the bra making stuff box.  Please tell me I’m not the only one…

Abstract in Watercolour

Abstract in Watercolour  - self drafted silk top.

Abstract in Watercolour – self drafted silk top.

How to start a blog post almost two whole months after the last one, especially when it was full of positivity & promises of action..  Well, something is better than nothing I guess, so here goes with the first project I’ve actually managed to get photographed this year!  I bought loads of pretty fabrics just after Christmas and found the most gorgeous print silk at Croft Mill Fabrics.  The colours I liked, the print I thought I could deal with, so I swiftly added 2m to my basket and sat back and waited for it to be delivered.  I was not disappointed.  The fabric is even better in real life than the photos – the print looks so very much as if a watercolour artist has created a fabulous abstract with his/her favourite colours and it has a beautiful drape.  It’s not a satin so was very easy to sew with.

The hem is slightly longer in the back, curved like a shirt hem.

The hem is slightly longer in the back, curved like a shirt hem.

I decided to use a self drafted pattern I’d used for silk before, this polka dot crepe de chine.  It took me a while to make, simply because I had to find the time with all my other commitments.  This week though, was crunch time.  I’d dedicated a day at home to “getting things done” and one of those things was to finish the top!  It’s all French seamed inside, as you’d expect with a gorgeous fine fabric.

Faux placket detail

Faux placket detail

The faux placket (facing on the outside that looks interesting) was easier to get right with crisp edges than the last one, slight variations in the silks I suppose.  I love this pattern, and the print.  Colours and print, how unlike me!  I sort of wish I’d got more, but maybe I’ll take a second look at the other colourways instead, as this particular one is all sold out – I have a feeling I may have got the last of it!

abstract 3I suppose I ought to tell you I spent hours making sure the pattern was matching across the side seams and sleeves, but I didn’t.  I thought about it for about 5 minutes and decided life was too short!  By happy coincidence things worked out just fine!

abstract 5Next to make is a Day to Night Drape Top by Maria Denmark for Daughter No2, the fabric from Kat as part of the Sabretooth Swap organised by Anne.  I have decided to make her a pencil skirt to go with the top, using the pattern for the plaid skirt I finished in November.  It should all go together quite quickly (famous last words!) so maybe by the end of today I’d have finished two projects!  *shhh, don’t jinx it…

Welcome 2015, let’s get down to Business!

Happy New Year to you all, and a belated Merry Christmas, if you celebrate.  Boy have things been quiet on my sewing table, but now is the time to rectify that!  I’ve been very busy with a different line of work over December and now that that has quietened down I can get back to my sewing.  I’ll fill you in later on what I was getting up to, but if you follow me on Twitter, chances are you spotted a few plant & flower related photos…  That’s the clue!

Anyhooo, I bought a decent amount of fabric online while on the sofa watching movies with the family on Boxing Day, as you do, and it has started to arrive!  Soo exciting to get new fabric!  I am determined not to let it accumulate in the stash, so here’s my first project.  I have a 3m piece of olive crepe backed satin that arrived from Fabric Godmother – I know, olive green!  No black, grey, white or blue…  I’m being brave this year.  From my Wardrobe Architect board, I have identified this palette from Design Seeds with the olive as something I might actually like to wear, so this is a start at coming up with a selection of garments for it.

Natalie Top by Lolia Designs

I saw & pinned a blouse pattern by Lolia Designs called Natalie to my Wardrobe Architect board on Pinterest a while ago.  I liked the idea of the “panel” in the centre.  They call it a pleat, but it does nothing a pleat is designed to do.  It’s a folded back extension of the front so it flaps around a bit I would think.  I haven’t bought the pattern, it is not in my size and I’d like to change a few things.  I’m combining the idea of that central detail with the sleeve from my placket blouse, but deepening the cuff.  I’m also going to re-use but slightly alter the hem from the black & white spotty silk faux placket blouse.

I love the look of this blouse, the sleeve is something I’m going for with the new pattern, of course it won’t have the button placket or collar, but that can appear on a different top!

So the pattern was started in the evening of the 30th, the toile started yesterday afternoon (New Year’s Eve!) – yeah, not going out, and I’m finishing it off today.  I hope it turns out the way I imagine, the result should be available by the end of the day!

I’ll do some round-ups of last year’s projects in a bit, I managed 92 projects to the end of November, so I’m quite chuffed at that, I still need to see how I did on the Stashbusting front.  I know I used a lot, but I’m not sure I managed to stick to my 1 in for 2 out policy…

In the meantime, I hope you’ve all had a wonderful time with family over the holidays & are ready to tackle this new year with a vengance!  Also waiting with baited breath to find out who I’m partnering with for Jungle January 2015!

Sewvember Catch-up

I’ve not exactly been on the ball with this, yes, I’ve taken some photos on my phone & others on my camera, but I’ve failed miserably to post anything in ages!  So for those who’re even remotely interested in my “behind the scenes” sewing, here’s a recap from day 7!

Days 7-11. Insides, Next Project, Signature Style, Inspiration & Early Make

Days 7-11. Insides, Next Project, Signature Style, Inspiration & Early Make

Day 7 was Insides.  At the time I was making a vintage Butterick jacket for Daughter No2 & this shop shows all the interfacing to support the fabric.  Day 8 shows the plaid fabric & potential patterns for the skirt for Daughter no2 (again!).  Day 9 – signature style…  Well, I do like spots.  For the inspiration pic I was a little stuck, until I realised I am more inspired by looking through and patting my fabrics than just about anything else, so my inspiration has to be a bag of fabric just begging to be made up!  Day 10 – my earliest makes are not photographed, at least, not that I know of!  I started sewing at 18, so 24 years later there are few, if no survivors.  But I managed to find this Vogue blouse pattern in my stash, one I made 2-3 times in the early 90s, so it will have to do!

Days 12-16   Favourite Finish, View, UFO, Library & Organisation

Days 12-16 Favourite Finish, View, UFO, Library & Organisation

For day 12’s prompt, favourite finish, I knew exactly what to photograph!  Hong Kong finish on the inside of an unlined vintage jacket, the coolest finish!  Day 13 was a bit less exciting, it’s been dull and cloudy here for days, so the view from my window has been less than inspiring.  Luckily for me, at the moment I have no UFOs apart from the project I’m working on at the moment!  Last week I tackled a few projects I’ve been putting off for ages, so now the only unfinished projects are those I’ve yet to start, all those pieces of fabric lurking in the boxes in my cupboard.  Day 16 brought out the book collectors amongst us!  Here’s my little library of sewing related books.  It’s missing a few, daughter No1 has some in her room at Uni and I’ve loaned a couple out, but these are the core.  Organisation was next – I decided to show you my boxes that live under my sewing desk.  In them are some goodies you’ll see in another photo.  The brown cardboard boxes ont he left contain a good few years worth of BurdaStyle magazines, 2 years to a box, 4 boxes there…  The older ones are in plastic boxes in the loft.

Days 17-20.  Planning, Fun, Fit, Notions

Days 17-20. Planning, Fun, Fit, Notions

On the home stretch!  I really don’t do much planning when it comes to sewing.  I know what I want to make from my fabrics, to a certain extent, so I don’t feel the need to make a sketch detailing the fabric & garment.  My sketches are for my pattern cutting, and if I keep them on my noticeboard, there is a hope I’ll get round to making the pattern in the right season.  I have a little pile of fabrics & patterns on my sewing table, those are the ones I want to make first, but every now and then something will come along & jump the queue.  I’m not all that fussed, it all needs to be made up at  some point!  :)

Day 18 was to be fun – well, Daughter No1 & I had fun nosing around the charity shops in town, & I found this book detailing the years 1915-1975 in British Vogue for £2.50!  I couldn’t pay for it fast enough!  For Fit on day 19 you get to see my vintage dress form.  I’m not sure how old she is, but she’s adjustable from a 32 bust to a 39, so she’s perfect for testing the fit of the clothes I make for the girls.

Then we have notions, day 20.  It looks like someone’s birthday presents erupted on my table!  These are my boxes of zips, buttons, buckles,elastics, threads, ribbons, braids & bindings.  I haven’t opened the embroidery threads boxes, nor the handbag findings & overlocker threads box.  Sometimes it’s all just too much.

Day 21 - craziest fabric

Day 21 – craziest fabric

You may have guessed by now that I’m not massively into novelty fabrics and mad stuff.  But I do have this.  “This” is a piece of black silk from India, block printed by hand with these cute elephants.  There is a border of elephants with drivers & passengers on the selvage edges and individual ellies alternating with little squares over the rest of the fabric.  A student brought this from India for me about 6 or 7 years ago – or maybe more, I’ve completely lost track.  I love it to bits and every year decide “this is the year I make this up”!  But I have yet to find the perfect garment to make to really take advantage of the print and the border.  One day.

Now I need to get back to some sewing, there’s a pair of trousers missing a waistband and a blouse all cut out & ready to be made up by the end of the weekend!  But first we are off to Buxton on Saturday, one last Uni Open Day for Daughter No2, so Sunday is now officially a Sewing Day.  Have a good one!

A Dream of a Pencil Skirt

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Pencil Skirt #120 from BurdaStyle magazine July 2012

Using up the second piece of fabric from Evie of Pendle Stitches, I love this pencil skirt pattern!  Initially Daughter No2 was thinking a 50s wiggle skirt for this plaid, but wanted something a little more wiggley than is standard in the original patterns.  Instead of drafting something, I had a quick leaf through a couple of years worth of Burdastyle magazines & hauled out a couple for approval.  This is the one that got the nod, it’s 120 from the July 2012 issue.

Technical drawing from Burdastyle

Technical drawing from Burdastyle

It has a high waist and front darts that curve at the waistline to side seam, instead of going up to the waist, and normal back darts.  The other thing that I quite liked was that the centre back seam is not straight, but shaped to the zip stop.  I was hoping this, along with the darts, would make fitting the back better.  As it turned out, there were no fitting issues for the back at all!  Usually there is a degree of “sway back” fiddling to do, but not here.

Matching the plaid

Great darts for a fabulous fit

Because Daughter No2 has a difference of 2 sizes between her waist & hip measurement, I made a toile a little bigger and then re-adjusted the pattern.  So using the 34 on the waist, the skirt had to be graded out to the 38 (or just narrower) at the hip.  There was no way she was going to accept the skirt being the width of the 38 at the hem, so I tapered the side seams back down to the 34.  This gives the skirt a much more of a pegged look.  The other thing changed from the toile was the length.  We shortened it 4cm & took in another 2cm around the hem, 5mm on each seam.

The back fitted really well

The back fits really well

The fabric is 100% polyester, which means static & sticking to tights.  I bought a gorgeous wheat-coloured cupro lining from my local store to counter that & it’s made the skirt sit so nicely too.  Not needing the facing pieces meant no interfacing either, so something needed to be done to stop the top line stretching out of shape.  The interfacing could be applied to the skirt itself, or something without stretch needs to be sewn into the seam when attaching the lining to the skirt at the waistline.  You could use the selvage edge of your lining fabric, or seam tape.  Whatever you chose it needs to be thin – you don’t need added bulk here!  I used some seam tape from my stash, about 1cm wide.  It was also understitched to the lining fabric to ensure no popping over at the top.

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I cut the plaid with the dominant stripe down the centre front & placed on the fold of the hem.  So if she wants it longer, or shorter, it’s not happening!

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I recon this skirt’s a hit, it’ll be fab for school & won’t really need ironing either!  I think it’s also safe to say there will be another made from this pattern fairly soon, I love the shape & fit just about as much as Daughter No2 does. :)

We have still not found a pattern for the butterfly print, but hopefully it won’t take too much longer – it’s not going into the stash!!

The Plantain

Deer & Doe Plantain

Deer & Doe Plantain

I’d been meaning to make a whole bunch of Plantain tees for the girls since I downloaded the free pattern in the summer but it kept getting pushed down the make it pile in favour of more interesting stuff!  I did make one for myself – a sort of wearable toile.

I like the overall pattern, the shape is cool, with just enough flare on the lower edge – but…  I don’t like the neckline.  The scoop is just a little too low for me, makes me feel all exposed and uncomfortable.  Daughter No has a bought tee with a similar neckline so I thought I’d finally make one for her.

The fabric is a purple/burgundy jersey I got a fair bit of in the swap at the SewBrum meet.  It had belonged to Claire and was about 4 metres worth!  I used the remnants of a striped jersey bought at Guthrie & Ghani for another Day to Night Drape top for Daughter No1 for the elbow patches.  (The top is made, but I have no photos of her in it yet.)

Daughter No2 opted for the 3/4 sleeve and definitely wanted the elbow patches, thank you very much!  This is such a quick top to make, run up on the overlocker and needing the sewing machine only for applying the patches, hemming with a twin needle and top stitching the neck binding, it takes about an hour.  (Not counting cutting out)

plantain collage

I should have known to adjust the shoulders for her, but that’s the only necessary adjustment.  I still think the neckline is a little too low though.  Any thoughts on this? If you’ve made a Plantain (or two) how do you feel about the neckline?  Those elbow patches are also not quite on the elbow, they need to come down a few centimetres.

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I love the colour of this jersey, and the weight.  This is the sort you want have unlimited access to, great drape and texture.  I have enough to make a few more tops, but I don’t want to waste anything so I’ll try to be certain before I cut!

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It was a little nippy out when we took these photos on Saturday afternoon, I was so hoping to have the vintage jacket in the orange twill done as well, but I’d had too many interruptions.  It was finished by Sunday afternoon, but as luck would have it, too late for decent photographs.  That’s the one thing that’s annoying about winter, lack of sunshine!

I have a skirt pattern for the plaid from Pendle Stitches & made the toile today.  Daughter No2 picked 120 from Burdastyle Magazine 07/2012.  I toiled it today & apart from a minor adjustment at the hip and her desire for it to be 4cm shorter & pegged about 4cm narrower at the hem, it’s fine.  Tomorrow I’ll get the lining and make the skirt.  I still need to find the right pattern for the butterfly print satin, the blouse pattern I’d chosen was not approved….

Sewvember – A Photo a Day

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Ok, so I’ve done a photo a day challenges before, but none have been focused only on sewing!  I thought it might be fun to play along, everyone else’s photos on twitter & instagram have been pretty interesting.  The idea originated with Amanda of Bimble & Pimble, and while I have put some photos on twitter, I thought I’d do a week’s round up on here.

These last couple of weeks I’ve been rather busy with Daughter No2 making a whole stack of wool poppy brooches.  I mentioned this in my previous post, we decided to make 100 this year as a commemoration but seriously misjudged the time it was going to take!  So my photos for the first week of Sewvember are all about the making of an awful lot of poppy brooches.

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1. Sewing space – machine pushed aside to make room for cutting out masses of poppy petals. 2. Technique – I used topstitching thread & buttonhole stitch to attach the brooch backs to the poppies. 3. Stash – just a small glimpse of the collection of small black buttons, both new & found in local charity shops, used for the centre of the poppies.

Daughter No2 would have been doing this job all on her own, but with the demands of school work & University applications, there was no way she’d have had the time, so I put in a lot of the hours while she was at school.  We were able to sell all 100 poppies with the help of local shops, Ivy Heart and Lucy Walker Flowers, as well as the support of local people.  The most poppies were sold through Ivy Heart & the owner of the business donated an additional Pound for each poppy sold.

4. WIP - poppies in progress.  5.  Tools - the tools needed for the job, small sharp scissors, pins & a strong thimble!  6.  Me - with a tray of completed poppies ready to re-stock the shops.

4. WIP – poppies in progress. 5. Tools – the tools needed for the job, small sharp scissors, pins & a strong thimble! 6. Me – with a tray of completed poppies ready to re-stock the shops.

We are really pleased to be able to donate £400 to the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and will be doing so in the name of local resident, Thomas Shutter who served in the RAF Mosquito Squadron, and my great uncle, Douglas Simpson MBE, who served in the Royal Scots Engineers in Burma and in Belgium.

Leuitenant Douglas Simpson, Royal Scots

Leuitenant Douglas Simpson, Royal Scots

It has always been important to me to support our troops, both present and past and the Poppy Appeal is a charity close to my heart.  Do you use your sewing skills to support a good cause?