I think the best way to be jolly is to fill your time with lovely people and fun crafts. So that’s exactly what I did this weekend. We started by picking out and decorating our trees (yes treeS plural, although … Continue reading →
and I don’t think it’s just the goose who’s getting fat around here. Let’s just say plenty of chocolates are being consumed at the moment. This week I went on a Festive Fun course at Humble By Nature. There were … Continue reading →
Have you seen Populaire? If you haven’t, then you definitely should. The film itself is ok…but the fashion is B-E-A-utiful! I haven’t got time at the moment to replicate any of the clothes (I especially want to make the green … Continue reading →
You’re singing along to the Sound of Music now too right? I hope it’s not just me.
Anyway, I haven’t been doing much sewing recently. Life is a bit chaotic and I’m prioritising other things, but I think that has been a good thing for me. To take stock of what really matters.
And to me that means spending time with my loved ones.
Here are some photos from just one of those recent times when Martin and I took a little break from the city and went searching for some peace up Caerphilly Mountain.
Obligatory ‘warm up in the car before venturing outside’ shot
In case you’re wondering, I did wear one of my own dresses, which I made long before I started blogging, but you can see more of it on my burdastyle page. Since I made it I’ve put in the zip more neatly and added some contrasting black bias binding around the neck and arm holes. I had to take it in quite a lot so I also added some kind of pleats above the bust.
I hope you’re all finding time to enjoy the important things in life.
My lovely Mum is a very talented artist. She used to be a textile artist and made things like this amazing wall art in my living room (see photo below). However, now she makes (equally amazing) mixed media sculptures (also below). You can see more of her work here and here.
Anyway, I digress. As she no longer uses so much fabric, she let me have a rummage through her old stash and take whatever I wanted. And how could I possibly refuse that offer. Amongst the pieces I chose was this 5m bolt of teal organic cotton. I wasn’t too keen on the colour, but straight away knew how I could make it more interesting.
As soon as I got home I checked my dye drawer in the hopes of finding some kind of blue – wahoo, I was in luck. I gathered together the rest of my supplies (some string, an old tea towel to wipe up any dye and a plastic box – I use this to hold the dyed fabric when it comes out of the machine and also as my dye bath if I hand dye anything. It saves having a blue sink or bath for months).
From that point on it was just a case of experimenting. I wanted quite a neat tie dye effect so I folded the fabric numerous times until it was pretty much a roll.
After that I tied the string (very tightly) at intervals along the length. I think if I was to do this again I might tie more string to give a wider band. Then just for good measure, I tied the roll of fabric itself in a knot.
I followed all the instructions on the pack for dying in the machine (and I can happily report that no subsequent washes were harmed in the making of this) and eagerly anticipated the results.
Et voila. It’s no longer organic I guess, but it now commands more of my love and admiration. Now I have to decide what to make with it. There’s plenty of fabric there. What do you guys think – what would you make with this?
And the winner of the giveaway is…
Lauren Amanda. Congratulations! If you could email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, we can sort out postage of the floral dress!
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