Moving house, teacher gifts & Sewjourn
Hello readers. I’ve missed you. Here’s a recap of my recent crazy but happy times…
Ten days ago we put our life into boxes and moved our worldly possessions to our new/old house. The family home we’d lived in for 6.5 years, and left 18 months ago, had undergone substantial renovations during our absence. All that remains of the old house are two rooms at the front and a feature chimney! The pre-renovation house was build in the early 1950s and apart from a kitchen makeover in the 1980s and the swapping of a pedestal basin for some terrible laminate cabinetry (probably during the same era), it was in original condition. Yes, we had a blue bath and toilet!
With the help of an architect we’ve create a new family home fit for 21st century living! The design consists of three main components – a glass lantern, a courtyard and a brick house. Here’s the view across the courtyard at night (ie. the lantern).
In the background of the photo below you can see my sewing area.
Even though we moved our things into the new/old house, we spent a week living in serviced apartments while the last minute things at the house were completed. During this week the girls finished school and kinder for the year (yah for summer holidays!) and somehow I managed to keep the tradition of handmade teacher gifts alive.
Miss A’s amazing teacher scored a Hemlock Tee in Navy Red Boardwalk Jersey (unhemmed in the photo below). Mrs G could be overheard commenting while modelling her new top… “Some go to the shops to buy their clothes, but not I, it’s couture for me!”
My overlocker and I make a good stripe matching team at the moment.
Pattern: Grainline Studio’s Hemlock Tee (free pattern & online instructions)
Size: One size
Fabric: Navy Red Boardwalk Jersey from Tessuti (sold out online in this colourway, but available in others)
Alterations: Mrs G was blessed with height so the tee was lengthened through the body by 1 inch.
I must confess when buying the boardwalk jersey I purchased enough so I could make myself a t-shirt. Miss B had other ideas. She insisted that the Lola Tee I was making for her fabulous teacher would be in Navy Red Boardwalk Jersey too. The pattern and fabric was a good decision as Mrs S said that the tee… “Was in her colours and something that she would have definitely brought at the shops.”
Pattern: Tessuti’s Lola Tee
Fabric: Navy Red Boardwalk Jersey from Tessuti (sold out in this colourway online, but available in others)
Alterations: Mrs S is very petite and the tee was shortened by 3 1/2 inches (it’s photographed above unhemmed and pre-shortening)
The three lovely assistants in Miss B’s kinder room this year (only ever two at a time!) opened their gifts to find linen scarves made from Tessuti’s Giolica Linen range (90% linen & 10% polyamide). I purchased 30 inches (75cm) of each colourway and then sewed a narrow double fold hem on the raw edges and left the selvedges as is. From top to bottom the colours are walnut, slate and black.
Back to the moving story…
Last Friday morning we finally got the keys to the house and I frantically unpacked some boxes and found enough bedding and kitchen things so that we could sleep and eat there. It was a VERY big day!
It was my first time at Sewjourn and I loved every minute of it. I was so exhausted after all the moving, that I sewed at what seemed like a snails pace (and I’m not fast at the best of times!). My final count was four garments – a pair of bubble shorts for Miss B (which I’m told are not her style or colour even though she selected both the fabric and the pattern!), two UFOs (one for me and one for Miss A) and a Lola Tee. More on all those another day. I also had lots of fun trying on some of Lara’s and Rachel’s makes, not to mention all the chats, laughs, fitting assistance, encouragement and words of wisdom. What an awesome bunch of ladies!
And to those who have made it to the bottom of this post, you deserve a little trousers/pants hemming tip that I shared with the ladies on the weekend… If you planning on wearing the said garment with flat shoes, try on you trousers/pants without shoes and pin each leg so the fabric just touches the ground at the heal. Put your shoe on and magically it’s the perfect length.
Right, time to unpack some more boxes…