A day smock and an award
Miss A attends a girls school where all the students wear a uniform. They also have a rather old fashioned rule of wearing a ‘day smock’ over their uniforms for Prep and Grade 1 (the first two years of school) to protect their uniforms. This might seem a little over the top, but last year I had had to mend cut holes (from scissors) in the front of Miss A’s smock. I’d much rather be mending a cotton smock than her 100% wool winter pinafore!
During the last school holidays Miss A and I decided that her mended smock was looking a little tired, so we looked through my stash and my ‘big scraps’ bag and Miss A selected a cheery foral fabric with a blue pocket. School uniforms are set colours, and thankfully Adelaide’s is predominately navy blue and not some awful colour, but there is no restriction on smocks. And when you’re six, the more flowers and the brighter the colour the better!
The pocket is lined in a cotton voile (because I could) and I used a technique I learned recently while bag making that ensures no lining is visible on the outer edges of the pocket. I think the pocket is a little large and positioned too high, but Miss A is happy and really that’s all that matters.
The day smock is a lengthen version of the Petal Top from Emma Hardy’s Making Children’s Clothes.
On a totally different topic, the very clever Amy from sew Amy sew has nominated me from a Liebster Award. Amy is relatively new to sewing and blogging, but boy that girl has got the goods. I’m very jealous of her fabulous Laurel and I love her recent Bow Tied Blouse. It’s my second nomination for this award, but I loved Amy’s questions, so here goes…
1. Why do you sew? For the pure love of it. It’s a creative outlet and I like being able to make clothes that flatter (well, most of the time!) my unique body.
2. What gets in the way of your sewing time? I’m a wife, a mum, a business partner (working a day a week), chief food gatherer & cook, domestic goddess, a volunteer (Australian Breastfeeding Association & St. Kilda Mums) and I do need to sleep. Need I say more?
3. What is in the background when you sew? I sew in the spare room at the front of our house. I either hear traffic noise and the occasional tram clunking down the nearby shopping strip or my girls playing or disagreeing. No music or TV for me!
4. Project you are most proud of? My mustard Lily Linen Dress. Are you sick of hearing about this dress yet?
5. Biggest project fail? Simplicity 1969 and I are not friends. I can’t believe I’m posting this photo again (note the unhappy face!).
6. Tea or coffee? Neither. I’m addicted to mineral water.
7. Sewing aspirations or goals? I joined Karen’s 2013 Sewlutions and I made the following pledge… “I Blogless Anna, will sew a jacket and/or coat with a lining in 2013.” No movement on this yet, but the year isn’t even half over!
8. Favourite tool? Do you know what changed my sewing life? It was this magnetic pin caddy. In fact, I have two – a pink one on my ironing board and a purple one in between my sewing machine and overlocker.
9. Favourite pattern? Isn’t it often the case that your favourite pattern is the last one you sewed? My current favourite is the Washi Dress.
10. Describe a happy memory that tells us a bit about you? I grew up on a grain and sheep farm in North West Victoria (Australia) where we had a lot of freedom to roam the farm. We swam in the dams, made make-shift rafts, tried to catch stray cats in the haystack and woodpile, built cubby houses and rode push (and motor) bikes. I shared these adventures with my three brothers (one older, two younger). There was of course school in the nearby local town, playing field hockey on Saturdays and helping out of the farm. I remember my childhood fondly, but I’m now a city girl through and through.
11. Who do you want to win The Great British Sewing Bee final next week? I must confess I haven’t watched any episode yet.