My, it has been a hard week. Is anyone else out there feeling the same?
I’ve been going backwards, distinctively different from my normal sideways, so am in energy conservation mode to try and limit the impact my fatigue has. It means I focus on the things that give me most joy and I direct my little energy to where I’m most happy, which is with my three boys and sewing.
Late yesterday afternoon we ventured out to the local botanical garden which was in full bloom. The weather held that beautiful autumnal feel that was light and breezy and mild, and the bees were busy going about their work.
I made another Belcarra blouse from the Sewaholic collection. Using vintage Liberty fabric that was generously handed down to me from a dear friends mother, I added in some chambray and then stitched a sashiko design using left over from thread in the shape of a tiny pocket.
The Liberty cotton feels like silk and is so gorgeous. There is no sign of it’s age which I guesstimate is around 30 years. All the Liberty, all the time ladies (and gents)!
I also made my first Moss skirt from Grainline Studio. The fabric is a Japanese spotted linen purchased during the fabric frenzy of September 2014 from the Drapery. This skirt is quite the deviation from my normal long and flowing maxi skirts but I adore it!
My first ever full fly went in with some serious concentration, following this tutorial and instructions on the pattern. I’m not convinced I understood how it all fell into place, but it turned out perfectly. (I’ve no idea how one pocket went in sideways! Fear not it all appears well from the front view, and my hands are not disadvantaged. My sewing isn’t always perfect).
I was a little cross with myself when the zip tab came off and I found myself stuck in the skirt with only an ungainly way out (over the head with lots of wiggles which provided much amusement to my family. Luckily no one had a camera readily available). The second time I made sure that the zip tab remained securely attached to the zip.
I lined the Moss skirt band and pockets with fabric from the blouse. Everyone should have insides as pretty as the outsides.
There is something special about the shift from dry, overwhelming heat to the gentle playfulness that I feel in Autumn. I feel a collective sigh of relief as the transition of seasons provides a cool change in the southern hemisphere and hints of spring in the north.
Curtsey, and may the bees continue their work without fear of extinction.
Photos by Bruce and Pips, photo bombing by B1 and b2. Shoes purchased from Duck Feet.