30 November 2012
28 November 2012
I'm impressed with how she turned out, even if she is a bit wonky!
For my first attempt I'm amazed!
Next time I'll set my stitch length shorter and now be lazy and change my thread!
I think this one is maybe a little childish for its intended recipient, but I think she might appreciate it anyway.
Kitchen Table Sewing
27 November 2012
It turns out it wasn't as fiddly as I thought it would be. Getting the tummy section to sit nicely under the head took a bit of time, and the feet were easy but fiddly, if that makes sense. I just had to take my time.
I read the instructions, since I had no idea where to start, but didn't follow them to the letter.
I box pleated the ears instead of gathering them, as it seemed to work best with my fabric and give a cute ear-hole look.
Then I inserted the feet. They're not all circular, but they are all round, so I'll take it!
She was starting to look like a hefalump!
I turned her out and started stuffing, using the remnants of a cushion. Follow the suggestions and make sure the top of the legs (hips and shoulders) are well stuffed- I thought I did, but looking at her now she needed more. Then I hand stitched the rear, leaving off the tail as I didn't have anything suitable. I might make her one out of embroidery floss some time...
24 November 2012
We have been thinking of offering to foster a doggie for a while, and agreed we'd seriously look into it when I was back from Italy.
And now I'm back and this gorgeous man was having a hard time in the pound, so we offered to take him in, feed him up and teach him some manners so he could find a new home.
We named him Nixon, though he doesn't know that's his name! He has a few peculiarities (sometimes he pointblank refuses to go out the sliding door into the garden) and he's not 100% house trained, but he has a lovely personality. He's such a softie!
20 November 2012
So at the last minute we went Mexican!
It was pretty yummy! And as most of it was either cooked in a flash on the BBQ or just thrown together, it was pretty easy. Very tasty and healthy!
My lovely friends rose to the sudden change of plan, and provided a Dinosaur pinata! No-one had every actually had a pinata before, so that was more fun than expected. We hung it from a rope held up high by two people, so it moved around a lot. Always fun when you're blindfolded!
I also spied a very mexican looking pin the tail on the donkey, also surprisingly fun when slightly drunk and blindfold, and your mean friends face you in the wrong direction, or turn the donkey upside down, or move the donkey of the wall completely ...
19 November 2012
13 November 2012
A very formal looking shop filled with some very nice tayloring fabrics- wool for coats, suits and trousers, tweed, and lots more.
It was a bit scary for me though, so I didn't actually go inside. Its formallity was too much for my cold ridden self to want to attempt, especially as I know there would be no purchases made.
If its your kind of thing though, it looked like it would be great!
Their harris tweed was 29 euro a meter.
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Il Veccio Drappiere
Via Meravigli, 16
Tel. 02 866634
Opening times are usual Milan ones I believe- closed Sundays and monday morning, and for a couple of hours at lunchtme.
12 November 2012
Maybe it was closed, maybe it has closed down, but I couldn't see it!
Its close to the Raponi shop, so its worth a look. You might be luckier than me!
The website says it should still be there!
Viale Gorizia, 8 20144 Milano Italy
15:00 - 19:30
11 November 2012
- Sort the sleeves out and try to nip it in some more.
- Lower the neckline and put in an external facing in a darker blue,
- Add a band of the same darker blue to the hem.
- Top stitch around the details with fluro yellow :)
09 November 2012
As soon as I say it I knew I had to try and make at least one for a elephant mad friend of mine for christmas, and maybe more for the myriad of small children my friends seem to be sprouting :) Especially since its for charity too! Janet is aiming to raise £1000 in time for christmas. What a great aim!
I've never made a softie before, they always seem very fiddly compared to long smooth clothing seams. I will let you know how I go!
07 November 2012
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06 November 2012
Quite expensive though, at around E50 per metre!
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