Sewing Frenzy

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Last Sunday I had an urge to sew together my synchronised swimmer PJ bottoms. I fell in love with this material months ago, and had made handkerchiefs with the blue version, which I really love. I set myself up at the kitchen table and put Restoration Man on catch up TV.

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I was especially pleased because I took the trouble to sew  in the pyjama elastic as it should be sewn. A silly thing to get excited about but it really thrilled me!

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And the finished PJs. The pattern I use is the Amy Butler Lounge Pants. They are OK, though I have Tilly’s book with the Margot PJ bottom pattern and should give that a go. The Amy Butler Lounge Pants are really flared and often ride up my legs when I’m in bed.

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Following on from my obsession with the synchronised swimmer material, I have found a new obsession – the bowler hat and moustache material. I bought one meter to make a pair of PJ shorts, and then had the urge to also make the Amy Butler A-line skirt, the Simplicity 3835 top, the Megan Dress also from Tilly’s book, and the Anna Dress from By Hand London! Phew!

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At the moment the favourite is the Anna Dress from By Hand London. The knee-length version. I have a wedding to go to on Wednesday and am thinking of making it for that. It would mean a bit of pattern matching though, as the skirt panels are in six pieces. Hm. That might swing it away from that idea. I have a Fat Face blue dress that I can wear to the wedding if need be, so no pressure (pressure takes the fun out of things).

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And finally the Kitchen Table Microcosm. This is something I used to do over on my previous blog. I occasionally look at the kitchen table and it is a snapshot of how I’ve been living that week. This table has my laptop with me looking through Marilla Walker’s blog. A (second) cup of coffee (I love days off when I can sit quietly at the kitchen table and look at inspiring blogs (sewing, knitting, Scandinavian, Japanese) and drink my half-caf cappuccino). It also has The Wasp Factory, which I am re-reading after 25 years; a box of cat food for her majesty; sewing patterns; a cake tin from last week when I made meringues dipped in chocolate to take to our Eurovision party; a notebook for my daily To Do list; napkins; The Simple Things magazines; and the telephone number of our Citroen garage as our car was in getting fixed this week (again!).

This is a really busy time for us. My husband travels the world as a Sound Engineer. Today he return home from a gig in Lyon with Tim Robbins. Tomorrow he flies out again to Dublin for a tour with Ash.

And today we get to have an evening at home together watching Elementary (our new favourite series).

This is important to me, to concentrate and indulge the good times, as my mother has just been diagnosed with lung cancer. In a strange way the current news isn’t so bad. We were waiting for the results from her tests, expecting it to be lung cancer, when she was taken into hospital with a shaking attack. The doctor there told her her shaking was a result of her lung cancer and that the cancer was advanced and there was nothing that could be done. This came as a tremendous shock to us, as she has had several scans over the past few months as she broke her hip at Christmas. However my sister, thankfully, phoned the consultant the following day, and he said the previous doctor should not have said that. That my mother has a 2cm tumour, and that he believes it is treatable. So, still not the best news but relatively, it feels like a reprieve.

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