Bubble and Squeak

A new baby should be a cause for great joy and celebration,  especially when that baby is of the fur variety!  Meet Django, a Hungarian Vizsla!  Before meeting our friends’ new pup for the first time, dear daughter insisted on using her pocket money to buy him a toy.  And while this rope of tasteful, plastic sausages certainly seemed to delight him, Django seemed equally enticed by the dangly hems of our dresses which he kept jumping up to bite.  And there’s a lot of hem to bite on a Bubble Dress!

This is my second attempt at Akiko Mano’s cover pattern, made exactly a year after the first.  I decided to lengthen the size 8 by a whole 7cm (no change to the width) which required a lot more fabric for the tent-like pattern.  Would you believe this dress needed 3 metres, with nothing but some triangular scraps left over?!  But at £3.50 a metre (from Rolls and Rems) for a cool seersucker in colours of flowers and pistachio ice-cream, it’s a bargain I think!  

And what do you reckon Mika, the family cat, made of Django’s antics?! 

Emergency Sorbetto

Call me shallow, but there’s nothing in my view as reprehensible, shocking and absolutely vile as a T-shirt tan

Which is exactly what I ended up with after gallivanting in the sunshine wearing my Iris Shorts and the Jasmine I’d made especially to go with them.  Emergency measures required that quickly, while the sunshine lasts, I make a sleeveless.  I had the same mock-Liberty lawn that I’d used for Jasmine and I was keen to use it as the cotton is so light and the colours look great with a tan.  Unfortunately, it was a leftover patch of about half a metre in an annoyingly irregular shape of a small cowhide.  This meant I had to pick the smallest size I could get away with (2); also, I couldn’t cut the wide front piece in one but put in some seam allowances and added the pleat separately.  If you look closely, you may notice that the direction of the print on front left is different to that on the pleat and the right.  Let that be our little secret though!

This was the first time I’ve used a downloadable pattern; also the first time I’ve used one that’s free.  I think I’ve always had a slight mistrust of either.  The good news is that with the Sorbetto, the instructions are foolproof: you absolutely get the same hand-holding detail and clear graphics as with the purchasable Colettes.

I printed out pages 10-25 only.  I used glue instead of tape and didn’t slice off more margins than necessary.  It didn’t take long!  When fitting the top, I decided to lower the armholes by 1cm and the neckhole front by 2.5cm (I’m wearing this in the sun, not church!).

Now I must go as the bailiff is pounding my trailer door.  Till I get back, will someone please give me good advice on what to do about my white skin-shorts!?   😯