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Friday, 23 July 2021

A few more finishes

Oops (again). This was half-written at the end of June, then disappeared into the "out of sight out of mind" folder. Another blog post which progressed about as fast as my dressmaking abilities πŸ˜„

I would be the first to agree with you that 1½ days spent working out how to change the waistband on these trousers might not have been the normal thing to do. Normal people would have consigned these old pants to a landfill - there are a couple of 'dubious' small stains on the front and a big patch on the bum where I've worn the fabric out. I am not 'normal people' - I think we established that many years ago.

Apart from having breathed new life into a much loved old pair of trousers I take perverse pleasure in repairing something which others would have seen as trash, and making them even more comfortable than before is icing on the top of a very tasty cake. πŸ˜‰



(and I have just noticed how many pin scratches there are on the bed of my machine . . . poor thing, it's had a hard life!)

Once I had ironed out the construction details, doing the same to two further pairs was a very good use of a cold, damp afternoon where it was not nice enough to garden. Yes, in the third week of June it was cold - which given our current heatwave seems like a distant memory but there you are. Weather patterns on our tiny little planet are changing, and changing fast. They have been for many years but politicians haven't wanted to face up to what is happening and 'joined up thinking' with all inhabitants of our little rock is unlikely, no matter what they are claim at various climate summits.



Of course, now finished the lovely soft jersey waistbands are far too hot for the this week! Around 4.00pm today the heating thermostat (which had been put in a shady room) registered 30 ΒΊ (so much more comfortable than the greenhouse πŸ€ͺ 😱) although it did cool down a tad when I moved it to take a picture.



The final bit of sewing for this post is a duvet cover. I discovered a tiny ( ¼" ) nick in the fabric and could have darned it fairly invisibly. But this hexagon looks much more interesting. πŸ˜‰








16 comments:

  1. the little hexagon looks quite cute, though I do like the colours of the quilted whatever-it-is that your thermostat is sitting on :)

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    1. Thanks Eunice. I lost a bit of time firtling around for a picture of the "quilted-whatever-it-is". A little table topper completed last autumn when I wasn't blogging ... sorry 😝

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  2. I love ensuring my clothes stays in my wardrobe much lo her than most people I know, some are like old friends. My friends comment on some things, they never ask where I hot it from, they know I will say its years old and in many cases the shop no longer trades. I have a pile of Hexagons, and an idea, but the amount of work is stopping me starting anything.

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    1. I also have a pile of prepared hexagons (much larger than this one) and am coming to the conclusion that I will probably never do much with them because of the work involved.

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  3. I'm pretty handy but whist buttons are not a problem re-doing the hems of my trousers are a bit of a challenge.

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    1. Hems are easy Graham - but doing a hem nicely without stitches which pull, distort and show dreadfully can be very tricky.

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  4. I admire your sewing talents. The trousers looks great and it would have been a shame for those fabulous fabrics to find themselves in landfill.
    Love the little hexagon. Xx

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    1. Thank you Jules. I must confess the overlocker did most of the work - I'd never attempt stretchy jersey on a regular sewing machine.

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  5. I am all for visible mending :) thank you for your email and I will (in our usual lackadaisical manner) reply sometime soon-ish-ish or whenever!😊🐾🚢🏼‍♀️xxxx Moss sends wuffs and love x

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    1. I usually think of you when I am doing some sort of patching because I know you would do the same. xxx Soft cuddles to the hairy one. πŸ’š 🐾

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  6. As a person who is highly allergic to sewing activities - I think I sewed my last button on just before youngest son left school - I can still appreciate your skill at extending the life of your clothes. Clever girl!! (And I love that pretty little hexagon patch)
    It's a bit cooler today with even a fresh breeze so I'm hoping for a good night's sleep tonight. I just wrote that and a sudden strong gust of wind blew the window shut with a BANG! Poor Benji almost fell off the pouffe where he was fast asleep.

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    1. Cooler here today too - I've had to go from a short sleeved shirt to a proper one! Poor benji, I bet that door slam was a shock.

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  7. I'm so glad there's a change in the weather. I've just felt a cool breeze coming through the open window and even though it's only 3.30 a.m. I'm going to enjoy it. Well done for extending the life of your clothes, too many people send them to landfill these days. I like that little hexagon.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, I just hope the change brings some rain - levels in the ponds are getting very low.

      The "little" hexagon - barely an inch across so was a bit fiddly but easier than a circle and I am glad I took the trouble.

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  8. The little hexagon - what a good idea! My MIL dropped hot ashes on her plain coloured carpet and a few holes appeared so she did a similar thing and sewed in some flower shapes from some spare material. Looked better than how I've described it!!

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    1. Hi Mrs LH. What an excellent idea for the carpet. You describe it just fine and I am sure it looks great.

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