Tuesday, 20 June 2017

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I got the sewing machine out again this morning and made two dresses with the butterfly t-shirts. For the skirts I bought a set of plain pillowcases from Wilko and I'm really pleased with how they've matched up. I might pop into Primark tomorrow for a couple more tops. 

So far each dress is working out between £2.00 and £2.50 to make which I think is really good. I watched a real time video on youtube and the woman sewed her t-shirt dress up in just under 20 minutes but I'm no professional and as easy as they are they can take me a couple of hours - although there's a lot of stopping and starting to do other things as well. But equate those 2 hours to the money spent and it's a nice little hobby for the cost. 

I'm thinking I might get Mark to take me to Abakhan next week to pick up some patterned material but I'm not sure. It's a real faff parking in Manchester these days and all he can do is drop me then hang around in the car in case a traffic warden appears. I always feel under pressure to be quick and as you know that's not as easy as it sounds in a fabric or wool shop! There's a stall on Bury market which I'll try tomorrow but he doesn't have anything priced up which I don't like. I think he just makes it up as he goes along and some of his stuff seems ridiculously expensive.

I just need to add a pocket to the the dresses and they'll be finished. Personally I think they look better without but the little girls like pockets so pockets they will get. 

Can you believe rainy Manchester made it in the top 10 hottest places yesterday. Apparently it's not been as hot today but you wouldn't know it. The water in the paddling pool is warm after being out there for a couple of days and me and Amy keep standing in it to cool our tootsies off. 

Stay cool my friends :) 

                  

xxx








14 comments:

  1. As usual the little dress is beautiful, did you make the pincushion, it's very cute!!
    It's supposed to be 24C today with a breeze, which is quite nice. I'm off to the dentist soon. I've managed to crack one of my back teeth because I clench them when I sleep. I wear a splint every night or I'd probably cracked more of them! I updated you about Kelsey a couple of posts back, don't now if you saw it because I posted late.

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    1. I missed it Janice so thanks for pointing it out. I have replied - poor Kelsey she's really going through it isn't she. Must be a real worry for her and all the family.

      Goodness, you must really chomp down in your sleep if you can crack your teeth! I've broken two teeth - One on a very crunchy cheese toastie in a cafe and one on a midget jem I was eating. Thankfully both were able to be repaired but unfortunately there is more filling than tooth :( Hope they get yours sorted out for you. xx

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  2. Cute little dresses and as you say...not a badly priced hobby.

    I have always wanted to go to Abakhan Fabrics. I drool over their website but I am not over keen on ordering fabric online unless I know the brand and quality. Might be a good idea to have a lottery win under my belt though before I visited...lol.
    You would have a field day if you could ever get to the Rag Market at Birmingham. I'm hoping to go again next month.

    Lovely and cool here today after the vile heat yesterday....long may it continue.
    Hugs-x-

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  3. I like to feel the fabric as well Sheila. Polycotton is acceptable for the dresses, the main stipulation is that they're not too see through so that's why I need to see the material. If I was making one special dress the price wouldn't bother me, but I make a batch at a time to get the best value on postage, so I try to find fabric that's nice but not expensive.

    I tend to stick to one end of the market when I go but I may have a walk around tomorrow as there could well be another fabric stall on there that I've not come across. I like the sound of your Rag Market though :)

    It's a lot cooler here this evening but I've just read tomorrow will be the hottest June day since 1976 and some areas will hit 95F! xx

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  4. We are also having a heat wave here in most of the US. 100F(37.7C) as I sit here reading but the humidity is just 12% and I am inside with the evaporative coolers going. Cute dresses. Nice to mix things up making different things I think.

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    1. It's not been as hot as was predicted today, at least not where we are anyway unless we're just getting used to it. I bought 3 more t-shirts today and once they're sewn up I'll move on to something else. Hope you're managing to stay cool. xx

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  5. There are so few fabric outlets now. The dress is lovely, I know Trish (Living Well in Retirement)has made herself a top from a pillow case.

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    1. Fabric is really hard to come by. I had a look at the stall on the market again today but he's too expensive for what I want. I'd love a big stash of fabric that I could choose from when I get the urge to make something. I need to start building up a stock of it. xx

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  6. your dresses are so pretty. Am heartily fed up with this weather now. Metcheck.com said that today was going to reach 31 degress, but I've just looked again and they've changed it to around 26. Better, but urgh! Bring on the rain!
    xx

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    1. I can imagine just how much you're praying for rain! It's been a bit cooler here today and we've had some cloud as well as a few spots of rain. I think there might be a storm on the way - I do like a bit of thunder and lightening.

      I bought more t-shirts today. This will be my last batch now though. I think I can send about 10 before the postage rockets from £3 to nearly double! xx

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  7. The dresses are so very pretty Suzanne. A lovely and rewarding hobby to have.
    No hope in saving the paddling pool water here. It either gets splashed out or full of grassy bits. X

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    1. Thank you Jules, although it didn't feel very rewarding yesterday when I had to completely unpick one. I'd got the t-shirt caught in the skirt without realising, then I tried to sort it out without unpicking it all, made a mess of doing that, so ended up unpicking more than I needed to in the first place!

      I'm being very environmentally friendly and using the paddling pool water for the plants every night. Takes me ages, but I feel so smug! xx

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  8. Lovely dress! Such a worthwhile hobby, too. You are more than welcome to my stash of fabric! If we lived closer, I'd have given you free access to it! The fabric store sent me a sales ad with coupons and I am drooling over the ad while sternly telling myself I don't need anything more and the only thing I may buy is more elastic!

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    1. Oh Bless what a lovely gesture, it's a shame we don't live closer - we could have a few sewing sessions together and a good chat :) I struggle to find fabric over here but always manage to pick something up that seems to turn out nice. I've just found another charity called Little Dresses For Africa so this batch will be going there because the lady at Dress A Girl is away for 2 months and has asked for parcels not to be sent. In future I'll split my efforts between the 2 charities. I'll be watching your blog for more fabric slipping in your house :) xx

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