Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Cock-a-doodle-blue.


I've used Burda 2711 again for some pjs for my Mum's birthday this Friday. She doesn't do computers so there is no chance she'll see these before she gets her gift.


The fabric is some more of the Japanese cotton lawn (is lawn anything other than cotton? I'm pretty sure it's not - please correct me if I am mistaken) bought from Spotlight a couple of months ago for just $4 per metre, although not quite Sarah Liz's recent bargains, a bargain just the same.


As soon as I saw it I knew it would be pjs for my Mum. She has always kept chickens (although these are  roosters I know); since as far back as I can remember, although she gave them up a couple of years ago as she's getting on. She'd also use them for food - oh I remember her chopping their heads off with an axe and them running around the back yard  when I was about 4 years old ...... that's enough, you get the picture.  TMI? I remember a time when at the dinner table, my older sister  suddenly said she's not eating that chicken for dinner as she couldn't remember Mum going to the shop to buy it, at the time when you went daily nearly... so we all didn't eat it (I have 4 sisters). That sister turned vegetarian at 12 years old. Wonder if that had anything to do with it?


I used bought satin red bias binding for contrast which in truth is a little stiff and not perfect for the little bow. I may remember to buy some red ribbon to do that again. I made these in a few hours this morning.

I always put my bias binding on in one go and to do this I always fold it slightly more on one side, the back usually so it doesn't show, and then sew close to the edge and I know it catches on the back. I don't use pins when I do this, I just hold it with my fingers. This is the closest to a tutorial I can manage :)

I have a few other things cut out and some started but they will still have to wait so I can make a start (and finish?) this weekend on a dress for Frocktails.

Thanks for reading.

5 comments:

  1. These are so sweet - and $4.00 a metre is still a pretty good bargain. I hope your Mum enjoys these, and you both have a chuckle at the memories. My mother used to sometimes kill the old chooks too - and the cleaning out of the insides was a job I used to watch and swore that I never wanted to do. Times have changed, and now we buy the sanitized versions instead at the supermarket. Not sure I could do what Mum did.

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    1. Yes, it takes all my mental energy to cut up chicken now let alone slaughter it. I remember living in Cyprus and when you got fresh chicken there, it was a chicken in the kitchen and you killed it when you wanted it.... that took some getting used to as well particularly when it was in an apartment! Good fabric shops in Cyprus by the way!

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  2. I'm impressed that you can put binding on in one go...it takes me 3 passes!

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    1. Oh now I'm impressed with myself... more to do with laziness and impatience rather than pure skill I think!

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  3. My girlfriend would love these pj's. They are very lovely!

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