Yesterday my mother and I took my brother on a mini road trip. The main aim was to check out some op shops and see some of the country side. Here is some of the scenery on the road from Gunning to Grabben Gullen.
We had lunch in Goulburn at a cycling cafe, where Tour de France fever seemed to be in full swing. At the Smith Family shop I found a sign advertising Mountain Maid, a brand of tinned food which was produced by the farmers' cooperative at Batlow. This cannery has been out of business for ten years or so, forced to close due to the high price of fruit, the drought, the high Aussie dollar and other factors I suppose. Anyway, as a child my relatives refered to me as the Mountain Maid, so I was quite taken with the sign. Mum asked if it was for sale, and it was so I bought it and took it home. I am still looking for somewhere to hang it in the house - it does not exactly match my decor.
|Batlow Apples, http://www.flickr.com/photos/newtown_grafitti/6563500089/|
My old pal Cindy came to visit and to stay overnight. I showed her a pattern I had printed off, from a tutorial suggested to me by my friend Angel. It is for a stretchy knit skirt with a yoga waistband. Since Cindy is the sort of gal who can rock a maxi-skirt, we thought we'd try and make one with some grey fabric I had lying around.
Here's Cindy, hard at work sewing her skirt. We used the overlocker (serger) for everything but the hem. And here she is trying on her skirt the next day, I think it turned out terrific!
This time, instead of printing off the pattern and sticking it together with sticky tape we were instructed to trace a tshirt. We used some old sew-in interfacing that let's face it nobody wants to sew in anymore to make a sturdy pattern.
The fabric was navy with white stripes. We folded it in half across its width to determine if there would be enough to make two dresses. I am guessing there must have been about three metres of the stuff.
The next bit was tricky. I wanted to aim for the stripes to line up, rather than looking like a helter skelter
The next bit was slightly more complicated. We overlocked the raw edges of the neck and armholes, then used iron on double sided fusible webbing tape to stick down the neckline and make it nice and neat and easy to sew. I think this technique worked really well for the neckline, but we used pins for the armholes as there wasn't much room for ironing on the webbing there.
We were both very happy with the results, but since it was almost midnight we had noone to show off to and had to wait until this morning to take photos. DD was our photographer, with BJ the wonderdog supervising the proceedings. I also posed with my new sign. If you have any ideas about how to display it in my house please do let me know.