There is building work going on at runcibledays: the loft conversion is well under way. Consequently I'm being extra-thrifty, and trying stick to my good intentions of not buying any new fabric or patterns for a while. Having said that, the costs of the building project are so dizzying that they make ordinary everyday economies seem a touch futile. For just a fraction of the funds being poured into the roof, I could be splashing money on cashmere socks, and taking tea at the Ritz. But no matter - on to the sewing...
First of all, another ipod case from the Dog under my Desk tutorial. This one is for son#1, and follows the pirate-esque theme of his bedlinen, seen before in his bedside organiser.
Secondly, a sweet little romper suit for runciblegirl using Burda 9652 - quick and fun and summery. I've had the pattern for a long time and was a bit afraid she would have grown out of it, but fortunately the sizing seems more than generous and might even see us through this summer and into the next.
|I may yet take the elastic out from the ankles - what do you think?|
|(This is the slender version of Owl, flat on the kitchen table)|
I haven't seen pyjama cases for a while, but can remember having something similar when I was small. They were definitely part of the seventies childhood experience, along with Bagpuss and the Wombles. The beauty of Owl is that he uses up such a lot of hoarded fabric. His eyes are made of Dr Who shirt material, a present from my very generous friend Nicole, and his body is made of a blue floral which also found its way into the Doctor's shirt as the yoke facing. Owl's floral tummy pouch is a remnant from last summer's Village Frock, originally a gift from the lovely Amy at Lots of Pink Here. His beak and claws are an apple print left over from my venture into making baby shoes (part of a whole chapter of ill-advised pregnant sewing) and his wings are backed in leftovers from a floaty Sorbetto top. He's lined with fleece from the Bear Ear Pyjamas.
|(And this is the tubby version, stuffed with delicious pyjamas)|
To put the cost savings into perspective, they probably equate to a couple of roof tiles and half a light socket. But it terms of sewing satisfaction, Owl is (as the Mastercard people would say) priceless.
(Just need to reassure you that son#2 will soon get something new as well. But first, one question for the Who fans: what would the Doctor's ipod case be made of?)