My first blog post of 2016 is somewhat belated. Over the past few weeks I've been working on my first ever lecture (ecology and gardening if you're interested); preparing notes, handouts and the dreaded Powerpoint presentation. Luckily, the lecture went well last week and I can relax for a bit...until the next one that's scheduled for March.
So, onwards and upwards. The title of this post refers to a recent blog competition win and some nice finds that I picked up last week. The competition first...
Last year as a tie-in with the Vintage Pattern Pledge, Kestrel Makes co-hosted a competition to win £40 worth of sewing materials. Lucky me won it and quickly choose my selection, which included haby bits and pieces, a fabric cutter and some blue and white fabric. Here's my haul:
A big thanks to both Kestrel Makes and Bamber Sewing Machine Centre.
This win was quite fortunate as Monkeychild has requested that I make her an Alice in Wonderland dress for her School Book day in March. With my chosen fabric and a 1972 pattern, I've started to make her dress; having cut out the pattern pieces, ready to start seaming over the next few days.
The second 'win' was a few nice buys that I made on Friday, including the very alluring Bardot-esque picture at the top of this post.
I love those old Weldon's Sixpenny series magazines that covered virtually all aspects of crafting and housekeeping, so I was pleased to come across this 'Leathercraft' edition. For the woman with plenty of time on her hands, an array of fetching leather goods could be made by her own good self - like this appliqué jumper in the on-trend Egyptian style:
Not practical enough for you? Perhaps a leather trimmed golfing hat and jumper instead?
Still not working for you? Then how about a bag? We all love a stylish bag.
There's a couple of lovely adverts in the back of the magazine too...
At the same time, I also brought this little bit of knitting ephemera; a yarn shade card, invoice and information notes from 'Chadds of Lowestoft' circa 1960.
I wonder what its original owner, Mrs. M.E. Davies of Pangbourne, made with her three ounces of 4 ply in Lovat Green?