More Bird Print?!

I had a tunic top from M&S that I loved. I wore it so much (because it looked good with jeans, or just a cover up on the beach – as though I spend all my time on the beach, may be once a year. In Suffolk. And not the trendy bit of Suffolk at that) the cotton gradually wore down and eventually there were too many holes in it to be able to wear it out in public anymore.

Again my Mum had saved me a pattern from Prima which looked similar, so I thought I’d give it a go. As the pattern called for cotton lawn I tracked some down, and spent rather a lot on some Liberty fabric – with some pretty birds in. But knowing how much I had worn the original tunic I hoped I would get my money’s worth.

liberty tunic neckline

I cut the fabric pieces nearly a year before I made the final tunic. And after that delay, I still held of finally finishing it because I had a bit of difficulty with the hems on the sleeves and the bottom of the tunic, I just couldn’t get the hem done on the machine without getting tucks – and on the sleeves a line of stitching just looked wrong. So this did involve a fair bit of hand stitching to finish the hems. But my Mum always tells me that my maternal Grandmother would have been appalled at the way hems show on clothes nowadays, so I feel as though I have revived one of her skills with neat and invisible hems.

Liberty tunic side view

My husband doesn’t really like it, he thinks the fabric is too chintzy. And I think that if I had made a muslin first I would probably have shaped the side hems a to give a bit more of a fitted shape, but I have done French seams and there is no way I am unpicking those beauties. I have received a few compliments wearing it, so I must have done something right.


A small spider surprise

In the Summer I like wearing skirts. I live in jeans most of the time so wearing a skirt feels like a bit of a treat. My Mum gave me a Prima pattern for a skirt similar to one I already have and I wear a lot, so I decided to have a go at making it. I chose a fabric with a white background and lots of bright birds on, to maximise what tops I could wear with it and because, well, as I get older I find myself drawn to bird prints. And bird decorations. As well as pearls and cut glass. And sequins. I wonder at what point my ageing will dictate I start to like sandals like this…

granny sandal

It seems to come to all of us at some point (though my paternal Grandmother refused to wear the ones she was given).

It was only as a I studied the fabric as I cut it out that I found it didn’t just feature pretty birds, it also had spiders in webs. Hmmmm.

skirt spider

This skirt was fairly simple to make, and I was proud as I managed to insert a zip without too much hoohah. I do wonder if I cut it a bit too long though – what do you think? Should I cut it to be on the knee rather than on the calf?

bird skirt full length from the back

And if I use this pattern again I need to try and work out how to add some pockets. Because you need pockets – else not only will I be longingly looking at the sandals featured above and wearing pearls, I will also be tucking a tissue under my bra strap, and my conversion to Granny chic will be complete.