Burda 2561

Burda 2561

Burda 2561

DSC00799 DSC00801 DSC00802Finished making this blouse and found it quite straightforward once you got over the woolly instruction sheet! 

Anyhow I am no good at selfies and I have no willing photographer to take action shots of me modelling this creation, so you will have to make do with valet Vera who does an amazing stand in job! No wrinkles or sags  and bags anywhere!

It has now been worn and washed, and the lovely cotton is very comfortable.  Only prob was I put a home printed label in the side seam, and they don’t wash!  Will have to think of something else.  Any ideas anyone?

If interested I post on


This is a great place to get help ideas and motivation if you are into dressmaking.  I recommend a visit, hours go by without you noticing so beware!

There is some sort of problem with using  the button on this site to link with  Pattern Review unfortunately.

Happy sewing every one!

Two men went to mow, went to mow a meadow!

The Pond

The Pond

Natural planting

Natural planting

The Pond

The Pond










Yesterday was a gorgeous sunny day in Cambridgeshire and I went with a group of amateur gardeners on a visit to a local hall garden.

Wow I was blown away by the whole 50 acre site of pure blooming loveliness.Trees, shrubs and flowers all vying to be looking their best and the lawns were manicured to the extent that the head gardener begged forgiveness for a few fallen leaves from the huge oak standing in the middle.

As a result I pottered home to my little cottage garden and dug and mowed my heart out thinking ” that 50 acres was looked after by 2 men only, surely I can look after my little patch?”.  Well I tried hard but no gardening got done today after yesterdays exertions, every bone was aching.  I can dream and visit that garden again when it opens again in two years time!

One herbaceous border.

One herbaceous border.

Always read the instructions, or not…..

I have often come across errors when following dressmaking pattern instructions, and I guess they are bound to happen. But this one had me scratching my head till I decided to just stick with what I know and go my own way! Would not like to use this pattern if I was new to dressmaking.

What do you think about No 7 for attaching the collar?

Burda 2561

Burda 2561



Promise Stitch Log Cabin

In my other sewing group recently I was shown the refreshing art of the Promise Stitch method of Log Cabin.  Oh I am a convert now, and this is more how I imagined what patchwork quilting was all about when I first heard about the craft in the early 70’s.

The three promises which have given the method it’s name are:-

Always use the double stitch

Everything is by hand so no sewing machines here.

Share, share your knowledge, share your fabric and last but not least share your love.

No rulers or irons are involved either so if you are quite happy judging half and quarter inch seams by eye, you will be a happy sewer.

Promise Stitch log cabin.

Promise Stitch log cabin.

Looking at my two sample squares you can see the dimensions and uniformity of the strips are wobbly, but when this method originated women were finding new uses for old clothing. Perhaps we should reinvent the whole idea.

My information was originally on Bayou Quilts and Dolls.  Have a peep it is fascinating.

Embroidery and Tapestry

I had an amazing time yesterday.

Now a visit to the British Library on the hottest day of the year so far, does not sound like an appealing prospect.  But I was entirely wrong and I recommend a visit to see Magna Carta (An Embroidery) before the exhibition closes on 24 July 2015.

To celebrate Magna Carta’s  800th anniversary this year,  the acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker  has replicated in stitch the entire Wikipedia article on Magna Carta as it appeared on the document’s 799th anniversary.

” A landmark in constitutional history and a foundation of the concept of the rule of law, Magna Carta is one of the most famous documents ever written.  What began life in the 13th centuary as a peace treaty between King John and his barons has come to be viewed as the great charter of civil liberties and it retains enormous symbolic power as an ancient defence of individual rights and freedoms”

The Wikipedia article on Magna Carta attracts more than 150,000 page views each month and is always being amended.  Magna Carta (An Embroidery) is a snapshot of where the debate is right now explains Parker  ‘Echoing the communal activity that resulted in the Bayeux Tapestry, but on this occasion placing more emphasis on the word rather than the image, I wanted to create an artwork that is a contemporary interpretation of Magna Carta”

The Wikipedia article was captured by Cornelia Parker  on 15 June 2014 and output it as a printed pattern on fabric. The fabric was divided into 87 sections and sent out around the country to be stitched by more than 200 people.  Eventually they were sewn back together by the Embroidery Studio at the Royal School of Needlework.  The finished piece is almost 13 metres long.

It is a really amazing piece of work, partly because so many people created it and the embroidery is not perfect!  There are however detailed pictures emblems and logos scattered along one side.  These have been stitched by highly accomplished members of the embroiderers Guild.


The version of Magna Carta issued by Henry 111

Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

The complete embroidery


A sample of the embroidered text from Wikipedia


Part of a series of articles on Monarchy


John of England signs Magna Carta, illustration from Cassell’s History of England (1902)


Pope Innocent 111 (d. 1216; mural 1219)


Jurist Edward Coke interpreted Magna Carta to apply not only to the protection of nobles but to all subjects of the crown equally.










My information has been taken from the information booklet ” Cornelia Parker Magna Carta (An Embroidery)

Now The Tapestry element.  Its a loose connection, or thread,  here!

I was taken to the Carole King Musical “Beautiful” at the Aldwych afterwards!  I sat there entirely mesmerised and immersed in my youth! And the Tapestry thing popped into my head.  I will always love all the Carole King music, what a talent, and the show did her music superb justice.

Another thing to do if you are in London soon!



New Comrade Quilters Group

For Nepal

Scrappy quilt, quick to make.


For a school in Lusaka

For a school in Lusaka

Thought I would tell you about one of the two sewing groups I go to as regularly as possible, if holidays do not get in the way that is!  This group is fairly new and we are all new to the patchwork quilting thing.  There are two lovely patient ladies who help, suggest and comfort when we make boo boos, but generally we just have fun!  We are also trying to help others, unfortunately if only in a very small way, but at the moment we are busy making quilt tops for the people in Nepal affected by the earthquakes recently.  We are making scrappy quilts using random fabrics and colours, pieced into 5 inch squares and then we will be joining them up.  It was suprisingly quick and easy to do.