It feels like an age since I've written a blog post, it's not actually that long, but a lot has happened in the last couple of months. The main thing was that my lovely dad passed away on the 28th February after a 5 year battle with prostate cancer. He had been in hospital for 10 months (apart from one day in July when he got home and fell and broke both his arms that night) and although I had got him moved to a nursing home near me after Christmas, he quickly deteriorated. Since my mum passed away in 2007, we were even closer. I miss him every day, our wee chats about this, that and the other, but it's better for him - no more pain.
My brother and I have had the arduous task of clearing the family home (for 46 years), so that has been difficult both physically and emotionally. It's amazing how much stuff can be crammed into a semi-detached house! Even though I have been trying to de-clutter and down-size in our own house this past couple of years, this has made me realise even more how unimportant 'stuff' is. Yes you need a certain amount to live and have a nice home, but simplifying, for me, is definitely the way to go from now on! Having said that I have kept some things, but only things I know we will use day-to-day. Crystal, teasets, Royal Doulton ladies, silver - sorry they have gone and the awful thing is nobody else seems to want them either.
Anyway, aside from all this I am gradually getting both time and my sew-mojo back and I started with a nice and easy make, the tillyandthebuttons agnes top. As per usual with Tilly's patterns the instructions are great and the top is a quite shapely.
I made the version with the plain elbow length sleeve and the ruching at the neck line. It was the first time I'd done ruching and it's really quite easy, but adds a bit of shape. The fabric is a beautifully smooth and soft jersey from faberwood.com, which I see is sold out, but I also have the other blue one which is similar in weight etc.
I also got around to making the Marilla Walker Roberts Collection dungarees, having made the dungadress. I found it slightly big, so went down a size in the dungarees and it's a much better fit.
The trouser front has a pleat either side which gives a little more shape.
Must admit if someone approaching the big 50 should really be wearing dungarees, but I quite like them and am now thinking of the jumpsuit. Too much, nah.
I used the same Atelier Brunette fabric as the one for my Pussybow blouse, which goes pretty well and was going well with the evil that is SNAP FASTENERS when I realised that the last one wasn't quite right. Of course, I had none left and had to wait a week for some new packs to arrive. Oh well.
Have to say I don't really trust fasteners, in general, think I'll carry some safety pins around just incase!
Now that Easter is over and we are into April, I will have to assess my wardrobe and make a plan for some lighter makes. Also, the garden and seed-sowing is beckoning, my dad was a very keen gardener so I shall be planting with him in mind this year, lots of colour! I was very lucky to have him as my dad, will miss him.