Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Autumn sewing scuppered by teddies

Ugh..bleurgh...meh...that's how I feel about my sewing at present.  I seem to have made a wardrobe of ill fitting, oddbod garments. 
 My actual sewing is very infrequent at the moment.  My dark blue shirt dress (the Lisette Traveller dress) has been hanging up all summer, shoulder and side seams complete - the only progress I made was to tack on all four pockets.  My floral dress based on a patterrn from the Modern Sewing book is awaiting sleeves binding and a hem.  Despite this I was planning for autumn.  Thinking of what patterns I already have waiting, it is a matter of adjusting my summer plans slightly.  I was thinking thriftily and sensibly of using what I have and not buying anything new.  I am also thinking of making something that drapes well and fits.  Back in May I bought a renfrew pattern and lovely Winnie aka Scruffy badger gave me some purple jersey which I was planning to renfrew.  I also bought the pdf version of the Wikstein Tova a few months ago and have some greyish drapey cotton blend that I purloined from my mum's stash while sorting her sewing supplies this summer.  A grey tova seems to me to be a prospect that will fill many wardrobe gaps. 
Then Jessica kindly gave me a Crepe pattern so it would be downright churlish not to make a crepe dress wouldn't it?  I have some fabric lined up for that too. 
But all sewing is on hold because of The Teddies. 
 Both children bought home letters from school asking for knitters to knit up teddies.  The school has a partner school in Kenya and  the plan is to send every reception child in the kenyan school a handknitted teddy for christmas.   So now on the crafting horizon are two teddies.  Selfish sewing for me or selfless knitting for little children?  Uh-oh, what a choice!  Each time Rocket Girl naps out come my needles and knit, knit, knit I go.  Normal sewing will resume once two teddies are knitted, stuffed and have sleeping bags sewn. 


  1. What a lovely school project. Hope you'll show us the teddies when they're finished.

    Have you heard of Knit-a-Square charity? They have a education package for schools also.

  2. How sweet of you to make the teddies! I like the sound of your sewing plans, too-- the Tova top seems so wearable and perfect!

  3. I wonder how many knitted teddies they will get? When I went in to teach a bit of sewing in my children's school I mainly had children tell me that their grans could sew/knit but nobody said their mum could! You may be busy!!!!

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  5. You are so good to say YES to knitting for others when I know you could probably use a little selfish crafting in your life. I am thinking of that TOVA top too, maybe we should try and have a two person SAL, shooting to finish before 2013!

  6. Those kids will love the teddies :) Please show us photos when they're finished!

  7. I feel EXACTLY the same ...definitely BLEURGH.
    I have been thinking all week about posting almost the same topic,i.e my dysfunctional wardrobe,and lack of sewing, and you pipped me to it!
    Possibly the Bleurghy-ness night be a phenomenon peculiar to this county??
    Always willing to knit a teddy by the way.

  8. What a great school project, I must take some time to do some unselfish knitting before winter hits, too. Hope to see a pic of the teddies before they start the journey to their new owners!

  9. Aww, how sweet of you to make the teddies despite having so little time for sewing. :) Your plans sound lovely, though! Have fun with them, once the teddies are done!