Made to measure with pleasure …

Dear Sister

I hope you like this unusual skirt which has been in my head to make for you for quite some time now.

The orange/brown/floral fabrics cane to me in the bundle of material you stored up your attic from Nanna. You took care of it all for so long before you handed everything over to me and so I wanted you to have something of them too.

I thought about Nanna and Mammy whilst I was making it for you and thought about all that they gave us, and although it hadn’t originally been in my design I decided to embroider some words to describe what they gave us. I chose Family, Strength, Hope, Love and History and all of these words now form part of your skirt.

Earth colours and a raw slightly bohemian look – made only for YOU!

Love you lots

Your big Sister xx

Showing the sewing …

Smiley, chatty Emily popped along to The ThreadShed for a sewing lesson during a half term visit to her Granny. There is an option on my wonderful Brother sewing machine to remove the foot pedal and instead use a button to stop and start the machine. This is a great feature when working with children and helps them get to grips with controlling both the fabric and the needle. Emily told me that her favourite fruit was watermelon so we also decided to embroider a cute personalised patch to sew onto her cushion. The animal print furry fabric Emily chose was quite bulky, and not so easy to sew as the two sides didn’t stay together easily. However when we were finished Emily checked the cushion very carefully to make sure it was all stitched properly. Her inspection was so thorough that Granny and I decided Emily had a future career in quality control. The end result was FAB-U-LOUS and Emily now has a gorgeous, personalised, fluffy cushion for her bedroom that she has made herself and how many 10 year olds can say that huh?