“My scars are not ugly; they mean I’m alive.”
“If the ‘Under The Red Dress’ project helps one man, woman or family deal with their battle with cancer, or helps one person in their preventative journey, than I’m very happy,”
Beth Whaanga, a healthcare professional from Australia, has undergone multiple operations to be free of cancer and the threat of cancer. She posted photographs of her scar-ravaged body on Facebook to increase awareness of cancer and encourage other women to self-check for early signs.
Read what I thought of them here: Librarium 2014
Sometimes you just have to ignore the specialist advice and bite the bullet, which is what I did today with this quick and easy dress. Vogue 8629 is a pullover dress for knitted fabrics, with side pockets, pleated front and dropped shoulders with optional ¾ length sleeves. My fabric was quite a fine viscose knit with inauspicious diagonal bands of dots, but I decided to use it anyway. I rarely sew with knitted fabrics, mainly because the variety available in my local shop is fairly limited, but that could easily change. I used just under 2m of 145cm wide fabric and half a metre each of bias binding and seam binding.
I used a twin needle in my machine which saves lots of time as seams would normally need double-stitching for a knit dress i.e. two rows of stitching about 5mm apart (time-consuming). The twin needle sews two rows of stitching on the top side, while the bobbin thread becomes a zig-zag so that there is a bit of stretch in the stitch. When threading up the machine for twin needle sewing keep the two threads seperate at the tension wheel i.e. one on either side of the central disc, then when you get to the needle put one thread around the thread guide at the top of the needle before going through the eye of the needle. The second thread should by-pass the thread guide, going directly from the take-up lever to the eye of the needle. Keeping the threads apart as much as possible means they are less likely to twist together and cause breakages. …click on any image to view large…
twin needle stitching top side
and under side
tacked front pleats into bodice
seam binding at shoulder seam
curving the bias binding
I used seam binding on the shoulder seams to prevent stretch which would result in a misshapen garment.. The neck line was finished with bias binding. I pressed it with a steam iron into a curved form before applying it to give a smooth line. This was a very quick and easy make and easy and comfortable to wear, and I really don’t think the diagonal design affects it adversely.
Last time I visited Verity was in October 2012. Today’s warm sunshine enticed me out to Ilfracombe where I found her with a fine veneer of verdigris and looking every inch a warrior for justice.
It turned out to be a bit of a Damien Hirst day. We had a cuppa in his restaurant and then walked around his gallery space, both situated alongside the harbour. …click on image to view large…
After weeks of strong winds and waves battering the North Devon coast, this weekend was sunny and dry. It seemed that almost the whole village was out and about and making the most of the fair weather. I went down to Crow Point, a spit of sand marking the point where the rivers Taw and Torridge meet the Atlantic.
This is the southern tip of Braunton Burrows , a massive sand dune system and Britain’s first Unesco Biosphere Reserve. Crow Point has always been vulnerable to storms, but in the mid 50s tons of huge boulders were brought in to help form a strong defence. Over the years these have formed the base of an unbroken line of grass-topped dunes; that is until this month.
Boulders: all that remains
Missing: a million tons of sand
Over the past decade I have witnessed some erosion of a section of the dunes, but today I saw for myself the devastating damage caused by a series of storms which the whole country has endured in the first few weeks of 2014. One section of the dunes, maybe 200m long, has completely disappeared exposing a row of boulders. I have no idea of the probability of a new dune forming; I suspect it is a no-hoper. The dunes are populated by a tough grass called marram, and without that any man-made construct will not last; it will be washed and blown away. So now the very end of the sand dune spit, home to Trinity solar-powered lighthouse, is an island at hightide. click on pic to view large
This guillemot became a casualty of our severe February storms
I have a new dress pattern, Vogue 1312 designed by Lynn Mizono. I’m calling it the Origami dress because of the unusual shapes in the skirt; it actually looks as if it is made of folded paper. I have two pieces of Japanese inspired fabric, Woodcut Geisha and Genmai Tea Cup, both by Alexander Henry, and a bit of indigo denim. I am quite excited.
Read what I thought of them here: Librarium 2014