just what I need

With my Open University course just starting and my partner currently out of work, what is that I need? Oh yes, a new crafting obsession to suck up my time and money.

I resisted all my mother’s attempts to teach me to sew, which of course I now regret. A few months ago mum passed on to me my grandmother’s sewing machine, a 1950s Singer beauty. I had no immediate plans for it but mum has her own machine and wanted the space in her house; my plan was that once I’ve graduated I’ll take some evening classes and learn to sew.

However.  Next Thursday is World Book Day.  Son’s school have asked the children to come dressed as their favourite adventurer or traveller from a book.  Son insists on going as Aragorn from Lord of the Rings.  Ah.  Something nice and easy.   While we did manage to knock up a Fantstic Mr Fox outfit in one evening for Roald Dahl Day
Fantastic Mr Fox
an Aragorn costume is more of a challenge (for which read, I can’t knit or crochet it).  Then I remembered the machine sitting gather dust (and cat hair).   The nice people on the internets provided bags of information on making a cloak and a tunic.   Got some fabric from Abakhan (son insisted on black, inaccurately) and made a pin cushion for practice


Then I spent the whole of the rest of the weekend making the cloak and tunic.  Looking on it as a chance to learn sewing skills as well as win Mother of the Year (and having been raised in the school of if you’re going to do it, you may as well do it properly), I’ve tried to make a good job of the cloak (also I think it could see lots of service, son still loves dressing  up); the tunic is more of a bodge job as the weekend was running out and I don’t see it get much repeat wear.  But still, not bad for a weekend’s work from a novice seamstress.

Now we just have to fashion a sword and dagger (I’m thinking cardborad and silver paper) and we’re all set for Thursdsay.  Son has promised me I can take photos of him in costume as my fee.  And I am barely resisting the urge to build a stash of fat quarters …


5 responses to “just what I need

  1. I made a brown cloak (from an old sheet dyed brown) for no 1 kid a few years ago so that he could be Gandalf on WBD, he found a wonderful long nobbly stick down the woods for his staff and we bought a beard and made a very dodgy looking pointy hat from cardboard. Happy days!

  2. yay! someone else got sucked into sewing as well…. don’t worry i think it’s much cheaper than knitting, cos you can recycle old things and mend stuff pretty easily. And Leon’s is pretty cheap, and has an awesome bargain bin by the door 🙂

    that’s a superb fantastic mr. fox outfit…. very impressive for a first effort.

  3. I’m thinking that (unlike knitting hem hem), sewing could actually be cost effective. I’m already looking at the tablecloth I panic-bought for Christmas dinner thinking ‘d’oh, could’ve made it at home much cheaper’.

  4. *looks at SO’s cloth stash taking up half the ‘study ‘ and half the garage*

    are you sure about this? also, let me introduce you to the way of the cloth co-op… buying up cheap US cloth and sharing it out

  5. oooh cloth co-op ….

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