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Life is Messy: organising the sewing chaos

So after a really super intense week of sewing before the Craft Fair (where I sold one pair of shoes & one doll! Nothing I made this week!) this is the mess left behind:

And even worse:

I’m not feeling particularly inspired to sew or do anything with all that lying around.

This afternoon, it’s all going into this:

And later on I will share how I have categorised my materials. Living on.the.edge. Right?

Vintage pattern sites: blurry eyes

A really, really super brief post: I’ve been looking high and low for what I think of as a ‘bog standard’ day dress pattern. I’m suspecting that something later 40s or 50s would work for me, as I like longer and fuller skirts. Let’s say “alice, rabbit hole, down” and leave it at that? Anyway, a morning when I should have been working has left me with a big old pile of links that I want to share and at a future point add into a very helpful ‘widget box’ for vintage pattern sources. In the meantime, for your enjoyment and perusal.

And now I have to run and paint, quickly. Another house bound afternoon with grumpy five year old darling beckons.

Redeeming the time.

Time is all too precious: I have a small business, painting Orthodox icons; I have a large and unruly garden, populated with weeds and seven hens; I have a husband who works so hard I am chief cook, bottle washer and household manager; most importantly, I have a daughter who is nearly five years old and is smarter than any kind of bear, never mind the average one. She’s called Wee Bear, online. I suppose that makes me Mama Bear and I certainly feel like one when I see her growing up, so strong and fragile all at once.


To celebrate her fifth birthday, we have bought a really special doll: Tulipe, from My Doll Best Friend. Partly because she loves dolls and creating wonderful stories and dialogues with them, partly because she is an only child who has two very busy parents, even though one of them stays at home with her… and partly because I want to encourage her to feel like a child. She has her ‘thin dollies’ already yes, much against my better judgement, although I do my best to undermine them when we play – “aren’t they silly? look their feet don’t go flat!”

Little Tulipe – or whatever her name will become – is going to arrive on the 30th of June 2013. Before then, I want to make Wee Bear at least one dress to match her doll, a carry bag for travelling on adventures and a matching nightdress for them both. Can I do it in less than two weeks? Without letting her see?

Let’s find out.