A couple of weeks ago as I was parking my car a girl came running over. She explained that she had locked her keys in her car. As it was the same make and model as mine would I mind trying my key to see if it worked? She said she knew it was a long shot but she was getting desperate, she had been waiting over an hour for the AA (emergency car people, not Alcoholics Anonymous) and it was a really hot day.
Her car was parked just up the road from my house. Unfortunately my keys didn’t work so I invited her in for a drink and a snack and a chance to cool down. I obviously don’t look too much like a serial killer and she wasn’t completely put off by my delinquent children because she took me up on the offer. Once inside she spotted my sewing desk and dress form, which was wearing my nearly finished Hawthorn. She complimented me on the dress and told me that she was on a work placement in Whitstable as part of the fashion design course she was studying for in Rochester. We chatted for a while and I felt a bit mean chucking her out when I had to drop my oldest at her music lesson but when I got back back ten minutes later I saw that the AA man had arrived and was looking at her car. When he left I went to check that everything was okay and she could get home. He had managed to get her into her car so she thanked me and headed home.
Fast forward to that Friday. I arrive home after a particularly stressful school sports day. Do Not Ask. To a cardboard box on my doorstep with this note attached:
I carried it inside and couldn’t resist opening it straight away. It was stuffed full, so at this point I bribed the kids with snacks and TV so I could have a proper uninterrupted rummage. Anyway the patterns below are just a small sample of what was inside:
Some nice basics. I could see myself making all of these, especially the Parka.
I got really excited by these. There are some amazing traced or self drafted patterns, the ones above are just a few of them. I am dying to know who Penny is and what she looked like in her pink boiler suit. You can’t help feeling a connection to whoever made these up. And I remember that green and white computer paper with the holes down the side from when I was a kid.
Some more fab patterns here. I really like the long shirt, and the little girl’s coat, and that skirt. And I can totally see how the empire line wedding dress could be updated. Please ignore the cigarette that has somehow rolled into the picture. I have no idea how it got there.
The above are just a small selection of the patterns. I was pretty gobsmacked when I saw them, I can’t quite believe that anyone could be so generous. So I would like to say a really big (and belated, sorry) Thank You to Rosie. I hope your car gives you no more trouble and that Karma will be shining on you for this kind deed and bring you all sorts of good things. You are an absolute star and you totally made my day 🙂