Monthly Archives: November 2013

Desert Island Sewing!

Just a quickie to let you know that I am extremely honoured to be Winnie’s next Desert Island Castaway!  Head on over to Scruffy Badger Time   to read all about it.

As far as the rest of it goes, I am rapidly approaching my  50K  word mark for NaNoWriMo and have a couple of simple sewing projects planned to ease me back into it.   And how could I not do the Grunge Sewalong when it was such a significant part of my youth?  Watch this space, I promise to be back posting regularly soon.

My Kelly Skirt – Too late for Red (ish) October?

photoI really wanted to make something for Red October but the UFO I was planning on finishing turned out to be uncooperative. As a last resort I turned to the Kelly skirt pattern. I ordered this as soon as it was released as a PDF. Call me weird but I actually prefer PDF patterns to most normal ones. I hate tissue paper and tracing and would much rather stick the pages together then cut them out. And if I need a different size I just print it out again.

This skirt has been made and blogged a million times before, so I will just add that it really is as easy as everyone says it is. Even with the seven buttonholes it only took a few hours.  Pockets, no zip, a quick make, what’s not to love?

(Even if the button holes are some of the crappiest I’ve ever done, due to rushing, but they don’t show too much so keep it quiet, okay?)

photo 2I used this gorgeous Alexander Henry lorenza fabric that I got at the Birmingham swap. It originally came from Louise of Thread Carefully, so thank you Louise.  It has red stripes and I used red buttons so it definitely counts for Red October, yes? And I did finish it in October, even if I am a couple of days late in posting it.

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If I was going to make it again I would possibly hem it a little shorter but otherwise I really love it. It should see me through winter with leggings and boots and still work when the weather improves.

I’m afraid my November posts will probably be a less frequent than usual. I have decided to do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again this year.  Not a completely sane decision, I am already short of time but I really really want to. I guess it will do my family good fending for themselves for a month. And my boss does need to learn who’s really the boss, and who needs sleep anyway?  I would highly recommend it as a way of getting focused on a writing project and developing a habit (a writing habit, not a gin, caffeine or crisp habit, although that may be a side effect if last year is anything to go by).  Last year I managed to ‘win’ and wrote 52,407words of a novel in November. I have almost finished tarting it up to make it presentable so I’m going to give it another go this year to produce some more raw material to work with.  I will need breaks so I may still get some sewing done, but no promises.

Is anyone else doing NaNoWriMo this year? If so good luck and I’ll see you at the finish line, if not before.