Animal Laurel on the beach

photo 4 (2)Has it really been that long since I posted something?

If you want an excuse I can actually offer a good one this time – I got some really exciting non-sewing related news a couple of weeks ago.  I was shortlisted for the Telegraph Harvill Secker Crime Writing Competition, .  I didn’t win, but despite that suddenly everything seems to be moving very quickly.  People are interested in my stuff!  I’m not saying that I’m going to be the next Agatha Christie or anything, but to know that there are people out there who think people will want to read what I write is pretty amazing, and has spurred me on to start taking my writing more seriously and make more time for it.

The downside is that there are only 24 hours in a day. I still have a day job and a family who require my attention, so I have done less sewing (and sleeping) than I would like. When I have been able to sew I have been sticking to quick, easy, TNT patterns to make things that I know I will wear.  This is another Laurel.  I actually finished this dress the day before Tilly released her Coco pattern, and as soon as I saw it I did a big ‘duh’, because I remembered that I had promised myself I would get it as soon as it was released.  It must have been at the back of my mind when I made this dress because they are pretty similar, and unfortunately I’m not sure now if I can justify getting the new pattern.  I don’t need it, but would it be wrong to get Coco so I can do a proper comparison?

I used a leopard print knit from Minerva Crafts. I spent a few hours on their website at the beginning of the year ordering way more fabric than I should have and could have bought so much more. If it wasn’t for lack of time I would be hassling them every day to let me be in their bloggers network.

Not much to say about construction that I haven’t already said here, and here.  I made the skirt a little more A line, bound the neck with black bias binding and added patch pockets, which caused much swearing because the edges wouldn’t press under, but I got there eventually.  Eventually I managed to finish it in about three hours and have barely taken it off since.

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photo 3Over half term I bribed my daughter to take photos in exchange for chips on the beach, which was a win win situation because who doesn’t love chips on the beach?

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29 thoughts on “Animal Laurel on the beach

  1. Vicki Kate

    Wow, that is fabulous news! I was so pleased when you got short listed but that it’s become a launch pad is even better!
    I love your Laurel and the fabric, looks fabulous and I wouldn’t want to take it off either. Maybe you should do a compare and contrast with Coco when you have a chance. It’s research!

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Thanks! It may come to nothing but it’s nice to know that I’m not completely wasting my time. And I do need to do a compare and contrast with Coco, don’t I 🙂 I’m such a sucker for a new pattern.

  2. Panda Face

    I think your animal Laurel is grrr-eat and there is nowhere better to eat chips than the beach. And a big round of applause on the writing front – real top banana stuff.

  3. Amy

    Looks like a pretty good day out in my mind 🙂 I think if you’ve nailed the fit on the laurel it’ll be hard to justify a replica pattern but I hear Tilly’s done some cool things with the pattern markings. Plus congratulations on your writing achievements!!

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Cheers Amy! The best thing is that I only live 4 minutes from the beach (yes I am sad enough to have timed it) so even with chips it is a cheap day out. Roll on summer so I can do it every day.

  4. Scruffy badger

    Huge congratulations! That is fantastic news!! Good luck with how it all develops, really exciting. And rather a lovely Laurel! Great photos too, good job photographer!!

  5. Handmade Jane

    Aw congratulations, that’s fabulous news – well done! I’m OBSESSED with crime writing so would love to read your stuff. I also think that in the interests of important sewing research you need to buy the Coco pattern pretty sharpish, you’d totally rock the dress version! x

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Cheers Jane! Me too, what are your favourites at the moment? I’ve been reading a lot of Jo Nesbo recently and I’ve just finished The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes, which was brilliant. And I’m counting the days until the next Belinda Bauer is published, I absolutely loved all of her previous ones. I’ll definitely send you mine when it’s finished, I’d love to know what you think. Oh, and I’m ordering Coco as soon as I get paid.

  6. beebeesvintagedress

    Congratulations that is really awesome! I can understand why you would have to move your focus off sewing for a little while. I love Tnt’s! Your Laurel is lovely! x

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Cheers, I’m trying to get back into sewing and catching up on my blog reading as well as writing. I have plantain in the queue and another attempt at a wrap dress. I just wish the day job didn’t get in the way so much. Loved your BHL Georgia by the way.

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Thanks, 420 entries, not that I checked or anything 🙂 It has definitely given me the confidence to keep plugging away at it, so you never know, I may actually get published one day.

  7. BusyLizzie

    Well done on being short listed, I imagine that is pretty amazing and I am sure there were loads of entrants!
    Super cute dress, love the animal print on you too 🙂

    1. The Amazing Taracat Post author

      Cheers! It looks like there are a lot of us around. Not sure what will happen next, probably months and months of redrafting, but hopefully something will come of it in the end.

  8. Amanda

    Such fabulous news- a big congrats! And this is super fierce- rawwwwr! Who doesn’t love a TNT pattern when sewing time is scarce?

  9. Lynne

    Congratulations on your great news! That’s amazing! I love your Laurel, and I don’t think it would be wrong to buy Coco – in the interests of sewing science to make a comparison… 😉 And now I soooo want chips on the beach!!

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