Monthly Archives: September 2017

back in the hospital:-(

hi, yesterday was a bad day, lots of water leaking from eyes and stuff, today will be more positive.although the doctors don’t fill me with too much confidence, we do appear to have a plan of attack, to paraphrase Iron Man the plan of attack is ‘attack’on a good note they might have discovered what caused the original stroke a space invading lesion so all the doctors need to do is get hold of one of the white birthday cake looking  things and I’m cured I hope it is one of the lower levels I’m not very good at computer games if it is any higher, my brother Richard will need to blast the retro devil.

looking at this post so far it doesnt look like much sense will be made.:-)

Sitting in hospital gives you a lot of time to think, and I have a new respect for Denise, whom I realised we lost year ago beginning of last week i understand why she spent so much time on social media, and wish I had put more effort into finding the photos, it is amazing the difference between the younger (technology embracing )patients and the older no technology patients. My Dad is upstairs in the same hospital being bored where with a tablet or iPad you can have so much variety and keep in video contact I can play cards jigsaw puzzles read magazines watch iTunes, amazon prime not Netflix for some reason, catching up on Outlander, just watched the Wedding bet you are jealous Liz, I was reading Outlander when it was cross stitch in the UK. I do find it hard to concentrate for any amount of time hence the rambling post. Southend hospital has obviously put some of their immense car parking revenue into the wireless networking, once every one is ‘online’ the media streaming might be not as good.:-) but i am the no waiting generation.

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Lizzie Kate flipit charm cross stitch

hi, I do have a finish to share with you, I finally finished my cross stitch – Lizzie Kate double Flip, the last couple of words were quite inspirational. Create and Live! I must admit I wasn’t really struck on the LIVE! I wasn’t keen on the font or the underlining.

The last update on this project was 3rd July when I had just started CARE since then we have had encourage

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Laugh and Create, this was taken a couple of days before I went into hospital

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The next photo was taken about a week after getting out

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 unforunately I havent taken a full finish photo of it, and I’m back in the hospital 😦 I will admit I am not overly gone on the ‘charms aspect of the pattern. I don’t know if any of you are interested in the fabric but it is overdyed, when I was at the cross stitching height  there were two overdyed fabric places that i dribbled over sugar maple fabrics and silkweaver, I think this is sugar maple fabrics in tropical it is probably 32 count. I have another peice this is a half size, cut down the middle and zigzagged.The previous picture is quite close to the actual colours, on my iPad. Expect more cross stitching less dressmaking.

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I had started making this dress before ‘the event’ I’d changed my mind about which dress I was going to make for the 1st august wedding, I’d run out of time for the pattern I felt that there could be some fitting issues so I decided to go with this dress instead.


It was all cut out and I’d even put a test muslin together checking the install of the under arm gussset and whether or not I would need to do a Small Bust Adjustment, which I did need to do, the underarm gusset went in faultlessly, which either means that it goes in a lot easier if the fabric is quite stiff, or I didn’t put the marks in the correct position after doing the SBA.


I had put the two back and two front skirt peices together and started attaching the pockets, it was while attaching the third pocket piece that I had realised something was wrong.


Now out of the hospital I have attempted to complete the dress, here is the front the shoulder seams are pinned the under arm gusset is installed.


You can see the slight pucker in the corner that means it won’t lay properly

The side seam point has gone in perfectly

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This is the basting of the pleat over the zip

zip installed wth basteing

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With the gathers on the skirt. Because I need to unpick at least half of the gusset I’m going to put this dress to one side now until I feel better able to manipulate the fabric into the correct position, as you can see from the photos above the gusset went in perfectly on the muslin.

I am going to look for something easier to do as my first make after coming out of hospital.

What does one do, while stuck in hospital with an internet connection?

One goes shopping of course 🙂

I bought a craftsy class – One Pattern many looks PANTS I started watching it while in hospital and while there were quite a few ah-ha moments, the instructor did keep sending me to sleep, this may of course not be her fault. I haven’t looked at it since I got home, because we have been redecorating the house this year I have a ‘new’ sewing room, but that will be a different post.

I have also brought some more fabric, just in case there is a world shortage (for 15-20 years or more)

It all has viscose/rayon in it, what can I say it was cheap and I had just finished reading some posts raving about how cool/drapey it is, so I completely blocked out how much of an arse it was to sew with the last time I used it.

We have:-

Printed Georgette might be nice as a Rhapsody Blouse

Looking at these photos (which aren’t my best work) it appears that I bought the same pattern in two colourways without realising it. These might have a sewoverit pattern in their near future. The fabric is lovely and drapey, hopefully not too frayey.