Friday, September 23, 2011


The Summer Sewing bug finally kicked in this week,
and I've been spending time in the Sewing Room.

I like this orange dress on Gwyneth:

Of course, I have nothing in common with Gwyneth -
she being young, tall, blond, fabulously toned ... and Rich!
But that doesn't stop this little hen.
I got out Simplicity Pattern 2766:

and made this Orange shift dress:

Worry not - the neckline really is symmetrical.
It is just that Emma, the Shabby Chic Decorative Dress Form,
has interesting little bumps in quite awkward places!
(and is rather tinier than Moi).

I like to keep a few pieces of family history about the Cardinal Nest.
This was my mother's Extra-Large Teapot,
which holds at least 20 cuppas.
Famously brought out for all gatherings of the Extended Family Clan.

The teapot sits beside a Bread Bin, which belonged to Mr Cardinal's mother.
It is huge - perhaps it was left outside for home-delivered bread,
back in the day.
Both items are aluminium, no longer popular but
they add a touch of nostalgia to the kitchen.

A few days ago I did a ruthless declutter of my winter Home and Exercise clothes,
gave the sewing room a similar once over,
and shredded a pile of sensitive obsolete documents.
Today the carpet cleaners came to do their magic.
I think I need a good lie down ....


1 comment:

  1. Orange definitely is the colour this season and I love the shift dress Patricia. I bet you get a lot of wear out of this comfy style.
    Who can forget those big old teapots and bread bins. I remember as a child we would place the bin outside for a daily bread delivery. Back in the day when bread came in wax paper wrap (at least it did in NSW).
    Decluttering is a never ending task!