making do

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I have been feeling a bit ‘blah’ or ‘meh’ for the past few weeks. I guess it’s to do with the weather and the post-Christmas blues that many people get. I have had no enthusiasm for anything, but lots of things I would like to do. Time seems to go so slowly, yet I get nothing done. Hubbie keeps asking whats wrong, but I’m not really sure. I just don’t feel like the me I think I am (or maybe the me I want to be)

This week the blahs got a bit of a shake off.

Niblet and I did some baking on Thursday afternoon. Niblet made a loaf of bread and I made a couple more, we then made some yummy honey & cinnamon spelt biscuits. (Photos of Niblet’s bread & biscuits)

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I also got round to some sewing.

Due to the fact that Hubbie will come to the end of his contract in a couple of weeks (earlier than expected) and is trying to find a different job, we will basically be broke. So I am trying to use up more of what we have (I have lots of material hoarded and am always picking up ideal birthday gifts at great prices).

With this in mind, I decided to make my dad’s birthday present. (He is unlikely to ever read this, so I have no problems showing you what it is!!)

I took a skirt I picked up in a charity shop, some material left over from making this shirt for Niblet’s friend last year and some interfacing I had in my stash and turned it all into ….. well, take a look

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from this……

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to this!!

I searched online for how-to’s and patterns. I found a few, but the one I used was here. I thought the instructions were fairly simple and quite clear, it gave a pattern, not just measurements to try and make your own pattern.

I forgot to take pictures of making, until I was at a frustrating point and needed to take a break!!

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When I came to pin the front and back together, the front was twice as long as the lining – AAAGGGGHHH!! I pushed and pulled and got it all to fit – I guess it was just to do with it being cut on the bias!!

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Most of it was easy and quite quick, but the final stage involved sewing the entire length of the tie by hand, which took a couple of mind-numbing hours.

Still I am really quite impressed with the finished product, especially since I never made one before.

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The rest of the men in the family are not so easy to make things for, so this could be a challenge, but I will have baby things to start making soon too, as my brother and his wife are expecting in June!!! That should keep those blahs at bay.

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