Sunday, 7 July 2013

Celebrations, Wimbledon, Panties and Simplicity 1694

After some of the wettest and most miserable months, summer finally arrived this weekend and forecasters say the blazing heat and glorious sunshine could last all month.  This is great news especially as I am planning a birthday BBQ in a couple of weeks time for our two little granddaughters who both have their birthday in July, so it is comforting to know that we will not be crouching indoors waiting for the weather to improve.

In the meantime, my son arranged an early birthday celebration for my beautiful little granddaughter Alana yesterday and thankfully the sun shone for that too.

The weather brought mixed blessings for the men's tennis final at Wimbledon today when Andy Murray broke the 77 year wait by beating Djokovic by winning the 3rd set, in temperatures that reached around 50c today.  It was really hard to concentrate on my sewing today, with a nail-biting match to watch, that of course required me to shout at the TV to ensure that Murray won (smile). However it was so beautiful outside, it almost seemed criminal to be indoors but great to witness something that we in the UK have been waiting to see for such a long time.

Saturday morning I added a pocket and shoulder strap to my Brompton bag, as I needed just a little more space.  I did do some functional sewing today, by running up two pairs of panties.  I always use my XXXXL men's cotton T-shirts for the fabric.   There is plenty of fabric to make several pairs from one of these T-shirts, and the fabric is good quality, and difficult to find by the metre, so I just use these  -they are comfy too.

I also cut out Simplicity 1694 a cute little sleeveless blouse as you can see on the model.  I decided to use this nice little candy striped seersucker fabric, which will be perfect to wear during our summer, and hopefully when I go on my honeymoon in November.

That's all from me this weekend.  I hope you all had a great weekend.  Catch you later........


  1. That birthday party looks like so much fun!
    That should be a lovely top to stay cool in.

  2. Yay! The sun shone on her Birthday party! What a lot of fun!
    Your top looks very promising. I like it very much.

  3. Proud the sun is in your area.. and hope the grandkids have good birthdays. Looks like this party was super fun..
    Great idea about using the mens tshirts for panties.. Never thought about that?
    Love that blouse pattern.

  4. Yes, the sun... finally some summer weather here too. So good.
    Looks you and the children had a lot of fun. Very good pattern for a summer top. I like the longer and wider back.

  5. I don't know how you sewed a stitch during Wimbleton! Congratulations to your country on such an exciting win :)

  6. Congrats to Murray for an exciting win. I watched it here in my sewing room and like you, couldn't keep my eyes off the TV. Glad you helped with the win :).