This last week or so I have done some dressmaking for my mother-in-law. She is in her nineties and doesn't get out much any more. Besides, she has always hated buying clothes because she reckons she is an "odd shape". Aren't we all?? Any way that's what I do for her. Its hard work though as she is in the UK and I am in Australia! The plan is to take a few things with me in April when we go to visit.
So I started off making some light weight cotton trousers for her. Not quite finished as I still have to complete the waistband and hem them.
I'm not happy with them. What I was aiming for is a cute pair of harem pants like these ones of mine....
You know what I mean, elastic at the waist and ankle and a bit baggy. Well she doesn't like dark clothes which is why I chose the grey, but the herringbone pattern on the fabric makes them look like convicts' pants. Not much I can do about it now. They are way too big for me, so will finish them and take them with me in April when we go to the UK. I don't care if she never wears them. At least I tried.
Perhaps I'll just go up to Rivers and buy her a pair like mine - they are dirt cheap at Rivers.
I am much happier with the skirt.
It is the prettiest turquoise blue. I know she will love that colour. And that is what I will be doing tonight - hemming it. Usually I do that using a blind hem stitch on my machine, but this skirt is cut on the bias, and that makes it difficult to machine hem because the fabric tends to gather and buckle a bit. Much easier to manage by hand.
Linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts today.
Til next time.....Keep on stitching.