Friday, 14 June 2013

Calico Open Weekend

The signs are made, the cakes ready to be iced, the venue set up, all ready to go for an open weekend to showcase the work that we do under the leadership of Biddy Bruce. We meet in the beautiful St Botolph's Barn in the village of Helpston, where I live. We are an invited group of textile artists and embroiderers and will be working in the barn this weekend (15th and 16th June) showing past, present and ongoing work. 

In among all this preparation I am teaching eldest daughter the art of dressmaking.

We are starting, as you do, with the most demanding and complex pattern you could wish for. Luckily we have decided to make a toille before we use the good fabric, I'm actually making it from one of my vintage sheets. This will mean we can get the fitting right, make any adjustments to the pattern and hopefully understand the way the dress fits together before we tackle the expensive satin version.

I have never  seen so many tucks darts and twiddly bits as in this Vogue pattern, I'm sure all this attention to detail will make a very well fitting garment. I just need a bit more thinking time to work it all out instead of attempting it in the middle of a very hectic weekend. Grandsons and family coming for Sunday roast for father's day, which I will cook in between being at the barn and socialising at home. 
Happy days! 


  1. Hope the weekend goes well for you. Sorry I won't be around. Love that Vogue pattern!

  2. Have a great weekend !
    Love your comment re: making a dress and starting with the most complex pattern available ... lol ! ... remember doing just that !!

  3. And the best of luck ...! It looks a great pattern - very vintage - and brings back memories of my mother in the 1950s!

  4. Good luck for the show - I will do my best to get over but if I dont I know you guys will be a roaring success!
    It was great to see you on Thursday - just sorry I didn't have more time to chat! xx