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Tuesday, 6 July 2010

WOYWW.......

It's been a really exciting week. Everything from gardening, sewing, crocheting and meeting the lovely Linby to a brilliant night out at the theatre and even a blog anniversary. Never a dull minute here :-) For those wanting my crocheted flowers they are now bagged up and available in the shop.

This morning this is what is on my work desk....

......It's the material for yet another waistcoat for one of my customers and what fun the material is [hope you can see a little of the animal design on it]. This waistcoat is one I have designed especially for a disabled gentleman. It has lots of special pockets with anchorage rings in each to attach things like his mobile phone and a wallet I made for him. He has little use in his one arm and leg so has to use a walking stick and the waistcoat enables him to carry his daily needs around with him and to keep his personal belongings secure when he does his voluntary work out in Africa every year [he drives and is very independent and could teach most of us something about not giving up when times get difficult]. This one the sort of jobs that my nursing knowledge helps with and I have done all sorts of adjustments on clothing to help with medical needs [ including putting popper tape on my own knickers for when I had my knee surgery....a girl just has to maintain her modesty :-) ].

For those that like to keep up with the posh frocks that I sew I have another wedding dress to work on today [can't show you that one yet sorry]

..... this is one I steamed at the end of last week for a wedding on Saturday.


... and a little bridesmaid's dress I have to take in some time this week.






That's all I have to show and tell this week so please pop over to Julia's, our Queen of snoop, to join in the WOYWW fun.

58 comments:

Helen said...

Oh, you are always so busy! Love that fabric, what absolute fun it is.

Nicks said...

oooooooo i love that material!
Watch this space cos i am getting my machine out to do some proper sewing today!

Sue said...

Hi
oh how lovely to meet up, gorgeous material, those dresses are beautiful im in gree at yout talent, i tried stitchin on a card last week!!! the machine got sent to the back of the wardrobe never to see daylight again! lol. have good day, sue,x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm totally in awe of your wedding dresses (even though I must image them). I also like how you use your medical training to your advantage. Being able to understand the client's needs is half the battle and it sounds like you are really on top of this one. Lovely fabric, too. Sounds like business has picked up again, now that your road is open. Happy WOYWW.

bayou said...

How clever, Annie! All these pockets and helping things sewed on that waistcoat. I love waistcoats but it is not very trendy for women at that moment, isn't it? I am also fond of overalls (e.g. silk) and cannot find any since years.... I am thinking of a gardener's outfit just like what you describe: plenty of pockets for secateurs, trowels, twine etc.

Mummylade said...

I just love that fabric!

Anneliese said...

What great fabric, & what clever idea's that must make such a difference ! x

joey said...

Hiya :O)

Gorgeous fabric! I love that you can take something from nothing and create

Joey.x

Karen said...

Firstly I have to say..what an amazing man to still do VSO...puts us to shame! That is going to be one gorgeous waistcoat isn't it! XXX

Leo said...

Ohh snap, I have fabric on my desk today too!

You're so talented, love your crochet flowers too. If you do doilies I might have to commission some I want some bright pink and yellow ones! :)

Linda Elbourne said...

LOVE the waistcoat fabric ... just LOVE it!

Doone said...

well, who is the most fortunate? him to have you or you to have him? both of you totally inspiring - your blog should have a ' does wonders for your soul' award in my humble opinion...

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW I love the material its really bright and cheery!!!! Hope all is well with you, Love Hazelxox
P. S the dresses are lovely too xo

Cardarian said...

Oh I really believe you will enjoy working with that material - lovely!
You always have interesting things on your desk!
Hugs
Cardarian

Diane said...

Your dresses are lovely, its been years since I made something. Don't know why I stopped really, perhaps I will start sewing again....

scrappystickyinkymess said...

How lovely. Lucky bride and bridesmaid, with hand crafted dresses. I always enjoy your space.

Mary Anne

JoZart said...

Love the fabric and how lovely that you are making such a special garment for a special person.I'm sure it will be so handy to him.

JoZart said...

Love the fabric and how lovely that you are making such a special garment for a special person.I'm sure it will be so handy to him.

Darcy said...

oh the dresses you get to work on are always so lovely, always makes me wish i could make clothes when I visit your page.
I am bizarrely intrigued with the popper knickers!

Sam said...

you are a busy bee Annie. Just thought I'd pop round a couple of you girls before I get onto some crochet - I'm hooked (get it lmao) and I've been desperately trying to get the cards that I needed to do out of the way so I could play again.
Take care now
Sam x

butlersabroad said...

Lovely fabric Annie, great idea about all the pockets for the gentleman to store his stuff in securely. Well done on a year of blogging and glad to had a nice time with Lynn.

Hugs
Brenda

Spyder said...

ohoo Happy non-Anniversary day!! and the knickers, yes, when I broken my leg, many many years ago when I was stillat home with parents, I was in traction for about 7 weeks and my mum cut my tiny knickers up added little ribbons at the side...I'd wash them and hang them on the traction wires, but the male nurse turned outto be gay! I thought it was such a thoughtful idea, although she did change me for doing it!!

Spyder said...

there was a good one of me as a clown... but I don't have it..I went to a local fete and the year before I was there entertaining the children by face painting...any way,this time I was there as me..just wondering around with my mum and in the tent full of local people's photo's was a huge one of me as a clown!! I was sooo shocked and just pointed at it and yelled, "Oh thats me!!" very embarrassing!!

Twiglet said...

Well Wips - what a busy day we had - very productive one though!!
Hope you sleep well and have loads of energy for your busy day sewing tomorrow.

Chrissie said...

I don't know how you do it all! I would love to meet Linby too... you lucky duck!
Fab WIP as ever!
Chrissie

Claireliz said...

Love the fabric & the dresses are stunning, really admire your sewing skills, my mum made my dress & I so wish I could sew like that... I really should practice more.
C
xx

Toucan Scraps said...

beautful dresses, and that fabric is fabulous - where did you get it?

And you are truly beautiful - loved seeing you photo earlier.

Esther said...

Aww..what a darling little bridesmaid dress and beautiful wedding gown. And as for thew waiscoat, how brilliant, not only will he look dapper but so useful too! Oh and love the new outfit in the making for you over at Twiglets.

Esther x

kayc said...

What beautiful dresses. Kathleen x

Tracy Evans said...

You are always so busy, I'm amazed at how much sewing you achieve. Love the dresses and the fabric. Have a lovely evening, Tracy Evans x

* Shaz * said...

Beautiful dresses have a good day x

Julie M said...

Wow, Annie - what gorgeous work. I love the dresses, and that waistcoat material is fun!!

Julie :o)

Macpurp said...

what beautiful dresses and fabric!
I have some flowers already made, but am looking to get some leaves to make some brooches. do you sell anything like that? If not I am thinking felt might do.

love tina x

craftimamma said...

What a wonderful chap the waistcoat recipient sounds to be and quite a fun character by the looks of that gorgeous fabric.

The dresses are beautiful. I hope we have a really good seamstress like you in our neck of the woods as my Daugher's getting married next May.

Have a lovely week.

Lesley Xx

Foil Play said...

What great fabric, would love to see the finished article!

Angie said...

Wow that is beautiful material ...and the waistcoat will be amazing ... how I wish I had known you when my husband was alive ...he was adicted to waistcoats and I always wanted to get a special one made for him ...I think I gave away over 30, many of very flamboyant materials.

craftytrog said...

Wonderful fabric & dresses! Congrats on the blogaversary! x

Kay said...

Sorry, I'm a bit late on my visits this week (probably still be trailing around on the weekend!). I love that waistcoat fabric, it's such fun :)

Sarah Anderson said...

Thanks so much for visiting my workdesk. I'm loving your blog, especially your felted blog blanner - so yummy :)

Heather x said...

awww looky at that cute little dress! I wish I could tailor :)
*hugs* Heather x

bad penny said...

ooh that little bridesmaids dress is adorable.
I was never a bridesmaid nor had one. Jess has never been one either - perhaps she'll have one one day !

Where is Ernest ? He was due at Jen's I know - but has gone AWOL !!!

Kate said...

The little bridesmaid's dress is sooo sweet.

** Kate **

Sunshine Girl said...

fabulous as always!

jennifer said...

wow, what fantastic stuff you are working on! A bit more complicated than my little Ariel dress! I'm thinking of trying to make it on a larger scale for my friend though so perhaps some bigger projects will be happening!

Minxy said...

you do make the prettiest dresses...and i love visiting as you're a constant reminder to me to get dumfinging

Julia Dunnit said...

Ah that's all' this week...an award for understatement I think! Your waistcoat man is a real character isn't he; I bet he considers you a real gem of a find.

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Your dresses and gowns are so beautiful.

xx

Kathy said...

ooooh that fabric looks beautiful - glorious colours and designs and it looks shiny too!
The dresses look fabulous

Lizzybobs said...

lovely dresses - thanks for commenting on my blog I am now a follower Liz

Anne said...

A Busy bee as always love the fabric how cute is that bridesmaid dress

Calico Kate said...

Oh my word!!! You have been soooo busy and yet you still have time to read over 100 blogs??? Gracious me! I am sorry not to have been around for a wee while I haven't had chance to read anyones recently and am treating myself to a bit of a catch up this evening before going to do some ironing. Love the little crochet flowers, so pretty and as I have just been saying to your sister as I can't crochet I am dead impressed. I can't believe it has been a year either since you started blogging. When you first left messages on my blog you didn't have one for me to return the visits on and now you have FIFTY comments on this one alone. How time flies. Anyway I promise to pop back more often!
CKx
PS my mum is down your way at the mo in Ludlow for the festival though she comes back tomorrow - it certainly doesn't feel like two weeks she's been gone.

Poppy said...

gorgeous dresses
Thanks for joining in my blog candy give away,
Good Luck.
~♥~Poppy~♥~

Enfys said...

Fab projects again, I especially love the bridesmaids dress, you are clever....
big hugs
En xx

Michelle Palmer said...

Such delightful dresses~ works of art!
:) Hope your day is sunny & special~
Michelle

TinaB said...

the dress looks beautiful xx

Wendy said...

LOve the little fowers, I have tried these myself but am never pleased with the end results, Love the bright colours in that fabric

Jingle said...

Oh, my lou!!! Those dresses are absolutely adorable!!!!

Carmen said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous fabric. That is going to be one amazing waistcoat!