Sunday, 1 January 2012

A Last Project for 2011

We've just got back this evening from 5 days away, staying at the kind of beach house where going to the beach is a matter of a short bush walk (take a different path, end up at a different beach...)

I knew there would be no room for a sewing machine while we were away, but a piece of linen was calling to me - it wanted to come too.  Some fast overnight sewing turned it into a skirt just before we set off, and here it is outside the beach house:

This is the same pattern as my last skirt - Vogue 1174 (bodice left off), this time in a straight size 14. The only changes were a little more length, selvedge instead of hem at the front, simple waistband, and stitched down pleats. This latter is not a great idea as it means the pockets take on the job of providing the wearing ease. But not to worry...

I'm pleased to report this was a very comfortable, useful beach skirt.

We got back from the beach this evening just in time to race out and see the 9 o'clock "kids" New Year's Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbour.  They said it was "so amazing" [daughter] and "just like 3D" [son].  The midnight fireworks and party looked to be even more exciting... Can great fireworks possibly be a sign for a spectacular year ahead?

On this hopeful note, Happy New Year to you all!  I wish you lots of everything I want - patience, satisfaction and success with your sewing, and peace of mind, happiness and even more patience in the rest of life. See you soon!


  1. Absolutely lovely and your beach vacation sounds like it was perfect!!! I just love the pictures! Happy 2012!!

  2. Happy New Year! Your beach looks dreamy. I like your skirt a lot. The blue linen is just perfect for summer.

  3. I enjoyed seeing your beach pictures. Your blue top and skirt is such a pretty” warm weather outfit. I can't wait for spring. It seems incredible that you are already in 2012 and we have 8 hours to go. The champagne is chilling.

  4. Happy New Year to you too. I hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you and your family, complete with plenty of sewing goodness!

  5. Thanks Debi, Karin and Audrey!

    Debi, please be advised I'm glossing over the holiday tensions and bluebottles in the sea:-).

    Karin, it was great to be away from home (and from the TV/computer) but it did seem strange to drive for 4+ hours to the beach when we have plenty of beaches nearby...

    Audrey, the time difference is so weird - it's also really weird thinking about the weather differences. We're supposed to be in the height of summer but it only feels like early spring here.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Thank you Robyn! Sorry I missed your comment; it arrived while I was writing in slo-mo:-(.

  7. Oh that beach looks blissful! Happy New Year Gabrielle and I hope the year ahead is fantastic.


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