Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Let them Eat Cake!

by Tugba Kop - do pop over and see the great blog!
Who doesn't love cake?

And I do believe I've won one of these darling little cupcake brooches above!
  Squeal!  I never win anything - more than a tad delighted.
(and may I add, I don't remember entering - must have been a wine-fuelled online frenzy)

For today's recipe I've gathered together a bowlful of my scrummy baking, and stirred it up with a collection of delightful baking-inspired sewing creations from a variety of talented fabric artisans. The finished dish? .... I hope you'll agree it's very tasty indeed.

INGREDIENTS

Cakey makes - all based on recipes from "Cupcakes from the Primrose Bakery. Quite easily the best cake book in my possession (and I have an awful lot of them). Easy to follow recipes that never fail to deliver.
Sewing aside, my other passion is cooking. I'm happiest when throwing something together in the kitchen - and if accompanied by a bit of rock music and a glug of wine, then so much the better. I adore baking, and could quite happily make cakes all day long. I try to reign this enthusiasm in though, as quite frankly I'm large enough.

Now.... Every keen cook needs a pretty pinny to get in the mood. Oh boy - have I found some fab ones....


How about this ruffly little lovely? Isn't it adorable! I absolutely love it, and best of all the pattern for this delightful make can be found on Rhonda Steed's great blog - http://www.rhondasteed.blogspot.com/

. What colours are you going to make yours in?

Okay then... We're dressed for the part. Let's see what's first to come out of the oven....
Mmm - Scrummy yummy, tangy meringuey, oozy floozy, sparkly Lemon Cake. Ooh - I can smell it now!


It tastes every bit as good as it looks. Whilst making room for another yummy, let's have a look at another pretty creation.


A simple style in a glorious fabric combination, I'm loving this make, from the studio of:
Nana Company - http://nanacompany.typepad.com/nanacompany/. Beautiful floral loveliness and a stunning blog!

Stuck for a birthday present? Baking is a wonderful way to make a cheap and eagerly received gift. Look out for pretty containers to display in and the simplest buns can look fantastic.

These are chocolate cupcakes with pistachio frosting. People often ask me how I make the frosting look so professional. The key is to get your frosting at the right consistency, reasonably firm so that it holds it's shape when applied. I don't measure the ingredients, I simply adjust the amount of icing sugar until I'm happy with the result. This often means I have quite a bit left over..... No worries, store in an airtight container in the fridge for several days - its perfect to use again once at room temperature and stirred well.

Back to sewing, and I'm just adoring the colours here -

I can so imagine these hanging on a White shaker peg-rail in my kitchen. I found these little lovelies on the perfectly named site - Such Pretty Things.... http://www.suchprettythings.typepad.com/

By now your appetite should be well and truly whetted, so let's introduce another plateful.....


Malted cupcakes with marshmallow frosting. I wish I could waft the baking smell of these fresh from the oven. Oh - it's divine, and instantly transports you straight back to childhood. The marshmallow frosting is easy to make, but quite tricky to work with as you have to move quickly before it sets. There's never any shortage of takers for scraping out the bowl, but I'm very adept with my wooden spoon and manage to fight them off with aplomb.

Fancy a bit of kitchen flirtation? You cant go far wrong with this sassy little number.... 


Appearing out of the kitchen carrying a plate of tasty treats wearing this (and nothing else but a pair of heels and a suggestive smile) will have him eating out of your hands for days!

You can find this floozy on the apply named - www.flirtyaprons.com

I must give it a try! Lol, but first let's bake another batch or two....


Sophisticated and stylish, these buns are strictly for grownups with the addition of Baileys, Amaretto and Creme de Menthe in the frostings over a cappuccino cupcake.

Frosting tip - using a pallette knife, apply a generous dollop of frosting to the top of your bun. Place your knife at a 45 degree angle, and starting from the centre, hold your knife still and turn the bun slowly whilst working towards the edge. I use a small lazy suzan turntable, but it's also easy to achieve by twiddling the bun around slowly on the worktop. I know a lot of people find this tricky, keep practicing and you should soon get the knack. If it all goes Pete Tong - just scrape off carefully and start again.

If you are slow at frosting, remember to stir your bowl well between applications to keep it workable, if necessary adding a drop (and I mean drop) of water to soften it up.

Enough of cooking, let's feast on some more sewing flair....


Don't you just love this pretty little pinny? A feminine cacophony of cupcakes and frills - I think the wooden holder is inspired genius. A weapon at the ready for bashing naughty children and annoying husbands. :)
Top marks go to Future Girl for designing this delightful number. www.etsy.com/shop/futuregirl

Still got room left for another mouthful or two? Let's finish off with a few kiddie favourites...


Marshmallow dreams on a vanilla base - imagine picking off the mallow pieces one by one, then slowly enjoying the rosewater flavoured frosting. Or perhaps you'd prefer a double chococolate cupcake topped with crispy mint frosting and milk chocolate buttons?


Or you could do battle with the rest of the family to secure your favourite childhood sweet-topped delight..... (mine's the fizzy strawberry lace/White chocolate frosting/jammy vanilla based combo).

All that yumminess has got me in the mood for switching the oven on. Today I'm thinking Rasberry Ruffle cupcakes will hit the spot of the ravenous hordes. Before I scurry into the kitchen, I can't go without sharing this so Sew Lovely with you. It's adorable and I think I need to do one myself. I've been after a small portable machine to carry to classes for quite a while. Me-thinks a cheap second hand one is on the cards, transformed into a magical little talking piece. I take my hat off to you - Quilted Cupcake... http://quiltedcupcake.blogspot.com/ Very special indeed.


What a marvellous way to showcase all those pretty buttons lurking away unseen in an old rusty tin.

Anyone fancy an ice-cream?


Or perhaps an indigestion tablet..... Lol

These are very simple to make. Just line your silicone cupcake tray with foil, place cones within and fill with batter as normal. I then place another piece of foil loosely over the top. This is necessary to prevent the cones burning. Due to the foil, the cakes may take a little longer to cook than normal, and care must be taken not to break when frosting.  Oh so special for a summer party, they're worth the extra bit of effort.

I've got my bowls, my spoons, my pinny .... And I may be gone some time.

A Photo a Day Challenge - Day 8



Today's theme - Must contain a triangle

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Drawing with Threads

A delicate Hydrangea bloom, captured in threads.


To create this embroidery, I have used a stamp to print the image onto fabric.

Using Perle threads to outline the flower petals and leaves, I have then added colour to the stitchery by "painting" in the flower using Sharpie markers. I used two shades of pink and a muted blue to give the flower head a realistic appearance. The leaves have been coloured with two shades of green.

Something of an experiment, I shall definitely be using this technique again. Working with the pens has taken me straight back to childhood, when I spent hour after hour pored over my treasured Altair design pad. Who would have thought ..... Colouring in for grown ups!

To embellish and add a little life to the embroidery, I have added tiny seed beads to the centre of each flower. It works a treat - however threading the beading needle left me crying in frustration. I couldn't even see the eye of the needle - let alone thread it.

I'm really pleased with the finished stitchery. Not sure what I shall do with it next?

Note - I am going to use a little artistic licence and include this as my entry for Day 7 of the Photo a Day Challenge.... Something you have sketched or drawn. I've drawn with threads AND coloured in :)

Monday, 29 August 2011

A Jar full of Delights!

  Just what is it about jars that makes them so darling?

Let's face it.... they're pretty boring objects really.  A bit of moulded glass with a lid on top.  Yet - however boring they may be, dare I admit I have a bit of a jar fetish?  (to add to the ever growing lists of things I simply can't do without).  Perhaps I like them for their simplicity, their usefulness, their style.  Or maybe because so many can be collected by recycling them - hence qualifying as freebies!

Cheap-skate - Moi? 
I'm not the self-proclaimed Car-Boot sale Queen for nothing!


There are so many different styles to choose from.  Plain ones, coloured ones, patterned ones.  My husband simply fails to grasp why I go into raptures when I see a pretty jar and feel unable to part with it.  

Mason jars, Kilner jars, I love you all.
 and yes.... even the humble ol' jam jar gets a big hug from me!
 Even before we were encouraged to recycle nigh on everything, I could still be found soaking jars for days on end to remove the labels.  Boy oh boy, but do those label manufacturers know how to make glue!  There is nothing quite like dipping your hands into a soapy, gloopy cold concoction of slimy water, containing slug like entrails of labels.  That delicious little moment when you shudder as your fingers enter the water (please tell me it's not only me who can't abide cold dishwater), grasp your jar  and bring it to the surface - hoping against all hope that the label has finally given up it's frenzied grip on life.  
Once the newly adoptive mother of a gleaming recycled jar - what to do with it next?  Oh, the possibilities!

The literary next step 
Personally, I like to ponder on the future usage of my jars for a while, and whilst the thought process is underway, the said jar will be stored carefully away - awaiting it's creative destiny.

The "In Reality" next step
Okay...... so I tend to forget all about them and chuck them in the corner cupboard in the kitchen.  You know the one.... that little treasure trove where we squirrel away all the useful junk that we mean to do something with - one day!  My corner cupboard likes to keep it's wares.  Once swallowed up into it's cavernous jaws, it slams it's awkward little mouth doors shut.  Retrieving anything from the gloomy depths is so blooming difficult, the odd time anything does make it out into daylight it's likely to be vintage.
This year however I have great plans for my jars. 

(note I say plans..... this planning stage could last for years)

I'm loving this new craze I've noticed on Pinterest.  There appears to be a very "Pinteresting" obsession with sticking ingredients inside a jar and giving as a gift. Don't you worry - I'm pinning them all frantically!

How hard can this gift idea be I wonder?

For starters, how do you know just what size jar you need.  It won't look right unless the contents are to the top.  And then there's the whole business of getting each level

well..................................... level!  

I mean - look at that jar in the picture above - it looks sooooo perfect.  Surely that must have been photo-shopped?  

Can a mere mortal create that?  Darned sure this one can't.  I tried layering coloured sand in a jar once on a school trip (I was 35, the kids were 5) and the children's efforts were better than mine.  Ah well... they say it's the thought that counts.  It will be wonky and they will LOVE it. 
I'm loving this little idea too.  How gorgeous to pop along to a picnic or barbecue with this perfectly formed bucket of loveliness.  Wonderful icy temptations to wow everyone with.  

Who am I trying to kid?   I will never turn up anywhere with anything like this, at anytime this life.  A warmish bottle of wine (very rare I remember to chill) or a rapidly dragged off the supermarket shelves crate of beer is far more my style.  Immediately finding a quiet corner with great viewing potential in which to glug my wine, revel in sarky humour - and demand food be brought to me at frequent intervals.  

Still....... a girl can dream.

I'm not ashamed to admit I'm more than a little jealous of these wonderful folk who do actually manage to create things like this in the real world.  I imagine you all live in a "Little House on the Prairie" existence, but with mod-cons.  A world in which the sun is always shining, the home and garden simply gleam, the children are angelic, and where nothing green and unidentifiable is ever found at the back of the fridge.  

I'd really like to join you, though I don't think I'm ever likely to meet the membership criteria.  Let's say I'm trying..... I've even got so far as buying an apron pattern, and I've never worn an apron in my life!
Whoops!  I've been digressing again.  

This is more my style!  Lump a few jars together, and chuck a few things in.  Effort required - zilch.  And yet still the humble jar is capable of making a stylish impact. 

Jars!  I love you xxx
Fancy a jar? 
"Cheers, me dears"
Notes -

History  (courtesy of Wikipedia)


The earliest glass jars were called wax sealers, because they used sealing wax, which was poured into a channel around the lip that held on a tin lid. This process was complicated and error-prone, but was largely the only one available for a long time, and widely used even into the early 1900s.

By far, though, the most popular form of seal was the screw-on zinc cap, the precursor to today's screw-on lids. The earliest successful application of this was discovered by Mason and patented on November 30, 1858, a date embossed on thousands of jars. Jars with "Patent Nov 30th 1858" were made in many shapes, sizes and colors well into the 1900s. Since they were made in such quantity and used for such long periods, many of them have survived to the present day.

Another popular closure was known as the Lightning closure, named after the first jar to use it, which was embossed with "Lightning" on the side. More commonly, this is often known as a bail closure, or French Kilner — it consists of a metal wire that leverages a glass lid down when pressed against the side of the jar. While these jars are still sold for storage, they are now rarely used for canning.

The heyday for jars was probably 1860-1900, when an explosion of patents for various closures were issued, ranging from the effective to the absurd. The more absurd closures were quickly abandoned, but often fetch high prices in today's antique market.

All images sourced from Pinterest

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Look for me in Rainbows

 Time for me to go now
I won`t say goodbye
Look for me in rainbows
Way up in the sky 
In the morning sunrise
When all the world is new
Just look for me and love me
As you know I loved you 
Time for me to leave you
I won`t say goodbye
Look for me in rainbows
High up in the sky 
from SewMamaSew.com
In the evening sunset
When all the world is through,
Just look for me and love me
And I'll be close to you 
It won`t be forever
The day will come and then
My loving arms will hold you
When we meet again
I've rather fallen in love with this song.  Sung by Vicki Brown, with nothing but piano accompaniment - it is heart achingly beautiful.  Here's the YouTube link which I hope will work!  I hope you like it too.


Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Goodbye Mum

 A look back to happy times - when you loved a laugh, and life was normal


By the time of my second wedding in 2004, you were diagnosed with dementia - but you 
still enjoyed the day and knew who I was.
These is the last photo I have of you at home.  You were already very confused, but recognized close family.  3 short months later you had no idea who we were.  Only 4 years ago - it seems like a lifetime.

Bless you Mum - I'm so relieved you can finally be at peace.

Love you always.


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Photo-a-day Challenge 2/365 (plus the Rules!)

I've made it to day 2
(And just discovered there's rules - so must dash off and take another pic!)
Darling Jasmine
For those wondering what I'm up to - I'm attempting to post a newly captured photograph every single day of the year.  This wasn't my idea....... all credit must go to Gill Edwards and her blog  Saturday's Child for providing the inspiration.  Do pop over and take a look at her blog, it's a lovely read - and Gill will make you feel very welcome.

There I was thinking..... "This will be a doddle".  How easy can it be to snap a picture a day and then post to the blog.  Particularly with the editing app on my phone that posts straight to it.

I took a lovely picture in the evening sun last night, posted it - then whilst grabbing links - realised.....

there's RULES!

That will serve me right for reading blog posts when I'm half awake, and my caffeine meter's running low.  Armed with this new information, I must quickly grasp today's challenge.  Let's have a shufty at the rules shall we -

blog challenge rules    (taken from Saturday's Child blog)


Okay i thought I'd spice things up a little and have a few rules to this post a-photo-a-day challenge.  Its not meant to be serious so if you don't want to follow them, that's fine.

If you do want to play along then these are what I've come up with so far.  Ill cut them into small chunks so we feel we are achieving something.

All photos must be taken on the day itself, if your camera has a date facility then you could switch it on.  You don't have to write anything to go with the image but some of the rules do ask for that.
 Days 1 - 7

Day 1 - free choice to begin with

Day 2 - a pet or if you dont have one a stuffed toy
Day 3 - anything edible
Day 4 - your favourite mug/cup
Day 5 - free choice but this time list 3 reasons why you have chosen it.
Day 6 - free choice but must be in landscape mode not portrait
Day 7 - draw a small picture and take a photo of it (don't worry if you cant draw, nor can i)
******NEW AND AMENDED RULES******

Days 8 - 14

Day 8 - Must have a 'triangle' in it
Day 9 - anything 'yellow'
Day 10 - anything fluffy but not living
Day 11 - A cloud formation
Day 12 - Anything beginning with 'B'
Day 13 - 2 ingredients you will use in any meal today
Day 14 - The theme of 'time' interpret it any way you wish


Woo Hoo, if you've made it this far, well done. Jump up and down and feel good about yourself and... oh okay enough of the cheesey phrases!

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@litlemouselilly has come up with some great rules, i think you’ll agree with me that they are going to stretch us and be fun at the same time.

Ok some rule ideas that i came up with:

15.    Treasured childhood possession
16.    Macro shot (close up if no macro setting)
17.   Texture
18.   Looking up
19.   Looking down
20.   Try a different perspective (e.g get down on the floor)
21.   Weather
22.   Yourself (either an image of you however you want to do it or something that sums you up!)
23-29.  Pick a colour for a week

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Brill new rules from Jan @cajamecreations. Cant wait to get started on these.

Your interpretation of the following...

Day 30. Water
Day 31. Insect
Day 32. What sums up home for you
Day 33. Favourite shoes
Day 34. Feathered friends
Day 35. Contents of handbag (no tidying up or adding pretty bits)
Day 36. Circles
Day 37. Obsession
Day 38. Stones/rocks/pebbles
Day 39. Black & White
Day 40. Fire
Day 41. Words
Day 42. Blue & White
Day 43. Autumnal mood
Day 44. Favourite drink
Day 45. Housework
Day 46. Altered images
Day 47. Call of the wild
Day 48. Red, white, blue
Day 49. Diamonds
Day 50. Socks

Well that will keep us busy until well into October. If we make it that far we all deserves a big treat!

Interesting eh!  Feeling tempted to take part?


Aha!  So today's theme is a pet or a stuffed toy.  A quick interlude whilst I go and beat one of the dogs into submission.  No good trying the cat, she'll be curled up in a ball this time of the morning and will just look like a fluffy pompom.  Grab a coffee, and await with nervous anticipation!  (edited to add, by the time you read this, the picture will have been posted - making last sentence nonsensical.  Bear with me - I'm not a morning person!).

Gill - you weren't kidding when you called this a challenge!  The dogs have gone to ground, in a deep sulk because it's raining.  I can't take a picture indoors, as I'm in desperate need of a housework fairy to come and rescue me.  The dogs refuse point-blank to go outside.  Have you ever had the pleasure of dragging an English Bulldog (all 6 and a half stone of him) through the house by his back legs, whilst he's pretending to be asleep?   Meanwhile my Bichon looks so painfully disdainful of my efforts that I refuse to take one..... two can play at that little game.

Cat it is then.  Truth be told, Jasmine isn't keen either.  Not long in from her prowls, she has wailed, rubbed and cajoled her breakfast out of me.  As far as she's concerned that's all that is required of her until this evening, and I find her in la-la land in the spare bedroom.  Well - I'm sorry sweetheart, but we all have to give to this cause - and you are my last resort.  Hey - what's this...... a cuddly toy too?  

Double whammy..... back of the net!

A 10 minute wrestling match later, I do have an image.  I also have a mouthful of fluff, and an extremely ticked-off cat.  Get over it Jasmine - you've got all day to sleep your temper off (and you know Mummy will be ready with your din-dins and a cheek rub later).  Okay - it's not a good image, but I daren't attempt another one.  Definitely a case of making do this morning!  Therefore I've upped the levels and applied a charcoal sketch tool, to the frankly very mundane and badly lit original image - and it looks a heap more interesting.  Jasmine even looks quite cute in it, which is amazing - seeing how her back end is pinned down to stop her escaping, and she's really snarling "bog off bitch and leave me alone".

I do hope others will join this crazy challenge.  I'm rather looking forward to looking at the daily entries.  After all, I need something else to waste my time over in my Internet doodling.    If you're going to join in, pop over to Saturday's Child and let her know.  Grab the button - and get snapping.
I'm ending with an older pet picture.  I just love the way the face of the cat is reflected in the metal corner of the pool table.  That cat posed beautifully - and it wasn't mine!  Honestly - your own pets, they're worse than children.



A Palette Print




For some time I've found myself rather in love with all the lovely colour palette images I find on Pinterest.  I repin them with a certain fervour, with no thought whatsoever what I may do to them.

Today whilst twiddling my thumbs and trying to find something to occupy my mind, I thought -

"Why not combine some of them into a collage?"

And here we are.  A bit of fiddling around with word, the addition of a few text boxes - and voila - an A3 print on canvas, all ready to frame.  It's come out looking really good, it's a shame the photo doesn't do it justice.  The print is crisp and clear, with the colours beautifully muted and toning.  I think this will make a lovely addition to my sewing room.  Now to find a frame!


A Photo a Day Challenge 5/365

Day 5 - free choice but this time list 3 reasons why you have chosen it.



  1.  I wish you could know I was thinking of you
  2. I want to remember the happy times - now so so long ago
  3. I'm so frightened of receiving "that" phone-call

A bit of a morbid one this.  I'm playing the waiting game today.  I lost my mother to Alzheimers about 5 years ago.  After a decade of declining memory (which began when she was only 57) - that was how long ago she finally failed to recognize me.  Instead I instantly became "Who's that woman?" and the full focus of her hatred and temper on a daily basis, culminating with her attacking me with a knife.  It was at this point 3 years ago, that we knew we could no longer care for her.  She wasn't just a danger to herself, she was a danger to all around her.

Since that time, I really thought I'd come to terms with it - and thought I'd gone through the stages of grieving.  I only realised yesterday that I'd missed one big stage.  I've done the anger, depression, acceptance - the one thing I've never done is cry.

Yesterday, when I received the call from the home that Mum is fading fast - was like a sledgehammer blow to the heart.  She's stopped eating and drinking and it is a matter of days until she's finally at peace.  I welcome this so much I can't begin to tell you.  Alzeihmer's is a disease you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.  A shell of a body left when the person you knew is long gone.

So today I'm just waiting for a phone call.  What I'm finding hardest to cope with is the knowledge that I am totally unable to say goodbye.   She will be dying, lost in her own little world that we have no knowledge of.  A world in which she was vehemently adament she had no daughter.  A world in which she hated me with a determination I will never be able to understand.  A world which held terror and fear when she was last able to show any expression.

Dear Mum - In the last week I've sat and held your hand, stroked your face - tried to remember the old songs you used to sing to me as a child.  I wavered a bit, but got through them all.  You haven't known I was there.  I hope with all my heart that you can drift off to a place where you are finally at peace.  If there are any thoughts remaining; please, please, please let them be happy ones, without fear or pain.

I do know how much you loved me once.  The terrible illness which stripped it all away - I know you had no control over.  I only wish you could know just how much I love you.

At some point, I will be writing a lengthy piece about Alzheimers.  It's something I need to do, as it's been an horrific part of my life for so long.  I hope it will be cathartic.





Monday, 22 August 2011

A Photo-a-Day Challenge 4/365

Today's theme - a favorite cup or mug




Give me a Denby Crafstman mug every time. Coffee tastes so much better in one, and lovely to clasp in your hands. I have several blue and green colourways, but this blue linen mug is my favorite.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

A Photo- a-day Challenge 3/365

Theme - Something to Eat


Working all day - so a take-away tea. Chicken shish kebab with chilli sauce and salad.

Silent Sunday





Saturday, 20 August 2011

Designer Denim - Cajame Style

What to do on a drizzly afternoon when you have no car, an unkeen tween, and precisely 78 pence in loose change rattling around in your purse?

I decided I had to do something creative or I'd be up for the world record attempt in hours spent wasted on Twitter in a day.  Looking around for inspiration, I spied the denim jacket that my daughter Sophie had dragged on earlier when we popped out to the Post Office.  It fits her perfectly, but hasn't seen the light of day for months and months.  I don't know what it is about denim jackets.... they never really go out of fashion do they?  I love the style and have several, albeit none are plain denim - I find the colour drains me.  I prefer pastel shades, corduroy or suede.  Anyway, I digress.  Back to the point of the blog!

Take one jacket (originally purchased for £1 at a car boot sale)


Add
A piece of pretty fabric.  A fat quarter would be ample.  I'm using a patchwork wrap-around skirt.  Purchased for £1.50 (yes, you've guessed it - I won't bother telling you where).
Assorted trimmings:- I'm using my own printed fabric patch, 
scraps of bargain bin ribbon, and a few lengths of vintage lace -
(my usual source - & so cheap, I won't upset you by bragging about the price).

Total cost of materials - approximately £3.25


I've decided to add a fabric panel to the centre back of the jacket.  After adding a liberal amount of fabric spray adhesive to the denim,


I cut an overly sized piece of fabric from the skirt and smoothed into place, adding pins around the edges and a few n the middle to hold it securely whilst machining.


Sewing on the reverse side.  I then machined all the way around the panel, keep the needle as close to the inside of the original stitch line as possible.


Next, a quick flip over and it's time to trim away the excess fabric.  I'm using a pair of Applique scissors to do this.  Funnily enough I found these at a car-boot sale too!  If you haven't got a pair, I can truthfully say I don't know how I'd manage without them now.  They are super sharp, relatively heavy - and the shaped back piece helps ensure the fabric you need to keep uncut is out of the way.  I love them.   So then, if you haven't got a pair of these... make sure your scissors are super-sharp, and cut as close to the stitch line as you can, being very careful indeed.


So far, sew good.  Adding the back panel took less than 15 minutes from start to finish.
I've received a grunt from the tween.  I can only assume the raised eyebrow is an appreciation of my efforts, and she truly loves it.  I now ask for suggestions for embellishments.
A shrug of the shoulders, and head buried back into I-pod.
I shall take that as permission to proceed with my vintage lace and patch.
Hope she likes it when it's finished - it's only a size 8.  Cut me in half, and I still couldn't fit in it.


Throughout this little project, I haven't used any more pins.  I'm a major fan of spray adhesive.
If there was ever a wonder product for sewing, it's this stuff.  Gone are the days of tacking.
Sewing used to be such a bind, the modern time savers are a true boon and delight to use.
I've added a few strips of vintage lace.  I have so much of the stuff, I really need to start using some of it.  Holding firmly in place and using the jacket seams as I guide, I whizz around.


With the back looking super stylish, I needed to add a bit of zing to the front.
I know I need to be a little careful here, or Sophie won't wear it.  She's at that age!
I'm already knowing I need to do one of these for myself - and I know if I do it will be a garment suitable for a dandy.  I have no worries whatsoever about wearing things that are a little odd.  
I'd much rather that than follow the crowd.  
So..... the rest of the family walk on the other side of the street to me.  It's their loss.

Uh-oh, drifting away from the point again.  So sorry, but I'm awfully good at that.  
Get me on a forum, and I bring a whole new meaning to thread drift - to the point that it would be impossible to know what the original topic was.

Where was I.....  the pocket!
After toying with the idea of a lace hankie dangling, I decided to save that idea for my own creation - and instead set about hacking off a corner of the wrap-around skirt.  
(no hemming required - genius)
Folding the corners of the triangle into the middle, I roughly bunch it up and stitch across the top to hold.  After checking it's the right size for the pocket I I then stitch it to the top flap leaving the pocket  still able to open.  With a little ribbon trim - I think it's pretty hunky-dory.


By now I've really lost myself in this project.  I could happily carry on until there's no denim visible.
That's the beauty of this jacket shape.  The panels are so simple, they are the perfect sewing guide.
I resist the urge to go totally OTT and instead add a little strip of pale blue polka dot ribbon to the collar, and pocket top, and a few more strips of lace.


Don't you think this pocket looks totally darling?


And this is the back panel - I just love it.  Wish it fitted me.
The little "Irresistible" patch, is taken from a vintage advertising poster - scaled right down and printed onto washable printing fabric.  (the stuff of dreams for an active imagination).

Wish me luck.......

It's finished, and I'm heading tentatively in the direction of the lounge for the verdict.


Do you know what?  I think I've only gone and won the bingo!  Smiles.  I even got a "That's Lovely".
Even better - I got a quick agreement to slither off the sofa in amoeba like manner to come outside and pose for a photo.  (If you read my blog from this morning, you will already know that the home is out of bounds for photo studio purposes, due to the appallingly slatternly ways of the the housewife living there).


I am absolutely delighted how this has turned out.  A super quick project, and a real transformation from a boring denim jacket, into a truly unique Cajame original.  I do hope you've been inspired to have a go yourselves.  If you do, be sure to let me have the link so I can have a peek.  I'm nothing if not nosy.