Oh hi, sorry but Downton Abbey premiered in the USA last night and that always brings out the parlourmaid in me.
Talk amongst yourselves whilst I just vacuum the morning room....
Ah that's better. I don't want to get in Mrs Hughes bad books.
Anyway, how's a week of the new year gone already? The Devynes spent most of the week trying to shake off colds, playing board games and watching bad telly. But now I'm ready and raring to go, let's take this year by the horns and shake up some fun!
Hang on, there's some dust on that painting.....
The kids are back to school tomorrow, so I'm hoping to get some planning done (New Year's goals still need finalising HOWEVER learning from my year doing Sew Weekly challenges, although I'm putting together a big list of things I want to do and achieve....I think I'm only going to finalise and commit to a handful of goals each month at a time....and see where the year takes me. After all, if you look back on my goals at the start of 2012, I had no idea I was going to actually cast all DIY etc aside for sewing a garment or two each week).
But meanwhile, I couldn't let a week go by without making something so I knocked off one little fun job, a cover for my new serger and Goth Child did her usual asking-me-to-make-a-cosplay-costume-the-day-before-an-animecon......she wanted to be John Egbert, no, I don't know either...I pride myself being slightly down with the kids and I do love my comics, but John Egbert and the other characters in the MS Paint adventure Homestuck mean nothing to me. She gave me this pic:
And together we managed this:
Which she absolutely loved and supposedly other cosplayers at the con kept taking her photo and telling her she was adorable. The photo transfer wasn't brilliant as the transfer paper we used is about 5 years old and so it didn't iron on perfectly, but it will do. Done is beautiful as Loran says. And so one daughter has been kept happy for a few weeks (though she has big steampunk cosplay costume making plans for me later in the year).
The other one, Melchett, is giving me seriously ear ache that I owe her bedroom curtains.....which were started waaaaaaaaay before I got side-tracked by Sew Weekly challenges so I think I'd better get on making these this week. Of course, Melchett doesn't want any old curtains, she wants curtains that look like they're wearing tutus.....watch this space!
The other thing I made, as a quickie to get back into sewing was the aforementioned serger cover. The white plastic dust cover that came with it was soooooooooooo boring:
So I cut it apart at it's seams to make a template and made a reversible cover from some bright yellow sheeting and you might recognise some leftover fabric from my Sew Weekly childhood challenge dress:
Not bad for a first week when I was feeling pooey.
Bring on week number 2 (and episode 2 of Downton Abbey Season 3). I'd be a terrible as a maid really.....I'd be lying down on the job all the time.