Let me begin by saying that I have a really big thing for textures. A friend once told me that she was going to follow me around when we were shopping because I touched all the nice things. I can’t help it. I love soft and nice feeling things. Like this fleece.
I’ve also been wanting to make a super warm poncho-esque top for awhile but the decision was whether to crochet or to sew it. Until now.
I’ve added some photos that I took whilst I made it this morning. Videos of me cursing because I sewed the hood inside out are unfortunately not included.
So I began by laying out a loose jumper to gauge the size of the entire cape and the neckline.
Then, scrounged up an old skirt pattern as a template for the gentle curve on each side.
This is the wonderfully cute pixie hood. I reused the ‘pattern’ if you will from the crocheted pixie hood that I made awhile back.
This is a wonderfully explanatory image of me using my sewing machine. I believe that I was stitching together the back of the hood.
This is me pinning a hem for the front section of the hood. This hem turned out wonderfully, whereas the neck hem looked stretched and horrible and led to me cutting the whole thing off and just leaving a raw edge.
The next step was to (incorrectly) pin the hood to the neckline of the cape and to sew it together.
Now I am cursing that I used such a close colour matching thread and I can’t see what is stitches and what is fabric as I unpick the ENTIRE BLOODY HOOD.
And this is the finished product. In the end I left all the edges raw except for the hood and I sewed two little 15cm or so lines at the bottom of the gentle curve to create “arm holes”.
Oh and I’ve just realised how professional the vacuum cleaner looks on the floor in the background of the mirror shots. Oh well, nothing is perfect!
So I don’t appear to be great at this whole keeping-up-with-the-blog thing. It’s mainly 365 project posts with a few bits and pieces throw in there. Sorry about that. But then again I’m not sorry that I’m posting things that I think are more worthwhile and interesting than a bunch of utter crap.
A few of my friends have recently split from their partners and after hearing about the things that just weren’t right about their relationships I thought about what makes my relationship work.
Firstly, after coming home and talking about some of the difficulties and oddities of other relationships Matty said something along the lines of ‘we’re so normal. I love you’. I suppose in this context normal means that we don’t have the dreaded drama that some other couples seem to have. We are both pretty respectful of each other. We tend to make decisions together, talk most things over and check with each other before we make plans. We also get that being in a relationship means you don’t have to be attached at the hip and that it’s good to do your own thing sometimes. You can be together without being together. Like right now for example, I’m typing this on the couch and Matty is sitting in front of me playing Need for Speed. Occasionally he makes a comment, or I do, but basically we’re just coexisting in the same space.
Most recently when one of my friends told me that her and her partner had split I told her the traditional “it’s for the best”, but seriously I meant it. If you’re in a relationship with someone who doesn’t get you, who tries to control you, who you just can’t make it work with, whatever the reason, then you’re better off. In each relationship you’re in you’re going to learn something. Take what you’ve learnt as a positive thing and move on. Your time with them was special but now it’s over. Use what you learnt to built an even better relationship with someone new.
I think that your partner should be your best friend. You’re allowed to fight, but you need to be able to make up too. You need to be able to be 100% you with them, and they need to accept it. No one is perfect, but you both need to love each other for who you are.
Of course I’m just speaking from personal experience. What I’m saying might be a load of bull to someone else.
In a perfect world everyone would be able to pair up with their perfect match, but in the real world sometimes it takes a bit of work. Not everything can be unicorns and puppies and rainbows y’know!