Thanks to everyone who responded to my last post with the Orla giveaway. This time all the names went into W’s latest charity shop purchase, a 1950s genuine Stetson which is apparently worth a good deal more than he paid for it which he’s delighted about. He spent last weekend cleaning and steaming it – there are a surprising number of videos on YouTube giving advice on cleaning your cowboy hat – and I think it rather suits him. The toothpick apparently adds authenticity. I have washed the lining since this photograph was taken, I discovered that the picture is actually embroidered and covered with plastic to protect it.
I think I’ve always had a thing for cowboys … I was a big fan of Ben Murphy in Alias Smith & Jones back in the day!
The first name out of the Stetson was ……….
Karen from wakeymakes. If you’d like to send me a DM on Instagram with your address Karen I’ll get the pattern – and the pink zip – in the post to you. I hope you enjoy making the Orla.
I’ll start by thanking everyone for their good wishes for Mr Jane Makes’ recovery. He’s making great progress and the diet is working, a belt is now required on his shorts! He’s supposed to have a daily walk but is also back on his mountain bike for a gentle ride down the road. In my opinion the roller blades should wait a bit longer!
The life laundry project continues following my recent wardrobe cull and ironing fest. During my sewing plan planning exercise (yet to be completed and implemented) I carefully reviewed my pattern collection. It’s not extensive but there are a good number that have never been used or even opened. I decided to be ruthless, particularly as I’ve just signed up to a subscription to Seamwork magazine so there will be more patterns coming along in the future!
I’m a big fan of Tilly’s Coco pattern and there are several Cocos in my wardrobe to prove it. As a result I was tempted into buying another pattern for a top, the Orla. I’ve seen some lovely examples of this made up, not least by Becky at Back to Blighty, and Becca over at Redwsews who even got personalised advice from Tilly on her hemline when we were at the Knitting & Stitching Show earlier this year.
Sadly, I know I’m not going to make this top – it’s just not quite my style. Absolutely nothing against Tilly’s patterns and her book, Love at First Stitch, is single-handedly responsible for teaching me to insert an invisible zip without supervision.
The upshot of this is that I’m going to give this pattern away to someone who will make use of it. It is pristine and unopened and I’ll throw in one of these zips, also bought from Tilly, which are exactly the right size for the exposed zip at the back of the Orla.
Just leave a comment below (saying which colour zip you’d like) and a name will be pulled out of the hat on Monday 18 July. Please feel free to bid on someone else’s behalf if you’ve already got the pattern yourself!
There may be more giveaways in the future as life is streamlined further to free up time and space for the important stuff!