This time I did not bind the neckline, but added a facing – due to the nature of the fabric found this so much easier. Found the airtex cotton at Fabrics Galore a week or so ago, its perfect for the hot summer. The fabric is narrow in width so ended up buying 2 dress lengths, plus sleeve and it worked out brilliantly.
With the amazing warm summer we are experiencing, I chose to make a Bill Granger semifreddo recipe when friends came for supper. A semifreddo – Italian for ‘half-cold’ – is a bit like a cheat’s ice cream. You don’t have to make a custard base or churn, so easy for everyone to make. Next time I make this I will add 1 teaspoon of rosewater, it could just be that the Nielsen-Massey rosewater I used is stronger – not sure. It was a huge success anyway!
As a result I had 6 egg whites and decided to make a batch of giant meringues, just in case the semifreddo didn’t set in time! I use Delia’s meringue recipe, she calls it petie mont blancs – mine are giants.
Utterly delicious with fresh raspberries or any summer berries. What is your go to recipe for summer puddings?
I left the selvedge at the end of the ties, although I thought I’d make another in Liberty tana lawn and I’d finish the ties off properly.
Moving home is never easy and there always seems to be a 2 – 3 week wait for the phone to be connected. My sewing machine is up and although not in the best space possible – rearing to go. Today I went over to my favorite fabric store and found some fabulous green Wayne Hemingway fabric, £10 per meter a great price (they have the whole Hemingway collection in stock). A wonderful array of denims, from indigo dyed almost linen to heavy weight Japanese denim.
The last fabrics is a cotton searsucker, perfect for my first Tina Givens pattern – the Priscilla slip – just perfect in this heat. I’ve also been buying some new patterns online and will post about them as soon as they arrive.
The sandwiches and tiny cakes were inventive and a total delight. Croissants filled with Palma ham, Shortbread fingers filled with lemon curd and topped with raspberries, chocolate creme brûlée, raspberry macaroons, green tea cones to name a few.
Can anyone suggest a sewing pattern that would look a little like this, so far can only find one great Simplicity dress that I could alter. Really would like a little boho number for the summer holidays!
On Sunday a group of LMQG members met up to quilt and it was a really fabulous afternoon. Lots of chatting and for some hugely productive too!
It was brilliant to have so much space to lay out quilts, share tips and see new techiniques. This was basted with a spray, I’ve never seen that used and how brilliant it was. Some used spray starch [my favorite] and another Flatter, delicious scent.
and some more productive than others – ie me! I managed to cut out my strips and start my FoQ exhibition piece [top photo, all fabrics from Tikki], more concentration and work required than coffee and laughter! I am really looking forward to next’s months sew in.