This is the pattern I used. McCall's 6503, view D.
Here's a close up of the fabric and buttons. There were supposed to be 3 x 1.5cm buttons on that piece but when I laid 3 buttons that size down, the buttonholes would have been almost touching. I decided to only use 2 smaller buttons - they're about 1cm in diameter.
I have another dress cut out and ready to sew for Joanna but I decided to do some selfish sewing and cut out my next jacket. This time it's royal blue. A very wearable colour for me.
I'm a bit further on with it than that photo - I'm hoping I'll get it finished soon.
These are blocks 30 to 37 of my LTP (long term project) quilt. I'm still really enjoying making these. It's always fun to choose the fabrics and see how they look together.
This is another thing I made this last week. I like to think I'm a fairly good cook but apple pie has never been one of my best things. Douglas's mum makes a great apple pie so I asked him to ask her for her recipe. Not so much for the apple bit but for the pastry bit. I tried it out on Sunday and, whilst it's not exactly the same as MIL's, it was fabulous! I will definitely be using her pastry recipe again! (See below)
Granny Lee's pastry
12 oz plain flour
4 oz marg
1 dssp sugar (= 2 tsps)
Whizz the flour and fats in the food processor and add a little cold water to bring it together.
Divide into 2 pieces and roll one of them out to fit on an ovenproof plate.
Fill with apples.
Roll out the other piece of pastry for the lid.
Wet around the edges of the base and stick the top on.
Pierce a few holes to let the steam out.
Fork around the edges to make a good seal.
Paint the top with egg and dust with sugar.
Cook for about 45 minutes to an hour at 160ºC (fan oven).
My mouth's watering just thinking about that apple pie! Nom nom nom. :o)