I am a big landowner now and I designed the according high-class clothes So here we are, starting with the dissection of my blog post title. I will play this game with you, where you must decide which of my statements is a lie. (If you directly want to read about the ruffled shirt I sewed, hop to the middle of the post)
First statement: I am a big landowner.
For the whole time I am with you writing about needlework I so often
complained in private and public that I never had a balcony or a garden.
I complained that I have no possibility to sit in the shadow beneath a
big tree and read one of my beloved fantasy novels. I complained that I
cannot grow plants like currents or strawberries, nor tomatoes or
pumpkins. Do you remember that I call our single flower box at the
window “our garden” where I sit on the windowsill to play pretend? And
now it happened: the statement is no lie; we really rented (ok…. I am
not the owner, but nevertheless) a garden.
It was a huge coincidence. Over a month ago (or even two, it was
before the lock down) I went for a walk with a good friend along the
‘apple street’ (I wrote last autumn about this little street which is
full of unused apple trees). And the end of this way are three houses
and a wonderful kitchen garden I always admired. This time an older man
was working away in the garden and as I sometimes lack modesty, I told
him how lovely I think his garden is. Lucky for me he was not offended
but even told me that the whole area belongs to one landlord and that
there is another garden to be found and if we meet again, he will show
me this garden.
After this I regularly walked this route in hope of meeting him again.
And we did and he was no fraud but such a lovely person. There really
was another garden hidden which lay fallow for years. After some
(impatient) waiting, several phone calls and mails with the Landlord, we
last week met in person and dared the jump: we rented (we will cancel
our newspaper and magazine subscriptions and replace it with the rent
for the garden :-D)
I am sooooooo happy (although the garden has some issues and I guess
many people would not call this wilderness a garden). The area is huge,
we measured roughly 1000 m² and the property has no electricity and no
water. Besides the previous owner (the people who abandoned it some
years ago) left behind a rotten garden house – the roof is leaking and
therefore the wood is decaying – and a pile of garbage. On the upside is
that the garden is in 700 m distance to our apartment which is such a
luck… you remember, me living in a big town… and some of the older
garden plants survived: I found rhubarb, currents, wine, wild
strawberries, apple trees, a quince tree and a plum tree and a lot of
brambles. Wait, the brambles are not one of the advantages :-DDD.
I guess the only thing we did the last days was cutting brambles as
they started to overgrow absolutely everything, the shed, the trees, the
grass, the flowerbeds, everything.
As this is a needlework post (yes, it is) I will stop with the
sentiment, that I now need even more tutoring from you: not only do I
still have to learn so much in sewing and knitting, I also have this
sourdough challenge waiting, and now I also want to transform the
wilderness into a garden and have no clue about gardening.
Finally, the needlework… we reached statement two of the blog post’s title ‘I designed the according high-class clothes’
Yeah, you guessed right, I did not. I am working on a blouse (again) but
I did not finish it in time to tell you about it, but I made a funny
striped shirt with ruffles which is not really how I imagine big
landowners to dress :-D.
At the beginning of the year I made a list with things I want to do/learn craft
wise and on this list was the ruffled shirt. And I did it, but
completely different than I originally wanted. While writing the list, I
thought about ruffles around the shoulders or the yoke of the shirt,
but I sewed the ruffles at the hem instead. One day I found this bright
striped fabric in my stash (and it is old, I remember I bought it years
ago for a performance, not for sewing). Inspiration hit and I dived into
my wardrobe and excavated a grey shirt with a big ruffled hem I really
like to wear in winter as it is huge, and I can fit a turtleneck under
it. In my mind I saw this with stripes and a bit smaller and so I
started to copycat my own shirt.
The grey shirt has a very simply sleeve construction which I though
will look bad if I make a more tailored version of it, so I decided to
use set in sleeves (I used the pattern for my standard sweatshirt to be
honest) After fighting a to align the stripes of the fabric ( the fabric
was annoyingly contorted) I had the shirt done. Now I measured the
width of the ruffle of my grey shirt and did the same for my new striped
one. Sadly, I did not have enough fabric (story of my sewing life) so I
had to make the ruffle out of several smaller parts and being my
inattentive self, I put the seam into the middle of the shirts front
Oh, I forgot I also gathered the sleeves, but they do not sit
perfectly, the shoulders of the shirt are too wide. I think this result
from the thinner striped fabric, the pattern I used is meant for
thicker, warmer sweatshirt fabric.
All in all, I like the shirt, it is no high-class designer garment, but
it allowed me to show you several photos of our garden and
simultaneously to claim that I have written a #needleworkmonday post.