My daughter gives me the shirts that her partner has finished using and I usually make a shirt for her daughter but this time I made something a little different.
The paisley material is from the shirt and the polka dot material is from scraps I had. I used some scraps of left over quilting batting and quilted the paisley fabric before constructing the vest.
I used a pattern that had been used to make an outfit for her mother and her sister when they were little.
When we were recently in Scotland we visited Paisley. You can read about the origin and history of the Paisley pattern here. It is fascinating how patterns come about and how they go out of fashion and then come back into fashion.
Bananas in Pyjamas have been a feature of Australian television for many, many years. I think the song was first heard around 1972. If you haven’t heard of them, here is the original stair descent on Play School on ABC television.
Since that time the bananas have had a series of their own and a stage show as well.
Bananas in pyjamas. Her delight at having these pyjamas is obvious. The photo reminded me of Christmas when her elder sisters wore the same pyjamas several years ago. Apparently the pyjamas have been passed on to the cousins and then they came back again when our granddaughter was the size for wearing them.
There was B1 and B2 .
One of the original bananas with some of the Playschool hosts.You can read a little about the composer of the song which was first used by Playschool in 1973.
We demolished some concrete at the back of our back shed and we were going to take it to the recycling centre but the cost of depositing the concrete was over $200 so we thought there must be some other means of disposal. We came up with the idea of creating a mounded garden bed at the edge of our front garden. It is part of the nature strip but our nature strip is about four metres wide and we have a dirt road in front of that.
We covered the rubble with soil and we will plant some ground cover over that. It is a less expensive method of disposal.
My sister-in-law asked me to convert a t-shirt, that she had had for some time, into a cushion cover. It was not a difficult task and was finished very quickly. I had planned to put piping around the cushion but because of the flexible nature of the t-shirt fabric I found that would have been too tricky so I left the cushion plain, with a zip opening.
This is my third go at re-purposing or recycling a man’s shirt. This time I didn’t bother unpicking I just cut each of the sections along the seams. I used the same pattern as I used previously but in a larger size.
I am delighted with how it turned out.
Detail of the collar and the original label attached.