I have recently become a sewing volunteer at Sewerby Hall in Bridlington. Theoretically, we make and maintain costumes for exhibits, and for visitors (especially children) to dress up in. The house is intended to be pretty much as it was in 1910.
In practice, we do whatever sewing jobs are needed. In a recent session, I helped make some Iron Age outfits for the Treasure House in Beverley. I can’t get there for the group sessions very often, as it clashes with our choir rehearsals. So I plan to go when I can, and bring away with me any jobs that can be done at home.
This time I have brought a selection of fabric that has been donation to the cause, but has yet to come in handy for a 1910 costumes. I am using it to make an assortment of toy bags for Lucy, the Under 5s Officer. So far, I have 14 in assorted sizes, cut to use up the bits and pieces. I have sewn them together using my “new” overlocker. I haven’t used one before, so this project has been really useful experience, which is one reason why I brought this fabric home this time. The other reason is, let’s face it, this isn’t the most interesting job, so poor Lucy has been waiting for some time.
My trusty sewing machine is on the point of giving up the ghost, so I am about to get myself a new one. When I do, finishing off these bags will be an ideal first project. Lots of straight seams to get used to the new method of working!