A big sew-and-so

This weekend has been one of action! A flurry of snow on Friday and plummeting temperatures (to below zero C) prompted us to put the teak table and chairs that we have outside into hibernation, as well as to clear up two big sacks full of broken plastic spades, rotting planks of wood and a burst swimming pool. Nothing is as poignant a reminder of a bygone summer as a paddling pool with all the air let out of it.

And some lonely toys littering the garden.

Anyway, Saturday saw Sir Pe in full swing. The green tarpaulin was brought indoors along with several hundred autumn leaves and there was much cutting of said tarp and rustling and sighing and measuring with measuring thingies (that’s a technical term).

You see, last year we tied the tarp around the table and chairs, but this year Sir Pe wanted the tarp to cover everything and not get blown off in the storms. So, he decided to sew a tailor-made cover out of the tarp for the outdoor furniture. Before we met, he used to do a lot of parachute jumping. And he used to be a certified nut parachute rigger. When a millimetre makes the difference between life and death, you really have to have an eye for detail.

(By the way, we put that mural up on the kitchen wall about two years ago for a birthday party, and it is still there. I like it! But then, I’m sophisticated.)

I can’t sew and don’t really see the point. After all, isn’t that why safety pins were invented?

When I was at school, we had sewing lessons. And I got THROWN out! It wasn’t easy, mind you, but I succeeded. The school had just bought a brand new electric sewing machine and I was one of the first to use it. (I was making a skirt, I recall.) When the machine was all set up, I sat down, started it and managed to sew about two stitches … and then… the darn needle went and broke.

The teacher was furious and asked me to leave the class. And not come back. That suited me fine as I spent the rest of the year reading books instead of sewing.

I might not sew, but I am pretty good at standing around and admiring the handiwork of those who can.

15 thoughts on “A big sew-and-so

  1. Well the sewing was actually the easiest part of making that cover, only took about 20 minutes! Trying to measure out 3.4 x 2.75 metres of a 5.2 x 3.5 metre tarpaulin, cut it to size and shape, allowing for the seams, all while avoiding covering the living room floor with last year’s autumn leaves – now that was the challenging part. All in all the thing took about two hours to make, and I think it turned out quite nicely 🙂 .


  2. ha – sewing! I don’t have good memories of my sewing lessons at school trying to make an ankle-lenth tiered tent, er, skirt.
    That was when Veryan bit me right through on my back!!
    Ladyfi can knit up a really good story with that one!!!


  3. Yeah, my sewing experiences were similar to yours.

    It did not help that I am a leftie. But I broke more than one needle and I did not have the fortune to be kicked out! I guess I grew up in these namby pamby times where they tried to encourage people who were clearly better off 100 miles away from the nearest needle!


  4. Then this will probably disapoint you, I love to sew. And for years I made all my own clothes. But my first sewing project, in Grade 8 was a jumper dress, and I sewed the panels on backwards 4 times. So eventually I had to get better. LOL.

    Sir Pe did a great job of making the chair cover.



  5. Oh, I love to sew. As a matter of fact I just finished a quilt for my mother-in-law for Christmas. It almost seems like cheating…I get pleasure from making the gifts. It’s a excuse to sit down at my machine.
    Sewing certainly is not for everyone. Sometimes I do feel like throwing my machine out the window.


  6. Sewing! I only managed to make a check apron in my sewing classes. never got as far as the skirt! I mastered the art of going to the toilet and taking approx 3/4 of the lesson. The sewing room was useful though for getting onto the roof of the school via the fire escape.
    And the story with Veryan was that LadyFi bit her back!! Egged on by her sibs: Mother of the Cousins and Kata.

    BTW, I had a laugh at your use of the word ‘we’ in regard to the great garden tidy-up as you then tell us that SirPe was in full swing. No doubt, you were utilising your great skills of delegation and supervision!!


  7. SirPe! You are just like my Far Guy..he sews too! It takes a really fine man to sew! Myself If I can’t hand sew it..forget it. It is way to mechanical for me. My Mom who is an accomplished seamstrees only got a “C” on my pleated skirt sewing class project. I do enjoy hand sewing and quilting! It is those infernal machines I hate!
    Love the wall mural..I bet you feel like a princess everyday Lady Fi! 🙂


  8. I love this post…
    especially the “after all, what were safety pins invented for?!”.. .i think the same can be said for STAPLERS! I have been known to staple a hem in my day…


  9. A man who sews…the possibilities are endless- I must admit I am somewhat intimidated by sewing machines- perhaps because when I use them, the results are less than stellar.


  10. Great if you like sewing, and great if you don’t… And hot glueing.. what’s that? Sounds like sticky, dangerous fun!

    And Sir Pe – if you had shaken the leaves outside before bringing the tarp in, then the leaves would have been where they should have been… Just a tip for next year.


  11. Sewing? Safety Pins? You’re all way into this! What on earth is wrong with good ole’ Duct Tape? It works amazingly well. Small pieces can keep up a child’s church pant legs – even through several washes (as long as you don’t mind adhesive goo on them when you let them down in a couple of months).

    Oh, and to be so lucky as to get thrown out of class for a broken needle! In our school that just meant you had more to learn – LONGER in the sewing room.

    Good on you – Sir Pe – for doing such an excellent job on the cover. You and Prince Farming would get along splendidly. In years past he reupholstered a motorcycle seat and replaced the lining in a VW bug ceiling with stuff (fabric?) he bought at a remnant sale.


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