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Sunday Sevens #68


Sunday Sevens is a weekly blog series where you show seven-ish photos of your week. Visit Nat at Threads & Bobbins to find out how YOU can join in.

  1. We took The Boys to a local farm to choose our Christmas Tree. Don’t you just love the farmer’s hat with tractors on it?

Christmas tree shopping

2. The tree stood in the corner of the dining room for a couple of days before we had time to do anything with it ( I was sewing). In the end the men put it up in the corner of the lounge.

Putting up the tree

3. Another day passed before No.1 Son realised it wasn’t going to decorate itself so got into his Santa Onesie and did it by himself (whilst I carried on sewing…..)


4. No.3 Son decorated the little ‘fake’ tree that we put up in the kitchen room each year whilst dressed up in a Prince’s outfit, as you do.

Meanwhile, I did some sewing.


5. Remember those Angel costumes I made last week for The Boy’s Nativity? We went to said production on Tuesday. What you can see in the photo is the ENTIRE school which amounts to 100 kids aged 4-11.


6. One of the activities in the advent calendar was to get into PJs and drive around looking at the Christmas lights.

Christmas lights

7. The Boys took flasks of hot chocolate and I took a glass of Bailey’s:)


8. On Wednesday I started my ball gown for Mr H-L’s annual company ‘do’.

The ‘do’ was two days later.

There were 78 pattern pieces.

It took me over three hours just to cut it out…..

Cutting out

9. My Thursday class finished their skirts in time for Christmas and were VERY pleased with themselves!


10. I was also very pleased with MYSELF as I finished the dress with an hour to spare on Friday morning. Here it is all lined and ready for the corset to be sewn in.

Ball gown

11. Hubby and I drove the two and a half hours to Stanhill Court Hotel where the company puts us all up overnight and where the party is held.

Stanhill Court Hotel

12. Here’s a sneak peek of my dress laid out ready on the bed.

Four Poster

13. We stopped at the services on the way home to rehydrate after the previous night’s excesses. A brass band was playing Christmas carols for charity so we sat outside and enjoyed the music for a while.

Brass Band

14. This morning I’m getting on with the last of my #stitchingsanta gifts which involves glue and……

Tialys hexagonal sewing box

……more sewing!!!

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46 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens #68

  1. So you did a fair amount of sewing this week then? Can’t wait for the ball gown post πŸ‘—πŸ‘—πŸ‘—!

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  2. Love the colour of the dress…boys having fun and lots of sewing , sounds a perfect week to me.xx

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  3. 78 pattern pieces?????? How do you have time to make a 78 pattern piece dress in two days? You amaze me.

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  4. Wow – that was some deadline of 2 days you set yourself – congratulations on hitting it! Your tree looks lovely as do your young students skirts! Have a great Christmas!

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  5. Love the picture of son as Santa decorating the tree. . The dress looks complicated and gorgeous. Have you applied to the Sewing Bee yet? Wonderful week!

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  6. Wonder women strikes again! What an ace week you’ve all had!! Your hotel room looks amazing!!! And I’m dying to see your frock! I’ve eyed up that pattern in the past but not sure about the 78 pieces!!!! 😳

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  7. I love the gown. It is lovely.

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  8. What energy and enthusiasm you have! Wow, just wow!!!

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  9. Looking forward to seeing the dress too. That is one busy week, 78 pieces is an incredible amount… I’d love to see you on GBSB πŸ™‚

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    • The funny thing is that the dress looks quite simple from the outside – it’s all the hidden construction that accounts for a lot of it. I don’t do shows that have a judging panel – hence my turning it down:)

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  10. It’s a good job you have all those men on hand to sort things out whilst you finished up all your projects! Your gown is a beautiful shade I’m sure you had a great evening πŸ™‚
    Best wishes to You and All Yours,Have a lovely Christmas and a Very Happy New Year Sheila x

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  11. I love both of the trees. Decorated they both are just precious. Can’t wait to see a pic of the gown. With 78 pcs I bet it turned out spectacular.Getting to stay over night sounds wonderful. The bed looks like something out of the Victorian period. Sounds like you had a fantastic week,

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    • It is a Victorian Manor House and most of the furniture is of the same period – I will show some more photos shortly. They did a grand job with the trees, didn’t they? I didn’t have to change a thing:)


  12. Your dress looks fabulous, I can’t wait to see more of it. Well done to the boys cracking on and getting the trees decorated, they look wonderful. We all left the decorating to Mick this year, not that he was pleased about it but he got it done. What talented students you have, the skirts are fabulous.

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    • It can be hard to delegate because we (women in general) tend to think we can do things like this better, but there are only so many hours in a day and any help is jumped at, at this late stage! The students are learning quickly but are also impatient and need slowing down to get the finish neater. They’re doing brilliantly though and I’m so proud of them:)


  13. Errr how many photos this week?! It must be Christmas πŸ™‚ I must have missed your Angel post – will catch up! I remember you going out to see the Christmas lights last year! And I’m looking forward to seeing your dress. Wow you did an amazing job sewing it in so little time!!

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  14. Your dress sounds and looks amazing, can’t wait to see pics of you wearing it! Your tree looks gorgeous, hope your son is proud of himself. The Christmas skirts look very sweet, I bet the girls were so proud of themselves making something so wearable πŸ™‚

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    • We didn’t take any photos at the party but hubby did take one in our room beforehand, so at least there is one of me wearing it! Being a teacher yourself you will understand how satisfying it is to see students so proud of their achievements – I’m very proud of them, too:)

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  15. This made me laugh and laugh……FC onside for the big tree decorating and a Prince for the tiny one!! ??!! Brilliant! Your dress looks amazing….can’t wait to see it. Happy Christmas!! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

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  16. Did anyone get fed with all that sewing happening?
    Dress looking good, can’t wait to see it properly.

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  18. 78!!! 78 PATTERN PIECES!!! My goodness, I can’t wait to see the finished garment close up πŸ™‚ Your Christmas seems so magical – I love your idea of an activity advent for the boys – something I’m going to keep in mind for next year I think πŸ™‚

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  19. So much news you’ve had to share. Your dress is gorgeous. That’s a whole lot of pieces to put together in such a short amount of time, but clearly you were up to the task.

    I love the photos of your children in costume decorating the tree. My boys aren’t into it anymore, and I was still having trouble standing when we set it up, so initial the lower quarter was decorated. That was what I could reach sitting down.

    I hope you’ll post a photo of you wearing the dress. And that room! What elegance. Thanks for the weekly roundup.


  20. Sheila, hope you & family are safe.
    Please let us know how you & others in the sewing community across northern Bllghty are faring.
    Much love to you all ~

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    • We’re two hundred miles South of all the floods and are fine down here – I haven’t heard how those up North are faring, I’m afraid. I, personally, don’t know of anyone affected but the situation is quite extreme and pretty dreadful. Thanks for your thoughts:)

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      • Thank you, Sheila! Know you’re well out of this, but we’ve so much going on over here there’s not been that much about all your northern flooding. Have gotten a “Like” from Ali since writing, and hope she’s alright. Might even have been called in to work. But if you hear from anyone, do let us know. xx

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