I've missed not being able to bake the past few weeks, but have made up for it by reading lots and lots of blogs and books on the subject. A strange consequence of this is that I feel as though I'm a bit 'baked-out' - how is that possible? But jam making is happening - blackcurrant, and my all time favourite - gooseberry and elderflower. It's real alchemy adding some elderflower cordial to the gooseberries; takes the taste into the superb as opposed to just great! Overnight the redcurrants have been filtering through a couple of sieves ready to be made into redcurrant jelly. Yum.
The making in the title refers to sewing rather than jam though. One of the things I wanted to try was making some pinafore style dresses. Of course I sat for hours in the sewing room making up designs, drawing them onto paper, adjusting them, checking the sizes for everything from length to armholes etc, etc. When I thought about it, I realised that I was trying to do something that others spend many years at college trying to master. Pattern making is not straight forward - especially if you're looking for a good end fit. In other words, why was I trying to re-invent the wheel!? Honestly, sometimes I think I'm a little bit crackers. So, I had a good look around at what was already available, and would be suitable for using as a template for my own design, and found this and a good source of them here. Once I was visiting such a lovely shop, I had a little look round some fabrics too and was smitten with this: