Make Do Monday – Sew La Di Da Sewing patterns

Something that I can never get enough of on a Monday is inspiration! This week I’m going to search through my fabric bundles to see if I can find some material to try one out of these gorgeous sewing patterns from Sew La Di Da!



Here we have Blitz: a lovely 1940’s inspired dress with a really pretty collar and a short sleeve. The pattern comes in sizes 6-18, with instructions for fabric requirements and clear step by step guides.



The second pattern is Margo: an elegant playsuit which can easily be altered to fit a 50’s, 60’s or 70’s style! I love the pocket detail and this patterns versatility. Margo also comes in sizes 6-18 and can be made with a sweet heart neckline or a little collar.

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The little booklet inside features a lay out plan and clear images as a step by step guide for how to put your project together. The Blitz dress looks like a really good beginners project! Sew La Di Da also have a lot of other fabulous vintage and retro inspired sewing patterns on the website. They come in a neat card envelope with inspiring photos of what you will make, perfect for getting rid of that Monday blues!

Now I need help choosing, which one to I try first? Have you got a Sew La Di Da pattern favourite?




Disclaimer: these patterns were sent to us to review, Thank you Caroline!

Workshop Wednesday – Soldiering On…

Just a small update this week. Despite the inclement weather, we’ve been continuing to work on the projects currently in the workshops.

On the 4.5″ artillery gun, getting the gantry rolling at last allowed us to move the recoil assembly out of the way and roll the gun carriage back. The aim is to remove the saddle on the gun, which, judging from the manual, is going to be an absolute pig of a job!

The pics show the progress on cleaning up and priming this area so far, and the removal of the kingpin.

We’ve all been making a concerted effort to clean up the 25 pounder guns ahead of a training event, don’t think one of them has had a proper clean in the last 10 years! Plenty of elbow polish later and we seem to be making progress.

To tow the gun, you need a quad, so Rich and Mark have been trying to get the chev up to scratch. Cleaned up fuel pump and carb now fitted, we tried to start it but alas the battery was flat. Out it came to be charged up. Rich is demonstrating the standard quad maintenance perch!

Progress on the QL tipper has seen the front brakes being reassembled. Always good to have a truck that stops as well as starts!



Workshop Wednesday – 6 months to go….

It’s a scary thought that we have less than half a year until the 2016 show, better get going on the jobs list!

Our gantry crane has gained a brand new set of wheels, fitted by Harry. This should make working on the 4.5″ gun a lot easier, as well as vehicle restorations in the future.

Moving on to the gun, with the main components apart we need to get the moving parts working again. In its time being used as a test bed, these quick-release parts have been welded solid. We needed to cut through the weld to enable the quadrant on this side to move again. Shown here with the first angle grinder cut, we later went to the oxy-acetylene torch to get through the weld.


Similarly, the locking pin on the bottom of the quadrant had been welded up. More gas, more grinding, unbolting, and a fair bit of hammering from James and Paul saw this free at last. Meanwhile, Adrian needle-gunned the saddle to get it ready to be cleaned up and painted.

On the 25 pounder guns, Harry has done a good job of cleaning up and freeing off components. F Sub is pictured here with the breech block removed, and the freshened up fastenings next to the towing eye. When in use, carry handles are inserted in to these, enabling the gun to be moved more easily.

Over on the Bedford QL Tipper, Mark was cleaning up contacts on the distributor and plumbing in the engine wiring.

After uncovering the parts washer, and giving it a well-needed scrubbing out, Rich was able to clean up the fuel pump from the Chevrolet FAT. Nice and shiny! We need to take a look at the filters before refitting, as this vehicle has suffered a bit from sediment getting in to the fuel system.


Make Do Monday – Ways of using up left-overs

Happy new year everyone, it is the second Monday of January and Make Do Monday is back!

I thought we should start out lightly, although the 11th and 12th of June might seem far away now, there are a lot of things to get in order before the 2016 show. Apart from bunting, we’ve sure got miles and miles of bunting!

If you are feeling a bit uninspired when it comes to cooking, seen as most of us do a lot of cooking and eating over the holidays, why not take some inspiration from these war time leaflets and don’t let food go to waste!Whats-left


To view more of these Ministry of food leaflets click here.