Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Tailor for a Day.

I think I may have written before of the fact that we are a large family. Ok, that's maybe something of an understatement. We are a very large family with seven children, one grandchild, two cats, some hens, a duck, two guinea pigs & a baby rabbit - yes, new additions for heaven's sake (more about them another time) - and a variety of wildlife including a baby frog found by Isabella only yesterday. Yes, it makes me tired to think of it too. Tomorrow however is our fifth eldest son's school Leaver's Day (he is returning for A-Levels but this marks the end of compulsory education for him) and so this post is dedicated to you dear Elias x

Elias turned sixteen only this month. How did that ever happen? One minute he was a little chap peering out from behind his mother's legs at me with his huge eyes and something of a scowl, and now... well, it is a little gulp-making to say the least. Oh, did I also mention Elias is my step-son? No, well that's because it's a term we loathe in this house. They are all 'our' children and are lucky enough to have known each other, lived with each other and grown with each other for the bulk of their lives. They laugh and argue and cuddle up on the sofa to watch films together (and I'm talking about 22 year old Sam and 16 year old Elias here who will still have a mock scrap one minute only to be sprawled with each other, long legs perched in the most ungainly manner to watch some awful pile of corn in the form of a film the next!)

So, what has this to do with Leaver's Day and the tailoring of this rambling blog post's title? Much actually. You see, Elias likes to wear a suit. He is so like his Dad and the two of them went shopping for the perfect one. They found it and Elias paid with it with his own money saved for this very event - how proud does that make us! Just to up the proud-ometer (!) he also asked me to make him a waistcoat. What!! A sixteen year old wants his Ma to make him a handmade article? Yes, indeedy and above is the pattern he chose.

I have never made anything like this before so was a little nervous. I didn't want to let him down and I fear Elias is the type of guy who would wear it in its hideousness rather than make me feel bad - hmm, perhaps I rate myself too highly here! Anyhoo, we set off, chose a pattern, searched until we found the perfect fabric, lining, buttons and buckle...

and suddenly I had only one day in which to make it...ONE DAY!!! Time and work and 'other things' just didn't let me get to the waistcoat until I finally had to make myself shut myself away prepared to be up all night chained to my machine in order to get it done. No pressure then.

Obviously, the photos show that the task was done, tested on the man himself and photographed from every angle. I don't know who was more pleased: myself or Elias. It fitted perfectly (please don't grow between now and tomorrow!) and looked fantastic with his suit, a blood red and black tie and absolutely amazing with the beautiful engraved silver pocket watch I bought his Dad for Christmas (please bring it back safe & sound as we love it so!)

Have a fantastic time Elias and thank you for trusting me with such a special task. We love you x

(and please can you and your Dad stop ruining my pics with your daft poses!)

Bye for now x

P.S. a note for all who may fancy making a waistcoat: it was easy and quick. I started it at 12.30 pm and went to bed at 10.30pm with only the buttons left to do. Lining was a true pain to iron but really very simple. Have a go!


  1. Ooh, tailoring, impressive. Can it be year already since my eldest was posing in his prom suit (minus a handmade waistcoat)? Elias looks very smart and I love that last photo!

  2. Hello Pipany - Im very VERY impressed! I wouldn't know where to start; the waistcoat is a complete triumph and how marvellous Elias looks ~ most smart and handsome, Im sure the girls will be swooning! :)

    Love Julia xxxx

  3. Gorgeous Ppany, your husb, your son and his waistcoat. :)

  4. Elias looks so grown up and handsome and the waistcoat is perfect you are a clever girl. I hope he has a wonderful time tomorrow - hope the sun shines too for all the photos that are going to be taken. I am sure your inspiration and support makes your family close - and the fun you all seem to have with each other. Karen X

  5. Wow....seriously impressed, I would never have had a go at that, my poor son had to hire his party togs! (All those years've just made me feel verrrrry old!)

    Sue xx

  6. Pip, he looks GORGEOUS, and you are so clever. Wishing him every success, not just for tomorrow (fending off all those young ladies) but in for the future. He seems to have the perfect head on his shoulders.

  7. love the waistcoat and the photos of a very handsome pair!!! - you did an excellent job with the waistcoat and Elias - hope he had a great time

  8. Oh they just keep growing and growing!! The waistcoat is beautiful and Elias looks very handsome in it. Well done with the tailoring, very brave!

  9. It looks wonderful - lucky boy to have such a talented mum!

  10. It's fantastic Pip, really, just gorgeous! He looks quite dashing ;-) My friend's son is also at his Leaver's tonight... I'm guessing perhaps the same one. I hope they have a fabulous time. And thanks for the tip on waistcoat manufacture... I quite fancy one for myself!

  11. Oh my Pip - all grown up and looking rather dapper. Though what was your hubby doing in the last picture?

    Have a fabulous weekend,

    Nina xxx