A lunchtime browse of Ravelry (I know, dangerous stuff!) led to me stumbling on the ‘maud‘ thread in the Kate Davies group. I don’t remember reading about it on her blog but I suppose I would have done, only at a point when I was less interested in sewing than I am now. She wrote one of her marvellous essays about the ‘maud‘ (I like the tasselly one in particular, so I may have to make two) and later published details of how to make one for yourself .
I had a lot of material given to me a while ago, amongst it was a pretty long length of tweedy stuff with a blue/yellow colourway, and some smashing (possibly Liberty) prints, so I chose this blue/green for the lining:
I cut the pieces on Thursday afternoon and sewed them into the L shapes using my trusty ancient Bernina (it goes back at least to 1982, my Mum got it for me from my old school when Thatcher decided no-one needed to learn how to cook or sew any more…but that’s a whole other rant!) on Thursday evening:
|I may be ancient, but I’ve still got it…|
I did all the pressing as directed (pressing makes such a difference, like blocking, of which I was ignorant for so many years…):
|Also, an ancient ironing board cover…|
and sewed round again:
Until I finally had a finished ‘maud’ – here it is, wrapped around a chair…
|Chairs can wear them too|
…because by now I had the un-commonest common cold known to humankind, and there was no way I was going to self-photograph. So I nested myself on the sofa, wrapped in my lovely new maud, knit a sock and watched ‘Argo‘ until school pick up time.
It is very warm, but tends to slip off my shoulders a bit (all coats and wraps do this on me) so I shall need to get kilt pins if I want to ‘go about looking like a Victorian re-enactor’ (and I will, I’m a morris dancer – I’ll never look stranger than I do when doing that!)