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The Darling Buds Of May

I can’t quite believe it has taken me nearly 6 years to come up with this theme! The Darling Buds of May was (and still is) one of my favourite tv programmes to watch when I want something easy going and happy. It never fails to put a smile on my face when I’m feeling under the weather.

If you haven’t seen the original 1990’s ITV comedy drama staring David Jason and Catherine Zeta-Jones I urge you to. Set in the 1950s in the idyllic rural English countryside it follows the large Larkin family on their farm and it really is the most happy viewing… we won’t talk about the recent remake though!

So how did I translate this into a theme? The boxes have a bit of a 1950s theme, with gorgeous cotton poplins, fun prints and a nice cup of tea plus the “perfick” iron on patch from Little Rosy Cheeks.

Luxury Box

I am so in love with the fabric inside this months Luxury Boxes. A stunning white cotton poplin from Roo-tid with a wavy green leaf print running in a stripe across the width of the fabric. It’s so crisp and will make some really beautiful garments. But I have paired it up with the Pauline Alice Cami Dress pattern. A sweet little shirt dress with a gathered skirt giving a little gentle nod to the full skirted dresses of the 50s.

The Luxury and Classic Boxes each have a bespoke iron on patch from Little Rosy Cheeks designed especially for these boxes with “Sew Perfick” printed in the middle which pays homage to the main character Pop Larkin who has a sunny outlook on life and everything is “perfick”.

Classic and Mini Boxes

The fabric in the Classic and Mini boxes this month is a beautiful cotton poplin featuring either a cherry or strawberry print on a dark blue background. There are so many fun and novelty prints you could go for when thinking of a 50s style cotton, but when I spotted this fabric it paired perfectly with the fat quarters. A selection called Berry Patch by Craft Cotton Company, the prints not only had a gorgeous retro vibe to them they also reminded me of the scene in episode 2 where the whole family head of for the annual strawberry picking. It’s pretty wholesome… ya know, until Catherine Zeta-Jones gets in physical fight with another girl!

Where would a 50s themed box be without a little bit of polka dot? Every box has 2m of blue grosgrain ribbon with pink spots as well as the Gutermann thread and a little bag of “Ever So English” breakfast tea from Joes Tea Co.

I hope you love this box as much as I loved putting it together for you, don’t forget to share your makes over on Facebook and Instagram #sewhayleyjanemakes