Tartan challenge fun for family

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A Millers Flat trio is keeping it all in the family for the Teviot Valley Wearable Tartan Art Awards, making a collection of entries at home on the family farm.
Sarah Macdougall and her daughters Meg
(11) and Lucy (9), of Minzion Station, have almost completed their entries and said they were enjoying the creative project.
Tablecloths, old trousers and bale twine have all featured in the tartan entries, for which ideas were gleaned through family brain-storming and searching images online.
Lucy is making a ball gown, Meg a bubble skirt and shrug and Mrs Macdougall a sporran and bra. Both of Mrs Macdougall’s designs feature some extra embellishments — the sporran is called ‘‘A Tartan Tracker’’ and features a phone, phone charger, clock and GPS ‘‘so if the husband is late he can’t say he didn’t know what time it was or that he was lost or his phone had gone flat’’.
All three had entered the inaugural Tartan Awards two years ago, Mrs Macdougall making a wedding dress and another dress, Lucy a bag and Meg a headband.
They said they had enjoyed the creative side of the project as they all enjoyed artistic pursuits. Mrs Macdougall is a florist by trade and experienced sewer and the girls are both keen artists.
Meg and Lucy said they had learnt lots of sewing skills through the tartan project and they were looking forward to reflecting on the finished articles. They will also model their own entries at the September 17 event, and said they ‘‘quite liked’’ the idea of being fashion designers in the future.
One of the organisers for the Tartan Awards, Trudie Marsh, said more than 40 entries would feature in the awards show, to be be held in the Turners and Growers coolstore in Ettrick.
Organisers were excited about the new venue and grateful for the support of designers. They included several family groups who had entered multiple garments between them, and several group entries from Millers Flat pupils.
Many in the Teviot Valley community were volunteering significant hours and resources to stage the event, which was a great show of community spirit and artistic endeavour, she said.