Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Would I lie to you?

The answer is 'perhaps', depending on what the topic is. One thing I will not lie about is providing you with pictures of my progress. Oh yes. I know you've all been sitting on the edge of your seats gripping the mouse, waiting for this, and here we go...

Drum role please

Yes this appaling picture is in fact my progress on V8615, with the fabric from Walthamstow. The collar is doing a weird flicky out thing, which I don't know how to fix, I can't get the sleeves to do what I want. Other than that, I'm fairly pleased. Obviously it's hard to be impressed when it's half finished and on Deidre the Dummy, but you can't say that I don't keep my promises.

Hopefully you'll be impressed with this:

My first attempt at French Seams! Hurrah! Very easy to do, once I got over the initial 'you can't sew right sides together!'. And if you're interested there are some good tutorials for French seams here and here.

My Knitting is coming together slowly but surely:

I'm not sure why the collar is yellow in that picture, but you'll find that it is in fact the exact same colour as the jumper. Phew. So the front back and sides of the jumper is done, with the lapels and waistband being knit into existence.
You can't say that I don't aim to please...


Friday, 15 April 2011

Riddle me this...

For those of you who don't know the answer or care, the answer to this riddle is...

A Sewing Needle

Hurrah! You'll be glad to hear that I have been working incredibly hard on V8615. Well quite hard. Ish. I had my first go at using French Seams, and they look pretty dandy if I say so myself. Photos will follow once my computer agrees to play with me.

I've come to the realisation that I should probably get this finished soon, as other projects are starting to loom. The Sew Weekly are having a meet up in May, when we'll all be visiting the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition at the V&A, followed by some fabric shopping. Everyone will be wearing home made items in the colours of Red, White and Blue, and I'll be making the Horrocks dress available on the V&A website. With all those seamstresses there, I'm sure they'll be able to point out all the horrible mistakes I make on the, but it should be a fun make! (Famous last words....)


Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Technological Disaster!

Well, I was prepared to wow you all with details of my productivity this week, what with my sewing and my knitting and adventuring and what not. Alas, disaster! I went to turn on my computer this morning, and it didn't. No whirring, no lights, no noises. I think it's (sob) passed on.

Unfortunately, all my pictures of my makes this week has passed on with it. Trust me that I did some cutting of fabric, tailors tacks, finished the front and back of my knitting, and have progressed onto the lapels. You'll just have to wait for some proof.

In the meantime, I was very kindly nominated for the Liebster award by the lovely Scruffy Badger and now watch as I pass it on to my fellow bloggers...

The Liebster recognises smaller blogs and maybe even helps them to get discovered by more people and become bigger blogs! The rules of the award are that you must link back to the person who nominated you and nominate some smaller blogs, so here goes....

I haven't checked whether you've already received the awards, so hopefully you'll just be mega flattered...

Sew, Incidentally
Beebee's Vintage Dress
Dolly Clackett
Did You Make That?
Pattern, Scissors, Cloth

I should also mention that I plan on joining in with Tilly's Sewing Productivity Report, so look forward to some updates. I apologise for the somewhat sparse nature of today's blog, but hopefully I'll get everything organised soon.

Because I spent all of yesterday evening trying to solve a riddle someone sent me, I thought I would pass one on to you:

Old Mother Twitchet had one eye,
and a long tail she let fly
and everytime she went through a gap,
she left a bit of her tail in the trap

What am I?

x Twitchy x

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Mother's Day and Lazy Days

Well, I'm sure you can guess from the long gaps between each of my posts that not a lot of sewing has been done this week. Again. I have managed to cut out my fabric of V8615 but as of yet it's looking like a pile of fabric rather than a lovely new dress. That's possibly going to be a bit to dark for the lovely lovely season so far.

On that note, isn't the weather wonderful? I swear I'm getting a tan through my window. My arm is definitely pinker than normal.

Part of the non sewing can be blamed on my escaping London last weekend for my hometown in High Wycombe. My knitting accompanied me, and I'm getting through that quite nicely. For Mother's Day this year, we took my mum to Hampton Court Palace. I've never been before, and can honestly say that I had a great time. The weather for one, was lovely - we even managed to have a picnic (a bit ambitious for April, but it worked out well in the end). The Palace itself is amazing.

There wasn't too much to read, but enough to keep you well informed and not to overwhelmed. It's really well looked after and the staff were knowledgeable and helpful. While you're there you can also see the celebration of Henry VIII engagement to Kateryn Parr, with actors dotted about talking about the marriage and guiding you through the Palace, giving you a real feel for the history and the place. All in all, well worth the entry price I thought.

My favourite bits?

The beautiful painted ceilings - the picture does not do it justice.

Listening to my mum humouring a 'courtier' as he tried to talk to her about dinner arrangements.

The Gardens. And I'm not even a garden sort of person. On family holidays my parents literally had to drag me kicking and screaming. I think I must be growing up.

One interesting fact (among the many on offer) is that Hampton Court Palace houses the World's largest/longest grapevine which yields 500 to 700 pounds of fruit each year. It amuses me that this is what I decided to take from the day...

That and this...

Yes that is in fact - fake poo. Hampton Court Palace is currently housing the Jack the Giant Killer film set, and dotted about was market stalls and fake poo apparently. Maybe I'm not as grown up as I thought....

x Twitchy x