Thursday, 17 November 2011

Advice needed...

The Sewing Class, Alix Baronne d'Anethan

Hello all,

I need a little bit of advice from you.

Next year I am determined to do some sort of sewing course. Initially, I was going to enroll in Morley College's Intermediate Sewing Course, a la Karen, but was a little put off by Shivani's experiences.

That, and I'm having a really hard time trying to get anyone from Morley College on the phone to ask them about it. It's mildly off putting....

I was also going to attempt to make a coat this year, but Mummy Twitchy keeps suggesting that I take a course before starting - and of course she is right, who wants to waste yummy wool when you've paid a fortune for it.

I've found a course that does 'tailoring' in Lewisham. It's looks cheap (big smile), and that it might cater for different level (thumbs up), but again I'm finding it tricky to find out what to expect (another case of not being able to find anyone to talk to on the phone). I'm almost ashamed to ask, but what does tailoring really entail? I would have thought coats and jackets etc, but does anyone have any other ideas?

Any help on the subject would be very much appreciated. Does anyone have any recommendations for courses in Centralish or South London? Has anyone done a course or knows someone who has, either at Morley or Lewisham College? What the devil does Tailoring actually mean?

Thank you's with sprinkles if anyone has any advice or comments to give me!


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Children are Maggots...

Due to the lack of sewing machine I have been decidedly Twitchy the last few days, trying to find things to fill my time.

Growing up, I was a huge Roald Dahl fan. I completely loved his books - James and the Giant Peach, The Twits, George's Marvelous Medicine, I've been to the museum numerous times, and watched the films to death. Anjelica Huston in The Witches still gives me nightmares...seriously:

My absolute favourite book growing up, however, was Matilda, so sense my excitement when a very good friend of mine offered me a ticket to see it at the Cambridge Theatre this week. I'll admit, I was expecting to be disappointed - it's always the way with adaptations. They hardly ever hold up to the book - One Day, Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightly version not so much Jennifer Ehle), Beowulf are good examples. 

Boy was I wrong! It was absolutely fantastic! Based on a children's book it had the whole audience (mostly made up of the over 20's btw) terrified, clapping and laughing. This was the first time that I've seen an audience give a standing ovation.

The set was gorgeous - made from letters and books. It will always fascinate me as to how designers can come up with sets, how they organise the stage to create seemingly different locations.

Blurry shot...

The songs were were catchy and entertaining. The music for the show was written by Tim Minchin, which works so well. Roald Dahl's stories can be so dark that it works to have someone like Minchin, known for his musical comedy, writing them. My only criticism, and it's minuscule in context with the amazing evening I had, was that sometimes it was hard to listen to the lyrics. That's it. That's the only critique I can offer.

The acting was brilliant - the children played their parts so well, and were well cast. The star of the show without a doubt though was Miss Trunchball played by Bertie Cavell. The moment he was on stage he had us laughing, scared, shocked and awed.  


Anyway I just had to share it with you - if you're looking for an entertaining evening out bear Matilda in mind.


Monday, 7 November 2011

Something snaps

An absolute disaster threatened my new positive sewing resolve this week. My lovely little machine, which has served me well for almost two years broke.

No matter how much I twiddled the dials and wiggled the knobs, the thread just kept snapping - right in the middle of sewing a new Beignet (blue cotton with a beige tartan lining, since you ask). I managed to work out that the tension was far too tight for some unknown reason so it's gone to be repaired.

Unfortunately, this means I'll be sewing-machineless for two weeks whilst it's repaired and serviced. This does mean that I've picked up my knitting needles once more, firstly for a quilt that I've been working on for about 3 years now, and secondly to make a sock for my brand spanking new iphone. And seeing as I've got nothing else to show you, here it is (the sock not the phone - I'm sure you seen one of those before):

I'm thinking of stockpiling these as potential last minute gifts. What do you think?