Friday, 27 May 2011

To do...

Hurrah! The end of another working week! I have been utterly exhausted, which on top a silly amount of drinking that's been done, means I am more than happy it's the weekend. Delighted in fact, seeing as we've got another bank holiday to enjoy!

As much as I enjoy having the extra day off, I always find it so difficult to be productive. I get up late, sit and play on me computer and before you know it, it's 6 in the evening and you've got nothing to show for it. Not this weekend! I'm determined to get a dress done. Which is good, seeing as my list of things I want to make gets longer and longer with each passing day.

So what will I be doing this weekend, I hear you ask. I will be making my very own version of the Macaron dress by Colette Patterns. I've never made it before, but if the Beignet was anything to go by, I'm sure it will go swimmingly.

I came to the realisation that I don't have very many party clothes any more. I usually tend to wear my regular clothes, and distinguish between day and night by alternating my tights. So that's my aim, to make something wearable I can boogie in, and make dashing men fall in love with me and buy me lots of drinks.

I'm using the lace I bought in Goldhawk Road on the Sew Weekly/Fabric Fandango a couple of weeks ago. Because the lace is obviously sheer, and I don't want to fall in with the ranks of girls who go out bearing their underwear I'm using a white underlining (is that the right terms if it's not an actual lining). You can see the pattern of the lace in this piccy:

On second looks at this picture, I May be having second thoughts about my fabric choice. Does anyone else think it's looks a bit busy, and I'll end up looking like a Victorian widow? But hey ho, you only live once I guess and I won't use it for anything else.

Because the lace is sheer, I'm going to eliminate the facings and use bias binding, which means I get to use my brand new bias tape maker that's been sitting oh so patiently in my sewing drawer.

So that's the plan, will I succeed? Probably not as, like a small child, I distracted very easily, I'm sure I'll find something else to grab my attention. But here's to trying.

Happy Bank Holiday!!!


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

The other V8615

On the one side, it's very flattering when people ask you about the dress you're wearing, on the other, I do feel a bit silly repeating the same words again and again. What pattern is your dress - 'oh it's Vogue 8615', 'yes it's v8615'. I apologise to everyone at the Sew Weekly/Fabric Fandango, I didn't mean to be a pretentious pattern person. A PPP from now on.

Some people may recognise this view. A few weeks ago during one of our many bank holidays, I went on a little adventure to Edinburgh. And it has to be said, I had a lovely time. After seeing Debi's post on her 30's gown, I knew I had to find that view. I can only imagine how spectacular that fountain is when it's running. This was taken in Princes Street Gardens, and you can see the castle in the background. Edinburgh is full of hills.

You can see the front and back easier here:

I apologise for the appalling photos! The dress does actually look rather lovely on, and makes a nice frame for my tattoo which usually doesn't see the light of day.

Talking of big hills, I climbed the highest in Edinburgh while I was there, Arthur's Seat...

And also ate the traditional Scottish fare of Black Pudding, Potato Scones and Haggis at Maggie Dicksons, which is located by Grassmarket. The plaque outside the pub explains about the namesake, a woman found guilty of murder. She was executed, but on the way to bury her body, onlookers saw the lid of the coffin moving. Turns out that the jolting of the cart the coffin was carried on had resuscitated her, and she went on to marry and have children. (Morbid much?)

I also ate that Scottish staple of.... a battered Mars Bar! Well you can't go to Scotland and not really.

As you can see, I really enjoyed it.


Saturday, 14 May 2011

A dress in a week and a Sew Weekly meet

I'm back! I'm sure you're all happy to know that all computer problems have now been solved, and I've found a way to get pictures onto the airwaves (as my Grandma calls it). So here's one for you now...

Please note the strange woman on the left hand side of the picture, who was one of many who mistook us for movie stars, which of course each and every one of us looked like

As you may or may not be aware, today was the first UK meet up of The Sew Weekly followers. This took place at the V & A in London, where we visited the Yohji Yamamoto exhibition. In honour of the first UK meet up, we aimed to make outfits in the colours of the Union Jack - red, whit and blue.

My aim was to make the Horrocks dress in honour of the location we were meeting, but I got a bit overwhelmed by the idea of grading the pattern up and making it in time. So after the success of Vogue 8615 (pictures to follow soon, I promise) I decided to make this dress again in the colours of the Union Jack. I started Sunday morning, slightly panicky, and was surprised to have it almost finished by the end of the night (it certainly wasn't that quick the first time!). I spent a final few evenings this week hemming, ironing and finishing the seams.

I made the dress in navy cotton with white polka dots, and lined the dress with red, including the pockets. If my outfit was red enough, I finished it off with a little red bow for the front and as you can see from the picture, I was quite pleased with the result.

Everyone else of course looked fantastic. I really thought we would all be wearing matching polka dot dresses, so I was amazed to see such a variety of outfits.

The exhibition itself was lovely. Although Yamamoto used lots of unfinished seams in his designs, which drove me slightly crazy, the designs themselves were fantastic mixing Japanese tradition with Haute Couture.

We then journeyed on to Goldhawk Road to spend our hard earned wages on crepe and cotton. First of all though we participated in a very important activity...a pattern and fabric swap.

 As you can see above, everyone was very generous by bringing along a selection of patterns with different ages and styles. I was lucky enough to come away with 4 patterns, and a copy of Dressmaking Made Easy by Laura Baldt, copyrighted 1928 [squeal].

After weighing ourselves down with bags and bags of fabric, I was lucky enough to join up with Karen and the Fabric Fandango for a few drinks and a drool over their own purchases.

I think it's safe to say a good time was had by all, and I had the privilege of meeting a number of wonderful seamstresses. It just proves that we really are the nicest bunch of people there ever were. I'm now going to have a well earned rest by snuggling under my duvet with some hot chocolate and a 20's guide to sewing.
Rock and Roll.


Tuesday, 3 May 2011

The Prodigal Returns...

Happy Tuesday to you all!

Sorry for the absence, but I was enjoying my two long weekends and decided to take a little break from boring you with my exploits in London town. I'm sure you understand.

Saying that, my last weekend wasn't actually spent in the big city, rather in the much nicer city of Edinburgh. I wandered up hills, through gardens and in castles for 3 days, and it was lovely.

Unfortunately, I have a somewhat limited post for you today. After the technological disaster that was my computer dying, I treated myself to a brand new one. It's lovely and shiny. The best thing about the computer (apart from the lovely and shinyness) was that it came with a 19 in 1 memory card reader. I've just noticed, after having it for two weeks that it does not boast this feature. So at the moment I have no way of transferring my pictures from my camera onto this here blog.

Now I'm sure you are all sighing in relief that you won't be subjected to image after image of holiday snaps. However, this means that you won't be able to see the snaps of the finished V8615 (gasp), the finished vintage style cardigan (shock) and my pursuit of the lovely view found on Deb's blog here (fiddlesticks).

 Does any one know how to magically transfer pictures without the use of a cord or memory card reader? No? I though not. Fear not dear readers, I will find a way. And at least you'll have lovely things to look forward to in a slow week, including progress on my dress for the Sew Weekly meetup next week.

In the meantime have a fantastic week...