Monday, 23 June 2014

Carry Me Caravan, Take me Away........

Sorry for the gap in posting. I have been away with work, then had a horrendous deadline and then was in Edinburgh again this weekend seeing my Mum so no sewing done but I have been buying fabric, a couple of new patterns and a copy of Patrones magazine! If you haven't read Patrones before then it is a Spanish magazine with sewing patterns in like BurdaStyle where you have to trace them off the sheets. It is very fashion forward and usually has a lot of designs by fancy labels. I have never seen one in the UK which is a pity, but I did buy one from eBay ages ago.
patrones 338

This is full of lovely outfits. I think that the sizing runs pretty small though.

I think that I have been buying stuff as a bit of displacement activity 'cos things have been a bit busy. I mean look at these. Not really me at all. Add to the collection I suppose and they were cheap. My favourite kind of pattern.

Bloody Hell! What was I thinking buying these two? I am fat and rectangular enough without wearing these. Better book me in for a sack-fitting!

 I was lucky enough to go to Spain the other week and it was glorious (and bloody hot). I am scared into catatonia by the thought of flying, I hate the sound of the engine and freak out at every clunk and change in tone. Solution: my earbuds in and some tunes blasting. That coupled with Morrisey's autobiography and I was happy as I could be when facing certain death a clam!
I didn't take a camera with me but  here are a couple of pics of  the view from where I was.

It was the Garrotxa region of Catalonia and I have to say it was very special. The scenery was fabulous, the food was delicious and the people wonderful (no drink for me with 8am meetings though). I would definitely like to go back again. There looked like some great places to explore. On the way back to the airport we had a spare hour (literally) and stopped for an ice cream in Besalu. What a lovely place filled with medieval flagged streets, roman ruins and a huge stone bridge across the river. There was a guy on it playing early music on a steel drum. Sounds a bit bizarre, and I suppose it was, but it was a bit magical too.

I also learnt about a "Mikveh" which is a ritual bathing place used in Judaism. There was fantastic ruins of a medieval synagogue, school and a mikveh at the side of the bridge. Unfortunately to see round you had to book and we literally had no time left. 
So a short post with borrowed photos and no sewing.

Probably the worst sewing blog in the world.....

Anyway, I hope that you are all great. I will get behind a machine again soon, promise. :)

K xx

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Early Dawning, Sunday Morning.......

Good morning all! I have been up for ages today so though I would post about what I was up to yesterday when I went down to F6 Studios with Sprogzilla. Actually we spent most of the day cleaning up.  It was quite a big mess before, everything was in piles and bags and I could not find anything as it was all squished into a corner. We put things on shelves, shifted things about and folded up fabric. 

This is almost tidy and I can now find things (although this is just a very small selection of my threads and trims).

Sprogzilla did the hoovering and we listened to lots thrashy rock tunes on You Tube to work along to. Fab.

Some of my dressmaking fabric (and a set of stays) halfway through the big clean. All the posh fabric is in big plastic boxes which are piled so high that they are taller than me!

 It was a lovely day. I don't get to spend much quality time with Sprogzilla at the moment and I really cherish it when I can, even if we are just doing mundane stuff. However she got bored, the call of the computer was too much, and went home with her Dad. I snuck in a couple of hours sewing time. Yay!

Back yoke in "Flea Market Fancy" Fabric. I love it. Spot the obvious mistake?

I had previously cut out most of Simplicity 2339  in a pattern size 22 after doing a 2" FBA, lengthening the pattern and doing a broad back adjustment. I still had to cut out the cuffs, the collar and all the interfacing. I am so happy I now have all my interfacing together in a big box and I can find it. Happy face!
I didn't have enough fabric to do any form of pattern matching except on the outer collar where I cut it on a fold to get an equal amount of orange on each side.

Back view. I added in the back darts to give it some shape. Glad I did.

Well this is what I have done so far. I have only made up the body part of this pattern but I can tell that I will definitely make this again already. I don't think that I will use a quilting cotton next time though, no matter how much I love the print, as it is feels far too stiff and heavy for this design. Not putting darts in the front though on this version. my mum-tum needs the camouflage.

Excuse the bad hair and no make up. It's been a long week.

I an also not too keen on the way that the front band is done. I do however love the way that the yoke facing is attached on the inside. The pattern has you roll up the front and back, sew up the yokes with them on the inside and then turn it through so that there are no raw edges. It gives a lovely clean finish inside and looks fab (and I forgot to take a photo of it). I used french seams on the sides.

Anyway I am really looking forward to finishing this shirt next weekend, especially the sleeves to hide my bingo wings. I had bought orange buttons for it but might see it I can find a matching grey. This is a bit of a funny tone to match though as it has a bit of brown in too that doesn't seem to come across in the photos.

Anyway, It feels great to be making stuff again. I hope you are all having a happy, creative time too. I am off on my travels next week so perhaps I'll be back with some pics of far-flung fabric shops next week.

Bye for now. Kxx

Sunday, 1 June 2014

A Dreaded Sunny Day So I'll Meet You at the Cemetery Gates..........

OK, sorry not to have posted last week but I was not at home. Traveled over to Edinburgh to see Mum as she was a bit poorly. Also the last couple of weeks have been a bit crazy with some major changes going on and no internet! As a consequence I have done no sewing (again). This is a bit of a recurring theme on this blog but yesterday one of the massive changes was that I finally got the studio back to myself. Today I have been hard at it sorting things out, shifting furniture and generally changing things round so that I can finally have a space to work in that is clean, (reasonably) clutter-free and my own again. It feels great.

I have tons of vintage notions.

So with nothing hot from my machine to show you I am kind of at a loss what to post. I was going to write about the recent interesting "Wardrobe Architect" series on the Coletterie blog but although I was pinning like mad on my Pinterest Board which you can see here, I still don't have a clue what to sew or wear. Wardrobe Architect is a great series, it has really made me think about what I like and my personal style. The big problem, no pun intended, is that all the styles I like are for skinny boho 70's groupies and vintage glamour pusses and I am none of the above. So what do you do when your person can't match up to your personal style? I need to regroup I think.

So with nothing to show you I will leave you of some pics I took at the Necropolis in Glasgow.

In a Julia Margaret Cameron Stylee! (Hurrah for Photoshop)

 I used to work in the hospital close by and go there for a wander at lunchtimes. 

It is a beautiful Victorian cemetery, opened in 1833, and filled with loads of statues and forgotten graves designed by the likes of Alexander "Greek" Thompson and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Cheer up love. Bah, and I thought "I" was a bit of a Goth!

 If you are ever in Glasgow it is well worth a visit and you can get stunning views across the city from up on the hill where the Necropolis stands. I have a bit of a thing for graveyards (and Photoshop, can't you tell). They are always so peaceful. Great places to take a book and real havens for wildlife. You sometimes used to get deer in the Necropolis and loads of beautiful bunnies.

Anyway, have a great week people. Happy June!

K xx