Sunday, 22 February 2015

Giveaway Winner and Some Shaky Pics

So this week has been half term in the UK and the schools have been on holiday. If you have school-age children have you been off? If so, did you go away or doing anything special? I have been off for the past week which has been a bit of a mixed bag but to be honest I really needed the break. Last weekend we ventured out in Glasgow and I dragged poor Sprogzilla to go see a band - nothing like a bit of heavy rock to make you relive your youth.  The first time I saw them was 23 years ago! I was very young of course *cough, cough*

This was followed by a day wandering the roads around Greenock and Gourock. It was really beautiful out there and hard to think that you are close to the biggest city in Scotland. I know that a lot of the world is really suffering with snow at the moment but it was beautiful weather, we just had light coats on, but you could still see snow on The Trossachs at the top of the Holy Loch.

Looking over to Dunoon and the Holy Loch. You can see the wee ferry.

Then we headed to Edinburgh to see my Mum for a couple of days. She is doing a lot better but still convalescing and was really pleased to see us. We had another trip to the beach for sea glass again but our timing was rubbish and the waves were racing up the beach. We still had time to get a small bagful.

 I have been doing no sewing this week but I did cut out a lining for my pink corduroy skirt that I started last year. The shame! I did have an excuse as I lost the back pattern piece so had to trace out another one and I hate tracing.

I wore something that I made today though. This is the pencil skirt from "Gertie Sews Vintage Casual". I finished that and my Mabel but haven't worn the Mabel yet to get any pics. This is my least favourite fit-wise out of the two. 

I cut out the biggest size which was to fit a 50" hip but I had to take it in my an additional 4 inches, plus I pegged the bottom by a few cm on each side as it was a bit straight for my liking. I still feel like it is too big, even in the waist. The only thing keeping it up is my "mum-tum". 

Hope this doesn't break the internet.

I do like the fact that this is a 1-(yes really) piece pattern but to be honest it would probably be a bit frumpy as it is drafted. This is loose enough for me to wear to work though if I can find a long enough black top.

Apologies for the shaky camera phone pics but Sprogzilla's friends invaded the studio today and were highjacked into kindly acted as photographer, bless them. 

So anyway, now for the thing that you are all waiting for, who has won the mag. So without further ado the winner is..........

...............................Nicole. Congratulations, Nicole! Please send me your snail mail address to ligeia2001 at hotmail dot com by Thursday 25th Feb and I'll get your magazine sent out to you this week. Huge thanks to everyone for taking part and leaving comments. They are always really appreciated. Please keep checking back as I will be having another giveaway soon in honour of the Vintage Pattern Pledge.

For all you rock chicks out there I will leave you with a slice of my mis-spent youth.
As always have a great week!

K xx

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Psychohail, Whippocino, Shimmerglisten........Plus My First Giveaway!

Beware picture-heavy posting ahead.

Bah, snow and not even the good stuff. That stuff that just comes down in a stinging, soggy shower of misery. Yep, today I am having a good rant about the weather even though the sun is streaming in the window in a very winsome and deceptively golden fashion. You could almost mistake it for Spring.

The first snowdrops in my garden. Still got roses and geraniums flowering. Weird.

I have been away out of the office and had the good fortune to go to Florence for a couple of days.  It snowed. Everyone was quite surprised there as this is not apparently a common occurrence. The snow must have heard this as it sort of gave up and turned to sleet in a hissy fit.

Arriving into Pisa the day before, the weather there was beautiful and balmy. I had put my thermals on under my suit, plus a raincoat over the top. Cue one big sweaty mess, so the next day I dressed for warmer weather. Bad move, it was freezing but I was in Florence and determined to make the most of the tiny amount of time I had.

So time for a big wander round the city, looking for fabric shops and generally having a good nosey. I didn't find any fabric shops. It was quite late and dark. A lot of stuff was shut. I did go for a stroll round the Duomo and the indoor/outdoor markets near San Lorenzo Church. The leather stall holders there really give you the hard sell. It was still sleeting and I got soaked literally through to the skin so squelched back to the hotel in search of a hot shower and a glass of wine.

The Duomo is a bit mental and not in the best possible taste. You can't deny that it is some achievement though and was lovingly crafted. I love ecclesiastical art, the sheer scale and literal awesomeness, but some of it really has me thinking about the purpose behind its creation. In a lot of Italian churches the art there really makes me feel like it is there to remind people to toe the party line and know their place. Look at the expressions on this pair. Not a lot of benevolence in there.

However, these little chaps are charming and make me wonder who the sculptors used for models. They are crafted with such life and quiet love about them.

A final one for the Doctor Who fans out there. Don't blink!

For all you proper fashoionistas, I found a couple of streets full of the big designer shops: Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Dolce and Gabbana, Tiffany. They all had very impressive window displays. I loved these flowery trousers.

Next day was time for home and I checked out extra early so I could have a couple of hours in Pisa. I really like this town and have been there quite a few times now. There are some good shops and I noticed some market stalls dotted around the side streets selling local food and handmade goods.

My favourite photo is out of focus but I think that it looks quite Impressionistic that way.

Anyway, now to the exciting finale. One of my primary (non work-related) objectives was to pick up a copy of La Mia Boutique magazine. This is like the Italian Burda, with sewing patterns inside that you have to trace off. La Mia is a bit legendary as it is hard to get outside Italy and is supposed to have very swish patterns inside. I am going to reserve judgement on that but someone can make their own mind up as I bought an extra copy to giveaway.

This giveaway is open world-wide. Just leave a comment below this post before Midnight Friday 13th February! Spooky Possums!

So to round up, apologies for the bad camera photos and for the fact that this blog is slowly becoming more of a travelogue. I have been doing some sewing, all day yesterday in fact, and have finished two skirts so it will be back to the sewing ASAP.

Best of luck and have a great week!


Sunday, 1 February 2015

Just Checking In

Sorry for not posting for a bit. I have the most ridiculous amount of work on and have a deadline for tomorrow which I will be lucky to meet. To top it off I have been out of the office for a few days to a meeting in foreign parts so will be hosting my very first giveaway this week for a sewing-related item. International woman of mystery me like!

Hate not having time to blog/sew and am now behind on my Wardrobe Architect. Never mind get my life back this week. Oh, and I broke my RTW fast as I need to look less scruffy posh and have had no time to sew anything. All I can say is M&S to the rescue. And shoes! Definitely sorry not sorry from me.

Hope you are having a nice stress-free week!