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









11 comments:

  1. Ooh, that panoramic shot is fabulous, as is the handful of sea glass, of course.
    You'd never know that skirt wasn't a perfect fit, it looks rather va-va-voom gorgeous from where I'm sitting!
    PS. It's the gathers that are intimidating me about that Lee Bender pattern... xxx

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    1. Hi Curtise, yes, the view there is lovely. It was very hazy on the Sunday but you get a beautiful view right up The Trossachs on a clear day. That sounded vaguely rude. :) I think that the fit of that skirt is growing on me although I need to take the elastic in at the waist. I have visions of it falling off. This actually happened to me once when I was thin. The shame. Lucky I had woolly tights on.

      Never fear about your gathers. Set a nice long straight stitch on your machine ( a basting stitch) and sew two rows parallel to the edge in your seam allowance where the gathers need to go. Then you can pull the bottom spool thread gently and it will cause the fabric to gather. If you have a lot just do it in bits and knot it up as you go. Either that or gather it by hand. You can them either go over then to secure in the seam allowance or just stitch the seam with the basting still in place and unpick later. Use a bright thread and your longest stitch length, then it will be easy to unpick. It really is a beautiful pattern and I am sure that you will do it more than justice. Xxxx

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    3. I wish I was brave... like you. I always steer clear these days of straight skirts, Aline skirts, pencil skirts and opt instead for fuller skirts to balance out the boob and slight dowager's hump (due to scrunched up vertebrae) as I don't like the top heavy look. I am self-conscious about the top half anyway, so tend to try and hide it as much as possible. I wish I was brave... like you.

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    4. Hi Edwina, i have to admit that this is a litlle out of my comfort zome. Trousers are the way forward for me these days. I used to wear skirts all the time but tend to wear DMs, even for work, hidden under my trousers as they are supportive to my dodgy ankles and comfy enough to wear for long days. I love full skirts, they look brilliant. I wish I coud wear them but I am too thick-waisted. This skirt was so quick to make that I will run up at least another couple, once I have finessed the pattern a little. Definitely no braver at this end though. Xxxx

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  2. It sounds like you had a fab week! Do you have any plans for the sea glass? The children and I love collecting it at Seaham beach but lack inspiration as to what to do with it!

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    1. Hi Josie, yes I found a great couple of inspiration pictures on Pinterest where people had glued (?) seaglass into salvaged window frames and either used them in the garden, or hung the windows in their houses in a larger window. Only problem with this is that we will have to collect an absolute ton of glass. We have one of the large IKEA glass jars full but I think that we might need at least another one depending on the size of the salvaged window that we find. This could take a while but at least the better weather is coming. I am hoping to get there at least every other weekend for a bit. The other option was some mobiles using wire but I love stained glass so an hankering after that option. I had an idea to set the glass in a thin layer of jewellry resin but have never used it before. Have you ever tried it? If so, what did you think? Is it easy to work with? Xxxx

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  3. We have more in common than just sewing. I too love snake prints(your skirt is to die for BTW)and I also collect sea glass.

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    1. Hi Rhonda. Thanks! Got to love a great snakeskin print. What do you make out of your sea glass? I love the stuff, its so beautiful and you never know what you will find. Xxxx

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  4. Ah that's a shame that you're unhappy with the fit of that skirt, it looks good in these pics though. I'm a bit suspicious of a skirt pattern that has just one piece, now that you mention it! xxx

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    1. Hi Zoe, thanks for your comment. I think that most of the fitting issues are down to me cutting out a skirt that was miles too big. I will stand by the shaping though. Even though I pegged this I still think it could do with a little more va va voom. I made a Mabel at the same time and will post about the shape comparison tomorrow. Quite like how it looks in the pics and it is a sensible shape for work so not a loss. Xxxx

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