Sunday, 26 July 2015

How I Got My Corset Mojo Back for Sewcialists Lingerie Month

Hello! Sorry for being a bit quiet the last couple of weeks but I have been working like crazy and away again so there has been no time at all for proper sewing.  I also have a big work decision to make but more on that later.
Today I decided that enough was enough and that I had better make a start doing something with my recent lace purchases as the end of the month is nigh. I have to admit that I spent ages today just pinning the motifs until I was happy with their placement. It will probably take me as long to actually stitch them down as it did to sew the whole bloody corset. Handwork is definitely not my strong point. 

I use tiny, invisible stitches all through the motif to make sure that it is held down properly and not just round the edges. There will be some breading and Swarovski's on this too. I figure that there is no such thing as too many sparkles.

If you have been reading this blog for a while you might recognise the corset above. It was one that I made for Newcastle Fashion Week a couple of years ago but even though it ended up going down the Runway (inside out too - bloody dressers) I knew that it was not done until I had some lace (in the right colour) on it.  Apologies, it desperately needs a new corset hook at the top to keep it closed and my dress form is a bit "straight-up-and-down". It is much curvier on a real person. I was hoping to have it done for the end of July to fit in with the Sewcialist's lingerie sewing theme but it will probably take me a bit longer.

Still a few spaces on the back for me to add in a final couple of bits of lace. I love the colour contrasts of the lace against the fabric. The original silk was the pale lemon colour and I dyed it. The corset pattern is self-drafted based on one from my corset bible, "Corsets and Crinolines" by Norah Waugh.

Apart from that I had a couple of days off this week and took Sprogzilla up to her Granny's in Scotland for a bit of the holidays. As it was a nice day we visited The Kelpies in Falkirk en route. I love horses and was so excited to finally see these sculptures. However, what I was not prepared for was their sheer scale. They are bloody massive. Stunning and massive.

Round by the Kelpies is a really beautiful park situated on the Forth and Clyde Canal which is now a working canal again thanks to some recent renovations. The banks are gorgeous, covered in loads of wild flowers and even some jaggy* thistles.

*Jaggy adj. - Prickly or spiky. e.g. "Stay awa' fae the jaggy nettles or you'll hae a sair wan" . 
Can also be applied to the sensation on the tongue from fizzy drinks e.g "Jaggy Ginger" noun. Glaswegian for ginger beer. NB. "Ginger" can now be applied to all fizzy soft drinks.

We also visited the Falkirk Wheel which is amazing piece of engineering. It was opening in 2002 as part of the renovations of the Forth and Clyde and Union Canals and allows boats to be lowered from one onto the other, a process that used to take 11 different locks. It is an amazing piece of engineering. Here you can see the boats being lifted up and down at the same time. 

Anyway, I am contractually obliged not to talk about work but they dropped the bombshell on us that my department is moving to Birmingham. I was down there for a visit last week but only for a few hours so didn't get a chance to see much of the city. What I did see what not at all inspiring. Sorry people of Brum.

All the family want me back home in Scotland full -time. Is Birmingham to Glasgow commutable? I spend half my life travelling at the moment I suppose that another few hours wouldn't make any difference but am still not really convinced. Any info on Birmingham gratefully received, I really don't know which way is up any more.

Hope you are all having a great time!


Sunday, 12 July 2015

I Say a Little Prayer plus a Patrones Magazine Giveaway

Ola, la gente guapa! I have been away in Spain. Not on holiday though, with work, but it was great. I was genuinely spoiled by my very gracious hosts and am always delighted and humbled by the friendliness and generosity of the Spanish people.

The weather there was really, REALLY hot, in the mid 30's, and my poor blue-white Scottish skin turned into bright tomato red after just a wee while in the sun.

Ribes Y Casals, next door sells lots of knits, then the Humana charity shop. What a great street!

 On the way there from the airport I had a couple of hours in Barcelona before travelling again to have a wander and watch the city from the cafe on the top floor of El Corte Ingles department store (apologies for not adding the "acute" but I don't know how to on this laptop). You get a cracking view from up there.

First port of call off the airport bus was, surprise, surprise, Carrer Roger de Lluria to go visit Ribes Y Casals. I had been here the year before and was kicking myself that I didn't buy some of the coloured lace to finish my dip-dyed corset as it was very expensive. You can imagine how happy I was when I rocked up to find not only did they have a big sign "Rebaixes" (Sale) in the window but on the remnant table I found the fabric of my dreams in the two colours that I had been dithering over,  plus another few besides. So doing what any decent happy shopper would I bought the lot, *cough* eleven bits *cough, cough*.

I am completely over the moon. I can now finish something that has been laying around for 2 years (2 years!!!!) plus I have a whole heap of pretty to keep me amused until the next trip. Keep your eyes peeled for my lingerie sewing posts coming soon!

To say thank you to the Sewing Gods for my good fortune I would like to pass it on and have brought back a copy of this months Patrones magazine to give away.

For those of you that are not familiar, Patrones is a bit like Burda Style but with many styles by actual brands/designers and is almost impossible to get hold of in the UK.

It is quite fashion forward, even the plus-sized offerings in this one are worth sewing.  It also has some styles for the little people in your life.

The giveaway is open world-wide and will run until Friday 31st July.
 Please leave a comment below including an obvious way for me to contact you if you win.

So have you found any brilliant buys on your travels? Or scooped a brilliant but unexpected fabric haul or vintage gem? Comment and tell all! 

Good luck and as always happy sewing!