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Friday, 24 January 2020

Silk dreams

Silk printed with olive paisleys on a burgundy background
In my mind this was all sorts of browns, but getting it out
again it's prettier than I remembered.
When Mr Robot and I went to India, one of our souvenirs was two metres of incredible block-printed silk. And this stuff was pricy. I decided I wasn’t going to do anything with it till I had the skills to do it justice, but have been keeping my eye open for the right pattern. Well, now I've found one! It’s exactly the sort of thing I like. While not a 60s pattern, the simple shape and scarf collar definitely have that sort of vibe, though it probably needs to be a couple of inches shorter. (An easy pattern tweak.)

Friday, 17 January 2020

Glasses half full

A redheaded woman looking at a pair of spectacles
Argh, I talked this one up! In my last post I mentioned not having a problem with buying stuff new… well, Thursday’s eye test introduced a problem. My eyes have declined with every test so I fully expected to need to fork out £75-£100 for new glasses. BUT NO. They’ve hit the point where I need varifocals, and those aren’t cheap. To be fair to Specsavers, they do sell much cheaper lenses than the £189 ones I’m probably going to get, but the ones I’m considering are optimised for screen use. I work on a computer for eight hours a day and have screen-based hobbies like gaming and blogging, so it makes sense to fork out a bit extra to really look after my eyes. In all, my glasses look like costing over £300. Owwww.

Anyway, that means it’s a good job I’m getting back in the sewing habit and rediscovering the neglected clothes in my wardrobe because there aren’t going to be any more new ones for a while. Browsing the chazzas will still be an option, but other than that I’ll have to make do with the fabric in my stash and the clothes I have.

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Something old, something new

In my last post but one I mentioned buying some new things. Here's the cord mini skirt. (Sorry the photo's so bad; there's not enough light in my living room for good pictures on my phone. I must charge my camera battery!) I bought it hoping the skirt would give my wardrobe more of a 60s feel – if you look at photos of girls just going about their business in the 60s, basic mini skirts are pretty commonplace. It buttons down the front. Possibly it's neither A-line enough nor short enough to achieve the desired effect, but it's comfortable and is wearable for work.

Friday, 10 January 2020

2020 Make Nine


A cat looking at a sewing machine.
Ziggy loves to 'help'...
Ah yes, Make Nine. I suppose I should do a run-down of last year’s nine before kicking off this year’s…

Last year’s nine were: Clever With Colour jacket; Louisa Harding cardi; Colette Sorbetto; Simplicity 8246 skirt; A-line miniskirt; kimono top; tunic; wide-legged trousers; something in tweed.

Well, I completed two off the list – the Sorbetto and the skirt. Both got a few wears; they're perfectly functional though I can already see how I'd make them differently if I reused the patterns. I also finished knitting the jacket, but I’m not happy with the bobbly edging at the back of the neck, so I’m going to have to partially detach it from the knitted body, rip it back and reknit it shorter. That’s going to be a massive faff and I’m not looking forward to it at all, which is why I'm procrastinating, but I know from past experience that if I’m not happy with something I’ve made it never gets worn, so I’ve got to do it. Arrrrrrrrrse!

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

I hope you had a great Christmas!

A cross-eyed tabby cat with reindeer antlers
Ha, I'm back! (And quite surprised to see I did actually manage a blog post at the start of the month; I thought I hadn't done any). I hope your December has been brilliant – I've been keeping up with people on Instagram, but that's not the same as the actual conversation of blogging, isn't it? Few of us use IG as a vehicle for thoughts and ideas. I do like it, as when life is hectic there's something soothing about the whirl of pretty things and happy friends, but blogging meets a deeper need. (Don't ask me why I still use Twitter, "I'm a bloody masochist" may be the answer there...)

Sunday, 1 December 2019

It's the festive season!

Three vintage craft magazine
So, have you got your tree up, if that's the sort of thing you do? We haven't; I grew up not putting it up till a fortnight before Christmas, so I don't like putting ours up too soon. Also, the cats like climbing around in it and stealing baubles which rapidly becomes annoying. I am starting to feel seasonal though. Because of my December deadline hell, I start shopping in November, so it's all nearly done now. And I've been looking at some more recent vintage craft magazines.

Does that make sense? The 1920s ones to a lot of the 60s are out permanently, but the later 60s and onwards aren't really 'my' time so those ones are in a crate, and the crate was wedged under the bed until recently. We replaced the bed, the crate got shifted to the spare room, and now I've been picking through them. And as it's a month to be generous, I thought I'd share outfits from a couple of December issues with you. Don't say I never give you anything.

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

A vintage surprise

An ochre handbag lying on an apple green and ochre scarfI'm right in the middle of my winter deadline hell right now. (I worked past 10pm yesterday.) I know I can get through it, I've just got to grit my teeth and get on with it, but it is hard, and sometimes I feel like very few people around me know how much effort I'm putting in, or really think it matters. So when I unwrapped this package from Gisela today, I almost cried. It's so lovely!