Friday, 29 June 2018

Ready for the weekend

A tabby cat on a fence
Who's ready for a good hot weekend? I definitely am! The cats probably aren't, though at least their fur is very short. I feel quite sorry for them in winter, with their long, skinny limbs and short fur (we suspect there's Siamese or similar in their ancestry) but it probably means they're a little cooler in this weather. Even so, Ziggy picked up an infection so he's currently on antibiotics. Poor boy.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Shopping is no substitute for doing

'Shopping is no substitute for doing' is something I really need to bear in mind, as I've found myself slipping, as a novice sew-er, into a bad habit I had as a knitter: buying more things to make stuff without actually making stuff. That's why I have five plastic crates of knitting wool; I think Mr Robot will divorce me if I acquire the same amount of fabric. That said, I had to have this Liberty fabric. The pattern is called 'Rocket Dance' and I got it from Shaukat Fabrics. A few online stores have this pattern, but not many seem to have the darkest background.


Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Rolling Stones in Cardiff

The Rolling Stones on Stage at Cardiff
Last Friday* Mr Robot and I went to see the Rolling Stones in Cardiff. I've seen a few classic bands in recent years – ones younger than the Stones – and in most cases the years have taken their toll, especially on the singers' voices. On top of that, I only really know the classic songs from the 1960s and 1970s, plus the occasional hit, so expected the gig to be mostly me thinking, "That sounds good, I wish I knew it."

It wasn't like that at all.

Friday, 8 June 2018

A Quant of Solace

So, the V&A's announced its next exhibition, and it's going to be devoted to the work of a designer who shaped British fashion in the 1960s, Mary Quant. She wasn't the first to make a mini skirt, but by crikey she made them popular. She was an early worker with PVC, too - her 'Wet' collection of 1963 used it.

On the subject of 'Wet', garment from that are among the items the museum is hoping people can lend it. They're looking for stuff like early Quant with Bazaar labels, 'Wet' items, and mid-60s styles with Peter Pan collars (not sure I'll forgive MQ for making that particular piece of tweeness acceptable for adults, to be honest – did Audrey Hepburn wear one? Did Diana Rigg? That should tell you all you need to know.) Anyway, those, home-made - sewn or knitted - garments from Quant patterns, and more are all on their We Want Quant list. If you can help them, I'm sure they'd be grateful.

The exhibition is opening in April 2019. I didn't manage to make it to the Ocean Liners one (idiot Mim!) but I am definitely going to get my arse into gear and go to see the Quant one.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

New hair and bimblings

 I did it! I finally got my hair cut. I went for the Emma Peel as it's longer than the Scully, so if it didn't work out it could be cut into a Scully next time, whereas the reverse wouldn't be possible. Turns out, all it takes cut-wise is for everything to be the same length, and after that it's all in the blow drying. The hairdresser didn't get as much volume into the roots as I'd have wanted, but I did carefully watch how she did the flicks. And then this week I've been out and bought all sorts of brushes, sticky stuffs AND a hairdryer so hopefully I can recreate it myself. I've yet to try that, so today it's exactly like it was before the cut, only shorter, ie messy.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Sewing frustrations

Do you know the old saying about having to do something for 10,000 hours to be any good at it? I'm starting to fear it might take that long for my sewing to get good. And that I'm going to be making this one pattern FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.