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23 Jul

Not much of a to do list for this weekend. Just catching up on housework and the like, yawn.

But I am starting to get there with the sewing plan, now that some of my stash of fabric has been cleared away with recent projects.

Here’s a sneak peak:

I spotted this Orla Kiely coat via Vivat Veritas and realised it was a good match for the 70’s coat pattern I made as my first ebay purchase this week.

I love this Brian Reyes dress and when I saw Vogue 1109 I knew I could channel Tim Gunn and “make it work”. Or at least I hope so. If I can replace the sleeves with facings and extend the hip panels into a skirt, I may be in luck. I also like the Alice + Olivia blazer but I can’t seem to find the right pattern for it. Any ideas?

And finally, to indulge my love of the whimsically ridiculous – these Issey Miyake pants inspired by Balenciaga Resort 2011.


16 Jul

What’s in the box?

Ta da!!

I got back to my desk on Wednesday and there were three big internationally posted parcels waiting for me. #1 was my BMV pattern haul which only took 10 days to arrive.

#2 was from Mum and Dad for my birthday a week ago.

My entire immediate family live in London right now. They went traveling separately but all ended up in the same place. This doesn’t mean I miss out on any mothering though – check out what was included here: a nice soft wool blanket, some candy from Florence, an alternative sewing magazine, a post card from Venice and, as always, a passive agressive news paper clipping. Let’s get a close-up of that:

She means well – I get that and I love her for it – luckily I’ve learned to laugh it off.

The last package was from my fab little sister. Just the excitement needed to get me through the rest of the week.

This weekend’s list:

– Finish the hallway*

– Attempt my first button down shirt, McCall’s 6035. Either the View B or C.

Although, the selfish seamstress just did a great version of the puffy sleeved one and I’m worried that after seeing hers, I’ll just be jealous when mine doesn’t come out as well.

– Now that the patterns have arrived, I need to finalize my self-stitched-september plan.

*No, I haven’t finished the hallway, yes it’s been like 3 weeks since I said I’d do it. So much for holding myself accountable.


2 Jul

This photo is from just over a year ago. I was in Vancouver visiting some gorgeous friends, it was early June and yet already 30 degrees. The friend I was staying with had an apartment in Kitsilano, just up from West 4th. The trees and gardens were spectacular and we spent a week drinking berry mojitos.

I’ve just finished a long and spectacularly bad week at work. I was already under pressure in general but them I screwed up and made a bunch of people mad. I’m a pretty mellow person, and unfortunately a bit of a people pleaser so I worked myself into a real state about the situation. It’s still not fully sorted but I need to try and switch my brain off it for a while, though it’s easier said than done. Time to distract myself with this weekend’s to do list.

I will finish the rust coloured jacket. It just needs the sleeves and bottom hemmed but you know when you’re pretty sure a project isn’t going to work out it’s not all that motivational to get it done.

I want to cut out the navy double knit I have for Simplicity 2648 and hopefully have it finished to wear next week. (Maybe if I wear a pretty dress, I’ll feel better about being at the office).

Next, I’ve just signed onto self-stitched-september so I need to come up with my plan so I’m not all naked for the month!

And lastly I want to get my hallway organised. It mightn’t sound like much but I live in one third of a divided villa and if you’ve ever lived in one you would know built in storage is about nil and my hall has become a serious dumping ground. I need to get the storage sorted then move my dresser in so it can act as a landing point by the front door. Then I want to string up some cheap paper lanterns I found, hopefully something along the lines of this from an old post at Design*Sponge.

Thomas Wold at Design*Sponge