Archive | November 2013

The experimental top

So finally this weekend I got round to taking photos of the top I made a few weeks ago…..

IMG_3038     floral top



This top was based once again on my self drafted pattern and I was going to just make it in plain black, but the black venice lace I’d picked up from etsy turned out to be terrible quality (which is what you get if the price on something looks too good to be true) and I didn’t want to wait around for a new load to be delivered. So I had a look in my lace cupboard and realised I had a load of vintage blue stuff that would go perfectly which was great, but the pattern also needs a thinner lace, and the only one I had the right thickness was burgundy. So I looked at the fabric and well, it does have blue and burgundy in it, and then I had a load of yellow buttons lying around that were the right size (I think I got them as a free gift when I bought something else off etsy, so thank-you very much whoever those were from!) so I thought, either this is going to work brilliantly or be a complete disaster, but I had enough of the fabric for two tops and rather than wait to get more conventional looking supplies I decided to just go for it. The fabric itself is jersey from Lewisham market last year.

I think it has worked really well actually. I wore it to one of my Mum’s coffee mornings and all the ladies there liked it and thought it was a “proper statement top”. I am intending to style it up into a Dolly Kei co-ordinate at some point, but I don’t have a suitable skirt at the moment, so this will have to do. The necklace is an old one my Mum bought me from accessorise ages ago. Skirt made by me last month.

I am not doing any sewing at the moment as I am still struggling with my health too much. I have a couple of woollen winter skirts ready to go as soon as I do get the chance, and then hopefully I will get to play with interesting gothy stuff after Christmas.

Vanishing into thin air!

As the viewing stats for accounts are notoriously weird I have very little idea if anyone actually reads this thing apart from when I link to it on Facebook, but I think a few people do, so I thought it would be polite to say where I had disappeared to. I just noticed I haven’t posted for a month.

Basically I have been suffering rather badly from an interaction of ME/CFS and winter colds. I seem to be catching all of them, taking twice as long as everyone else to recover and suffering from ME/ post viral fatigue in between times So I haven’t done very much of note to post about.

For anyone that doesn’t know, ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a rather irritating illness that makes you tired, achey, and generally feel like you have a hangover the whole time when you haven’t been drinking. I have had it for 10 years now, and don’t work because of it. Not knowing in advance if I’m going to suddenly become tired also makes it impossible to volunteer. Hence the sewing, I occasionally have problems with trying to sew when I’m feeling too dopey, usually leading to sleeves on inside out, but it’s something I can pick up when I’m well enough and leave when I’m not without any kind of commitment issues. Although if I have to leave things too long in between planning and completion I can have stuff not fitting anymore issues! Has actually happened!

Anyway, as this seems to have morphed into primarily a sewing blog, (and I have plans when I’m a little less tired to sort out my profile, which it wrote before I had any clear idea to write about anything in particular, so what this is actually about becomes a little more obvious, ) I have I fact done one piece of sewing, which I gave not been in a position to photograph yet

This is as I am currently at my parents house in Gloucestershire avoiding housework and shopping and cooking in the hope that not having to try to look after myself and distance from crowds of coughing people in London will give me the boost I need to get my health back on track. I have spent 5 of the last 6 weeks unwell and I’m rather concerned I will end up in the situation I was in last winter, when I had illnesses for the best part of 6 months with not enough time to recover in between and it was all rather miserable. I am determined it does not happen again this year.

Apart from sleeping rather more than I would like, I am actually having quite a nice time, and although I’m still massively post viral I don’t actually have any cold symptoms at the moment, so that is a good start.

Home at the end of next week, so normal service will be resumed.

Apologies if anyone gets this far for the lack of pretty photographs. Also any weird typos or formatting, wordpress is really not getting on well with my iPad.

Edited to to add, I do actually also have a couple of other illnesses, but neither of them are kicking up at the moment, and  although I feel I have to explain stuff occasionally, I’d really rather this didn’t turn into a disability blog, so they are not really relevant at the moment.