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winter tops, charity shops and stuff not fitting

So once again its been a couple of weeks.

Anyway.I’ve been quite lazy, but I have actually made stuff….

First up another Renfrew Top I made a few weeks ago, and forgot to post about…it is made with jersey from Ditto Fabrics in Brighton, and is lovely and warm and pretty much spot on in terms of technique, and it is a bit of a weird one for me to wear clothes that look so normal, but the reason I’ve made millions of these this year is that all I wear all winter is layers involving long sleeved tops, so black does get a bit boring at times.

autumn flowers top

 

Bottom of the photo cut off as Jon took it with my mobile and didn’t move the case. Taken in Victoria Park, East London.

 

Then I made another Renfrew out of some fabric I got for £2 a meter off my favourite market stall. As it had a border print I aligned the top automatically with the border at the bottom, cuz any other way would look bloody weird frankly. I then proceeded to sew it up in my standard size, and then wondered why the hell it was a bit too small. Cuz the stretchy grain of the fabric is running up and down, not across isn’t it! I have got to say, that is something I never thought to check for, but yeah, that would be a problem with border printed jersey coming to think about it!

gothic border renfrew

 

So thats why I’ve photographed it lying on the bed.  It does fit, it looks nice under things and ok with skirts that sit on my natural waist, but it does have a tendancy to ride up, and I certainly couldn’t put it over a base layer, which is what I’ve mostly been wearing given the freezing weather, so I couldn’t get a good photo of it on.

Also stuff I have done..today on the way to the supermarket I popped in at one of the local charity shops and found these little beauties….

polaroid claudius

 

I’ve been after a dvd copy of I Claudius for ages, we recently disposed of our video copy, and I’ve wanted a polaroid camera for a while too. My little brother has one so I am going to find out from him where you get the bits from (hopefully), and if it doesn’t work, the camera was £2 the dvd £3 so who cares! 🙂

I have also taken custody of this gorgeous dress.

white gatsby dress

white flapper dress

 

 

It is an ivory lace flapper dress, made by Berkertex, so 80’s pretending to be 20’s, and it is gorgeous! It has a small hole in the lace on the skirt, but apart from that seems in good nick. Only drawback is it is a size 14, and having tried to get it on, probably a small 14 at that, so completely doesn’t fit. So now I have to decide whether to put it in the drawer I reserve for stuff that doesn’t fit, or whether to dispose of it! Grr. It was very cheap though so it doesn’t matter that much.

I am also in the middle of a bit more major sewing project so I’d better head back to that!

sewing meet up, Jons new bass, and one for the music geeks!

So on Saturday, Jon and I got up ridiculously early and went to Brighton, where I took part in a sewing meet up, with a load of lovely people I’d never met before, as shown in the photo above, taken by a lady called Claire.

I’m really sorry to any of the ladies from the meet up that finds this, I’m not able to tag everyone in the photo, as I find the tagging function on wordpress fairly baffling, and I am rather run down today, so I’m concentrating on getting something published rather than it being particularly something good! 🙂

Anyways,we went to a restaurant,and swapped sewing stuff, I got rid of loads of  stuff I didn’t need to very good new homes and acquired some stuff for myself….

this flowery and leopard print and black silky fabric is absolutely gorgeous. I had a few ideas what to do with it, but as soon as Jon saw it, he was all ‘sexy nighty’, so that was that! Luckily I have a 1930’s vintage slip pattern that will do perfectly already in my collection. Its far too nice of course to just wear in bed and not show off in public, when I was a teenager I used to do the whole Courtney Love, wear a nightie as a dress with a skinny t-shirt underneath thing, so I may have to revisit that look!

I got this sewing magazine, with how to make a sock monkey in it! 🙂 I like sock monkeys, so I am glad to get hold of a pattern for one.

I also acquired this gorgeous vogue pattern from the 60’s for an amazing looking suit.

After lunch, I shot off early as we were aiming to go to Jon’s brother’s birthday in the evening and it was already 3pm. Popped into Ditto Fabrics, partly just to have a browse, but mainly to check out a couple of things I’d seen online and rather liked the look of. I am never going to make the mistake of buying stuff that isn’t cotton online without getting a sample or checking it out in person ever again!

First on the list was this jersey…

which was as nice as I’d hoped it would be. If you look really closely it has naked ladies all over it! 🙂 It also has writing saying ‘Black Tomorrow, recorded on Parlephone’  Having googled Black Tomorrow, there are a couple of bands called that, but they are all really small and modern, certainly not important enough to have their own psychedelic t-shirt fabric. Was wondering if any of the music experts I know would be able to shed any more light?

Anyway, I am waiting for my sewaholic renfrew top pattern to turn up, and it will go nicely with that.

I looked at Ditto’s supply of coating, cuz I have a cape pattern I’m looking to use at some point, and I am so glad I didn’t buy online, as non of it was at all to my taste, the  duck egg blue I thought I liked was all hairy in real life. 🙂 But then I spotted this in the sale for £8 a meter……

it is wool fabric, and I thought it would be perfect for either my new suit pattern, or given that I think, having looked at the back of the packet, that  that one may be for a sewist who’s a bit more expert than me, the new simplicity mad men suit pattern.

I ended up buying 5 meters instead of 4 because that was what was left on the roll, and it was in two separate pieces so I wanted to be sure I had the right amount, hopefully that will give me a bit left over at the end for something else. 🙂

On the whole I think I was rather restrained!

Then before we went home, Jon, who had been trying out bass guitars at various shops whilst I was fabric shopping, took me to see one he really liked, that was massively reduced in price as it had a tiny chip in it, and generally a total bargain. So he bought it, which is a real relief as his old bass has a broken neck that has been repaired so many times, its just waiting for someone to drop it for there to be a disaster.

So this is it..

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a bit of a crappy photo, but I was having massive problems with lighting. It is a black Ibanez Soundgear. Personally I think it is totally outshone by my Daisy Rock next to it, but I suppose its not bad looking for a bass, and it has a pretty dragon on the fretboard! 😛

In front is Jons new leopard print pedal bag, nicely decorated with the larger part of our badge collection. So rock and roll!

Anyway..we got back from Brighton according to schedule, the plan was to dump stuff at home and then go straight out again, but Jon had come down with a bit of a temperature, so we thought we’d better not go to his brothers party, which was just as well really as it started snowing and didn’t stop, and it would have been a nightmare getting back from Highgate in that sort of weather.

I was feeling quite smug cuz I’d paced myself all day so I was well enough to go out again, and Jon wasn’t, but then I’ve been mostly in bed yesterday and today, so meh!

I did get my tartan fabric washed and ironed over the weekend though, it is a total dream! I am now thinking it might not be wool, and may be the sort of cotton grunge style lumber shirts are made of or something. But it doesn’t really matter, it means the dress I make will be easy to care for anyway.

Hopefully I’ll be well enough in the next few days to get on with it!