KNIT: Turquoise Laar cardigan from PoshYarns laceweight.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
KNIT: Turquoise Laar cardigan from PoshYarns laceweight.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
- an hour spent rummaging through the button box in a tiny charity shop
- ... and the little treasures I purchased for a grand total of 50 sparkling new pence!
- Is this a portrait of Queen Mary in button form?
- painting my nails an insane shade of lilac: Muggins by Butter London
- rediscovering the ritual of a steaming cup of herbal tea, late at night, when I ought to be asleep
- Watching "Brodeuses" (A Common Thread) and letting the language and colours saturate my brain
Reading "The Cookbook Collector" by Allegra Goodman
- anticipating the publication of "A Stitch in Time Volume 2"
- ... and being happy that it is delayed to August because it means I might actually have finished Betty Jean in time to get swept up by vintage-cardi-fever!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Lisette Portfolio dress, Simplicity 2245
1.7 metres of soft stretchy denim from my local fabric shop, Butterfly Fabrics in Inverurie
2 red buttons at the back of the neck
Fat quarter of Michael Miller fabric, found on eeebaaay, for pocket linings and the back loops.
That's it: I have a uniform dress!
Friday, June 24, 2011
This is to let you know that I am having a (technological) crisis: my laptop has died.
The warning signs have been there for some time: disk errors, CPU messages, overheating, and the frequent comment from my daughter that "This thing is a pile of crap".
MMJ day 23 was the death of it. It couldn't cope with uploading my photo and came to a sizzling halt mid-way. Just after it had deleted the picture from my camera. Sigh.
I'm not sure what to do. "Buy another one" is probably the only sensible response one week before the school summer holidays begin. The Girl will be home alone for most of the first two weeks and will expire without internet access. Her ipod-thingy recently stopped receiving wifi so she can't get access that way anymore. And yesterday the mobile phone network stopped covering the area of our house... mid-phone call.
Oh - and we can only get pictures on the TV now - no sound. We have re-installed the digi-box approximately ten times every day for the past 5 days and get lovely pictures if everyone sits very still on the sofa. But the picture breaks up if anyone stands up and we have lost the sound altogether. We can still see and hear Dvds so the set itself is OK - it must be the new digital signal being blocked by the trees or something...? FL is fine with this - he uses the subtitles. But that's the end of watching this year's Glastonbury coverage.
I am living in a technological bermuda triangle.
If this was not all so stressful for The Girl I would see it as a chance to get so much done, without interruptions from the world outside.
This was not what I was planning to write today. I was going tell you about a meeting I went to at a major Energy Sector company. The guy sitting next to me was leaning so far back he was almost in my lap. He was wearing a pinstriped business suit and red ostrich-skin cowboy boots. The guy on the other side kept talking about "The threat of two Sammys" which totally cracked me up, despite the gravity of the topic. (He meant tsunamis.) It was a real testosterone festival. The only other girl in the room was a rottweiler - she had to be to survive in that environment. I arrived "slightly late": 12.25 for a meeting at 12.30, and they had already polished off all the sandwiches and were hoovering up the last few crisp crumbs.
FL said I should call this post "Two Sammys and No Sarnies" :)
And this morning a police car scared me witless driving on the wrong side of a narrow road with lights and sirens blazing. The person in front ended up in a ditch trying to get out of the way.
I really need a holiday, but I'm not there yet.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
I bought this 1970's t-shirt pattern from Etsy for a song. I want to make View C (the hoodie version) in white cotton jersey, but I might not have enough fabric...
Don't you want to make Ginger, Roo?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
And today? It is absolutely fine, boys and girls. And this is a really good thing because it is Liberty cotton lawn and was a lot of work to make. I still find it a bit short... but that's what 1940's trousers are for! Hooray!
Monday, June 20, 2011
The brooch was a present from FL, hidden in a Christmas cracker. :)
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I cast on a new pair of socks on Friday night: meet Lenora! I had been stalking this pattern on Ravelry, waiting for it to go "live". Originally a Three Irish Girls sock club pattern, it is now available to everyone to purchase. I don't know why, but it totally grabbed me. I am using Old Maiden Aunt Superwash merino in the colour Bluebells, bought at UK Knit Camp last year. That's just one evening's knitting - woo hoo! The joy of socks!
Friday, June 17, 2011
Disclaimers: no children or animals were injured during filming.
Any similarity to persons living or dead is entirely coincidental.
These pictures were taken before a glass of Orvieto Classico, Lidl £3.99 per bottle.
The sheer joy of wide trousers is that you don't get a VPL... though it was touch and go for these pictures!
The high waist means you can throw some really silly shapes and your blouse remains tucked in.
I take bookings for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.
Just don't ask me to sing.
Today I wore:
Neutral version of the Eva Dress 1940's trousers, blogged here.
White dobby dot Lisette Portfolio blouse, blogged here.
Audrey-in-Unst came too!
And my bluebird brooch (as yesterday).
This month of style-blogging has certainly taught me a lot about the importance of photo quality. I have had far more comments on my MMJ pictures on Flickr where the photo has been well lit and I have looked... um... streamlined.
Tomorrow I get my hair cut - and not a moment too soon!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
The blouse I finished last night! Blogged here.
1950's pattern skirt, blogged here.
Vintage bluebird brooch from Herman Brown's in Edinburgh. (Look at the News section of their website for great vintage outfit inspiration!)
Camper Mambo shoes and fishnet tights.
Just noticed: that strange little red velvet bag contains my Besame lipstick. It is not a one-fingered glove!
When I tried this blouse on last night, I was worried that the neckline was too high. When I used the pattern before, I added shoulder pads, but when I tried pinning a set in to this one, the neck was creeping up my throat and felt suffocating. So here is the unpadded version - and it definitely works better.
I thought I would go the whole Miss Marple route for its first outing, and added my "tea-length" 1950's pattern skirt.
I just read this on Wikipedia:
"Miss Jane Marple is an elderly lady who lives in the little English village St. Mary Mead. Superficially stereotypical, she is dressed neatly in tweed and is frequently seen knitting or pulling weeds in her garden."
Oh my days - it's a description of ME! ;)
It turns out that the blouse is wonderfully comfortable to wear - very soft, and with good flat buttons up the back, so sitting down to take tea is a pleasure.
Only one issue - there is a single button which I can't reach to do up on my own and which can't be done up before I put on the garment. This hasn't happened before in my back-buttoning experience, so either I was a bit stiff this morning, or the spacing of the buttons is "out" compared to others I have made.
Lacking a maid, I had to get FL to help, much to his amusement!
Pattern: Style 4820 from the 1940's, size 34". So much period detail, but you need to zoom in to see it! I didn't put shoulder pads in this time around, as the neck seems to be higher than before and the extra upward boost felt suffocating.
It seems very... demure. That high neckline with the tiny print makes me feel like the vicar's wife from a 1940's costume drama! This is not necessarily a bad thing, but I think I need to consider my jewellery options further. I pinned on my dainty bluebird brooch for these pictures, but I might try something louder.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
This image is by Anne Taintor, and you can buy it printed on a set of Post-it notes - how perfect!
Just what I need to shake up the office!
Simplicity 2501 blouse, the pouffy-sleeved version, blogged here.
Rockabilly Rose skirt from a 1950's pattern, blogged here.
You can't see it, but I am wearing a rose shaped brass hair pin (TopShop) to keep my fringe in order. (I have a haircut booked as I have reached the "going mad" stage!)
It was pouring rain, hence the indoor pictures.
I am terribly self-conscious about these sleeves. They are in danger of looking like something Margaret Thatcher would wear, especially with the associated tie-neck. The fabric is very fine, which is both good and bad. The last time I wore this blouse I stuck my thumb through the faggoting at the back, while tucking it in. Luckily, the mended section is below the waistband of this skirt.
I also wore my Gap cardigan. And my parka. Oops!
But I have a dream of another cardigan! I spotted this yarn in the PoshYarn shop last night before it sold out - gasp!
The colour is called "Tomorrow is Another Day", which is described as: "Leaf green, aqua, sky blue, apple, pale jade, mint". It is a laceweight merino / tencel mix, so should have fabulous drape. I intend to knit a Laar (Shetland Trader) cardigan with it.
Hmmm.... a cardigan out of laceweight yarn with acres of stocking stitch, Roo? Is this wise?! Speaking of which...
Betty Jean update: I have almost finished the first sleeve! I sat down to watch "Like Water for Chocolate" while I knitted, but hadn't bargained on the need to read subtitles, so only managed to knit an inch in two hours. Ugh!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I had been searching for a simple t-shirt pattern with pleats at the neck, but they all seemed to be sleeveless and/or low-cut.
Pattern: Me-made! :D It has just two pieces: a back and a front.
Fabric: Purple marl jersey from Croft Mill. I had 1.5 metres and used about half of it, down one side. I have plenty left to make a camisole and knickers - woo hoo! It was £5.25 per metre. It is supposed to be 100% cotton, but it has a slight sparkle in the marl. It a really nice weight of fabric, with stability, softness and good drape.
Sewing notes: I used the Vari-Overlock stitch on my Bernina machine for all the seams and hems. I didn't have any matching thread, so used a lighter lilac colour and took extra care to sew neatly! This may have added a "sporty" edge to the garment, which I had not intended. But I still like it!
Verdict? I am feeling very pleased with myself! Hence the smug expression in the photos. Feel free to make faces at me! ; )
I will definitely use this pattern again - next time I will turn the pleats the other way out, as I like how they look on the inside.
And I will definitely do more pattern-making - it is such fun!
Friday, June 10, 2011
We interrupt Me Made June to gawp in wonder at someone else's sewing.
The is Emily's "Bee in My Bonnet Blouse". You can read all about it here.
Basically, she traced an existing blouse to make the pattern, then plunged right in to her vintage fabric like Edward Scissorhands: snip, snip, snip: ta da! OK, so maybe there was more to it than that.
All this week I have been grumbling about not being able to find the perfect pattern for a simple t-shirt with pleats at the neck. An anonymous reader pointed me in the direction of an excellent-looking Butterick pattern, and I found another by Kwik-Sew, and both were fine but neither was perfect.
And I have been watching in awe as Miss Dibs whips up dress after dress for MMJ, with an airy comment that she used the top half of one pattern combined with "a rectangle of fabric" to make a maxi dress. Fearless! Fabulous!
And I have come to the conclusion that I need to stop being such a wimp, relying on shop-bought patterns all the time. Surely I have enough experience to draft a simple top?
So... um... watch this space! You can all laugh and point if it all goes horribly wrong! :)
Thursday, June 09, 2011
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Monday, June 06, 2011
The Shetland Trader's Laar in AlbaYarn colour Peat would work well with this outfit.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Luckily, the labourer accepted the job of creating another garden to the west of the house, and today I planted out my "crops". They are looking a bit pale and wan after spending too long indoors (waiting for their annex to be constructed), but I have given them a week's exposure to the elements and they seem to have good strong roots.
Saturday, June 04, 2011
Friday, June 03, 2011
Butter London toe-nail polish in Blowing Raspberries - darn it: you can't see it! Why did I bother? ;)
I feel a bit self-conscious wearing a flippy short skirt. I fear the wind. I deeply fear the wind! Hopefully you can't tell I am wearing hold-up stockings? The fear of exposure gave me a headache!
I also wore my "Faith, Hope and Charity" necklace... except today I realised the awful truth about this family heirloom, found in my grandparents' house when my mother was clearing it out. FL said "Why are you wearing a cross?" and The Girl said "Why has it got a pair of compasses on it?" and I looked a bit more closely than ever before and realised that the heart is suspended from a set of dividers and that for all these years I have been wearing a freemason's insignia around my neck. OMG this is the necklace I wore for my graduation photo! Ugh.
But there was added motivation for this outfit: Salsa Celtica at the Woodend Barn!
Give us a twirl then, Roo!