Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Me-Made-Mittwoch and Things

Ah, how time flies. Even though I'm officially on break, it seems I don't get a lot done. There was a lot going on last week, what with my boyfriend's birthday, his brother coming for a surprise visit, going to the theater and watching a friend's performance of a live radio play/musical. This week it has been spontaneous babysitting duty and finally picking up the last of my report sheets and carrying them 3 floors down to the registrar's office (inter house mail - why bother, when we can have 220 students standing in line to pick up their stuff every semester?). Of course, they had missed ticking off one of the report sheets that I brought by weeks ago, but I know that the only good weapon against bureaucracy is lots of paper - I had all of them with me! Take that, evil secretary! So now I'm officially allowed to start my internship in two weeks, yay!

Before I start a serious life of being grown-up, though, I'm going to visit a friend in Oxford next weekend! I've already planned a half day in London when I arrive on Saturday, and another couple of hours before I leave Wednesday afternoon, to check out the fabled Walthamstow Market and Goldhawk Road, of Fabric Fandango fame! Apart from these, can anyone recommend any other fabric/notions shops (preferably on a student budget), yarn shops, thrift stores etc.? I've been to London a couple of times before I started sewing, so I'm not set on lotsa sight seeing. Or does anyone know cool shops in Oxford? Anyone up for a coffee (or tea, of course)?

In sewing news, I have resolved to finally finish up my winter sewing plan, or at least anything that has been on the list for ages or won't transition well into spring. The reddish wool Meringue with the polka-dot lining is on top of the list and all cut out, and there's my (too short and ill-fitting in the shoulders) checkered dress that I've decided wants to be a skirt (which is especially fun because I actually used French seams). There's also lacy underwear, both as refashion (adding lace to some long undershirts inherited from my sis) and new (as in lace-edged knickers, like Urban Rustic's here). I'm proud to say that I have already mended 5 good bras, which had underwires sticking out! If I'm very motivated, there may also be a pullover-to-cardi refashion and a New Look 6000 in green knit. And then I'll be free for spring sewing!

Speaking of spring sewing, last year's happy spring dress, my polka-dot Crepe, was featured on the Coletterie! How exciting! I'm still pretty giddy about that! :)
Also, the incredibly lovely Debbie has sent me some lace from her stash (her grandfather hat a bridal dress business, isn't that awesome) in thanks for the scarflet giveaway she won (and some Jasmin tea. Have I ever mentioned that I *love* tea? Thanks again, Debbie!)
Isn't it lovely? I've already admired the cute blouse embellishments that Ali and Jessica did with it. Or should I wait for my very own wedding dress...?
In other news, I'm thinking very hard about joining the spring cardi knitalong that is held by German sewing blogger Cathrine (who also hosts Me-made Wednesdays). She also alerted me to the amazingly inexpensive DROPS yarns and all the cute free knitting patterns they have on Ravelry (and their own website - hundreds of free patterns!).

This very elegantly brings me to another topic: I've heard a few people wonder why there wasn't something like Ravelry for sewing, and someone recommended MySewingCircle. I checked it out and while it's still being developed, it feels like a brother site of Ravelry very much, down to the pattern search, being able to see projects made from a pattern, being able to add your whole fabric stash and using it to make mood boards/plans! It's very ingenious, even though there aren't lots of people yet (although I already found Sarah and Donna - hi there!). Since it seems like an incredibly useful site that's just missing some more people to be a great community, you may want to check it out and join? I'm sure we could rock the house!

Two more interesting things I came across: a list of independent pattern designers (including a lovely button) and an interesting article about red vs. blue dresses in history, fashion design and literature.
Also, Annabell, who I recently came across because of Debi's Sew Grateful week, is sharing a lovely slip pattern from a German 1930s pattern magazine, which she converted to PDF, with her followers. She also writes entertainingly about sewing and knitting with vintage patterns and has a very lovely stash of them (I'm jealous!). Three good reasons to check out a new blog, if I may say so?

Ok, now stage free for my Me-Made Mittwoch outfit. A slightly awkward indoor shot today, since I didn't feel like going down 4 flights of stairs and stand in the rain. ;)
me-made Mousy dress and purple Renfrew top

Oh, about the knit fabric series... I've taken loads of pics already, but haven't felt like actually writing anything yet. But I will, and soon!

What are you up to this week?


  1. I actually am on My Sewing Circle, though I haven't really done too much with it. It seems a lot less active than Ravelry, though I guess that's because it's newer! But I may have to check it out further-- I hadn't known about the mood board feature. That's pretty cool!

    Congrats on your Coletterie shout-out! As for me, I'm up to knitting the same shrug I've been working on, and working on a corduroy jacket I meant to sew two winters ago. Ha.

  2. What a hole lot of information on this post - thanks! Congrats again on finishing Uni and I hope you'll have a fabulous time in Oxford. Thanks for the tip re. My Sewing Circle - I'm going to have to go check it out immediately!

  3. I love this post! Firstly, congratulations on getting your paperwork completed! Secondly, I am so envious of your London trip! I hope you will share photos! Have you asked Karen of Did You Make That? for shopping tips? She is a wonder!

    I am going over to My Sewing Circle to add you right away! I have projects to upload, too. The lace that Debi sent is SPECTACULAR and I can't wait to see what you make with it. I have such a love of lace. :)

    I really like your mousey dress and Renfrew top. I just got the Renfrew pattern and am waiting on finding time to make it up.

  4. Have fun in England!! I can't wait to see what find there :) Thanks for putting up the list of independent designers - I'm going to check it out right now. AND, I'm going to find you on :)

  5. Hope you have a fab time in London and Oxford - exciting! In Oxford the Pitt Rivers museum is meant to be amazing. In London try and check out Liberty and Portobello Road. Have fun! :) x

  6. Gosh, what an interesting post .... lots and lots to read. Well done on your Coletterie star turn - I did see you & it is a very pretty dress! Wonderful :-)
    Interesting patterns that you've shown on Ravelry ... I'll check them out too - the navy lacy one looks as if it would be quicker (not necessarily quick) to make while I am plodding on with my moss stitch one. And has it crocheted edges? I'm off to check it out!! Have a great time in London & Oxford. I like the Ashmolean (Not sure if spelling is correct) in Oxford - it has the most wonderful Victorian / pre Raphaelite paintings ....

  7. Congrats on being on the Coleterrie! It was great to see you featured :) That lace is so lovely, a perfect compliment to jasmine tea. I bet if you contact Zoe (So, Zo...), she'll have some great places to guide you to in London. Off to check out MySewingCircle...

  8. Oh my goodness, thank you for saying such nice things about my blog! You are so sweet. Congratulations on your Crepe being posted on the Coletterie, that is exciting news and a testament to your sewing abilities. As far as a ravlery comparison, have you heard of BurdaStyle? People post completed projects and leave comments, there are discussion forums and pattern searches. Though with what you said about MySewing Circle, that sounds like it may have more enhancements.

  9. I signed up for Sewing circle
    I will give it a try. Have fun in London...the market sound great and I am sure you can spend quite some time there. I wish I had known about it last time I visited

  10. I'm on Sewing Circle! I also clicked over, thinking I may do the cardi knit-along, but alas, it's all in German and I'm lame and don't know German :( Congrats on being a featured seamstress, well deserved. And in polka dots, no less!

    Can't wait to see what you do with that lace, and your adventures in London! xo

  11. I was so happy to see your dress at the Colette site. Thanks for all the great links. Maybe I will see you over at the sewing circle.

  12. Hope you have a fun time in London!! You´ve to post about the shops you´ll find in London: fabrics, clothes... Congratulations on being in the Coletterie!

  13. I always sort of considered Pattern to be like the Ravelry of sewing, although not as well designed (it has an older website feel to it).

  14. Next time you come to the UK you will have to come to Birmingham and Shropshire, then I can show you the rag market! I will have a go at sewing circle and let you know my details. Hope you have a fab time in London and Oxford. I am woefully out of date on London!