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! :)
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!)
Ali and Jessica did with it. Or should I wait for my very own wedding dress...?
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!).
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.
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?