Monday, 24 September 2012

This week I'm...

Making - still working on a tiny pocket tank! I've been having too much fun hanging out with husband and friends at the weekend, and too busy with work during the past week to do any sewing.  I'm also planning on taking part in Megan Nielson's Banksia sew-along - I have the fabric all washed and ready, just need to get some matching buttons.
Reading - I'm getting really into Life by Keith Richards and am close to finishing Bladerunner by Scott Bukatman, which is definitely going to be followed by another viewing of Bladerunner.
Listening - there was a lot, a lot of Prince going on at the weekend but this week I'm going back to country as I watched Crazy Heart again yesterday and it really put me in the mood for some Gram Parsons and Willy Nelson!
Watching - I watched so many films at the weekend - Crazy Heart, We Bought a Zoo, Groundhog Day.  This week if I want to get some sewing done it'll be some easy watching to accompany cutting and pinning - which for me means CSI and Without a Trace.
Planning - my Autumn wardrobe! Tonight I unpacked my winter clothes from their suitcase and packed up some of my real 'summer' clothes that won't be likely to be used much now till next Spring. I thought I still wore lots of brights in the autumn but the A/W pile is depressingly darker than S/S!

Monday, 17 September 2012

This week I'm...

This week I'm... starting back work tired but happy after a weekend of sewing at Sew Over It in Clapham.  I did the Intro to Dressmaking weekend course, Saturday and Sunday 10 - 5.  It was so good and I'll write a full post about it later this week but I couldn't resist including a photo of me wearing the circle skirt I made on the Saturday! Everybody's makes from the weekend were so lovely and I'm so happy to have made my first skirt with a waistband and zip, and my first ever dress! Hopefully I'll get a chance to wear the shift dress on Thursday or Friday evening as I'm doing lots of reboxing at work which means lots of dirty, dusty boxes - not what I want to subject my new dress to, well not on its first outing!

wearing my new me-made circle skirt with my favourite Lotta from Stockholm sandals and an Oasis t-shirt
Making - still working on a tiny pocket tank. I didn't have enough of the pink cotton I brought back from Copenhagen so instead I'm using a lovely pink and white Betty Jackson fabric from the Clothhouse in Soho.  I didn't get any sewing done last week at all as I had a really busy week at work, plus an unexpected, very late, night mid-week when new neighbours moved in and held a party till 6.30am. Thankfully it appears to have been a one off!
Reading – I still haven't started Life by Keith Richards. I took it to the park a week past Sunday but got happily distracted by friends, husband, and beers! Instead I've become totally engrossed in Scott Bukatman's BFI Classics book Blade Runner - it was great to get the chance to sit and read on the tube to and from Clapham on Saturday and Sunday.
Listening – a lot of Alisdair Roberts if the weekend was anything to go by, where I was listening to Farewell Sorrow right through , then flipping it right back to side A again for another listen.
Watching – I overdid it on the CSI and Without a Trace last week so I'm going to have a break from TV this week. Some sewing, and lots of housework early on in the week then we've got friends arriving on Thursday night so there will be no place for tv watching from then through till Sunday - yay!
Planning –  what skirt to start on making - attempt to use my self-drafted pattern? or make a Colette Ginger? or a Colette Meringue? too many choices!
Loving – Sew Over It for their fantastic 2 day dressmaking course and their super friendly and helpful sewing teachers; London in the Autumn - lots of crisp sunny mornings already yay!; this archive blog Awesome Archives; my work!

Monday, 10 September 2012

This week I'm...

feeling the serious post-holiday blues on returning from a week in Copenhagen on Sunday.  We were visiting friends and had a lovely week catching up, cycling round the city, visiting art galleries and drinking lots of beer!

I'm also - Making - a tiny pocket tank, hopefully with some pink Indian cotton I bought in Copenhagen (I still need to wash it and check there's enough of it as it was a remnant)
Reading – finishing off one of my favourite books in a long, long time The Gay Talese Reader: Portraits and Encounters and starting Life by Keith Richards.
Listening –not much at the moment as I've been doing a lot of reading and I don't like reading a book and listening to music at the same time.
Watching – New Girl, Big Bang Theory, How I met your mother - I love this kind of stuff when I get in from work but hopefully later on this week I'll get on with some sewing instead!
Planning –what material to use for my sewing workshop weekend at Sew Over It in Clapham - I'm so excited!!
Loving – why Copenhagen of course!  I've included a few of my favourite spots below, but most of all I just loved cycling around, which is amazing as I was pretty nervous about the cycling before we went. Of course I also visited a fabric shop, Stof 2000, but I'll save that for a separate post.