Posts Tagged ‘Shopping’

What a weekend! Rachel of House of Pinheiro organised a truly epic blogger meetup in London. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos…I was too busy talking sewing all day with the 45 or so sewists who turned up. We met in the Victoria and Albert museum where Rachel had organised photographs by a professional photographer. […]


Saturday was such a great day. Marie and Kat organised a sewing blogger meetup in Birmingham. Check out Marie’s blog post for pictures. We shopped, ate noodles, swapped a ton pf patterns and fabric, and then shopped some more. But absolutely the best bit was talking to like-minded sewists all day about fabric, sewing, and […]


I had a day out in London with a friend yesterday. Now technically we were supposed to be looking for furnishing fabric, not dress fabric. But we found ourselves having a quick look in the shops down Berwick Street, and she pointed out this amazing viscose knit, and it was reasonably priced. So it had […]


Thank-you all so much for the advice about trouser fitting! I feel a lot more confident tackling this now. When I used to wear RTW trousers I could usually find ones that fitted apart from the leg length so I’m hopeful this is going to work out. Not that I’ve actually started yet. I can’t […]


Here’s my new coat, Vogue 1276 by Sandra Betzina. Here’s the pattern envelope photo. And this I found while browsing on Net-a-Porter. It’s from Rick Owens Lilies, one of my favourite lines. While strikingly similar it’s not quite the same style. The Vogue has a much fuller skirt and lacks the extra-long sleeves. But it […]


I can’t wait

14Aug11

Much food for thought about my fitting problems with Vogue 8633 – thanks everyone! The black version is underway and looking hopeful so far. And it’s distracting me from the fact that my new overlocker has not arrived. I’ve been dithering over purchasing an overlocker for months. There are so many models on the market […]


Lovely bookshop

29Jun11

London used to have an excellent book and magazine shop called R.D. Franks which catered to fashion students. It sold all sorts of interesting things, including La Mia Boutique and every fashion mag I’ve ever heard of. I only got to visit it a couple of times before it closed down last year, and since […]


As I mentioned before, it took me most of a day to cut out Vogue 1239. It’s a complicated pattern with a lot of pieces, but at least part of the problem is that I am really slow at cutting. My usual method for a big pattern is to put up both leaves of the […]


Thanks for all the wise comments about how much yardage to buy. Good advice, which I have completely failed to take. Karen of Did You Make That? organised a great trip to Goldhawk Road yesterday. There were about 30 sewists and we had a great time scouring the shops for fabric and talking about sewing. […]


My muslin of Burda 132-04-2011 is still sitting there, looking at me accusingly. And I’m still pretending I can’t see it. Ever have a pattern you just can’t seem to get started with? I don’t think there’s anything really wrong with the pattern, I know I like this style and I love the fabric. I’m […]



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