Monday, November 19, 2012

You know, I made that barbeque out of two old barbeques.

Hi all! I hope this post finds you all well. I'm grand - I have been having a very busy time of it recently, but nothing exciting, just work. Still, and sorry to mention the C-word, but in four weeks I'll be home for Christmas so I am holding on to that thought!

Anyway, I have been doing things and wearing stuff, so I will try to get caught up! Last Saturday was bright and sunny for part of the day, and mild enough. Not mild enough for no coat, but it's still mild enough for me to pose for outfit shots without a coat:

Limb Retro dress in cherry print, Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Cherry Lady Dragons and vintage handbag

Ever since I bought my Great Outdoors dress by Limb last year, I have been after another one. But I've never found one in my size in my price range (ie El Cheapo) so when this one came up on ebay for £30 I didn't hesitate! I love the shape of these dresses and the fact that they have a low neckline that isn't totally indecent. And, well, I already knew I had matching shoes. As with my other Limb dress, I think the quality is just lovely and I love the matching belt. All good! While I can't imagine paying full price for one, I know I'll add more Limb dresses to my wardrobe in the future.

I wore this for a walk in town with Nic and lunch in one of our favourite cafes, Stone Monkey. Lunch was wonderful, the only shame was the annoying and selfish family of five (one of whom, a babe in arms) who were taking up three tables in the tiny cafe, so it was difficult to find a seat. GRRR! I love living in Leamington, but it's full of people like that, annoyingly.

After lunch, we headed home and I settled in for an afternoon of sewing. I spent Saturday working on my One Good Turn dress and drinking endless cups of tea, which was just wonderful. Sunday was much the same.

As I mentioned in my last post, I was very stressed out all last week. I'm feeling much more myself now but this is after basically hiding out for most of the week. I don't want to get into it too much here, but it's pretty much entirely work-related. My workplace is going through another massive upheaval, for the third time in the four years I've been working there. I'm fucking tired of it, to be honest. Obviously I'm looking for other jobs, but it bothers me all the same. It doesn't help that I suffer from anxiety anyway, so this kind of thing puts me into a total spin. I'm always going to be an anxious person and it sucks, and I spent all of last week freaking out! I am feeling a lot better now, but I hope that explains the absence a little bit.

Along with hiding out, I spent my evenings last week sewing Lucy's Springtime in Paris dress. I gave it to her on Saturday. I don't have a photo of her wearing it - but she might provide one for us if we're really lucky. It does fit her, though! I used the bodice from B5748 and swapped the circle skirt for a full gathered skirt. Sorry for the slightly crappy photo but here's a rough idea of what it looks like:

I dropped the neckline as Lucy doesn't like high necklines. I did this in the highly unscientific way of pinning the pattern piece, eyeballing it, and cutting it lower. I put in a lapped zipper and both the bodice and skirt are lined with pale blue pin-dot cotton. I gave Lucy a pink petticoat to wear with it - she's going to debut it at her son's birthday party and she's going to look like a cupcake! But in a good way, you know. I don't do a lot of sewing for others, but I loved making this for Lucy and sewing it definitely saved my sanity during the evenings last week. I hemmed it on my lunch break while I was working from home on Friday, which was also very enjoyable. Here's a wee close-up of the bodice so you can see the detail of the amazing print:

Michael Miller Springtime in Paris - I love the fact that the Sacre Coeur is on there, the Eiffel Tower and various spotty frocks!

Over the weekend I made a similar dress for myself - which I hope to be able to show you all soon. But for now it's time for me to go and make dinner. Goodnight!