And the papers want to know whose shirts I wear

This simple top must be the most controversial piece of clothing I have ever made. I have never heard so many comments about something I was wearing. Most of them were “Oh, your top is so shiny!”. I think this is due to the fact that I never ever wear shiny things AND the artificial light in the office makes it look shinier than it actually is.

Even my husband said I look like this

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But I definitely think I look more like this

Space Oddity

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This is my second WhiteTree project and this time I chose this metallic copper jersey and Vogue 8636. I kinda went with view D, but removed the darts in the sleeves and neckband. There were supposed to be two 1/2 inch darts in the band, but I removed one inch from the width of the band hoping that by stretching the smaller band in the neck opening I could leave out the darts. Well, the band was too wide for this to work, and I really looked more like Zlad than Bowie. I don’t believe in ripping seams in soft knit, so removing the band wasn’t an option. I fold it back to the inside, overlapping the edge to the initial seam and top stitched. It looks good, like a proper neckband should look like 🙂

There was a guy smiling from a window across the street 🙂

I usually use size 12 with Vogue, but this time 12 looked rather small. I compared the pattern with a top I had and decied to go with 12 for neck and armholes and 14 everywhere else. I top stitched most seams in an attempt to bring this sparkly top into day wear.

I love this blue door I found today very close to my office. I might make it my standard backdrop, as long as the people living there will let me. I didn’t meet them today, but there were a lot of people walking around smiling, I couldn’t help but to smile back. I have the blog for too long now to get shy when people stare at me. 🙂

This was my face when an old lady on a bike passed by waving

Shiny is not always bad, is it?

*You can use the code LIVING ROOM at check out for 20% off and free delivery. One thing I noticed when I used it (I was buying some accessories) is that the discount is applied before VAT.

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Bust my stash! or Less shopping, more sewing

It’s been a little over a year since I moved to London and a little less since I started buying fabric and patterns here. I have developed quite a large stash since then, there’s a lot of fabric hidden in dark cupboards, cardboard boxes and the bottom of my wardrobe. I have a high stack of sewing magazines (mostly Burda) and a big drawer of patterns. I won’t have time to use all the fabrics and patterns I have in the next year, but I still kept buying. During the holidays I spent quite a lot of time browsing on-line shops and I bough more fabric and patterns. I love so many of them, and I’m sure I have enough love to give to even more fabric and patterns, but I’m not treating them well by stuffing them in dark places.

Soooo, I decided to stop buying more for at least 6 months. The only exceptions will be interfacing, zips, etc and the occasional Burda. Oh, and I’ve already subscribed to Sew Magazine, so I will get that every month too.

These are the last two pieces of fabrics I bought from myfabrics.co.uk. The fabric came from Germany, but I think they have an office in UK. The spotty one is a boiled wool and the spots are actually blue. I am looking for a fitted blazer pattern in my stash, I’m sure I have something to use it for. The yellow check is a poly remnant, 0.8m. I think I will make a sleeveless shift dress out of it.

Before or around Christmas I bought this from Textile express fabrics. Waterproof poly cotton (Burberry apparently) and seersucker. I’m going to use those stripes for a v-neck dress with a center front seam.

The weekend after Christmas I went to Walthamstow, hoping to meet The man outside Sainsbury’s and find this beautiful jacquard Karen used months ago. He wasn’t there, but all the shops were open, so I didn’t come home empty handed. The wool check is from Saeed fabric, only 5/meter. They also had boiled wool and it was 50% cheaper than what I paid for the spotty one. Their wool didn’t have spots, but they had plenty of colors to choose from.

I bought this raw silk for Pauline Alice’s Quart coat. I had to buy 10 meters because I couldn’t find any in smaller quantities. I’m going to try and dye 3 meters a darker green. If it doesn’t work, I will still have 7 meters left.

Beautiful cashmere bought from The man outside Sainsbury’s 4 months ago. Not sure what to make with it.

I’ve only used 3 of the fabrics I got in Goldhawk Road at the the meet up.

And there’s plenty more hidden away that I don’t have photos of and probably don’t even remember I have. I’m going on a stash busting diet and it shouldn’t be hard considering the beauties I’ve hoarded.