Hello one & all! I am aware I have lots of catching up to do, both on this blog & visiting other people’s. I am feeling overwhelmed with the need to “do” everything & yet nothing. It’s weird, I had last week off on leave, & somehow had all these things to do. Whilst I did do lots (as you may catch a mere hint of below), my extraordinarily long list has not even been dented & yet I still have the enthusiasm for everything on it, but sadly not the time now I am back at work. What’s the secret? Anyone? (I know – cut my hours or just do less !!)
As today was a little extraordinary, even for this ol’ Badger, I’ll keep it current & provide my third update on Me Made May 2012. Later posts will elaborate on some of the makings & doings of last week.
So, part three of Me Made May 12, a month of below average temperatures. The question is, will any summer clothes get worn this month?
That my friends is a grimace. I am wearing my vintage 50s pattern denim shorts because I knew that no one else will see me! I planned to stay in all day. I’ve never worn them in the winter before, with tights. How on earth do these young things stay warm? I have wool on my leggies & I was cold!! I am also wearing my Sencha blouse.
Verdict? Too short for someone my age …in public. Too cold for these temperatures for this particular ice maiden even at home.
There was sun today so my new Sewaholic Cambie dress came out. Sadly the jacket is RTW, but the dress received plenty of compliments later at a social gathering.
You might think this strange – but we went back to Tyntesfield to look inside the house, after only visiting about 10 days ago. It is stunning, a Victorian gothic revival built on the proceeds of guano no less. The interior is as stunning as the exterior: arches, plasterwork, Arts & Crafts carved furniture, panelling, wallpaper….amazing. Go if you are near. It’s National Trust near Bristol.
Would you buy a sofa especially for the Jubilee? It kind of matched my outfit. We are in IKEA (“Never again” said Gary). We seem to go every 5 years, therefore we get lost & despite having a shopping list the visit always eats up more time than you ever conceive of to begin with. I was shopping for sewing room kit (give me an “ooooooh”!)
To say that I felt dressed rather brightly & stood out from the crowd (much like this sofa) was an understatement. I wore my new red Ginger skirt with my floral Renfrew plus the crowning glory, my vintage Vogue jacket. I felt, like I usually do when sporting this jacket, like a Red Coat from Butlins.
Note clothes line of nearly all Me Mades including the red gingham boxers …I am wearing my culottes with red polka dot frilly t-shirt & have brought out the Vintage Vogue jacket again. I was at home making, therefore the photo is not at all exotic.
Well what do you know? More Me Maders, encountered in Birmingham. These ladies have the most awesome Me Made Wardrobes, & as it is Me Made may are sporting lush examples in the photo above. We had the most delightful day, written up perfectly by Marie from a Sewing Odyssey & Catherine from The Makings of an Urban Rustic. Unfortunately Debbie from Minnado’s House had ailing children & we missed her, but still had ginormous fun & between us boosted Birmingham’s economy. OK, I was the worst & most severely tempted, as Catherine said, it was like a shark’s feeding frenzy & I know that I was displaying characteristics of someone possessed by fabric addiction …By my early reckoning I might have bought a whole 22m of fabric plus 20m of blind cord. The jury is still out on the final metreage since the fabric mountain has experienced seismic shifts whilst elements of it get pre-washed. Man it was heavy. And no it wasn’t all for selfish sewing. I shall elaborate & expand in a later post.
I was wearing my cowl neck spotty dress & a me made slip. Location: Cafe Soya in Birmingham
A day meeting my friend’s dog & going for a wonderful country walk through fields of long grass & bluebell woods, yes dressed like this but with my trousers tucked into thick socks. Although I lugged my camera amongst such glorious countryside I just didn’t quite find the time/ nerve to stop for a photo …
I wore: white long sleeved Renfrew, my Vogue 1247 top, & my piped Built By Wendy trousers, of which you will hear more about in a later post as I ponder the application of this pattern to a different type of fabric & ask advice …!
Newsflash! The Olympic torch comes to Bath, but what did Scruffy Badger wear?
Behind me is the Empire Hotel, which now consists of a Garfunkels restaurant bar on the ground level (nice & airy space inside, with some outside sunny seating). The floors above are retirement flats. The hotel has had a colourful history & at one time was even used by the Ministry of Defence ….
Who else is desperately happy that we have some sunshine at last? (Yes I exhibit characteristics of our national obsession too, have you only just noticed?)