This post is going to show off two new tops – one made by me, & one a wonderful gift that took me completely by surprise.
I shall showcase them in the context of the fun weekend we’ve just had in London going to the BoatShow. Oh how I was tempted to don full nautical style, (you know, wide leg trousers, stripes, sailor’s cap & all) but I’m afraid the main reason that I didn’t was that it was too cold & I was trying to travel light. (Stop booing from the wings you lot!) Oh how tempted was I also to make Gary a matching Breton style top so that he could also look the part. Well, I tried, but that is another story and he was saved from having to turn me down by it not fitting & looking not right. (But as an aside I had used Cal Patch’s instructions using two of his t-shirts to self draft a pattern as a surprise. More work required, will show & tell when complete! Rather a learning curve, in a good way)
So, the Boatshow was held in Docklands area, & involved some venturing near some iconic landmarks, (not visited by us before so that was exciting).
Very exciting indeed was taking the cable car across from the south to the north bank of the Thames, dropping us minutes away from the Boatshow itself.
So, using the backdrop of London here are some new tops that are getting plenty of wear. First up my cosiest Renfrew to date. It’s only made out of polar fleece! Yes you heard me, a fleece Renfrew.
It supplements my Merino Renfrew which by comparison is the smarter older sister & can be worn to work as well as for play. This fleece version was conceived to satisfy fleece-sewing curiosity and also because I wanted to make something for my ski holiday that was cuter than the predominant half-front shapeless zip fleece.
And I think it is. It looks super cute with my leopard mini. In these shots I was trying the ninja/ James Bond look by being dressed only in black. I’ll have to leave the next scene to your imagination as I abseiled out over the balcony of Tate Modern, reaching the ground with a parachute roll then maintaining a guarded position as I looked all around for potential foes.
SO it was snowing in London ( that is not massive flakes of dandruff I’m carrying). I can tell you that this cowl necked Renfrew allows wrapping the cowl closer around your neck to become more snuggly which I had to do on the train home….Nothing much more to say, except it works! Try it!
Check out the gorgeous batwing sleeves, a bit like this one she made. It is such a sweet yet jaunty top. It was photographed here as I reclined in the back of the top deck of the luxury yacht we did not put a deposit on. I was dreaming of sun, turquoise seas & cocktails (quite a lot of that going on at the moment with desert island sewing thoughts!). Thank you Zoe, I am so chuffed, & will make plenty of neat looks with it, definitely a cheeky playtime top.
Now I’m hoping to finish my Jungle January make this weekend – not much to do- it’s almost there, but it deserves a special photo shoot. Thing is, there’s lots of white stuff outside, hardly jungle scenery, & very cold!!