Archive for June, 2011

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 […]


Time sink

22Jun11

Thanks for all the nice comments about my kimono! And yes, the gravel in the garden is pretty uncomfortable on bare feet but it was the only way to get the Japanese maple tree into the shot and given its name it just had to be done. Normal service of pictures taken in front of […]


My kimono is finished. And here I am trying to radiate zen-like calm in front of the Japanese maple in the garden. I have to say it has probably come out a touch too large, but on the other hand this means it’s an effective coverup. Which I was quite glad of on Saturday morning […]


Yes it is belted with a tape measure. And I haven’t sewed up the sleeve seams (or indeed finished sewing the french seams down the sides – the print hides a multitude of sins). But what started out as a pile of rectangles now definitely looks like a kimono. One more push and it’ll be […]


I’ve somehow managed to not do any sewing for the last few weeks. This morning I had a few hours free, with husband out of the house and nothing to do until lunchtime. I got out the pattern pieces and fabric for the Burda pattern I’ve been intending to make…looked at them and put them […]


I’ve still not done any sewing. But I have acquired some new patterns, despite already having about four projects lined up. It seems I can’t resist 1970s Simplicity patterns. It’s something about the envelope art. First up is a maxi dress. I never used to like these, but since I made one last year I […]


I’m back from my break from blogging. Teaching and marking are over for this academic year and I’m really looking forward to having some more free time to sew. One of the few sewing-and-style-related things I have managed to do over the last couple of weeks was get to the Yohji Yamamoto restrospective at the […]



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