This one is actually a cheat as I have made this dress ages ago. It's the Betty dress from the Mad Men challenge. Yep, that sash still hasn't happened. I think it won't happen either. The sash makes it very dressy. This way I will wear it a lot more.
I am selling off a bunch of my personal pieces/sample dresses on my Ebay. I just thought I let you guys know as well in case anyone is interested.
I am only offering UK shipping at the moment but if you would like to bid on anything and are from abroad, massage me and I will add postage options for your country to the listings.
You will find my Ebay listings here.
One of the dresses listed....first blogged here:
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I did a little bit of travelling this summer. I went to Newcastle for a weekend (I already shared a few pictures from that weekend) and to Germany for about a week in June. And this month we went to the Lake District.
Newcastle was just a weekend trip and mainly a very boozy one. It's one big getogether and we try to make it happen in a different place every year. Last year we met in Cardiff, this year it was Newcastle. Next year might be Liverpool, we'll see. I'd like that as I have been there before and really enjoyed it. We tend to not visit cities that much anymore as my husband and I tend to choose very active holidays over city breaks now. We have never been the beach-y kind and probably never will be.
I like to go back to Germany and see my family and friends a few times a year but it's always difficult to decide where to go to. My parents' place is miles away from where most of my friends are. They are either all over Germany or like me live abroad or they are in Paderborn where I went to university. I try and see my family at least once a year (this year I went in January for my dad's 60th birthday) and this time I went to hang out with my friends.
I may or may not have cheated on my kitty ;-)
My friend Eva has the most awesome roof top terrace about the size of 3 UK terraced houses together so we spend most of our time there enjoying some good weather (and maybe some famous German adult beverages, too.
We even got the TV up there to watch the European Championship (that's European football for American readers)
We also had a lot of BBQs, please not the awesome technique used to get the bloody thing started. Only women can be this clever ;-)
As you can see my trip to Germany was not cultural at all. It was all about hanging out, relaxing and catching up with lots of good friends. I miss them a lot and wish I could see them more often.
But I got to hijack one of them. My superawesome friend Eva, who occasionally reads my blog. If she hasn't give up yet after my long blogging hiatus.... I love and miss you sweetheart. She came to stay with me for a few days.
As you can see, I added a lot more cultural experience to her stay. ;-)
See, I took her to Basildon Park just outside Reading. It's where Prise and Prejudice (the Keira Knightley version) was filmed.
They had a cute little vintage kitchen exhibition going on.
practising our "the price is right poses"....
And that was June.....
Hello Blogging friends, followers and other readers and thanks for sticking around. I have been MIA for a few months and apologise for the lack of posts.
I have been very busy with lots of different things that are not sewing related and some that are. But I am back from all the stress, all the excitement and all the fun.
I will try and catch up with everything I have done since my last posts and whatever else is going on right now.
I didn't finish Me Made May (yep that's how long I was gone here) as I got bored with taking pictures of myself every day pretty early on. I always try to do a Me Made challenge but it just doesn't really fit into my day to day life. I don't dress up every single day. I work from home, so there is no need for elaborate hairstyles, full on make up and frilly dresses. I admit it here, I am not a glamorous 24/7 vintage girl. I do too many things that collide with the amount of work necessary. Like for example I run or work out nearly every single day (I am marathon training so my life is hijacked by Lycra and trainers right now) and get super sweaty and messy (nice picture huh?) so I can't set my hair every night or morning. With my long hair I would never get done.
I spend a lot of time on the floor. I like cutting fabrics in my workroom floor, I hang out there a lot during fittings (pinning hemlines anyone?) and the best frocks are just not suitable for that.
So most days I am very boring and wear a lot of my shirt dresses (yes I do wear my own pieces a lot just not on a daily basis) or just jeans.
I didn't really want to include a whole lot of that in the blog. I might from now on as that is ME, too. I prefer the done up look but hey....if nobody is going to see me that day, I am not really that bothered.
Are you dressing up every single day? Do you make the effort or do you just keep it casual some days?
I have not really been sewing for myself at all lately as other things came along Like summer for example and I just really wanted to be outside, enjoying myself with my favourite guy aka my husband.
We spend a lot of weekends and free time doing up a house in Nottingham. We bought it as an investment property. My husband's family isn't far from Nottingham so the location made sense to us. We are moving to all sorts of places regularly due to my husbands job and his family is pretty settled where they are and always a point of return. The refurbishment was quite intensive and a great learning experience. But it was all worth it. I should do a post on it sometime.
Anyone interested in how to build a partition wall???
We also did a lot of fun stuff since May. Like travelling, our favourite activity. We went to Newcastle for our annual meet up with my husbands work colleagues (and their lovely partners) who are spread all over the country.
I very much enjoyed Newcastle. The mix of old and new architecture is quite eclectic in places (and I am not always a fan of that (hello disgusting 1960s communist blocks of flats and other hideous concrete designs of that time) but it seemed to work here.
I also went to hang out with friends in Germany during the European Championship and kinda got into watching football for a few weeks especially since I got to cheer two national teams. Then I took one of my bestest friends ever back to the UK with me and hung out some more.
In between all the fun stuff, I worked and sewed up a storm for some amazing ladies from all over the world and I also got to meet some of them in person. Thank you so much!!!!
And finally in August my husband got a little time off from work and we got to spend some quality time together. We went walking, cycling and hiking all over the place and even got to spend some time in the Lake District. OMG my new favourite place in the UK (kicked Brighton off the throne, sorry Brighton) If any of you reader lives up there in Cumbria, I envy you greatly. Anytime you want to house swap with a crappy army pad in Berkshire, I am all up for it.
But more about all that in another post.
What have you all been up to?