This week...

Well, I don't know what happened there.  After getting right back into the blogging scheme of things for a couple of weeks it suddenly all went to pot again. 

I've been procrastinating again.  If only I spent as much time actually sewing as I do thinking about sewing and piddling about on t'internet many, many more projects would be completed.

I didn't even show you my final week or so of Sew Photo Hop, so I'll start with that.  This covers the last 10 days.

Day 22: Last thing I made: my black and white Marthe top.
Day 23: Favourite sewing technique: Hong Kong seams, without a doubt.
Day 24: Worst part of sewing: tidying/vacuuming up the mess afterwards.
Day 25: Behind the seams: the insides of the first coat I made a couple of years ago.
Day 26: Labour of love: my sisters wedding dress... with 4000 tiny pearls sewn on by me!
Day 27: It's been a while: since I picked up my knitting... I still haven't!
Day 28: Trims and haberdashery: pretty trims from Sew Over It.
Day 29: Eye level: my inspiration shelf just above my sewing table contains postcards from Valentino and Alexander McQueen exhibitions.
Day 30: Favourite era: I don't suit vintage fashion, but I love a good 1930's evening dress.
Day 31: Last thing I bought: Style Arc Zoe pencil skirt pdf.

So what else have I been up to?  As I said, procrastinating largely (some would call it wasting time - they'd probably be right!).

I've fallen in love with a coat I want to make for this winter.  It's this:

Of course - you know me - it's not a coat you can buy a pattern for.  It's a Vivienne Westwood Anglomania coat.  I'm going to start experimenting with patterns soon.  I will not be doing the asymmetric shoulders though - both would be the plain one on the left.  I have a plain double breasted coat pattern that I think I might be able to hack... watch this space!

Hmm, what else?

It was my birthday at the beginning of the month and earlier this week I treated myself to a couple of new books with some of my birthday money.  Another Alexander McQueen one, Genius of a Generation.

What can I say, I'm obsessed.  This one is lovely, almost all photographs.  Some of the designs are so beautiful they make me want to cry. 

The other one is the Mood Guide to Fabric and Fashion.  I didn't even know this existed until I saw it in Waterstones, but it looks really good.

I'll report further once I've had a chance to have a good read through.

I've got some sewing plans for the weekend. There's a Sew Over It Anderson blouse all ready cut out and waiting to be sewn up, and then I really need to sort out a decent trouser pattern to muslin.  I'm not really sure what style I want to go with though.  I like slim legged cigarette type trousers in the summer, but I'm thinking more of a wider leg for winter, maybe slimmer at the hip and thigh and then flared a bit?  Any recommendations gratefully received.  I'm wondering if the Sewaholic Thurlow's are what I'm after?

Do you have any sewing or other crafty plans for the weekend? 


  1. Okay the one crazy sleeve is a bit much :) But that sort of asymmetric front, I saw something similar in a recent Burda mag. Nov? Dec?? of 2014

  2. Good luck with your coat! I've stumbled across that VW coat before, and it's gorgeous. I agree that the two different sleeves are a bit much though! And I know what you mean about the procrastinating too...

  3. Thurlows sound perfect. I am going to make the Pauline Alice sorrel trousers for winter. They are perfect (but maybe wider legged than you are looking for)

    1. Thank you Jo. I've just had a look at the Pauline Alice trousers, they're lovely but the pleats at the front wouldn't look good on me. I think I might go for the Thurlows.

  4. You are such a high energy person Sam, I am sure you will all this done, the books read and still have time to post stuff on IG. I love VW cutting and have copied a jacket myself. It is not quite a straightforward as it looks - I am pretty sure the clothes are draped rather than flat pattern cut but I really hope you make the coat. I will be staying tuned....

    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence Kate! I remember reading on your blog that you'd copied a VW jacket, I must go and have another read about it. I think you're right about a lot of her clothes being draped, and I'm now thinking that I need to drape the flared part of the skirt on that coat. That will be an interesting experience!

  5. It will indeed. I am doing a draped skirt class this term, so I may have a go at VW style skirt.

  6. Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a great day. Love your choices of birthday books. The second Mood book looks really interesting. Good luck finding your perfect trouser pattern. Do you have a pair that you already like? Perhaps you could copy a pattern from them.

    1. Thanks Jen. The Mood book is great, let me know if you're coming to the next Sewcial and I'll bring it along for you to have a look at.
      I'm actually muslining a pair of Burda trousers at the moment that look as if they're going to fit with almost no alterations... I can't believe it somehow!


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