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?