Archive | July 2012

acorns and unicorns and pretty things!

So I’ve been really quite busy.

In between watching the olympics on the telly and avoiding the olympics crowds by hiding at my parents’ I have been buying things and making stuff.

Firstly..I picked this up a couple of weeks ago (£1.50 in a charity shop- nice!), but forgot to post about it,

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The acorns are made of little bits of polished wood. It is so pretty, and very very Mori Girl!

Then I made a couple of long sleeved t-shirts…..

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This one is a quick remake of a plain round necked purple job a friend of my mums gave me, it was too big and the neckline wasn’t flattering.

The unicorn was copied freehand from this colouring page and the lace is vintage i picked up ages ago.

I’m not sure about it, I think the neckline is too low, I didn’t actually cut it that bad, but it has stretched. i had the same problem with my cherries top I made a couple of weeks ago. It was the same kind of jersey too, the thick old fashioned sort rather than the thin modern sort, which I seem to be having no problems with at all. Does anyone know what i can do to stop this happening? I’ve stabilised the shoulder seams.

Also I made this for Jon….

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It is using the same sewaholic pattern as all the rest, which is technically a girls, but jon is going to wear it for goth clubbing and playing onstage with his band, so it actually works really well as a guys top for that purpose. It is the first renfrew top I have made I can say is pretty much perfect, there is nothing wrong with it at all, so I am really pleased! 🙂

So I already have a list of sewing projects taking over the flat, and then when I was out shopping in a local shopping centre (Which shall remain nameless, as this was too good a discovery) I walked past the £2 a meter stall, which I usually ignore because it is usually full of crepe style synthetics I wouldn’t touch with a barge pole and noticed it actually had a few interesting looking pieces on it….

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These three are all jerseys. I think I got 2 meters of each but in a couple of cases its a little more, cuz although the guy would cut it for you, there was no point if there was only 75cm or so extra in the piece.

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This is some kind of gauze, which is more the usual stock of this particular stall, but it has pretty feathers on it! No idea what I’m going to use it for yet, but at that price I don’t really care.

And this is the find of the century….

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About 5m of UNICORNS!!!! Sadly it is viscose, not cotton so is a bit shiny and see through and therefore better fro a Marilyn Monroe style Vivienne of Holloway knock off dress, rather than a Lolita number, but given I was revving up to spend 15 quid a meter on this (possibly if i could afford it) £8 for 5m of the viscose equivalent seems like a brilliant deal to me. The care label on it also says it is Japanese, so at least its quality viscose!

Apparently he got all this stuff cuz the samples department at Wallis were having a clear out. No idea what they would need unicorns for, but I am very grateful to where ever it came from.

Recently my sewing has lacked a bit of focus actually, but this month I have 3 actual deadlines for garments for the end of the month, otherwise I am going to have to go out and buy stuff, so given I have so much fabric to play with now its good to be forced to prioritise. I’m not going to say what the things are for incase I don’t manage them though! 🙂

Diary of a London Club Kid

So the health wobble ended up being a bit shorter lived than expected, but as I ended up on 3 types of ‘do not drive or operate machinery’ drowsy making medications at once for 10 days, those days were mostly spent in bed! 😦

Which left us having to do an awful lot of cleaning last weekend, which unusually for us we got on with like whirlwinds! As always happens with cleaning, one thing leads to another. You realise half the reason its messy is there are lots of orphan things lying round that do not have a home, or used to have a home and that home is already full. And before you know it, in order to put away this one thing, you’ve rearranged the living room completely.

One of the main things that for us had been falling foul of the orphan stuff problem of late has been my flyer collection. I’ve been collecting flyers and gig tickets since late 2000, when I left my parents home for the first time and was therefore able to actually go places and do things (showing my age). The gig tickets are all stuff I’ve been to. The flyers are stuff I either went to or would have gone to if I hadn’t already been hungover from something else. And I’m actually quite proud of myself for keeping hold of them all this time; a little less proud of the fact I haven’t actually filed any of them since 2003 :-S when I moved in with my boyfriend basically (blaming him, its all his fault). But by this weekend the boxes I stashed my fliers in were all full, they were piled anywhere there was space on the shelf the boxes were on, and had started migrating across every available surface in the living room. So I decided to do something about it.

This is the biggest box full I had….

this is the smaller box full….

and this is the bag of fliers that were lying round in places they should not be.

So I looked at it all, groaned for a bit, and then headed off to Poundland and Smiths and came back with two scrap books, a load of photo corners and 16 cardboard files for £2 and got to work…..

3 hours later it all looked like this….

from left to right, the heart shaped box, which is the only bit I have left to sort, my original flyer album, and 12 files all with a different year written on them with flyers organised according to year inside them. And quite a large folder of flyers I have no idea what year they are, but as everyone is considerate enough to give a date and a day of the week on their flyers I reckon I can work it out from that!

It is obviously an ongoing project, but I am quite proud of finally after 10 years getting motivated to sort it out!

I also took a load of pictures of my original flyer album c2000-2003, cuz it is pretty, and I find it interesting anyway…..

the album cover, with pretty stickers I picked up over the years. (tsar, anti product, glam-ou-rama club, the strokes, foo fighters…and mo-ho-bish-o-pi (wtf?)!!)

the first grown up club and gigs I went to in Cardiff! (Band was My Ruin btw, not entirely sure its the first gig I went to , but its the first one I had the bright idea of saving the ticket for)

the first time I went to Stay Beautiful (with bonus Amen and Eminem flyers)

early early glam-ou-rama flyer, may even be from the first one.

the first time my mates band The Renegade Playboys played with the Darkness..probably the first time I ever saw the Darkness.

Foo fighters secret gig at ULU (university of london union)

First Manics gig that wasn’t at a festival I went to

Dragonforce looking cute and young!

Trash and Slimelight…the more mainstream clubbing options! 🙂

The Cats Meow (I think the night I first got with my boyfriend at) and Jet black and bleached.

A whole page of B-Movie flyers. The ones that look like film strips were printed on acetate, how cool is that!

Dom’s night Panic.

A rather boring looking Rachel Stamp gig ticket. When I get the later stuff sorted there are some flyers of theirs with hilariously optimistic artwork on them, but not at this stage :-S

So yeah, the day of that same Stamp gig I was in Cardiff and bought King Adoras new album purely so I could go and chat up the boy behind the counter in HMV with nail varnish and millions of bracelets on, and see if he was going to the gig that evening. But he wasn’t, he was going to another gig with a band that also did eyeliner and too many bracelets, but not the same one. And that was just Cardiff on one night. It was such a big scene, Weird to think its a vanished world now!

So hopefully i’ll get that all finished in the next few weeks.

Have also been doing a bit of sewing, but nothings finished yet and some charity shopping, but i haven’t had time to take photographs. So yeah, hopefully get that all up soon! 🙂

it can’t rain all the time!…….(I hope!)

Hadn’t realised it’s been an entire month since I posted on here, but actually I’ve been super busy and done quite a lot, its just taken till this week to collate it all together.

So started the month by trying to make some jam..Image

I haven’t done this for 3 years since we lived in Hitchin, but I want to make some onion marmalade at some point, I mean £2.50+ for a piddley little jar at tesco – rip off! And Lewisham market had peaches for £1 for about 1.5kg, so I bought £3 worth and had a play. Well its very nice tinned fruit! And my biggest jam pan does not take 4.5kg of fruit, which is good to know, but meant I couldn’t boil it enough to set it properly else it would over boil. Oh well, it was my first attempt in years, and it goes very nicely with yoghurt and ice cream! :-S

Then I spent two days trying to dye my hair purple and burgundy. So I’ve been having problems with hair dye for ages, salon and home permanent colour washes out in about 3 weeks so I thought I’d give La Riche Directions ones a go as someone said they were better. 2 days and many hours wandering round with my head covered in dye later, this happened….Image

and lasted for all of 3 days/2 washes. Which was most irritating, so now my hair is back to the manky faded red it usually is. Oh well!

Then things got a bit more successful and I made a top….Image

It is another Sewaholic Renfrew top, and in loads of ways is my most successful so far, I got a sensible looking neckline this time, except the jersey I used, although really pretty was £3 a meter off Goldhawke Road and was stretchy as anything and stretched like mad as I was sewing, as it has mostly cleared up with a go in the washing machine, I am taking a lot of the responsibility 😦 and must remember to actually wash fabric before i sew with it! But the neck being so wide after I’d totally nailed the technique for getting the neckline even is totally annoying!

Then last week I went to my mums and hit the charity shops in one of the small country towns nearby. Countryside charity shopping is the best! Especially pet charities and hospice shops where they don’t make a habit of sending choice vintage down to London to make more money.

So in the first shop I went to I got this…

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A totally amazing 80’s prom dress for £6! Not sure if it’ll fit yet, despite having been back 5 days I’ve barely seen Jon and I need him to be around when I try it on incase it doesn’t! If it doesn’t I will chop the skirt off and use that and not the top or something.

In the second shop i found this…

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A really cool vintage hand mirror. Was really happy to find this as it was cheap, is not scratched or pitted at all and was actually on my list of things to buy this month. (realised I needed one whilst trying to dye my hair.)

And then last of all I found this beauty….Image

Now every one else thinks its hideous, and true it was made in bits rather than one piece and doesn’t have a makers mark, so it obviously came form a fairground or woolworths at the time, but its all iridescent an pearlescent and pink!!! And it is sooo big, its not obvious from the picture, but its the size of a Barbie and Ken! And the features and the way its carved is done so well for something that bad quality, that until you see its jointed not whole it looks a lot better than it is.

It is still at my mums at the moment as I couldn’t carry everything back, but I can’t wait to get it home and I know exactly where its going to go! 🙂

This month I have to take some medication I am not overly keen on, so may be suffering a little from side effects of it. However I have 4 new sewing patterns and an endless stack of Renfrews to get through, so hopefully the ill will let up long enough for me to do stuff! 🙂