Thursday, 27 December 2012

Goldhawk Road Haul

Mr C.T. and I were in London at the start of December for an exciting mixture of events including:

  • visiting friends,
  • shows (the Green Day musical and the Black Keys - both great), 
  • exhibitions (Hollywood Costume at the V&A - I was a tad disappointed with the way things were displayed to be honest) and 
  • trips to old faithfuls - the Natural History Museum.

Every time I have the pleasure of being in London, I always try to fit in a trip to Goldhawk Road, and this trip was no different.  I can't believe that there are plans afoot to get rid of some of the shops.  So silly.

I went will the aim of buying some faux fur to make this shrug from the October Burda magazine.  Of course, I came home with much more.  It's a good thing Mr C.T. is so understanding!

I found the fur (£12.50 for half a metre, plus £2.50 for some lining).  It's a lovely sable kind of colour, with a long, soft pile.  It's very snuggly :-)

I got some other lovely treats as well:
  • A medium weight cotton with a beige background and buildings etched in black with a few flowers (that remind me of bougainvillea's).   This will be made into a dress with a fitted bodice, boat neck and full skirt.  I'm thinking that it could be really sweet to have a cut out in the back with a button fastening at the neck... I fell in love with this material when I first saw it and was scared that it would be really dear (that's how much I loved it).  But, heavens above, it was £5.50 per metre, 150 wide.  So three metres came home with me.
  • Sequined material for Burda 12/2012/107 (below).  Material like this is normally ridiculously priced, so when I entered the first shop and saw this bolt of bronze sequins for £4.99, I knew it was going to be a good trip!  I got some slinky stretchy stuff to line it with too (£5 per metre - it always makes me giggle when the lining is more expensive than the outer material, tee hee).  I have a feeling it is going to be an absolute brute to sew with though...  
  • Jersey knit (with a gold fleck) material for Burda 10/2012/119 (for some reason I can't get the photo to upload - it's a long sleeved t-shirt with fake wrap around front).  £3.50 per metre, 150 cm wide
  • Cotton brocade (?) kind of stuff, £5 per metre, 150 cm wide.  This is quite heavy in weight, and I'm going to make the jacket from OOP Vogue 1028, which is so out of print it doesn't even exist on Vogue's website anymore!  I might try and get the skirt/dress cut out too, but I'm 20 cm short of fabric, so I might be on a hiding to nothing there.

I think I'm going to make the sequined skirt and gold t-shirt combo first - seems like the perfect outfit for seeing in Hogmanay!

Compliments of the season to you all :-)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Vogue Vintage Vogue Competition – An Update

Remember back when I wrote that I had submitted an entry to the Vintage competition being run by Sew Today Magazine?  Well, I would never have thought that I would be writing a post like this.... but, I am so chuffed to say that I was awarded a place as runner-up!  I can’t remember the last time I entered anything, let alone got a prize!  I am over the moon, and also more than a little embarrassed.  I was archetypal over-achiever at school, but always used to get quite embarrassed if I won anything, and sulk like mad if I didn’t.  Must have been a joy for my parents/ siblings, non?

Anyway, my prize pack included a year’s subscription to Sew Today and two patterns of my choosing.  I tooed and frowed (how is that spelt?!) for ages, thinking: I should get one of the really outlandish patterns, that I would never normally pay for... but then I figured that the cheap part is buying the pattern, so I should really choose ones that I would actually make.  So I plumped for:

     Vogue 1324 as I have had a crush on this skirt and blouse combo ever since it came out, and I have appropriate fabric lurking (read: making me feel guilty) in my sewing room

         Vogue 8804 as I have been wanting to make (read: test my sanity to breaking point) a Chanel inspired jacket since seeing the movie about Chanel with Audrey Tatou as Coco.  I also *ahem* have fabric for this in my sewing room (blushing madly).

As an aside, I would REALLY like to make Vogue 8858 for next year’s Burns Supper, but 7 metres of material is really putting me off, not to mention all the hems that are bound to be on the edges of all those flounces.  And ultimately I’m a tad worried I wouldn’t end up having the chutzpah to wear it and it would hang forlornly in my wardrobe (which let’s be honest, has a disproportionate amount of evening wear given that I am not a society gal).

As a further aside, do other hobbies give pleasure and guilt in equal measure?  I mean, sometimes I look at the fabric, makes, patterns, books and various other accoutrement's in my sewing room (thank heaven it’s a boxroom!) and think – I could have done something serious with all this!  My wonderful husband maintains sewing is serious.  There is no doubt in my mind; that man is a gem made especially for me.

First and Second prize went to two ladies who really knocked things up a level:
  • The winner of first prize inserted a lace panel in the back (very on trend for A/W 2012/13) shortened the skirt and used a different fabric (and colour I wager) from the original pattern.

  • The second prize went to a lady who took a pattern with a readily recognisable vintage style and changed it completely through fabric choice and by essentially changing the skirt from beyond full to straight.  This has such an impact on the end result!

To me, both of these examples taught me a few things in terms of design: how important perspective and relative scale are, and how fabric choice can impact overall design.  I had never thought of making either of these changes to either of these patterns (not that I’m suggesting my ideas should be the litmus test for whether something is clever or not – rather this is evidence of the lack of creativity I have for a creative person).

The prizes for first and second place were sewing machines.... so guess what I’m hoping Sew Today will do next year?  Yup, run the competition again.... Hey, I never said I was bashful  ;-)