Thursday, 19 June 2014

Skirting the Issue

Hi folks,

How are we all?  Did any readers have the good fortune to go to the Minerva meet up?  I wish that I had been able to, but things conspired against me.  Maybe next year!

Sewing has been a little off piste for me lately – I didn’t even scratch the surface of my MMM14 plans, but hey-ho that’s OK.  I did after all make a doomed wedding outfit and a good wedding outfit (but didn't get any good photos).  The one thing I did make from my MMM14 list was a skirt, using part of this vintage pattern (that I've used before).

Why was a pattern used for such a simple shape?  Just to check proportions really, plus this is more of a bell shape than a rectangle.  I could have eyeballed it, but I like the feeling I get from using a pattern - it's like a security blanket!


I had few requirements stylistically for this skirt - full, deep hem, fairly long. So, tick, tick, tick!  Loads of fabric though - this is 150 cm wide, and I used the entire width (and could have done with more) for each piece.  It is so good for swirling though, so it's worth it in my mind!

I'm not sure which is my favourite

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Hello team,

I fell off my bike on the way to work and hurt my elbow. Nothing serious, but I cannae type so well the noo.

Back soon, meanwhile happy crafting!
Rachel ☺

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Strange Success

Hi folks,

The presenter at a Project Management course I attended today said something that is running around my head as I ponder this post.

"Sometimes success is knowing when to call it quits"

That is not something I am used to hearing, particularly in a very corporate environment, but it's true if you think about it objectively.  Sometimes, the things that a client wants from a project and the things that my team and I can provide are not the same.  In such cases, it's best to realise it and bow out before things get bad.

How does this relate to a blog about crafting/travel/life you wonder?  Well, I shall show you.  Mr C.T. and I are off to a wedding on Saturday (whoop whoop!) and I had planned to make a dress from some lush lace fabric I bought back from NZ and some matching poly crepe I had in my collection (Side note: I LOVE how Carolyn calls it her collection - so much nicer than a stash, which implies to me that it must be hidden or has an element of shame attached to it).

Fabrics thus:

I had visions of making something along these lines:

This is as far as I got before pulling pin:

Which I think just looks a bit naff.  

So why is this a success and not an abject failure?  Basically because I spotted it before it was too late.  This was never going to work in it's current form.  The skirt is too gathered and too low and ultimately there was just too much going on.  However, it could still be salvaged, or at least elements of it could be.  

I had originally planned on using navy tulle and staying more true to my original inspiration (photo above) in terms of design  - not such a full skirt, floaty and yet not wide.  However, on receiving the wedding invitation I realised that the Bridesmaids would be wearing navy.  I don't know if people would care or do care about these things still, but my approach is that if someone might be offended then I don't want to be the one offending them.  If that sounds like I'm being a cowardly weasel, well, then.... I apologise, with my tongue firmly in a cheek called irony.

Also, I have a fear that the long sleeves would be hot in a room filled with people and anticipation - the wedding is being held at the Royal College of Physicians, which is a fantastic venue.  I cannot wait.  But, I know that short sleeves, sensitive skin and sequins are the three S's of discomfort, so long sleeves it is.  Plus I like that feature on the inspiration dress.  

However, all is not lost!  We have been invited to two other weddings later this year (whoopidy whoop whoop!), one of which is near Loch Lomond - what a privilege - and this design (lace + tulle) may well get resurrected to make an appearance there. 

Also, look what I realised when putting the skirt on Maisie in order to take photos:

There could be a nice (casual) dress lurking in this skirt!  Fingers crossed....!

Rachel J