Monday, 25 June 2012

Busy, busy, busy

So this is the beginning of my 5th week in London town!  I can hardly believe time here is flying in and I'm having such a wonderful time.  The only problem I'm finding is that I have very little time to sit down with my laptop catch up with lots of things online.  I just upgraded my phone to the new Samsung Galaxy S3 which means I can keep up with most things (my Google Reader app is definitely my most used) but sometimes its nicer to sit down and take your time catching up.  This also means that I don't have much time to write blog posts, but today I have a lieu day and I'm going to try and catch up.

So what's been happening since I last posted?  In a word, LOADS!  I'm really enjoying my internship, I'm getting to do far more than I was expecting too and learning so much through it.  Everyday I'm doing something new whether it be research or out comp shopping.  On the weekends I've been using Saturdays to get out and about and Sundays to relax and do some sewing.

Saturday, just there, I went to the V&A to visit their Ballgowns exhibition and their newly refurbished fashion gallery.  It's stunning.  I'm going to do a special post on it but will firstly have to source all the images I want to share as you aren't allowed to take photos in the exhibition!

The Saturday before that, I made the trek to Walthamstow Market.  I have never been so happy about visiting a market in my whole life!  I'd read about this market on quite alot of sewing blogs and knew it was definitely somewhere that I needed to visit whilst I was here.  I went with £50 hoping that I could a few bits and pieces for that, for maybe two or three projects.  This is what I came away with:

Much more than i was expecting too!  Oh and I had £15 change, that's including all the notions!  From that bundle, I'm going to be making:
vest tops from the silver and blue jersey's
a beach dress from the purple jersey
skirts from the ref floral cotton and black poly
a 'scarf' top from the multi-coloured chiffon
a maxi dress from the pink(y) patterned chiffon
I've already made one vest top, the beach dress, the floral skirt and the 'scarf' top.

When I initially read about the prices of the fabric at the market, I figured being a fabric snob I would be really disappointed and do my usual complaining about cheap fabric.  I could bot have been more wrong.  The fabrics are all of an excellent quality and bargain prices.  I think the most I paid was £3/m.  To prove my point, the pink(y) patterned chiffon is ex-River Island.  I spotted this skirt whilst out shopping the other day and its made from the exact fabric I bought.

I'm already planning a trip back soon!

In other news, I'm taking part in the Summer Sewing Swap!  I've been partnered with Helen of  Helen Made.  I can't wait to go out and find some wonderful bits and pieces to swap with her.

And finally, I'm taking part in the 2-in-1 Shirt & Wrap Dress Sew-along.  My mum chose the Simplicity 1880 wrap dress as one of the items she wanted me to make for her this summer and then Sunni started this sew-along.  The timing couldn't have been better.  I'm enjoying it so far and its keeping me motivated with this project.  My mum chose this poly from Mandors a couple of months ago and its even worse than chiffon in terms of movement and slippiness(I'm aware that's not a real word but its the only way to describe it!).
I'm hoping its going to work out OK and that she'll be wearing it on our holiday!

I think that's everything I have to fill you in on at the moment.  As I said, I'm planning a post on my trip to the V&A and I'm aiming to have it up mid-week (But I'm not promising, cause we all know what I'm like!).


  1. Wow, you have been busy!

    I'd love to hear more about your internship. It sounds interesting!

  2. I am planning on sharing more about my internship, but was thinking that it would be better to do that at the end of it! All I will say for now is that it's weird and wonderful and I'm enjoying pretty much every minute of it!


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