Monday, 18 June 2012

New fabric for my stash

So i went fabric shopping in Birmingham on Saturday, as i absolutely demolished my fabric stash before my holiday. I went with a few ideas about what i wanted, such as a dark blue, red and white floral print fabric and some pretty patterned knit fabrics. But as usual, there was loads of fabrics but not quite what i was looking for. I came close with a dark blue floral fabric but, its colours were too muted for what i wanted. I really need to rethink my fabric buying strategy as i tend to go with ideas which are just too narrow and get disappointed.

Anyway, after i got over my disappointment, this is what i came up with.

A narrow blue and creamish synthetic fabric and some cream lining, which i am going to attempt to make the Dress With Knot Front 03/2012 #108B from Burda magazine.

This light indigo linen fabric and this thick black patterned fabric as a lining to the Asymmetric Jacket 03/2012 #116, also from the same addition of Burda magazine.

And three lots of jersey knit fabrics. I bough 1m of the bright orange (which is brighter in real life than my photo). I think that i will try to make a skirt from this, possibly self drafted. I bough 3m of the aubergine which i will make into a top, probably my hacked Newlook - 6807 and also a skirt. Then i have also bought 1m of grey stripy knit, i have never worked with stripes before and i don't think that the Newlook pattern will work with the material, so any ideas?

So no beautiful floral prints, or summer fabrics, but the weather was not very inspiring. Actually it was horrendous again. I had to work in the morning so i cycled in the rain to work (because bicycle or car are the only options to get there), and then cycled in heavier rain to the train station. By the time i had reached the train station my waterproof mascara had run and i was drenched. The toilets were closed for renovation, so i spent the day walking around Birmingham feeling a right mess. 

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Holiday Photos

I got back from my holiday late on Sunday. It has been so hectic ever since. As soon as i got back i had a little rest and then to work of a 9h shift, then it just been work and trying to sort out the mess i made making the last Sorbetto before my holiday. Oh and trying to get my laundry done, which has not shrunk any despite doing four loads.

Any way back to my holiday a mini backpacking trip. First stop was Pisa, Italy. A student city, with loads and loads of bicycles and an airport in walking distance of town (my favorite part; i could just get off the plane and walk to my hostel and then into town). Apart from the bicycles which i loved, the only place of any real interest in Pisa is the complex with the Leaning Tower. I spent part of my morning here and the rest walking around town. I started quite early so by midday i had pretty much got board of Pisa and headed for Lucca, a very picturesque walled town a short train ride away.

Then off the Nice, France by the way of a 6h train ride. I changed trains at Genoa, and got this view of Genoa from the platform. Awesome or what?

Nice was lovely, too hilly for bikes, but loads of spectacular views of the city, from every angle possible. I spent the first day walking and walking the streets of Nice and up into the old castle grounds, where i took so many pictures of the view i just cant process them. 

The second day on the beach in Monaco with Agata and another girl who's name embarrassingly i have already forgotten. Forgetting names seems to be my biggest problem with backpacking as you meet too many people in to shorter time to catch and remember there names. 

My third and favorite day was visiting the little hill top village of Eze. 

On blog related stuff. I took loads of clothes that i had made, and easily wore one every single day. Unfortunately i forgot to take picture of my self, so this is all the evidence i have. 

Yellow Flower Top - NewLook 6807

Burda Skirt 5/2012, 118, 119Sorbetto

After leaving Nice via another long train journey to Marseille Airport, i arrived back in to Stanstead for one of the biggest weather shocks this year. Wow it was windy! The landing felt as though the pilot had trouble keeping the plane on the runway and i nearly lost all my possessions leaving the plane.

I meet up with my friend Michelle who lives near by. Our sort of plan was to go into London the next day, but the weather was so horrendous that we just ended up going into Cambridge, which is never a bad plan as it is a beautiful city. So another student city full of so many beautiful bicycles.