Saturday, 29 October 2011

A scarf, Shepherd's Bush, and the Fashion & Textile Museum

Dear Reader,
I have no completed sewing project to show you. The only thing I have completed recently is this scarf, made from pure wool I bought while travelling in Scotland months ago. I didn't buy enough of the hand dyed yarn so I added a giant scarlet fringe. Cute, no?

The increasingly cool mornings gave me motivation to finish it. I'm not a natural knitter..

As regular readers of this blog know I live in Oxford, just far enough from London to make it a treat to go there. Every now and then I jump on a bus and go explore something new about one of the world's great cities. A couple of weeks ago I went to the Fashion and Textile Museum. FTM It is a museum that was set up by Zandra Rhodes as a space dedicated to British Designers. There is a small permanent exhibit dedicated to her as the founder but the main galleries taken up by a roll-out of temporary exhibits. I quite enjoyed this one, by a 70's Saville Row rebel called Tommy Nutter.

His designs were worn by all the cool rockers and celebrities in the 70's and you can see why. The designs are still great today.

Isn't this brocade and velvet jacket great?
Does anyone else remember Bianca Jagger's white wedding tuxedo?

Groovy baby!

After seeing the exhibit and exploring the cute streets of the London Bridge area, which was once run down but is now gentrified and horrifyingly expensive (according to prices in the realtor's window) I walked to Goldhawk Road/Shepherd's Bush. Now Goldhawk Road is a little bit of the Middle East in London, with about a dozen material shops. Off Goldhawk road is a thoroughfare called the Shepherd's Bush Market. If Golhawk road is Arabia then Shepherd's bush has a definite African influence. Whats more there are shops that sell buttons and trims and cheap interfacing and felt and ..... cheap veggies and exotic food to take home for dinner.

Happy sewing everyone,

Monday, 17 October 2011

Not So Sure About This

Dear Reader
As you can see I've sewn up the piece of Liberty cotton that I bought at Tissus Reine, Paris. I loved it as a piece of material. I love the explosion of jewel colours. The feel of the material is heavenly. I wanted something tunic length so when I saw Inkstain's blog rendition of this Burda blouse in silk, I thought it might work to show off this material. We e ell ..I'm not sure. Half way through pin fitting the side seams and not get them to sit properly I had a real bozo-the-clown moment, pussycat bow and all. Nevertheless, being a stubborn creature who does not like the term 'UFO' I persisted. It is extremely rare for me not to finish a garment, even if it goes straight to charity afterwards! Well I added a couple of bust darts and finished the blouse then took it out very early the next morning to photograph it.
I like it, sort of. I'm not sure what it needs, or if the busy-ness of the material is too much of a good thing. Do not fear, it is not destined for the charity bin. I just have to find a way to wear it. I'll put it in the back of the closet and let it marinate, as my DD call it.
It may see the light of day again. Sometime.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Charity Shop Find!

Dear sewing readers,
As some of you know, this is something of a sewing travelogue. I am back in Oxford and I am showing my DD around town. Oxford is a university city - 36 campuses! It is a book city. It is even a book publishing city. It is a student city. Therefore the second hand shops run by various charities are quite good here and several of them are nearby. My daughter was looking for second hand inexpensive read and I was just looking, as you do. To cut a long story short, draped on a wall behind a rack of second hand jeans was this!!!!

Peacock print Liberty lawn known as "Hera" circa 1975. Two metres of it! But wait, there's more. I asked the young man "how much for this piece"? It cost me one pound!
How lucky is that?