A Week In A Life
Hey, there. What’s been going on with you? Lots has been happening this end, though no FOs to share. I’ve been working on a new top to go with jeans – nothing very exciting, but I am glad to have something that doesn’t tax my brain too much right now.
The Simplicity 2512 skirt has been worn – a lot. On four different occasions in the past week! And today it passed the ultimate test, when I cycled home from work wearing this skirt:
Cycle helmet – ultimate Sewist accessory
I don’t particularly recommend cycling in this skirt. The hem is too narrow, it rode up to more than mid-thigh and if it wasn’t for the industrial strength of denim I think there could have been a very nasty accident – and I don’t mean coming off my bike, I mean seams splitting.
So, having established that this skirt is a winner, it felt necessary to start thinking about version number two. First of all, I bought some gorgeous wool fabric from ebay. Then I popped into Macculloch and Wallis and spotted a rather amazing selection of bias tapes:
Then I popped across the road to John Lewis Oxford Street and before I knew it, I had the ingredients for an autumnal take on the Simplicity 2512:
Things of Beauty
So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Inspiration doesn’t come free:
Two metres of wool: £16
Caress Lining fabric:£6
Bias tape of dreams: £1.88 (Is that all?!)
Let’s add half the cost of the pattern, and I’m probably looking at £30. Which means that this isn’t my usual £2-a-metre-from-the-market exercise in sewing. I’d better make this count!
In other news, I spotted this gorgeous new Rowan Silk Twist wool in the John Lewis haberdashery:
Not cheap, but oh so gorgeous
And finally bought some beeswax for my hand sewing:
So, now I own beeswax. But what the heck am I meant to do with that lump? I asked the sales assistant and she had no idea. Why does this piece of wax mean that I no longer have knots when I hand sew? How do I use it? Hints, tips? Please…..!