Midnight Betty

Recently I’ve been trying to squeeze in sewing any time that I can. I’ve been bringing little sewing related things into work to do during my lunch breaks. I don’t usually get much time but half an hour is half an hour, right?

So on Tuesday when I was busily drawing up and cutting out a bag pattern at my desk, I attracted a bit of an audience. It’s quite amusing. People like to watch other people making things. Why is this? I have to admit, I do the same. I spent ages chatting to a glass beader at a craft fair.  He must have thought I was coming onto him because I spent ages watching him make beads. It was fantastic! I just wish I could do it in my flat but I don’t think its an indoor kind of craft. Maybe if I had a shed with concrete floors. Hmmm.

Anyhow, today’s plans to cut out some pieces for the handbag went a bit awol. My fiance and I needed to visit our jeweller. We have decided to legally tie the knot so we need some wedding bands.

It was a lot of fun trying on different rings. The humidity we’ve had lately has made my poor little fingers swell up so it was hard to get rings off and on but I still enjoyed it. After nearly 45 minutes we finally picked a ring each that we were happy with. I’m excited!

Anyway, I had best be off. I am going to do a 45 minute gym session tonight and then, if I have any energy left, cut out the fabric that I was meant to do at lunchtime!

Seeya

Betty

So its been a while since my last post. I’ve no excuses, I’ve just been slack!

I’ve been a bit busy going out and just enjoying this lovely weather. Well, it was lovely until today but a little bit of rain never killed anyone. Just makes a mess of all the public transport in London.  🙂

Weng and I took a trip out to the Dalston Mills Fabric store on Ridley Road last Saturday. He needed some cotton velvet for his pinup/retro photo shoot. He wants to set up an old movie star glamour look with the red velvet curtains. All of my internet searching turned up that Dalston Mills had the cheapest at £15 a metre. It’s difficult to tell colours from the internet so we went off to see the colours in person to decide.

On our way down Ridley Road, I was sidetracked by a big white sign that said Wilton School of Cake Decorating. I asked Weng if I could go and look. He said yes. So I ran in searching for cake decorating supplies. I was on the ground floor and all I could see was party stuff. I circled, once, twice and then feeling like someone was playing a joke on me, saw a sign that said cake decorating upstairs. Whew!

I must have looked like a deer in the headlights because the lady at the counter asked if she could help me. I told her that it was like Christmas up here and that I didn’t know what to look at first!

This shop was a very fortuitous find as I needed some extra cupcake cases for the cupcakes I was making to take to work on Monday. I picked up two new sets, one yellow, one purple. I also saw some of the taller cup-shaped ones that I thought would go great with my peanut butter cupcakes. Bought two sets of those. 🙂 And then, cause they were too cute to go past, some mini cupcake cases. You know, I really have no idea how long you’d bake a mini cupcake for. I think I have some experimenting to do!

I left the store with only my few purchases (and I believe I showed admirable restraint!) and then Weng and I continued our search for the Dalston Mill Fabric shop.

After a few minutes of slogging through people and vegetable stalls, we arrive at the fabric shop. Walking in, I didn’t think there would be much there. Boy was I wrong! We wander on in and its like an Aladdin’s cave! It just got bigger and bigger the further in we went. There is fabric EVERYWHERE! I mean literally everywhere!

I stared around dazedly wondering what to touch first while Weng asked for assistance from the dearest lady in a wonderful pink polka dot dress. She was so polite and pleasant. It was the nicest service I’ve ever received in a fabric shop in London. I’m not joking!

After telling her what we needed and why, she kindly brings out two rolls of velvet, one a rich and vibrant red, the other a claret/wine colour. I posed in front of both of them and we decided that the claret was a nicer colour. Weng asked for her to cut him six metres in three metre lots which she did.

While Weng was watching her cut it, I spotted a lovely purple border print silk. It had a lovely beige pattern on one edge. I dragged it out of the rack to touch it and examine it in more detail. I wonderingly ask another lady what its made out of. Its silk. Duh, of course it would be!!!! I have a knack for finding the most expensive fabrics in a shop! I wistfully ask how much it is. £15.99 a metre, yikes! My face falls. Weng asks if I really like it and I meekly squeak out a “yes, I really do!” He said, “well how much do you need for a dress? I’ll buy it for you”. I gaped at him for a second and then shrugged and gave my usual answer, “maybe two metres – two and a half”. The kind lady helping us said, go for three metres, it will be better. I gulped and said, “oh ok then”. Weng didn’t even flinch and just forked out for it. She cuts it and packages it up and I’m standing there all starry-eyed not believing that I have three metres of gorgeous silk in my hot little mitts!

As I stand there, I’m mentally going through all the dress patterns I have at home that would suit this border print. I’m thinking a v-neck empire line dress with flowy sleeves. I don’t think I have a pattern like this at home but I am sure I could draft one up.

Here is a picture of the fabric for your viewing pleasure. What do you all think? Gorgeous huh? That’s Dolly the Dressmaking Dummy modelling it for me. I’m a bit camera shy!

I had such a great day on Saturday. Definitely need to go out and visit those shops again!

Seeya

Betty

So its late and we’ve just gotten back from a day trip to Bath. It was pretty interesting. I enjoyed wandering around the ancient Roman Bath. The water is looking a bit grubby now that there is no cover over the top of the main pool. Saw a duck swimming in it when we first arrived. Wonder if he likes the warm water? He didn’t hang around for long so that might be a no.

As I type, I’m watching Tiny. He’s not doing it now but he has been trying to eat the balloon attached to the flowers that I was sent by my two brothers and two sisters-in-law for my birthday tomorrow. I have presents and cards to open tomorrow as well as a surprise from Weng. I’ve been told I need to be dressed and ready to leave the house by 10am tomorrow. It’s a surprise and a secret! I can’t believe he hasn’t spilt the beans! I’m so impressed.

You know, I feel spoilt this birthday for some reason. Maybe its all the cards and pressies that are sitting next to my bed waiting to be opened. Ok, its only three or four cards and three pressies but still, this year it feels kinda extravagant for some reason. Can’t put my finger on why.

Anyway, I think that’s it for today. I’m off to bed. I feel a cold coming on and I need to sleep it away.

Bye for now.

Well here it is, my first ever post. I’m so nervous!

I think I’m nervous because I’m wondering what on earth I’ve gotten myself into by starting a blog. I can’t help but wonder if anyone will want to read anything that I write. I guess it’s not really an issue I have to worry about right now as my main reason for starting this blog was to keep track of my sewing projects. If that is interesting to people out there on the big (and scary!) wide web, thats wicked and I hope you enjoy my blog! To all my friends and family (who I will shortly sucker into subscribing to my blog!), at least you’ll know what I’m up to and why I don’t call and email you as often as I could. It’s because I’m sewing!

Another thing I will say before I start talking about cool and crafty stuff, I’m not a writer, I’m a crafter. I have no idea how this blog will go because of that. For all of you out there reading this that aren’t family and friends, I’m hoping that you’ll all be generous and forgive my first few stumbling and rambling posts and bear with me till I have something cool that I’ve made to show you. I promise it won’t take long.

So, down to business! Here are a few tidbits about the current project I’m working on. It’s a (late) birthday present for a friend. The pattern is the Chic Chain Purse from the lovely Lisa at U-Handbag.com. I’m a big fan both of Lisa and her shop! I have spent my last two lunch breaks sewing pretty white daisies to the exterior fabric of the purse. I’ve gotten a few strange looks and comments from my co-workers which have amused me to no end.  I’m hoping to locate some pretty Swarovski crystals in my beading stash to go in the centre of the daisies. My friend loves sparkles and so do I! Not sure what else I might do with the bag, it’s all kinda up in the air. I do know that its going to be pretty and girly and dainty. I can’t wait to see it done!

So with that comment, I’d best be off to my sewing room!

Bye for now!

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