Friday, 28 March 2014

Bookclub! Saris and the City by Rekha Waheed

   This month's book was Saris and the City by Rekha Waheed. I got this book out from the library.

   Some of this I really liked, the cooking scenes, the scenes in Dubai and the tone I really liked.  The family restrictions did take me aback a bit, as well as some of the financial stuff. And I liked the romance at the centre. Yasmin the heroine in this did make me invest in this story, and that she isn't someone who gives up on what she wants.

   I liked it overall, and it is fun.    

Monday, 24 March 2014

Making my skirt, part 3: pinning and tacking

   I have pinned the material and then tacked it together. I think that I have explained before that tacking is loose hand stitching that guides your machine as you stitch the two sides together.

   Sometimes I have just pinned it and then machine stitched it. On this though I have tacked all the seams together, and then next week will machine stitch all the seams.

   I want to say here that it's going well. And I am leaning along the way. I think if I do this pattern again the waist is a little tight on me, so I think if I add half an inch to the waist then the seams won't be too much of a problem. So far though it's going well.

   I have tacked the five seams in red thread, partly because it's the biggest amount of thread that I've got but also with red and white fabric I can see it plainly.

   I will add pictures next week of the machine stitching. And so far I like this as a project that I am working through. So next week, on the machine!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Bad Mood

   I have not been posting for a while as I have had a bad week, and been in a bad mood as well. It's been a weird time to be honest, but I have been doing some things.

   I've been listening to Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now by The Smiths. It strangely always makes me feel a little better when I listen to this. I am not a Smiths fan by any means. Morrissey has always rubbed me up the wrong way, his voice is not what I like about this song. I think there is something fun about this song, maybe the way the lyrics and the melody are at odds. I also feel somehow comforted by this song, Sometimes you feel bad and it's ok.

   You can find it here:

   I have also been working on my skirt, I found out that I had misread the pattern, it required me to fold the fabric and I hadn't. So I re-cut the pieces, the important thing that I want to say about this is that in sewing it's ok to make mistakes that's how you learn, and the skirt now just about fits. I have pinned it in place. I will I think in the next week I will be doing the tacking it in place (loose hand sewing, which gives you a guide when you machine stich it). This pattern requires a zip that I will hand sew in. I am happy that I am making progress but it's slow going at least for the moment.

   There is also something that I have been following a bit more over this past month. I think I had already mentioned that Joanna Trollope had written a modern update of Sense and Sensibility (which I have now bought as an audio book and it's amazing! Read by Rachael Stirling). I found out that this is a book in a series of modern updates of Austen. So all of her books are being updated, by different authors and it's called The Austen Project. You can find the website here:

   I really like this kind of stuff, so this is definitely something I am going to follow, the Northanger Abbey version is coming out in a week on Monday. I am really interested in how the Pride and Prejudice (I think out in the winter of this year?) book turns out, and I am excited for the Persuasion one as well, but that's coming I think in a year or more, so I'll have to wait.

   I cannot recommend the Joanna Trollope book enough, it gets the tone right in a modern setting, which I think is extremely hard to do, and in particular the audio book of this I really loved.

   In my bad mood, there is nothing much that I have been really focused on, but hopefully I'll feel better next week. 

   I want to recommend Could be Anything by The Eames Era. This is another song that has a sneaky cherry melody, the lyrics are anything but. It's something though I can't stop listening to. I think my favourite lyric is: I certainly hope that you are happy, with your new change of company, surrounded by your enemies. It's a really great song and making me smile in my bad mood.

   You can find it here:  



Sunday, 2 March 2014

Making my Skirt, part 2: pinning and cutting

   So as promised this is the bit that you can't take back and I think I've given it my best shot.

   So the first phase pinning the paper pattern onto the fabric:

   I wanted to show that I have taken off ten inches, the original pattern is 30 inches which is huge on me, so I am making this skirt knee length.

   So you can see I've folded in down to length that I want and pinned it place.
   Here it is all cut out.
   I did this with all the patterns so now I have six pieces. I wanted to show you that I pinned on once I cut it out the fabric rather than the patterns it's actually easier in my experience, which is shown here:

   I couldn't get the same reach as before but you can see how I did it. And finally I wanted to show the finished pieces and roughly how they go together:

   So the next phase is to pin the seams, and then tack them together. I think I am going to make two posts out of this next week. But so far the project is going ahead. I hope that it goes well!