Monthly Archives: October 2006

That’s odd….

Well, the camera is supposed to give you a better idea of the way you look, so DH and I had a bit of a fashion show last night.

I’m still having trouble with a few glaringly obvious discoveries.
1. Ankle-length skirts look good on me. Not practical, of course, but good.
2. I look better in sleeveless than in short or 3/4 length sleeves, and better again in wrist length sleeves.

As proof:
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I thought that the collar and v-neck would suit better than the U of the pinafore (I think you call it a jumper on the other side of the pond), but I was wrong again.

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The great escape

Well, that’s what it felt like to me.

I went out for a walk today, with my camera as virtual company.

Here’s the best of the piccies: you wouldn’t think it was nearly November would you?

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Open Access

Charles Darwin’s notebooks are being put online for anyone to read. The original of the notebook he used while on the Galapagos has been stolen, but a microfilm copy has been used to make the information available.

Distraction:
I’ve been neglecting my knitting due to a few other interesting discoveries online.

1. The Fashion Incubator is a blog written by someone in the industry, and she gives wonderfully detailed tutorials on the way manufacturers construct garments. There’s a discussion forum as well, but it’s very focussed on small business owners.

2. Pattern Review is a message board, discussion forum and reference area for sewing of all kinds. You can get a free trial membership, but I’ve found it useful enough to pay up for this year at least.

3. The English Cut is the blog of a Saville Row tailor.

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What not to wear…. (II)

A big ‘look’ this autumn is the shrug. It’s supposed to look good on most figures, and provide a feminine touch….

Not on me it doesn’t!

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Muffin top in one easy step – and I don’t normally have one.

Long cardigans, designed to “smooth over figure flaws” are no better. I feel (and look) like I’m wearing a tent.

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My problem now is to find a way to look stylish without looking old. I’m looking for clothes that I can wear, rather than the clothes wearing me. A new haircut has been procured, and a new wardrobe is next.

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For comparison

Here is the best fitting (note, not the most flattering) bought blouse I have in my cupboard.

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Makes me feel a bit better about my own attempts!

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Done!

Not perfect. Not even nearly perfect. Still, far better than anything I’ve got in my cupboard at the moment in terms of both comfort and fit.

I give you:
That Blouse
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Here’s what it looked like before I messed around with armholes, darts, and waist shaping:
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I have no idea who that cake was made for – the link is to a professional sugarcrafter’s site. I just thought it was amazing.

We didn’t know about the wool-based insulation when we got ours done. I suspect if we ever have to do our own again we might use it, if only because laying fibreglass based insulation is the nastiest itchiest job I’ve ever had the pleasure of avoiding.

I’m still not convinced about a gored skirt – the one I tried on was an eight-gore tweed skirt, and I think I looked fairly awful in it. MOre trying on may be called for, but I think I’ll stick to trousers or dresses for now.

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Terry Pratchett

wrote the discworld series.

Someone has made the most amazing wedding cake!

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