19.7.14

Curtains in a Rush

Dear Laura,





I had the wonderful pleasure of travelling to San Francisco for work last week. This is brilliant for two reasons: 
1. I get to go to San Francisco, 
2. I get to see some old old friends and play with them and their kiddiewinks. 
The trip also happened to occur over my birthday so I got to drink fancy tequila cocktails and eat lots of yummy Mexican food in a very cool restaurant. 

It was all fabulous, however before I left DC I had promised to make my friends some curtains for their 6 year olds room. We were for once quite organised between us but the July 4th weekend got in the way and the material only arrived 2 days before I had to leave. Rather than falling asleep on the sofa after work and after supper as is my usual habit, I ran downstairs and tried to put the curtains together. The dog was super helpful by sitting on, lying on and sometimes dribbling on the curtains. Needless to say I didn't quite make the deadline so I packed up a needle and thread and the half made curtains and hand sewed the rest whilst I was there. It was really fun and I even managed to finish and photograph the curtains!


Lots of love
Annie



5.7.14

Summer Dress Number 3

Dear Laura,


Hot on the heels of the success of summer dress number 2, I am beginning summer dress number 3! woohoo! It is the 4th of July weekend this weekend which means a bonus day off work and lots and lots of fireworks. We went up to Baltimore yesterday to celebrate and I ate a lot of BBQ and drank beer, then watched some amazing fireworks on a roof top garden overlooking the docks and the dominos sugar factor (the sign made very famous by season 2 of "The Wire"). It was wonderful and now I get to sew, so all in all a fantastic weekend is underway. 

This final dress of the season is for work. I originally had some grey material with white flowers on it to make this dress but then I saw this fabric by Alice Kennedy. Weirdly she also designed the tree fabric the I made into a tee towel for you many years ago. I loved this fabric because it felt like tweed but clearly it isn't tweed. The colours were very appealing and it just shouted out fitted dress to me. So I ditched the grey with white flowers, ordered this one and am happily cutting away. I can't wait to wear it on Monday!

Lots of love

Annie

29.6.14

Summer Dress 2 - Gone to the Beach

Dear Laura,






"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." - Ferris Bueller

On Thursday I took heed of Ferris Bueller's very famous words, took the day off work and went to the beach. It was wonderful, there is nothing quite like last minute plan changes and instead of being at my desk,  I found sand between my toes. I love the beach, I want to swim in the sea everyday, I want to build sandcastles and sleep with the sun warming my body. We went to Assateague island which is a national park with white sand beaches, wild horses and turquoise seas. It was bliss and conveniently it gave me a chance to wear my new dress.

I whipped this one up last weekend and it was surprisingly easy, I carefully measured myself and cut and hoped it would fit around me. I learnt how to put in, what I think might be called a yoke, which made the arm holes and head holes nice and neat and easy to deal with. I made the darts a little shallower and they turned out fairly well and this time I put a zip up the back. That was the best, it made everything so much easier. I put to pockets on the front because dresses with pockets are the best, my sewing here wasn't great but I love how it turned out. It is so comfortable and it will be a staple in my wardrobe for a long time!

Lots of love

Annie
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