Goldhawk Road treasures

As you may have noticed, I am obsessed with Goldhawk Road. “Obsessed” being an understatement. So imagine my delight when I came to know that Karen, of didyoumakethat  fame, is organising a shopping trip to Goldhawk Road for the London peeps.

She organised one earlier this year to Walthamstow market, which unfortunately I could not attend. I can’t remember why I missed it as I definitely had it marked down as one of the things to do. She also has guides to other fabric hotspots, and even has one for Paris. Blimey!! talk about dedicationJ. So if you are planning on going to Paris un de ces jours, and would like to buy some fabric, I’d suggest you go to her blog.

So, knowing that in a couple of weeks, masses of sewing enthusiasts will be flocking to Goldhawk road from London and beyond, I decided to show some of the treasures I bought on my last visit to that famous road. I remember I was going there to get just some yellow silk fabric, and promised myself I would not spend more than £20. I ended up spending about £60. I could not resist the temptations. Lol.

So, here are a couple. The ones I am showing are ones I prewashed. The rest will be prewashed later, when I have decided on what to sew.

 The black one in the middle is actually from Ikea, but I washed it along with the rest.

 My husband’s shirts were relegated to the back of the line because, lets face it, they are not as important as my fabric!!

 These treasures, and more, await the brave. So if like Aladdin, you are desperate for some treasure, head along to Goldhawk road with Karen, on Saturday, May 14th. However, unlike Aladin who only had two words to say, there will be no Sesame opening for you unless you punch in those digits on your card.

Summer Holiday Wardrobe planning

I mentioned in my last post that I was off to sunny Mallorca in August. Naturally, being the impulsive little minx I am, I decided to set myself the challenge of sewing the clothes I will be wearing in Mallorca. Foolish right? I think so!!!
So, I suppose the first thing would be to decide on what I actually want to wear on vacation. I tried coming up with a rough list of what I could wear for 2 weeks:

  • 2 maxi dresses
  • 2 skirts
  • 2 linen trousers
  • 2 shorts
  • 2 kaftans
  • 3 swimsuits (bikinis?….probably not)
  • 2 sun hats
  • Knickers (yes, I will be making these tooJ)
  • Negligee ( to be whipped out when our son goes to bedJ)
  • 2 simple summer tops

Boy!! That list looks really long. I have not included t-shirts there because I plan on buying a couple of Mango and Zara basic t-shirts while there. I’ve heard they are cheaper in Spain. So I am not buying any t-shirts from now till August.
Is anyone else planning a holiday abroad? And if so, are you making your own wardrobe?

Vogue 8232

Apparently I am on a roll .

I made another dress this weekend.

On one of my many online excursions, I fell across a lovely version of Vogue 8232 by Georgia on the Sew Tessuti blog and it made me buy the pattern the very next day. I’ve made up mind that my summer has already started so I will be using loads of bright patterned fabric. I don’t care much for spring, and to me there’s not much difference between Summer and Spring in London anyways.

Here’s me looking all demure. lol

And here’s how I will be wearing it to work. Actually I wore this dress to work today, and as I type, I am wearing it.

I even overlocked the seams( my first time of doing so). I don’t have an overlocker, but my machine has an overlocker foot, so I took advantage of that. Its really boring when you have already finished the dress, and then you remember you have to “finish” the seams. I was just too excited that the dress came out all right, and did not want to bother myself with the seam finishes.


2 metres Stretch cotton
22″ zip
hook and eye

For the first time I actually prewashed the fabric. I have been reading alot about the importance of prewashing or pre-shrinking your fabric before cutting. So I tried it too. 2 weeks ago I bought some fabric from Goldhawk road, and as soon as I came home, I chucked all of them into the washer. I am turning into a proper seamstress I think. lol

I learned from the mistake I made with the last dress. The pattern called for a 22″ zip, and I used a 16″ zip. This time I took no chances, and got the proper zip.

The Making

The skirt as usual was easy. Since I had used it for the last dress, I knew what to expect.

The top neckline gaped abit, but I don’t mind, as it is not very visible. Plus I have not yet worked out how to adjust patterns, so I won’t be tempering with it.

I love the fact that it has princess seams. I think Princess seams flatter the figure more.

As expected, I had issues inserting the zip. Like I mentioned in my last post, I prefer invisible zips as I find them very easy. However, I had to scratch my head for a long time to get the zip right. I  know some people find zips easy, but I have not inserted too many, so I still find them quite challenging.

I wonder what I am going to sew next. I’m going away in August to Mallorca, so I’ve decided to sew my holiday wardrobe. But there is the matter of deciding the type of stuff I want to wear while on holidays.

First Dress of the Year

I’m feeling so happy with myself today.

I finished my first dress last night, or should I say this morning. I went to bed last night at about 2am, because I wanted to wear it to work today. Which I did….YAY!!!!!!. It’s taken me a couple of evenings after work, but I’m just glad its finally over, and has given me my confidence back.

The last dress I made was last year in April I think. I have spent the last couple of months blaming my machine and everything else under the sun, but now I have no excuse because I got a brand new Pfaff Select 4.0. So sew, I must. I really love this new machine. Its really easy to sew with.

I started a dress earlier this year, but it was a complete disaster. I will probably do a seperate entry for that big time failure.

So about this dress: All the pictures were taken with my phone. I don’t have a camera at this point because I dropped it while riding a Camel in Tunisia last year on my honeymoon. The pictures look quite dodgy…


Turqouise crepe fabric from Goldhawk road. I can’t remember the name of the shop. I found the fabric in their remnant basket, and bought two pieces of 1.5m each for £2.50. So the fabric cost me £5.00.

I also bought 1.5m of turqouise acetate lining at £2.50. I thought this was expensive, but what do I know? Will have to try and source out cheaper linings. But it was easy to work with though.

I used a 16″ invisible zip. BIG MISTAKE. I should have used 22″ as requested on the pattern, but that was all I had at home, so I tend to squeeze myself into the dress.

The Making

This is a hybrid of two different patterns. The skirt of Vogue 8232, and the bodice of Butterick 5316.

Butterick B5316

Vogue 8232

The skirt was the easiest thing to sew. I really like the fact that it’s very flared because I am the definition of  Pear Shaped, and straight or body hugging skirts and dresses are a NO- NO for me, although I do get them sometimes in bigger sizes.

The Bodice is lined, and has double darts at the front. I can’t show you pictures of the lining because I took these pictures at work, and I think my manager will have an early death if I suddenly disrobe infront of him. And of course, since I am queen lazy, I won’t be taking anymore pics of this dress for blogging.

I liked inserting the cap sleeve. It is really easy, and I learned how to line it for the first time.

The problems I had though, were with inserting the zipper.  I did not know how to insert a zipper in a dress that was lined. So I scratched my head for ages, but i finally came up with a solution, which I am sure will scandalise more experienced sewers. So I will not be writing about it. Lets just say its my own little secret…lol….I can however let slip that as I type these words, with the dress on yours truly, I still don’t know what to do with the linning and the zipper.

Anyways, the dress was easy to sew, but for the zipper insertion. The pattern instructions said to use a regular zip i think, but i used an invisible zip. I find it easier to sew with them, so I always try to use them.

Lessons Learned

  1. Never forget to mark notches in patterns
  2. Always read all instructions before starting any project
  3. Redo any seams that do not look nice. ( I did alot on this dress, especially with the zipper)