Sunday, 6 November 2011

Birthday Celebrations and Sewing Mayhem!

Hello! How are you all? Well I've had a busy busy week.

Sooo as you know it was my birthday last weekend, I didn't have any plans apart from to watch old movies and drink fancy cocktails, I didn't take many photos but here are a few from Saturday.

This was the first of many cocktails, I always feel very special when I drink from these fabulous 30s cocktail glasses, I've never seen any more like them I would so love to buy more!

As I wasn't going out I thought it was only right to bring 'some' sparkly to the celebrations so apart from sparkly earrings I wore my 50s sparkly slippers!

After a few I tried to take a pictures of myself none of them turned out great, but here is me after a few.

Here is Paul after a few

And here's the state the cocktail cabinet got in! This is after serious cocktail mixing YAY

So all in all I had a great day, I was dancing round the living room to some great tunes and all was good AND I didn't wake up with a hangover on my actual birthday.

However this is where it all went wrong, I intended to have a similar easy day but not go over the top as I had to work on Monday. I knew my mates from next door would pop round and we'd probably have a drink or two. Well it didn't quite work out like that, Lisa took over the cocktail making I don't really remember what happened. What I do know is that I woke up on Monday morning with the worst hangover I've had in years, ouch! I sat in my PJs all day, ate pizza and general felt sorry for myself, mmmm won't be doing that again for some time!!

So the rest of the week I spent catching up on the work I didn't do on Monday.

This weekend I started my sewing projects for the Rhythm Riot in a couple of weeks. I'm afraid I have nothing finished to show you, I've nearly finished one, but  I wanted to do the cutting out of the other dress whilst I had a good amount of time this weekend, so I don't have much to show you.

One thing I wanted to show is some of what I'm doing, and one of the things I always have to do is alter my patterns. I'm rather chunky and I have a big bust, I also rarely buy patterns in my size, not only are they hard to come by in larger sizes but if I see something I like I always think well I can alter it to fit. This can be very complicated if the pattern is complicated, but I haven't found anything I can't resize yet!

Here's the bodice of a dress I am altering to fit.

As you can see I've cut it up the middle of the pattern piece and seperate it the amount I need, however by experience and knowing how I'm built I know that I never need to resize the shoulders, I actually have quite small shoulders, so I have increase where the bust is and where the waist is, and I will increase the darts at the waist to resize the waist back down.

Now I have no idea if this is the 'correct' way but it works for me, so if you need to alter a bodice or a blouse this could help you, if you want to make it smaller then fold where I have cut!

This bodice is black velvet and it's going on to a skirt made from this fabric, which was originally a whole dress which no longer fits, so I adapted!

You can't see very well but it's very sparkly, I do like sparkly!

The next dress I've cut out is this pattern

In this fabric

This again is far more sparkly in person, it's kind of gold/silver lame sparkly, anyway once I'm done I'll let you see!

I just wanted to assure you I AM sewing, I'm just not finished! There are soooo many pieces to the dress above and as it's such a beautiful dress I don't want to rush it, I want to get it right. 

So there you go, that is what I have been up to, fun, hangover, work and sewing.....


Dolly Cool Clare said...

The best nights with the worst hangovers are always the ones where someone else is making your drinks (and topping them up!) Glad you had a fun time and looking forward to seeing your creations when finished :)

The Glamorous Housewife said...

I found if I eat after drinking my hangovers are not nearly as bad.

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

Coedith said...

Happy belated sparkly birthday! I love your cocktail glasses. We drink outa juice glasses, I guess I could switch to mason jars until I find a set. I envy not only your sewing skills but altering the patterns!? Totally impressed. That snap of your bar just says good times all over it.

Misfits Vintage said...

Happy Birthday! SO glad you had a lovely birthday weekend - and that dress pattern is FABULOUS - can't wait to see the finished frock.

Sarah xxx

Lady Cherry said...

Ooo you are clever. I haven't had a go at resizing yet but I have a 1923 pattern that is too small for moi. Would love some tips at some point if you have time for such a post! xx

Rocket Originals said...

Glad you had a good birthday weekend last week. Looking forward to seeing you at the Riot in your new creations! Kaye xx

Anonymous said...

Cheers Darling Chérie Chérie ;)


Vix said...

Looking blinking fabulous! Sorry about the hangover, that's the one shitty thing about being older, isn't it?
The dressmaking looks fab, can't wait to see the end result. x

Miss Magpie said...

Glad to hear you had such a great birthday. I can't wait to see the finished frocks!

Lisa said...

LOL - I would just like to defend myself by saying that we only popped in to say hello and we were forced to drink! We tried to leave a couple of times but were talked around by young Miss Fiona! I only took over the cocktails because someone who shall remain nameless was getting beyond the point of being able to do it herself - hahahaaaaa!! We did put our foot (foots/feet!) down at 10pm and go home though, and we didn't have hangovers the next day (which was a shame really as the lack of hangover meant I was free to have lunch at the local with the in-laws, which I could have done without!). We live to drink another day...and that day shall come next week at the Rhythm Riot! XX

Straight Talking Mama! said...

I appear to have been rumbled! Tis true I did convince them to stay and tis true Lisa 'may' have taken over for the reason she states ha ha!

La Dama said...

Happy Belated Birthday!
You look ravishing amor, i get plastered too quick especially if someone else is making the drinks. Your vintage slippers are adorable, never seen any like yours.
Cant wait to see your frocks, love the fabric so glittery.

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