Paris Stash Enhancement

The photographs from Musée des Arts Décoratifs turned out blurry and dark, so instead I have for you a full account of all the fabrics I bought in Paris. There was a huge sale on coupons in one of the stores, so I splurged on quite a few silks that ended up being only around €5,- per meter. The only ones I didn’t take photos of are a black and steel gray silk. They’re not much to look at, but will make beautiful linings for some of the other silks.

If you want to see bigger pictures, just click on the thumbnail for a slideshow-like larger view of all the fabrics.

Paris: Day 2

Paris was lovely! But I had the worst train journey back, and somehow I’m still tired. Anyway, here’s a few photo’s of my Saturday: Walking around in the snow and shopping for fabrics. Tomorrow I’d like to show you some pictures from the exhibition Fashioning Fashion in Les Arts Décoratifs if they turned out ok. (You weren’t allowed to use flash, everything was behind glass and it was rather dark. Very understandable because they want to conserve the clothing, but not ideal for the taking of pictures.)

Beautiful Paris in the snow!

Beautiful Paris in the snow!

A view of the Sacre-Coeur with a fabric store to the left an a yarn shop on the right corner. Best view in Paris?

A view of the Sacre-Coeur with a fabric store to the left an a yarn shop on the right corner. Best view in Paris?

Snowy Sacre-Coeur. Straight from a postcard!

Snowy Sacre-Coeur. Straight from a postcard!

Shopping for coupons! I didn't buy any of the fabrics in this picture, although the red one with the seagulls was calling my name.

Shopping for coupons! I didn’t buy any of the fabrics in this picture, although the red one with the seagulls was calling my name.

Hello from Paris!

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Awesome cut outs in Lafayette shopping mall.

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Dinner at Cartier

Just a quick hello from my hotel room in Paris! I arrived this morning,  and went shopping in the afternoon (now before you get all upset and ask “what about all the cultural stuff?'” I’ve done that the last time I was here). I only bought one dress: a gorgeous Karen Millen shirtwaist that was marked down 70% from over 200 euros.

Tomorrow is fabric shopping day, and Sunday I’m going to a lingerie trade show before heading home. I’ll show you my haul on Monday or Tuesday, after I’ve slept again!

WIP: Crocheted blanket

Crocheted Blanket

This blanket has been a WIP for over a year now. I only work on it every now and then, making a square here and there. I am absolutely loving how it is coming together, even if I’m only at 11 squares.

Pattern: Block 189 (Willow) from 200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans. I’ve adapted the pattern slightly, using double crochet wherever the pattern asks for a treble, and using single crochets for doubles. Initially this was a mistake, because who needs to read a pattern, but after a few squares I decided to stick with it.

Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool in colours 8010 (Natural)  and 9734 (Coral). I have two skeins of each and I hope that will give me a decent sized throw. After 11 squares, I’ve used about 210 grams of the natural, so I can probably get a total of 26 squares out of it, which is a rubbish number. It’s probably going to be 24, but if I’m lucky I might get to 28 or even 30 squares.

New Year, Fresh Start

imageDo you ever get that feeling like when you haven’t answered an e-mail in a while and that you’re almost afraid to still answer it because it might remind someone of how long you haven’t?  That’s about how I felt about blogging for the past couple of months, and what better moment for a new beginning than a new year?

I have plenty of stuff to show that I made recently and much more to come. There’s knitting,  “normal” sewing, and lingerie sewing going on around here these days.

On my drawing/sewing table right now are all class assignments: a brown lace body and a neon zebra bathing suit. That’s the downside of a course including materials: sometimes they’re ugly.

Have a wonderful year!