June 2010

yes… another one! (i really like these, so get used to them – i plan to make a few more yet!) When i first visited the haberdashery a few weeks ago to pick up some material i saw this pretty blue broderie anglais material. It wasn’t cheap (the material for the top cost £6) but it was so pretty.. i had to have it. And i finally ran it up yesterday. Went up like a dream – i finished making the bulk of it, and the shirring, yesterday. I also bought some matching blue gathered broderie anglais trim, and i hand sewed this to the hem while i was watching the World Cup England vs USA match yesterday, and the Formula One this afternoon. Its still not quite finished – i want to use some more broderie anglais trim to make straps, but i didn’t quite have enough – i’ll have to go back to the haberdashery next week to pick some up.

this is the prettiest of the shirred tops i've made so far, i think. They just keep getting better!

but for now, here’s the photos. I’m really pleased with how this came out. Next up: remember this dress that i sweated, slaved, cried and swore over? This is how it looks now. Dreadful, and this is over jeans and a vest! I can’t wear it on its own any more, so i’ve decided to rescue the bulk of the material and rework the dress – i’ve started seam ripping already…!

More photos behind the cut – enjoy, as it’ll be a while before the dress is ready…!



Last night, of course, was the long awaited England vs USA World Cup opener. (You’d have to have been hibernating NOT to know about this, i think, even if you don’t watch any of the matches!). With not just one but two countries to support (The Netherlands needs supporting too – and god ‘elp me if it comes to England vs The Netherlands… !) of course we claimed our positions on the sofa last night when kick off came, and groaned and cheered through every agonising moment (well, Michiel did. I was half watching, being busy hand sewing a lace hem to a shirred top i’d made earlier that day – photos later, when i get it finished!).

The lessons learned? not so much the football as what goes *with* the football. I’d not had one of my monthly meal off the regime treats yet, so decided to lay claim to a bag of butter toffee popcorn that was calling out to me in the supermarket, crisps and those little mini scotch eggs that i love, and pizza, and make a night of it. So i pigged out. by the time the final whistle had blown, the popcorn had gone, the scotch eggs had gone, the crisps were half gone, and the pizza (only a 1/4 though) was soon to follow.

i measured my blood sugar shortly after the final whistle, just out of curiosity. 11.2 mmol!!! (normal range – that the body tries to keep the blood sugar to – is anything between 4 and 6 mmol, to give you some idea of how bad that is.) although its not THAT bad – from reading diabetic forums, there are some people who have 11.2 mmol blood sugar readings on a regular basis, which just makes me wince (I’ve read of some who go as high as 18. yowch).

Bu t that’s not really the lesson. The important part, and what i want to note down, is how we felt for the rest of the night. We both felt RAGINGLY thirsty. about 1am, Michiel wandered into the kitchen, doing the fridge explore, and grabbed a small box of cherry tomatoes. Popped one into his mouth, felt that wonderful cherry tomato explosion in his mouth and gave a groan worthy of me when i first had that haagen daaz icecream. He came back into the living room and handed one to me, telling me to eat it. I let out a matching groan. Funny how the body, now we’re not used to eating rubbish, craves the things that we know are good for us. There’s a packet of crisps in the kitchen now (which i bought for the Netherlands match, tomorrow), along with freshly baked bread. The thought of the crisps in particular makes my tummy churn. And i slept till 1pm this afternoon.

yes, i know. moderation is everything. but sometimes, just sometimes, you have to backslide spectacularly in order to know just how far you’ve come, you know?

lesson learned.

I just got my new skirt finished – and of course, i had to have photos taken and to share them here!!

me in my new skirt

Its a basic A Line skirt, with triangular panels set into the bottom of the skirt, both front and back. I have two identical skirts in a red and a brown patterned material, which i love, which i bought  last summer, but wanted some more in bluey shades.. hence this one. i’m planning to make another in a blue patterned material, (which i may do slightly differently, just to ring the changes) but first up.. this one!

Next: some more shirred tops, possibly a shirred dress. see what i feel like, really…. more photos behind the cut!