Made By Me

Like lots of people I'm sure I quickly became a Great British Sewing Bee addict. My mum always used to make clothes for me when I was a kid but sadly I never got the bug. Until now. And I'm rubbish at sharing these for some reason. Possibly because I struggle to take decent photos of them. I keep meaning to sort of my craft room so that there is a blank wall where I can take photos but until then we'll have to make do with photos taken in the corridor!
 First up my new favourite thing. I got the Trapeze Dress pattern from Merchant and Mills for Christmas and it easily one of my favourite things. It's great with a pair of leggings and boots. And soooooo comfy! And easy to make - yay!! I did get stuck during making the first one (above) as it as a bodice underneath which took me a while to work out how its stitched together but once I'd cracked it was off!
 This is my 'all at sea' dress

 And this is for when I'm 'buzzing!' - I bought this material using a gift voucher from my big sis for my birthday. Really nice patterned linen from John Lewis. And I thought I'd try the short sleeved version of the dress. It was great to buy the fabric and then make the dress in time to go and celebrate my birthday (which is in May - that's how long I've taken to share these with you!)

 Finally this is an easy camisa top from Burda Style (7509) using a piece of lawn fabric my mum gave me. This was my first attempt at binding which I did all by hand to give it a neater feel. It looks great but doing it by hand it one of the most torturous things I've ever done. Crazy given my love of cross stitch!
 But the pain was worth it for the finish.
So what do you think? Need to pull my finger out and photograph more finished items which I will do soon. Work in progress are a shirt, a 50s dress and a long sleeved top using a really nice piece of fabric from Birch Fabrics. My wardrobe has never looked so good - or individual! I love making my own clothes and can highly recommend it!! 

Views from the South Bank

After OH and visited Leake Street  the sun decided to show it's face so we had a quick wander around the South Bank before jumping on the bus home.
 There is always stuff to see at the South Bank. I love this ride which is part of London Wonderground  - it reminds me of the 1950s....
 We found an art installation which when I saw it yesterday just looked like some plastic covering a walk way and was a bit lame BUT when you go inside you got some awesome filters on your camera. Oh and a rare action shot of OH in one of them.....

 Every year this fountain springs up and is really popular.
Not quite sure if an umbrella was really going to help her keep dry but the light was incredible
 And finally a few more shots of the wonderful Carsten Holler helter skelter. Shame I'm not the patient queueing type  as this exhibition does look like a lot of fun.

Battle of Waterloo Part Two

So on Sunday I found myself back at Waterloo. The weather was rubbished and the two galleries we planned to visit were shut so OH suggested going back to Leake Street as he wasn't able to go to the actual battle (see Part One). It was eerily quiet after the crowds I'd seen yesterday but great to see the finished results as well as new work going up:

The area where the kids workshops were yesterday had already been transformed 
Was great to see the space being used for other  things other than grafitti as well. This was one of two things being filmed, the other being a music video.... 
 Was great to see work by Brixton regular Dope - he must have arrived after I left (above and below)
 As you can see new work was already going up
This is the only before and after shot I can find. And doubly chuffed that it's a female graffiti artist.

 What a difference a day makes. Above Sunday. Below Saturday

Battle of Waterloo Part One

On Saturday I nipped down to Leake Street in Waterloo to see the Battle of Waterloo. No not Nelson and Napolean but grafitii artists! Sponsored by Chrome and Black artists were battling for a £250 cash prize. There was also a DJ, food stalls and a kids zone to have a chance to express themselves. Here is what I saw though sadly I can't give you smellivision:

 Sensible DJ wears a mask - the fumes from the paint can get a bit much if you hang around too long!

 Spotted this one in the kids zone

Borough Market

I had a rare day off to myself on Friday where I simply had no plans to be anywhere or meet anyone. Spur of the moment I decided to make a quick trip to Borough Market, home of the foodies. I didn't go because I wanted to buy food but I love the colours you can see there. If you go on a Saturday it's heaving but I figured if I went on a Friday morning it wouldn't be too bad! And I think I timed it just right!


After  that feast for the eyes (as well as stomach) I decided to take a wander up the river to Waterloo and the South Bank
 As you can see the sun was out - the sky was blue (at times) and here is one of my favourite views from the river side 
 But today the tide was out. Which meant you could walk along the foreshore. Now I've lived in London for 23 years and I don't think I've ever walked along the foreshore before. In fairness the Thames is tidal so you've kinda got be in the right place at the time and for once I was! 
 It was great as I was able to see St Paul's and the Millenium Bridge from a different angle! And in parts it was very springy! Most unexpected. And given I work in an archaeology department I was absolutely rubbish and failed to spot any finds! Ah well, next time! Or should that be tide! 
 And finally I had a quick wander around the South Bank. On one of the top levels there is an amazing garden which featured this simply wonderful sunflower. 
And on the way down there were some great views of the helter skelter at the Hayward Gallery which was part of the Carsten Holler exhibition. Such a great way to leave an exhibition!

So there we have it. Views from one of my favourite walks in London. It's short but very, very vibrant and certainly helped clear  the cobwebs!!