The weather was a lot better than when we visited last year in November and Eve got the train out of London to meet up with us - so a perfect time we had.
We had a lovely walk around Verulamium Park, a visit to the cathedral and a relaxing lunch.
It was all over so quickly but such a great time.
This past week I've been busy with my dressmaking. I'm definitely growing in confidence now and enjoying the process more rather than just finding it stressful all the time.
I made a practice dress for a pattern I had recently acquired- McCall's M7116, using a bedsheet in a lovely aubergine colour - I made view B.
I liked the style of the dress, it's different to the usual dresses I make but there were a number of issues that I wasn't happy with. The sleeves were rather short, the bodice also too short and the neck too wide. I think I could probably address these issues without too much difficulty but in the end I went out and bought a new pattern that is more to my taste in style - Newlook 6262. I particularly like view B with the short sleeves (shown in yellow on the pattern envelope) - all my dresses so far have been sleeveless.
I didn't feel I needed to make a full practice dress but I did want to have a go at fitting the sleeves, so I used some leftover sheet and I'm so glad I did. The sleeve went in no problem, but the neckline was surprisingly high and uncomfortable. I altered the pattern to lower the neck and now I have a dress that it very comfortable to wear.
So happy happy happy. I have three more dress lengths of fabric in my stash so now that I'm on a roll with the sewing I'm hoping to have some lovely additions to my wardrobe.
I could do with knitting up a light coloured cardigan to go with the summery dress, but instead I've just finished a navy coloured cardi. It's just a plain cropped style - my favourite and it goes well with a number of dresses I wear a lot, which is why I made it.
|Please excuse the bad photographs -
they were taken in the hotel room by my husband !!
As I find it almost impossible to not use up every scrap of yarn, I've made six more little sock yarn sweaters to add to my bunting.
So that's what I've been up to. I'm planning on spending the rest of the bank holiday weekend working on my Mandala Madness blanket which hasn't been shown any love for some time. I'll also be catching up on all the sporting events that are happening this weekend on the television. A nice relaxing few days ahead of me. I hope plenty of relaxation comes your way too. Bye for now.