July Round-up

Back again – and still in an uber relaxed frame of mind with what seemed like very little done until I decided to start a post. My sewing mojo is still missing but I’m assuming that it’s a reaction to being obliged to ‘sew to order’ for so long. It will be back. I think.

The Management and I spent a lovely few days early in the month in London. This had been planned for an age so the fact that I was hobbling around in a protective boot wasn’t going to stop us – we just rejigged the plans a bit.


What noise does rain make?

We started with a  trip to the London Transport Museum. This was largely for himself but I really enjoyed it. This was helped by there being a lovely art exhibition called ‘Sounds of the City’. Loads of gorgeous pictures but I particularly liked this one – I’m still wondering what noise rain would make when you drag something across it. Any ideas?


What no seagulls!?

The other great find was a picture depicting my closest city – Worcester! I’m a bit put out that the resident inland seagulls aren’t in there – they are definitely one of the most obvious noises almost anywhere in Worcester. They seem to be moving into Bewdley too so it sometimes sounds as though you are at the seaside here too. More pictures in the Flickr album.


The following day was spent almost entirely at the V&A. We had members early entry into the Pink Floyd exhibition. This was well worth booking – and almost worth paying membership just to get in on a quiet time. The Management really enjoyed this, and I was surprised quite much I enjoyed too. I can’t claim to be the biggest Floyd fan – I do enjoy the music but it’s rarely something I pick out myself – but I thoroughly  enjoyed the whole ‘art and music’ ethos that they seem to have. I have put more photographs onto my Flickr page here but for a quick squint here are three of my favourites. You have until 1st October if you want to get along to see this.

Obviously as I was at the V&A I wasn’t going to miss the current Balenciaga exhibition. The Management went off to do his own thing while I spent time in here. I had just read the wonderful book Balenciaga, The making of a Master  (HOW MUCH FOR THE BOOK !?!) so I was looking forward to seeing the actual garments. Sadly my pictures weren’t great but I have put a few here, and again a link to more on Flickr.

It was pretty busy, and I was still in my boot, so I was running out of steam by the end of this exhibition. There were some fabulous garments – and videos running to show the method of cutting the patterns or adding the hidden support. All of the downstairs was dedicated to the man himself and was wonderful. Lots of inspirational garments – something which was born out when I got upstairs and found it full of garments inspired by him. Some were too close to being a ‘copy’ in my opinion but many were absolutely gorgeous – and although very different you could see the influence there. My favourite was probably the almost unwearable ‘snake dress’ – how gorgeous is that?( I won’t be offended if you say not at all!). The exhibition is going to be in place until February 2018 so I am hoping to be able to go again and maybe get more out of another visit.


A brace of Presto Popovers

Any sewing yourself Kim? Well actually yes. But only a little bit. I have been wearing a load of t-shirts (well, not just t-shirts if I’m honest) that are a bit too big and I have been getting a bit fed up about it. After all, I’m a bl**dy dressmaker! Anyhoo, I knew I had this fine jersey in the stash which had been waiting an unreasonable time to be made up and decided it was time. These have both been worn and washed multiple times now. Having a couple of well fitting t-shirts now just makes me aware of how big the others are. Prepare for a major clear out.

That has been the only sewing I have done but I have actually done a fair quantity of knitting and have finished the Purl Soho Circular Yoke Summer Shirt. I used the cashmere yarn set that I bought at Colourmart a while back and I have to say I love it. It was a joy to knit (two strands at once makes it 4 ply) and was so light it seemed to last forever. In fact I had intended to blend the colours up through the yoke but ended up making it all in the mulberry colour. Sadly I have just realised I don’t have a picture so you will have to take my word for the moment about how lovely it is.

As a fabulous finale to the month I went here…….


Can you see what I see?

…….to meet someone very special.


NO….not a bear!

No. I didn’t go on a bear hunt – I was searching a very different and altogether more secretive animal. More news in my next post.


25 Comments on “July Round-up”

  1. sewbussted says:

    I must say that the 2 of you are truly embracing your retirement. Such fun excursions!
    I had looked at the Purl Soho top and thought about making it, but decided I have too many other projects that need to be done, so, oh well. Would love to see a picture of you in the sweater.

  2. So sorry you’re not fully recovered yet but it doesn’t seem to be holding you back! I really need to sort out tickets for the Balenciaga exhibition and as a Pink Floyd fan am just a tiny bit jealous!

    • Kim says:

      Every day gets a little better – I’m just terribly impatient 😦
      It is well worth the effort to get to the V&A if you can – if you are there for Balenciaga then it seems rude not to do both 😉

  3. CeeJayKay says:

    WHAT? there is a PF exhibition? OMG I am am so booking to see that! My son (born by CSection) was brought into this world to the sounds of Wish You Were Here 🙂 We were told to bring our fave CD to the birth and to this day, he listens to it when he is in need of calm… it always makes me smile!

    Balenciaga? *faint* Looks like i may get busy!

    Wow! super exciting time!

    off to check out Flikr! 🙂

  4. Sounds wonderful, especially the Balenciaga. I’ve had to give up my V&A membership for the moment (trips to London museums not really practical until my son gets a bit older) and am enjoying this year’s programme vicariously through blog posts so thank you!

    • Kim says:

      Just wait – I now take my monster along with me! Time passes much more quickly than you can believe and that boy will be grown before you know. Perhaps he can eventually take his mum to exhibitions?

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  6. Mary says:

    I’m here from your mystery visitor’s blog & am delighted she sent me your way. I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as she did. (And now I know what pulled her away at her busiest time of years! Thanks)

    • Kim says:

      We had a ball Mary – and I don’t think we shut up in hours (and hours….). We didn’t get put out but I think we were in danger of meeting people in for early tea had we not left when we did!
      I’m very pleased you came and said hello 🙂

  7. Fadanista says:

    I would love to go to this exhibition- sigh!! Your Prostis look great. It is such a good pattern. This is a very full roundup with lots of information, thank you.

  8. Fabrickated says:

    I am so annoyed that you and the Mole were in my manor and I didn’t see you. Nevertheless I know you will have had so much in common and so many interesting tales of the Atelier to share that I trust will be revealed in due course. You certainly used your time well. The soft Ts look and sound really nice Kim. In terms of the sound of rain we don’t need to imagine it at the moment!

    • Kim says:

      So sorry Kate – it would have been great to meet you too. Sadly many of the tales shared were definitely not for general sharing – we would probably horrify everyone 😉
      Maybe if I contact next time I’m going to be in London with some free time* we could get together – V&A perhaps?
      *(The Management sure knows how to fill a timetable 😉 )

  9. Such a busy month! I would love to be able to see the Balenciaga Exhibit!

  10. tialys says:

    Sounds like you had a great time – looking forward to seeing what you get up to in August.

  11. Jo says:

    It sounds a busy, but enjoyable, month. Sorry to hear that the ankle hasn’t healed yet, hope it’s not too painful. Eeek, that snake dress, I don’t actually mind snakes but not sure I’d want to wear that dress.

  12. jay says:

    Coincidence! I’ve also been in London, not so much a ‘trip’ though. Next time I will def. see the Balenciaga, one of my all time favourite designers.Thanks so much for the appetiser. Hope your ankle gets right soon Kim.

  13. Carolyn says:

    Ohhh, the Balenciaga exhibitions sounds absolutely wonderful! how I wish we got interesting things like that here 🙂

  14. Wow! What a fascinating little trip you must have had…I’ve seen the Pink Floyd exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and it was great fun! Sorry that you’re still limping along (although that doesn’t seem to slow you down too much) – here’s hoping the ankle heals up quickly now.

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