Sunday, 27 July 2014

Running - Race for Life 10K

Hi everyone!

I just finished 10K for the Race for Life in Hyde Park!! And my time was amazing, it was 1:02! Well, my app says 1:04 but it also gives a distance of 10.31K so for the 10K it was 1:02 (I checked). I am so happy!

I finally got to wear my pink Cinderella dress :) I didn't bother with the Cinderella hair I have to admit, as I had to get up at 6.30am and the weather was looking like it could go either way. Bandana was the safest option there. 

I just love this outfit! It came out really well I think 

I even added some ribbons to me shoes!

Running along the Serpentine... The bf spotted me! This skirt thing was great, no one else had one :)

Here I passed my supporters at the halfway mark, just as by a happy accident my playlist just started 'Living on a Prayer' and as I passed the 5K sign I heard 'yeah... we're halfway there...', too funny!

Second time around the Serpentine, slowly but surely heading towards the finish line...

Just after I crossed the finish line, I was delighted!

I couldn't find the bf but after I'd collected my medal and some food and water I suddenly saw him. This is the exact moment I spotted him :)

Showing off my medal, it's a must!

Having some well deserved chocolate/raspberry cupcakes (in pink wrappers of course) with the boys.

Ok ok, just one more pose ;)

The 5K crowd was gathering and I was really in need of a nice cuppa and a sit-down, so we headed home.
I did it!!!

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Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Monsoon Dress Makeover

Hello everyone!
After all those running posts and with a tutorial on the way (just finalising it at the moment), a little bit more of this wonderful sewing project I did. I got this Monsoon dress from a girl at work and it was rather large and shapeless. Of course that had to be changed!

This is the dress. Cute (not ironed I know!), but a bit baggy in its size 14. But I can see the potential!

First, the sleeves had to go... 

Then I shortened the dress by taking the dress up by the straps. This meant taking off the entire beaded section, recutting it, and sewing it back on. I also took the dress in a bit to fit me (am not a size 14 after all).

Taadaa! Said dress in action at a party :) Yes that is just juice by the way, the cocktails were just too strong!

I am very pleased with this result and even wore this dress to our anniversary dinner. It's very comfortable and with all the purple it actually matches my vintage necklace also! Do you like it?

Monday, 30 June 2014

Running - Inaugural Amba City Mile

Hi all,
The weekend before last I ran the Amba City Mile. Having just recovered from a knee injury after 2 months of physio, this race was perfect for me. And boy am I out of shape... It was only a mile (1.6K) but still, after being out of the running (pun intended) for that long it was tricky. Means I just have to try harder for the 10K soon!

Early-ish on Sunday morning near St Paul...

I was waiting for my wave to start. I had indicated to run it in about 10 mins (didn't want to injure myself again after all) so I was in the last wave, the 'general admission' as they called it. Not sure if I should be offended? LOL

Getting ready at the start line... and no head phone allowed! I was gutted! Music really helps my rhythm but alas I had to do without.

In the end I managed to finish in 8.56 min which isn't bad as it's about 5.15 kpm on average. And it's under the estimated 10 mins! And I even got a medal. I like races where I get a medal :) Yes, sometimes I am 5...

But it was a very cool medal!

After my wave came the family wave and the group wave and all that, and at about 11.30am came the pros. The elite men's first place result about just over 4 mins. 4 mins!! Wow.

As it happens, the run took place just outside my favourite ever cupcake place so of course I got myself a little treat. Then I walked 4K to the park to meet some people from my sewing group which I sadly didn't find but I went home instead and had my lovely cupcakes. Nothing wrong with that!

So now I really have to get in shape for the 10K... Fingers crossed! This will be a tough one...

Friday, 27 June 2014

Cinderella Running Outfit

Hi all!
OMG I am so excited about this project! Now, before anything else, I have to tell you that I copied this idea from a wonderful running blog Run Karla Run, she ran the Disney marathon and her outfit was just perfect for what I had in mind! This is the original outfit:

Isn't it the cutest?? Thank you Karla, I hope you don't mind I copied your costume *crosses fingers*

The costume is based on the pink dress in Disney's Cinderella. I just love this idea!

Now, back to the actual project. Remember the Race for Life I ran last year? Well, earlier this year when I was all healthy and hopeful and in shape (before injuring my knee with all that exercise and having lots of time for sewing), I registered to a lot of running events, including the Race for Life again. The difference this year: I'll be running 10K! I've never ran 10K in my life... with all the physio etc I am totally out of shape and I only have  a month to recover. But then I calculated that even walking I should be able to do it in under 90 mins so anything below that is a bonus really. So, in exactly 1 month's time I will be running 10K! As the Race for Life is for breast cancer, it's a pink race. Only women can enter and the pinker your outfit the better. The ads for the race clearly show the 5K runners in funny outfits and the 10K runners in serious running kit. Not really my style, where is the fun in wearing normal clothes? ;) So when I saw this outfit I just had to make it!

I tried to get as close as posssible to Karla's outfit, but I'm not quite sure if I succeeded. I ran into a few problems along the way...

I used the same sparkly fabric for the skirt. As was short, I only needed one meter so that was great. I made it way too big as first so I had to take it in quite significantly. I added a layer of white lining underneath with extra large hems to add a bit of volume to the skirt. The waist is elasticated by adding elastic between the lining and the outer fabric. As per the original, I added a wide light pink ribbon all along the edge.

The bows were a bit tricky, I was running out of ribbon! So they're a bit smaller, but I've added some dark pink ribbon behind the original bows to make it stand out more.

The top came from Primark so that was very cheap. They were out of the pink pink but this shade works as well I think. I sewed the straps together in the back, creating a mono strap. I used an old tshirt stuffed with wadding for the collar that I hand sewed onto the neckline. I then added more of the light pink ribbon across the front and attached this with a few stitches to keep it in place. The big bow was also hand stitched on. The trickiest part was to get the horizontal ribbon to stay put as it doesn't stretch. Velcro to the rescue! The back end of the middle ribbon can be attached with velcro, making it easy to put the top on and the run in it. One tiny detail is still missing though...

I found this necklace on ebay for about £1.40 incl shipping. I had more than enough time to wait for it to arrive so no rush there. It's heavier than it looks but completely perfect to finish the look :)

Unfortunately, I can't show you the final look yet. I tried to photograph this costume so many times but it's never perfect, so I will just show you at the run. Much easier that way! I just hope I can strike as cute a pose as Karla did in her picture above :)

All in all I am quite excited about running this race in this outfit. I just love it! This events raises money for Cancer Research, so if any of you would like to support this cause, please click on THIS LINK below to make a donation. So far I have raised the staggering amount of £10! Not quite what I had hoped for but then I really need to share this link more. I will definitely share more pics once I have them from the race itself. I made the bf promise me to come along and take pics and cheer me on. Let's hope this outfit will keep me going for 10K!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Brilliant Scissor Socks

Hi everyone!
I have been waiting a little while to post about this, I am so excited to finally be able to share this with you :) When I went through my stash of printed patterns, I came across this scissor sock pattern by Linda Walden. I got it a long time ago off one of those websites that send you a free pattern every day (I used to love those!). I tried to look for the pattern again online but couldn't find it anywhere. Even when searching for the author of the pattern gave no results, it has just disappeared. Luckily I have a print out :) I really hope Ms Walden doesn't mind, full credit goes to her of course.

Only a few months ago, I had only 3 pairs of scissors. Then it was my birthday and sister gave me another pair. Then I ordered the new sewing machine which came with 3 pairs! So I ended up with a few more than planned, and the worst part was that I never know where I've left them! I normally just through them into my (somewhat over-sized) sewing basket and then the hunt for the scissors starts. But this is the ideal solution :) Sure I've seen other patterns like this one online but not one that was a easy and cute. Also, remember what I said the other day of just using fabric that I already had and having bought the cutest sewing fabric? What better project to use it for than something to use while sewing? Clearly I adore these scissors socks :) So I just had to share. Ready? Check this out:

Aren't they the cutest? I had to make three to keep all my scissors together!

I used only prints with sewing items from my cotton stash, and some fun contrast fabric if needed. The one on the left has blue in it as a large part of this fabric actually has some blue sewing items. Sadly with the folding those all disappeared. The middle one is my favourite, I just love the busy fabric and the contrast! The one of the right is lovely also, it's a bit more calm I guess. All the fabric of the middle and the right socks was used to make that sewing machine cover I mentioned earlier so this is a great use for them!

I have one for the scissors that came with the machine (the blue ones), one for the scissors I use all the time, and one for special scissors (in this case pinking shears). You may notice that they don't have a loop to hang these anywhere. This was done on purpose as I don't have the space to hang them anyway.

As per the pattern, the bottom has cord with beads. I used to make a lot of drawstring bags when I re-started my sewing and had to learn so many things again so this was all stash I still had as well. I used wooden beads for two of the socks and enamel beads for the third one.

While making these I had a few crises to deal with, but it all resulted in some other good things. There two things in this photo that I'll tell you about soon ;)

Don't you just love these? When I finished these I posted a picture on Facebook and some friends already asked for the pattern! That must mean that they came out well :) I have a tutorial scheduled for this so not to worry, more will be posted shortly. I actually made some Christmas in July presents for some of the ladies in my sewing group and they will be getting Scissor Socks tonight too. I made them each one according to their personal taste in colours so I hope they will like them!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Viking Exhibition at the British Museum

Hi all,
During the same visit of our friends, we visited also the Vikings Exhibition at the British Museum. While I have to admit that it didn't start off with a bang, it surely improved and turned out to be a wonderful exhibition indeed :) of course, no photography was allowed, but once again the embed function has come to the rescue:

If you're into Viking history at all, this is very interesting. Of course one can't only sew all the time ;)

Friday, 20 June 2014

Wizard of Oz Zippered Pouch

Hi everyone!
I told you I had a lot of projects to share! Honestly, I LOVE my new machine. Putting in zippers has never been that easy! A little while ago, I'd cut some of the Wizard of Oz fabric to make a toiletry bag. After many failed attempts at a successful toiletry bag, I didn't want to ruin this lovely fabric. Plus the idea of actually using up my stash for pretty much anything really helped! I may not have told you this yet actually. Let me elaborate: when I see fabric I like, I buy it usually with a project in mind. I then keep said fabric until I have time to make said project. This has now resulted in an ever-growing stash and hardly any projects for lack of time or interest (or possibly not longer necessary). Case in point: I have this wonderful sewing themed fabric which I was going to use to make a sewing machine cover. My new machine comes with a solid plastic cover. Oops... so now I have this lovely fabric and no more projects! And one can really only so many bags ;) So in short: when I have a project in mind, I now check my stash and use what I like rather than thinking 'I was saving this for.... '. Where am I going with all this? Basically just to say that I didn't want to use a boring plain cream coloured polycotton for the lining of my lovely little bag. I'd already cut the outside fabric so I just cut some of this lovely turquoise/purple for the lining, added a blue zipper and off I went! Yes, I found a stall here with some really cool coloured zippers for only £1 each. The smaller ones are probably cheaper but I always buy zippers that are too short. Now I buy them too long and cut off the rest. Works so much better!

It's really plain and really simple but oh so handy!

I use it to transport small projects to work or onto the train. At least that way they get done :) 

This is the inside lining. I love how it matches, and the purply/pink on the outside even matches the inside! I bought this in a combo of turquoise/purple/turquoise+purple but this works too.

Hopefully soon I'll be able to show what I've been carrying around in this. It's still a surprise but I have a deadline so I'll be able to post about it soon (I hope). I have another one like this to make with Star Wars, maybe this weekend, who knows! Thanx Nancy for the Wizard of Oz fabric!! :)

UPDATE: I just realised that I wrote Us instead of Oz in the title so if the link looks a bit funny, just ignore it ;) 
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