Monthly Archives: May 2011

Ceylon.

Ceylon.

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve sewn anything, but I am just getting over a bad cold and I had a lot of time to discover some inspiring sewing blogs and break out the sewing machine. Earlier this week, I started the Ceylon dress by Colette Patterns. I finished it last night just in time for a lovely lunch out with some friends today and a short trip out of the city to take a look at a potential wedding venue, which is where the above photo was taken.

This dress seemed very intimidating to me at first. The last time I tried gathering fabric to create a ruffled look, it was very difficult (because I did it incorrectly). This dress has a lot of that, but it was a lot easier this time around (because I did it correctly). As well, I learned how to make buttonholes. I ended up making fourteen of them; the pattern calls for sixteen but I shortened the dress considerably so that it would be knee-length on me.

I bought the material so long ago that I unfortunately don’t know what it’s made out of. I’m going to venture that it’s a polyester blend. It’s quite a comfortable medium-weight, not too heavy but not too light either. I wanted red buttons to contrast the dress and I think it looks rather nice. I might try to find a thin white belt to finish off the outfit.

This was definitely a successful pattern. It wasn’t difficult and I managed to learn a few new skills too. I even did a few French seams thanks to a tutorial from Gertie’s Blog For Better Sewing, as this dress does not have a lining and I wanted some of my seams to be neater (such as the sleeves and the back skirt).

The wedding venue was, by the way, beautiful and affordable. We’ll continue thinking about it before we decide to put down a deposit since we’re also considering some other options, but I loved it.

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Italia.

I’m crediting my trip to Italy as the reason for my extended absence on this blog, but unfortunately I don’t have much of an excuse since I also had two weeks of unemployment a short time after that!

Corey and I traveled to Italy for about ten days last month. We met with my parents in Rome and the four of us enjoyed wandering Venice, hiking the Cinque Terre, and marveling at the outdoor museum that is Rome. It was my second time in Italy, and the first for everyone else. (In fact, it was my mother’s first time in Europe! My dad had been to Venice before for business but hadn’t seen any other parts of Italy.)

I bought Corey a Holga camera for his birthday last year, and I recently purchased a Diana F+ for myself. I took mostly digital, but came back with two rolls of film from the Diana, and Corey mostly went manual with his photography. Most of our photos turned out very beautifully…

One of my favourite photos of my mom, sitting in St. Mark's Square in Venice.

My dad and me at Palatine Hill in Rome.

Corey, in Vernazza in the Cinque Terre.

Me, at the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

If you’re interested in the digital photos, please visit my Flickr page:

Since we got back, my co-op work term ended so I have been enjoying (somewhat) my time at home. I’ve been knitting with a friend and watching Anne of Green Gables. I’ve been cooking and baking a bit more. I signed up for a six week semi-intensive French class, which started this past week. It’s on Mondays to Thursdays, from 9am to noon. As well, I’ve started my last distance course for the MLIS. It’s been raining here in Ottawa – yesterday it rained for the entire day. I plan to spend this gloomy Sunday enjoying the sound of the rain, reviewing my French, doing some coursework, and perhaps cutting out fabric for a new skirt.