Lace Bobbins

So I’m in Bruges this weekend.

On yes I did!

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Mini Mint Machine

I bought a new sewing machine! I couldn’t bring mine with me because I didn’t have the space in my luggage and it wouldn’t plug in here anyway. I bought a John Lewis Mini.

It’s a very simple machine but it serves my purposes well. I’m working on some combinations which you can see being sewn there. Also, that is Mad Men on my laptop.

You might have noticed the picture in my post about my day book of the combinations. I’m making a pair modeled off of those on page 250 of Costume in Detail. I tried a new seam treatments. I made french seams then pressed them flat and sewed them down so that there are no seam allowances floating around. I have this strange compulsion to completely encase seams of my undergarments. I’ve always done that since I started sewing medieval chemises way back when. I also committed a cardinal sin and did not wash or dry the fabric before I used it. However the laundry facilities here are ridiculously expensive so I’ll just have to hand wash these in the future. I never wear the stuff I sew anyway!

I’ll do a proper post about the combinations when I’m finished them. In the mean time, I’m enjoying my new toy!

Royal Mail, Royally Annoying

So I’ve ordered my books from amazon. I received most of them easily enough. The majority of them came together in a package that mysteriously appeared in front of my dorm room door. The sole remaining book was not delivered, instead one of those "sorry we missed you!" cards was left in my mail box. Since the branch I was supposed to go get my packages from has the weirdest hours I’ve ever seen, I was only able to go this morning, a week after the card appeared in my mail box. I get there at a11:30, an hour before they’re supposed to close to find the branch.. closed. Of course. It did look more like a distribution centre than a post office which might explain the odd hours. It’s totally weird.

Well I went on the Royal Mail website to try and figure this out. I discovered I can request a free re-delivery for a particular day. So that’s what I did. Hopefully next saturday I’ll receive my package. I still don’t know how I should expect to hear from them. It’s not like they can come and ring the doorbell! I might have to camp out in the lobby with a good book and wait and see. I’m determined to get my book!

In other news I altered my lab coat last night. I still have to add the sleeves back on but I’ll post here with a full report. It’s much improved!