Thursday, June 7, 2012

No Crumpet Left Behind: A Seamstress Abroad


Hello, loves! Something's different, as I'm sure you've noticed. There's a new lilt to my voice and - good heavens! - is that the smell of freshly baked scones? Sadly, it's not. It's just the freshly toasted, from-a-bag-but-still-fabulous Waitrose crumpet I just ate. Still, a crumpet can only mean one thing. (Because, trust me, I've tried to get them in the States and it does not go well.)

I am in Great Britain.

Britain! The land of afternoon tea and men who wear sweaters! The land of cabs with enough room for five people and Benedict Cumberbatch! The land of Doctor Who and Matthew Crawley! The land of - prepare to swoon! - Liberty of London!

For the next two weeks, I will be splitting time between London and Edinburgh. I will also, if all goes as planned, be updating y'all with pictures of pretty new dresses, which I will be wearing in front of various exciting places. (I'd like to say that will be Big Ben and assorted palaces, but this is my umpteenth time in the UK and I have yet to do most Official Must-Visit things. The pictures will probably include scones, however!) After a few months of complications (some of which were wonderful for me, career-wise, while others included being wretchedly ill for the entire month of April), my trusty machine and I were back in business during May. There are no fewer than five versions of Simplicity 1873 now in my wardrobe, kittens. I also now own a dress with bees on it! Bees!

Anyway. Hello, darlings. It's good to see you. I can't wait to show you new things and catch up on everyone's projects that I missed these last weeks. Would you like a crumpet?

18 comments:

  1. Welcome! You don't have crumpets in the States - you poor things. And hope you're enjoying our lovely summery weather.

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  2. I'm so glad you're back! I kept checking here to make sure I hadn't missed you in my reader, since I always look forward to your posts. Mmm... crumpets. Yes, please. And scones. And all of those yummy chocolate bars that we can't get over here.

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  3. So happy to see you're back to the blog. I cannot wait to see the dresses.

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  4. Need any recommendations? Guessing you have found the V&A and the Ball Gowns Exhibition! Endless fun to be had in the V&A and London in general!

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  5. have a fab time! if you have time, you should stop at Newcastle and Bamburgh castle (both near me!). Also...I think Liberty's is having a sale?

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  6. Welcome to the UK! Looking foward to seeing your new dresses: bees?! :D

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  7. I've lived in London for more than 7 years now and I still haven't done a lot of the touristy things I had meant to! If you want to go fabric shopping, you should head to Goldhawk Road in Shepherd's Bush. Rows and rows of shops full of fabric and nicely priced!

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  8. Hello
    Im a new follower of youre blog and I've read all of your old posts and have really enjoyed them. I'm glad to see that youre back and I cant wait to see all the new stuff you've made.

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  9. So glad you're back! Can't wait to see all the fun things that you've made. :]

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  10. Oooooo....so excited to see all of your posts, dresses, and adventures!!

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  11. I'm about to rock your world.... Liberty of London discount shop.
    OH YES! Old Brompton Road, a place called Shaukat fabrics. They have a website if you don't believe me.
    Instead of £30 a metre, its £17. And so so so many hidden rooms of rolls. Heaven.
    The staff aren't the friendliest but just start wandering and see what you can't live without buying before flagging them down to cut it all for you.
    Enjoy!!

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  12. I am with you. I made 3 dresses so far of the Simplicity 1873 pattern. It is such a simple pattern to make, and such a pretty dress.

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  13. i'm not going to lie...i'm TOTALLY missing your regular blog postings. i hope you're having a grand time. just wanted to you to know you are missed :)

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  14. It's my first time commenting and I'm going to creepily piggyback on Sarah's comment. My blog reader isn't quite the same without Idle Fancy.

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  15. Darling Mary, have you become lost in London? Shall we call the Scotland Yard to come find you? Missing you from my regular reading! Come back!

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  16. I agree that I am eagerly awaiting your return.
    I just nominated you for the Very Insipiring Blogger Award. :) http://theprettypickle.blogspot.com/2012/12/very-inspiring-blogger-award.html

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