Friday, 19 September 2014

That Wim Wenders effect

We headed out to Mersea Island, hoping for an Indian summer type shoot on their lovely beaches. We left our house in blazing sunshine, and arrived all of 10 minutes later enveloped in spectacular mists. 

I love being in Mersea in mist and fog. Sounds are amplified, colours pop against the muted grey, everything slows down to the pace of some art-house film circa 1987. I had a good lollop (you couldn't call it running) in the sand and then we downed some posh snacks from the deli before heading off for a walk.

Grey is good background for my coral red cashmere cardigan.
The dress is one I made earlier in the summer and have worn a lot. The vintage fabric is a fantastic mid-century linen which makes me think of Irish tea-towels. It's soft and sturdy and comfy to wear, washes like a dream and it cost a whopping £2.99 from a charity shop in Harrow! At only 44" wide and 2 yards long I was fearing that it would never amount to a dress, but that was before Christine Haynes came along with her Emery pattern. Thank you Christine.

Long back zipper and crazy wind blown hair.

I changed the invisible zip to a hand-sewn lapped standard one, which worked ok until I realised I couldn't do the "clean" finish lining as instructed. I worked out a way but it was messy. I love "hand picking" a zipper. A pick-stitch is incredibly strong, it's quick, and you have so much control over what you are doing. It's seen as slow, but you are not ripping the thing out three or four times to try and get it right.

The zip finish is one thing, the actual existence of a long back zip is another. Now who invented that? And why are they so ubiquitous? I get them done up to my shoulder then struggle and wriggle the dress up, grabbing the zipper from over my head. What a faff. I am going to have to avoid them from now on. That's what home sewing is all about, you do it all and you do it your way.

I am liking my hair after my latest Henna and Indigo session. That stuff is smelly, messy and takes AGES but my hair is now less stressed than it was with chemical dying. It's not quite covering my grey, as in the grey is a funny brown, but I am going to keep on going with it for now. 

We had the beach mostly to ourselves and after a short walk my hair was dripping with damp. The blurred pics are not just the mist but camera issues with resolution. Strangely apt results, a bit like those pre-digital soft grainy film cameras which are so fashionable again.

I am now properly in the mood for a bit of Autumn outdoor-ness. Time is flying and I have foraging to do and hot chocolate to drink.

Adios for now.


  1. What lovely fabric! That dress is a great shape on you, and those grainy foggy seaside shots, albeit accidental, are fab! Love that bangle too!

  2. Fantastic photos, gorgeous location, and a wonderful frock! What an atmospheric photo shoot. xxx

  3. Excellent inspiration - I love Wim Wenders! The dress is a beauty, a perfect fit. xxx

  4. thank you so much for the comment on my hat blog post! very helpful!!!!
    ... your purse is absolutely awesome!!!

  5. Great photos. Yes, misty days are great for highlighting anything with colour, like your gorgeous sweater and dress - with you in them of course. I love also how you write about your sewing. I've learned some new basic terms to put with stitches I've been using but didn't know what to call them.

  6. Thanks ladies for your lovely comments as always love to hear what you think. xx

  7. What a strikingly lovely setting for a photo shoot. I've posed with a decent range of weather at this point, but no fog yet. Our town is located in a very arid region and at the base of a valley sandwiched between mounts, so we don't get much fog (let alone thick "pea soup" type), but the next time we do, if possible, I'd love to shoot with it now. Thank you for the great inspiration.

    ♥ Jessica