Sunday, 20 May 2012

Holiday, Linton Tweed, wedding and outfit

Hi everyone

I have combined my sister's wedding in Scotland with a road trip holiday to get there.

Firstly I promised to put up some pictures of the outfit I made for the wedding comprising my Burda jacket and Burda Style dress.  I wore this outfit with some lovely, albeit extremely high Carvella shoes and a great little satin flower bag given to me by my twin sister. Ignore the crumpled look of the left-hand sleeve head on the picture of the dress below, I had just put the outfit on and asked my D Mike to attach the lingerie strap to my slip and it got a little twisted in the process and never mentioned it to me before taking the photo's ahhhhh.

I am very glad I had the jacket to wear because the weather in Scotland was very cool and I never got to expose the dress because I felt too cold.


For our holiday route, we left our home base in Essex and set off on the first leg of our journey heading for beautiful Derbyshire, then on to the Yorkshire Dales, followed by Coniston Waters.  We left Coniston Waters on Tuesday heading for Loch Ness, but took a little detour to Linton Tweeds in Carlisle where I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. Our next destination was a beautiful little place which overlooked Loch Ness and last but not least we stopped just outside Aviemore before arriving in Elgin for the wedding.  Here are some pictures of our trip:



Above you can see me getting my fabric cut.  I specifically wanted some black and white 4-point star weave, which you can see laid out ready to be cut.  This is will be used for a traditional black and white Chanel type jacket. I then saw the lovely cream and black and found some nice honey coloured fabric which will work perfectly with this fabric for me to make a skirt.  I was delighted when I found some 1-metre lengths in their bargain bucket (I have to find a bargain) one of which was the exact same blue wool crepe as my dress.  This extra length of fabric will now give me enough to make a skirt to wear with my jacket which I am delighted with.  I found two other pieces that I will be able to put to good use and finished my purchase with some more of their 100% wool crepe in black, which I will make a dress and skirt, ideal to wear with the jackets I will make from the other fabrics.

I guess I was a little surprised by the size of the shop, which shares it space with a coffee/tea lounge, and an area of RTW garments.  I wasn't interested in any of the RTW items, but could have easily bought a lot more than I did - the fabric is beautiful and the girls are so helpful.  If you get a chance go. 

Now for a little selection of pictures from our trip.



Can you spot Nessie in the pictures above?  Our folding bikes came in really handy when we wanted to go and explore, and can you believe that Mike kept asking me to get closer to the waterfall - is this a sign I ask myself - should I be worried?????

In a small town close to Aviemore, famous for its skiing centre, we spotted this beautiful little red squirrel outside our bedroom window - this was a first for me, and look at the wonderful cattle - don't you just want to give them a hug?


Last but not least I have to include a photograph of the wedding - from left to right, my sister's daughter-in-law, her new husband Robert, Linda the bride and her son Ross, and in the front row, Ross and Karen's wonderful family, Ollie aged 2.5yrs, Adam 4.5yrs and a very grown up Owen aged 6. Don't they look handsome.

Check out the guys dressed in their kilts - they had to do a twirl for the camera ha ha.



So, bags are unpacked, washing on and we have one more day at home before heading back to work.  I am off to Paris on Tuesday for 3 days but will have the whole weekend to myself to start on my next sewing project.

I hope you have all been busy - I have lots of catching up to do.  Catch you all later..............................

30 comments:

  1. Lovely photos! Love the kilts, the little boys looks so cute. Beautiful jacket, and it went to well with the dress. I look forward to see what comes out of your new Linton tweed.

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    1. Thanks Cal - the little ones did look wonderful.

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  2. You looked stunning on your outfit. I loved the dress on you and I think you should make loads more. Your hard work on your diet is also paying off, looking great.

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    1. Thanks Rachel, I did love the outfit, but think if I was another 14lbs lighter it would look so much better.

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  3. You look wonderful, sure you got a lot of compliments.
    Nice to see the pictures of your road trip and the wedding. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Sigrid, Thanks, I will show you the other photos when I see you there are some fantastic views of Scotland and the other areas we visited.

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  4. Your dress and jacket looked stunning on you. I love the kilts (am Scotish on my mom's side). The countryside is beautiful; reminds me of parts of British Columbia. And the fabric you bought sounds so yummy. Can hardly wait to see it sewn up.

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    1. Ann the boys looked so sweet and behaved themselves too. Yes the fabric is wonderful and I can't wait to make it up, but I have a few other things to do first on my list.

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  5. Pauline, first of all, your ensemble is beautiful and so were you in it.
    The Linton Tweeds look divine, you lucky gal.
    The photos of your trip are breathtaking. I want to go to those places. And what a lovely wedding it must have been.
    You must be very anxious to start sewing with those great fabrics. Have fun!

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    1. Thanks Diana, the trip is well worth doing if you ever get to the UK/Scotland. I can't wait to make my jacket but it will have to wait for just a little while, I have a few other items to deal with first.

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  6. T hat dress is drop dead gorgeous. What a perfectly flattering color on you and the jacket is a wonderful compliment. I love hearing about your trip and look at the Linton goodies. Would love to see those fabrics.

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    1. thanks Bunny - you would love Linton Tweed.

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  7. You look ABSOLUTELY stunning in your outfit. And you look like you had a great time at the wedding too.

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    1. Belinda, we had a wonderful week - actually very relaxing and saw some beautiful scenery too.

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  8. Men in kilts!!! *Swoon*! Your dress and jacket look fabulous on you! I hope you showed them to the folks at Linton. At Sawyer Brook, we always love seeing the garments our customers have made with our fabric.
    Your trip sounds lovely. And now you're off to Paris. A business trip? I've never been there, so I'm very jealous!

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    1. Dixie I did show them because I wanted to compare the extra piece of blue fabric in their bargain bin - and it matched. They loved the outfit and was asking me where I bought my trim for the jacket. They also gave me a key-ring memento of their centenary year.

      I would be the same if I worked there, I would want to see all the items made up, however only one of the ladies sewed typical.

      Paris is work, and I won't have any time to myself, but I am sure you would love it.

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  9. You looked beautiful for your sister's wedding. The outfit was a complete success! I can certainly appreciate the excitement in being able to visit a shop like Linton's, that carries quality fabric. Thanks for sharing your vacation photos too. I love seeing different parts of the world and the wildlife.

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    1. Thank you and my photos only reciprocate those you put up - they are also truly amazing too.

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  10. You look stunning - blue really suits you. Your jacket and dress are just fab! I've been to Linton's too - if we didn't have to catch a ferry from Stranraer I'd probably still be there! Lucky you and a wonderful wedding too.

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  11. Thanks Ruth - I love how the jacket and dress feel on - I felt special.

    I spent quite a bit of money, and if Mike hadn't been with me, I probably would have spent a lot more lol

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  12. Wow, your outfit for the wedding is perfect. You look terrific.
    I really enjoyed the rest of your post too, how lovely to see the photos of your trip (and Linton) and the wedding.

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  13. Thank you so much Karen - it was a fab trip

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  14. You looked stunning your outfit is fabulous !!! Linton is 35 miles from my house. I have only been once and bought nothing as I was such a beginner at the time I didn't know what to make. I do intend to make a Chanel type jacket one day though.

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    1. Thank you so much Lisa - you know from what I have seen of your work you will be able to make a Chanel type jacket no problem.

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  15. This was such a fun post to read!
    First of all, you look beautiful in the wedding attire. I've seen the beautiful jacket but not the dress and it is really lovely!!
    Secondly, the only word I can find to describe your visit to the fabric store was envious.
    And lastly, the vacation and wedding pictures were just super! My husband descends from a Scottish clan and we really want to go to Scotland one day.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comments. I know you would love Linton Tweed, if you ever go to Scotland and you have a car then its worth a visit.

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  16. You look beautiful in your wedding outfit. I loved seeing all the photos of the wedding and your sightseeing.
    And the cake, perfection! What a wonderful gift for your sis!

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  17. What a great post, with so much going on! But I really want to say that the wedding outfit you made is stunning and the light blue of the dress really makes your blue eyes pop! What a great color for you.

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  18. Thanks so much Shams, appreciate your comments

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