Wednesday, December 03, 2008

A big move (and a sewing update!)

No, I'm not talking about moving blogs; even though this blog has been shamefully neglected, it is staying in its cosy little corner - and should get a new life once I feel settled again.
I'm talking about us moving houses... and not merely moving houses: moving countries.

Miss Cutie, Seb and I are moving to London at the end of the month... for a yet indeterminate period of time. We found an adorable flat in zone 2 - with a little garden for Miss Cutie! And a second room that Seb immediately labelled as my home office/sewing room. I never needed asking. And, I should at last have less work. The year to come should be much happier than the last.

All this may help you understand why I haven't updated my blog since before the PhD defence (which apparently was a success, by the way - since I am now Dr Izzy!). I felt shattered for a few weeks after the defence, and we've also had loads to deal with, what with Seb's moving back from Amsterdam, our looking for a place in London, and everything. And my usual beloved teaching, of course.

It's not that I've stopped sewing - since my last update, I've made a dress, a couple of tops, am halfway though a skirt and another dress. It's just that I haven't had the energy to take pictures, blog about it, and all that. Not to mention that taking pictures in the winter is always a challenge that tends to put me off. I loathe artificial lighting. So, I have a long backlog of projects to document and review...
I got brave tonight though, and took pictures of my latest top as I came home from work wearing it - this is my third take of Simplicity 4020.
This top was not part of any plan. I was cutting out Vogue 8489 in this fabric (this is the current dress in progress), and realized I might have just enough extra fabric for a top - I foraged through my pattern collection, and out came my trusty old Simplicity 4020. I had to add a center back seam to the bottom part of the bodice, but I managed to position the print so that the seam could hardly be noticed.
I also managed to cut the top back-and-sleeve so that the black wavy line was continuous from one sleeve to the other.
I also made the sleeves shorter to fit them onto the fabric.

Here is how I was wearing the top to work today - it's gotten very cold in Paris, so I like layering :)

~*~
A highlight to the past month, which happens to be sewing-related, was meeting Trena again when she came to Paris for work. We had a lovely, albeit way too short evening together. She was, as ever, dressed adorably.
Trena, by the way, managed to diagnose my dressform as too big at a single glance.
(This should, and may be the topic of a whole article, but I saw that smaller ("petite") dressforms were manufactured in England; so I may lend or resell my current dressform and get a new one once I'm in London.)

In closing, I would like to thank Julie for her presence over the past few months. Julie and I have been meeting almost weekly at my home for sewing bees. It has been wonderful. Do go see her very first dress on her blog - she even wrote a bilingual post for you!
I'll leave you with a confession: I may enjoy teaching sewing almost as much as literature. Which is saying quite something!

Sorry for the long post... Believe you me, I've made this as short as I could ;)
Signed: Dr. Izzy :)

73 comments:

Nicki said...

I'm sending you an email! Congratulations on all accounts!! :)

Elaray said...

Wow! Big changes! Good changes, though. Congratulations, Dr. Izzy!

Christina said...

Congratulations on the doctorate! That is wonderful, and I'm sure you are relieved to have that behind you.

Good luck with the move.

Mary Beth said...

"Dr Izzy", that's so cool!!! Big congrats and here's to a more leisurely new year for you and your household.

Paula said...

Congratulations on all of your good news. I hope you enjoy living in London.

Jennifer/OH said...

Congratulations Doctor!! What a marvelous accomplishment. You have such a well-rounded life...so full of many differing things and all so interesting.
Good Luck on your move to London. Is this for your job or Seb's or just a change for both of you? I am sure your cat will love having her own garden to play in next Spring.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Doctor Izzy, Dr. Izzy, Izzy...PhD.

CarlaF-in Atlanta

Cathy said...

You won't believe it, but I was thinking of you earlier and was going to e-mail you today. Congrats on the move. I hope it won't be too stressful a transition for you. Are you excited? Nervous? I'm so excited for you, believe me!

Adrienne said...

CONGRATS!!!!!!!

Sigrid said...

Congratulations on your doctorate!
And changes indeed. Good luck with all the preparations for your move.
Hope you'll have a more quiet year and have a chance to keep us updated on your projects. The top is gorgeous.

Vicki said...

How exciting Dr Izzy! Lots of new things on the horizon. Will you be teaching literature in London?
Oh, and cute top too :)

josy26 said...

Félicitations pour toutes ces bonnes nouvelles ! Moi aussi , je comptais t'envoyer un mail ..car je m'inquiétais de ton long silence .
Je vois que tout va bien et j'en suis ravie .
Je comprends que vous êtes de nouveau reunis , tant mieux ! la vie à Londres te plait ?
Gros bisous et prepares bien les fêtes .

mainely stitching said...

A very warm congratulations, Isabelle!! How wonderful! Dr. Izzy, indeed!

And I'm sure you'll love living in London. What exciting days you have in store!

Kathryn said...

Never apologize for not blogging. Everyone has a year where they have to buckle down and WORK. And see all that you have accomplished -- Mrs. and Dr.!!! How wonderful.

The blouse is gorgeous and so perfect for this holiday time of year when we all need something bright to wear.

I hope you adore London. I do love it, but probably not quite as much as Paris. We spent a week in Barcelona in October and all I could think was that I'd rather be in Paris (or London). Not a bad place, but not the center of the universe. I know you will enjoy having your own space for sewing.

Many felicitations on all your good news. Write again when you can.

Rose said...

Dr. Izzy! Congratulations! I can tell you have been very busy. I enjoy your blog--I appreciate your sharing part of your life with us! :)

Rose

Annette said...

Dr. Izzy - I love your blog. You sew with the same excitement and dedication that I did when I was younger and although we have never met, I find your sewing journeys SO inspiring! I had hoped to come to Paris some day (from the US state of Washington) and look you up for coffee, but perhaps you will return. I do hope you keep blogging, though - I still need the inspiration. All the best to you in your move and I hope that Miss Cutie will be blissfully happy in her new garden. - Annette

Shashi Nayagam said...

Dear Isabel,
Congratulations! and so lovely to see your post. I am thrilled that you are coming to live in London for sometime which means we can meet up again.
Love your top it is beautiful as always!!

cathymk said...

Congratulations Dr Izzy! I'm so happy for you! And Enjoy your move to the UK - I hope it goes off without a htich. Love your new top very stylish indeed in that print - looking forward to seeing the dress!

Anonymous said...

bonsoir ,tres contente de vous lire . je vous souhaite beaucoup de joies et plaisirs dans cette nouvelle vie
amicalement
michele

Yulwen said...

Your new top is gorgeous ! This pattern really fit you well :) And you really succeeded for positioning the print :)
Julie

Little Cat said...

Congratulations on everything! ((((hugs))))

Mylene said...

Congratulations!!

Hope everything goes well with the move to London.

nowaks nähkästchen said...

Congratulations, Dr. Izzi! (And a fabulous top!)

I'm sure you'll have lots of fun in London, spending some time away from home is always a valuable experience.

toy said...

good luck on the move, beautiful new blouse and congrat!!!

brodstitch said...

Bonne installation à la Londres!
et tu sais d'où je poste ce commentaire??
de Salisbury :o)
où je suis jusqu'à vendredi.

Allison said...

Hooray, Isabelle! Good for you!

I can't wait to hear more about the move to London--my favorite city! We actually plan to visit England in the late winter or early spring, so hopefully we'll meet!

verobirdie said...

Félicitations, Docteur!
ouah ce sont de grands et bons changements qui s'annoncent. J'espère que tout se passera bien et que vous aimerez votre nouvelle vie.
Oh, comment ca va se passer pour la quarantaine de Miss Cutie? C'est le seul truc qui me ferait flipper, je crois.
Le haut est superbe. Bravo. Faut pas que je le montre à ma fille :-)
Encore bravo

Dine2Paris said...

Bravo Dr ! Que de news du coup.
Bon demenagement, tu vas pouvoir profiter d'un atelier, cool non ?!
J'aime beaucoup ton top, il te va bien ;)

Sharon said...

Congratulations Dr. Izzy! How cool is that! Gorgeous top! Wishing you, Seb and Ms. Cutie a good move.

KayB said...

Ok, Dr. Izzy, that's a lot of great news. Good luck for the move and there is nothing wrong in loving to teach :-). I should know for I'm sitting in front of lecturers, and it's soooo much more enjoyable when you see that the lecturer loves what he/she is doing. By the way, love the top and the fabric - that would be most definitely a distraction for me! (sorry for rambling on....)

Flo said...

Ma chère Isabelle,
Quel plaisir de lire ces bonnes nouvelles!
Félicitations, vraiment!
Et en plus tu vas habiter à Londres!! Mais c'est formidable!
Je suis sûre que ton nouvel appart est super! EtP'tite Mignonne aura un jardin! Elle va découvrir la vie "according to Misty"!!!
N'y a-t'il plus de quarantaine pour l'Angleterre?
Dénia va être ravie d'entendre ces bonnes nouvelles...
J'espère que tu trouveras du temps pour continuer à nous donner de tes nouvelles sur ton blog!
Ton dernier petit haut est superbe. Tu as des doigts de fée.. Une femme parfaite!!
Je t'embrasse tendrement,
Flo

ViRginiE said...

Félicitations, Dr Izzy!!!!
Contente de te relire et de voir que tout va bien... Bonne installation à Londres!
Biz et à bientôt!

Karoline said...

Congratulations Dr Izzy :)

Good luck with the move.

Katrin said...

Dear Isabelle,
congratulations for your thesis. and what amazing news in your life.
Good for you both to live together again. I wish you all the best for the moving!
Best regards,
Katrin

Alexandra said...

Congratulations! And good luck with the move!

Little Hunting Creek said...

Congratulations! What good news! And what a beautiful top you have made. It is nice to see you back.

LauraLo said...

You must be the cutest loveliest doctor I've ever seen! Just last night before going to sleep I thought wow, I should write to Isabelle, she hasn't posted in a long while. And now I see you haven't posted but you have good news! I'm so happy that you and Seb will live together again. A big big hug!

Patty said...

I knew something was going on...
CONGRATS! Maybe we'll meet there!
Wish you all the best in my favourite city :-)

La Bergère Brodeuse said...

Toutes mes félicitations Isabelle!!!! Je sais comme tu as travaillé fort! Et quels développements extraordinaires!!!!! Bonne chance à Londres!!!! Auras-tu un poste universitaire ou pars-tu en stage postdoctoral? Comme toujours, ta couture est magnifique! Que de talents!!!!!! Porte-toi bien et à la prochaine!

Catherine du Québec
http://cmpepin.blogspot.com

karenv said...

Gosh, lots of changes for you soon! Congratulations on becoming Dr. Izzy (although I never had any doubts that you would do it :) ) and good luck and best wishes for your upcoming move and life changes :)

Tracy said...

Hi, Dr. Izzy! ;o) Congratulations on the HUGE move...London...Oh, you will be happy there! I just love London myself.:o) Zone 2 and a garden...you lucky sweets! Is this a move for both you & Seb for work? This is very exciting! Hope you will be a happy little family there for as long as you are there. And what a great way to start off a New Year! When will you be moving? Keep us posted...But in the meantime, sew, dream and enjoy the Christmas holidays! ((HUGS))

The Slapdash Sewist said...

I'm so glad I caught you in your last month in Paris! It was so lovely to see you again. I may have to figure out how to get to London while you're there.

Love the top! I really should give that one another chance...

StitchinScience said...

If you're going to be living in London Zone 2, make sure to go to GoaldHawk Road ( Nearest tube is Shepherd's Bush) to rummage in the little shops there for fabrics. There are some real bargains to be had, but you need be prepared to rummage about and to haggle for a bargain!
Good luck with the move

StitchinScience in West London

Summerset said...

Wow! What a lot of news. First, congratulations on your degree and passing the defence. I can imagine that emtionally and mentally you were quite finished once it was all over. Second, another congratulations on all three of you being together again and moving to London. Third, you look marvelous in that top. I wish I looked as good as you do after a day of teaching!

mermaids said...

congratulations, dr izzy! the top looks fabulous. it looks really cute layered...may have to pull out my copy of this pattern and make another one to layer.

Tini said...

Congratulations Dr. Izzy! How awesome is that? And London: how exciting! I do love London and usually I'm there at least once a year. Maybe we can meet up next year (we have friends at Leighton Buzzard!) and last not least: the top is TDF!

Nancy K said...

Congratulations! How fabulous and how fabulous you look in that top. Moving to London sounds very exciting and exhausting.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Congratulations on all accounts!
Your top looks great, the style suits you well.

Lisbeï said...

Hello my dear friend !
Your new top is beautiful, I like the fabric (and the design) very much. You're very pretty in it, I think some of your students must have find difficult to stay concentrated upon your words ... but maybe there are only girls in your classes !
I wish you a happy week-end, despite the rather dull weather.
PS : I'm currently reading The thirteen tale (in french), by diane Setterfield, do you know it ?

Margaret said...

Congratulations Dr. Izzy!!!

What a wonderful adventure for you & Seb as you settle in England for a while. Enjoy!!

Von said...

So much excitement for you and Seb! Hearty congratulations and squeals of joy over your successful Ph.D completion and the upcoming move to London!

Your newest blouse is perfection! :)

Liana said...

Congratulations on the doctorate, and the move, and your new sewing room, and... well, everything! Times are good, no?

Susimac said...

Wonderful news Isabelle Congratulations on getting your doctorate. Moving countries too - how wonderful.

Krystal (aka Pirouette) said...

Congratulations, Isabelle! Oh, and you are working that S4020. Just lovely!

Djemaa said...

Bonsoir, ce blog est à découvrir, bravo! Pascal Djemaa, journaliste.

Zoanna said...

Dr. Izzy, I am sooooo happy for you. Congratulations and praise the Lord for sustaining you through it. I am also glad to hear of your new life changes. Are you excited about London? The house sounds wonderful. Your own sewing room, can you imagine?! The top is gorgeous. LOVE the sleeves and how talented you are to cut everything so meticulously and artfully. I want to let you know that Paul and I MAY get to the south of France in 2010. His boss's parents have a summer home there and she has promised to fly the five employees there if they exceed the company goals in '09 ! I would love to meet you if and when this promise is fulfilled!

Redwitch said...

Congratulations Dr Izzy :)

Good luck for your move to London! Sounds like you have a very exciting year in store, all the very best to you and Seb!

stitcherw said...

Congratulations, what an accomplishment, and what fun to be able to sign things Dr. Izzy :)
Also, your top looks awesome, gorgeous finish. Good luck on the move, hope everything goes smoothly for you.
Sue

Cindy said...

Hearty congratulations, Dr. Izzy!

Arturo said...

Belle robe et le chat genial !!!
A bientôt !!
www.lacoctelera.com/galeria59

Karen said...

I assumed a lot was going on because you've been quiet, but this is a LOT.

First, congratulations on the doctorate. We knew you could do it, but for I'm glad it's over and done with and you can concentrate on your life again.

Second, congrats on the move to London. I hope everything goes well with the move and Ms Kitty loves her new garden. And how wonderful of Seb to know that what you'd need to feel most at home in a new place is a room for your sewing!

We're still talking vacations for next year - London was on the short list if airfares drop, so I may see you again one of these days!

Tany said...

Dear friend Dr. Izzy, first let me congratulate you!!! (((HUGS)))
These are very exciting news! I'll need your new street address, of course! (maybe it's safer than using the current one due to Christmas jamming in the mail)

I love your new top! You look beautiful as ever! Sending good vibes and lots of kisses!

Carol said...

Oh my gosh! My mother has been too ill for me lately to keep up with blogs.... was stunned by this one! How exciting for you!!!

Deb L said...

Congratulations Dr. Izzy! That is a wonderful accomplishment. :)

The top is lovely, the color, the design, the pattern of the cloth. Thank you for sharing it with us!

Good luck with your upcoming move. Moving is quite a stressful chore, in my own experience. So I hope yours goes smoothly!

Susan said...

Great fabric & great look.

lena-lou said...

Congratulations Isabelle, I bet you feel so proud :-))

How nice you are both coming to live in England for a while we will be pleased to have you here. Life sounds very exciting just now and I bet you feel like your feet are not touching the ground at the moment !
Best wishes and good luck for all the changes ahead Take care xx

hala said...

congrats my dear isabelle , that is a great news..
i wish you all the luck in this new page in your lives...
kisses

Nancy W. said...

Congratulations on your PhD! Making a move is never fun (think packing/unpacking) but often you can find some excitement and adventure in it. Look for the positive and it will make it much more bearable. Good luck with all of your changes and your top looks beautiful. What kind of fabric did you use?

Cafe Couture said...

Que de bonnes nouvelles pour toi et Londres c'est le rêve, j'espère que tu pourras y trouver inspiration. Le haut est magnifique. Bon courage pour le déménagement :)

kitou said...

je suis ravie pour vous 3
des bonnes nouvelles!
bonne année 2009
elle sera bonne c'est sur!
bisous ma Kitty
tu me manques tu sais mais je sais que tu es occupée et bien occupée
toutes mes felicitations au fait Docteur.

mavalca said...

Dr Izzy... ça te va comme un gant! tout comme ce haut magnifique que tu portes!
Ton départ se rapproche à grands pas, si tu le permets, je t'écrirai de temps en temps...
En attendant, je te souhaite de passer, malgré tout les chamboulements, de bonnes fêtes de fin d'année, ainsi que beaucoup de bonheur dans ce nouveau départ!
A très bientôt ma belle.
Je t'embrasse bien fort!

anneke said...

Congratulation!! What a big changes in both your lifes! I'm glad you finished your big study and now a new page will start.

Good luck with all that is happening

Bliss said...

Félicitations pour toutes ces bonnes nouvelles, Dr Izzy. I have always loved London, too. My fingers will be crossed for you. Moving is very stresful. Stay calm, sleep late when you need to & don't over commit yourself.