20 mile night hike for Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres

Angus at the start
Angus at the start

Friday night, 2 weeks ago, Angus and I along with my work colleague Michelle and 2 of her friends Clive and Claire completed a 20 mile walk through London for Maggie’s Cancer Caring centers in the UK.

Naomi at the start
Naomi at the start
The Team
The Team - Naomi, Clive, Claire, Angus, Michelle

Our walk started at 8:15pm (after completed a full day at work) and saw us walk from Tower bridge area to the west (Hammersmith) and back to the city, finishing near St Pauls, with a several stops along the way to enjoy some tea/coffee and snacks; we crossed the finish line just after 5am Saturday morning.

at the top of city hall
at the top of city hall
Festival Hall rest
Festival Hall rest

At times I can descibe our feelings as joyous and the 9 hours of walking together was a great chance to chat and reflect on what other good deeds we could do.

Halfway stop at Maggie's in Hammersmith
Halfway stop at Maggie's in Hammersmith - 10 miles completed
Refuelling at Maggies
Refuelling at Maggie's

For me it was the last 4 miles that were a long hard walk. We had just had a rest at the Royal Institute of Architech and I somehow managed to spill my cup of tea and completely misunderstand what Angus was saying to me. I think my sense of hearing and some of my motor skills were on the way out ! My legs were tired, my feet sore and I was feeling quite exhausted … and for the last mile, I was on autopilot plodding away to the finish line.
Between the 5 of us, there were only a few blisters and some legs and feet.

Angus resting at the finish
Angus resting at the finish - 20 miles completed
finished and resting
finished and resting

Be sure to take a look at the wonderful work Maggie’s centres do: http://www.maggiescentres.org/

Geometric Reversible Skirt with Spots

I made this little skirt on Saturday, using some African wax print cotton and some spotty fabric – it is the same pattern as the skirt in my reversible skirt tutorial 

 

reversible skirt both ways
reversible skirt both ways

I initially got the idea for this skirt from  http://verypurpleperson.com/2009/12/easy-full-skirt-and-little-tutorial.html. I have made a few adjustment to suit my choice of fabric.

It was pretty easy to create – just 90 minutes of time and using only 2 lengths of fabric, elastic and my trusty Singer sewing machine.

reversible skirt African geometric print on
reversible skirt African geometric print
reversible skirt with black and white spots
reversible skirt with black and white spots

This skirt is now for sale on Etsy – so be sure to check it out. (custom orders are available! – contact me on naomi@madebynomes.com

http://www.etsy.com/listing/81099354/fully-reversible-skirt-african-print-and

I have other items for sale in my Etsy online shop -Made by Nomes – http://www.etsy.com/shop/MadeByNomes

And here is another one of my favourite skirts. I found a pattern on-line which I adjusted so it would suit my needs.

Features include a wide fitted waistband, 4 front pleats and a side zipper. I also added a polyester lining so I can wear it in the winter with tights. I love this tartan print! This one’s not for sale in my Etsy shop but do let me know if you want a custom made skirt 🙂

blue tartan pleat skirt with side zip
blue tartan pleat skirt with side zip

 

Green skirt with lining

This skirt I made last year at the end of summer. It is based on another pattern I saw on the Burder Style website –   Ida Maria high waisted skirt .

This pattern is a great basic skirt pattern which can be easily modified for other great skirt designs. Essentially 2 lengths of fabric approx 50cm x 70cm,  1 length of waistband fabric approx 80cm x 10cm and a zipper.

green African print skirt with zipper
green African print skirt with zipper

I modified the pattern slightly to include fixed pleats at the waist band rather than just gathered fabric along with adding lining to the skirt. The skirt has a zipper on the left side along with 1 press stud on the waistband.

green African print skirt with lining
green African print skirt with lining

Materials –
Africian print cotton fabric (about 1 metre)
Black polyester lining (approx 1 metre)
Zipper and press stud (popper)
Button
Sewing thread