Well #mmmay17 has certainly kicked off with a bang this week for all taking part! As this is my first time, I was keen to ensure I kept to my pledge and also to follow up each week with a ’roundup’ to evaluate what I’ve achieved or learnt from the process. Here is my first weeks instalment.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will see that not only did I wear ‘me made’ clothes for my pledged three days of the first week, but also managed to post a bonus day:
Although I have been sewing regularly for a few years now and am fairly confident in making tops, skirts and dresses, along with becoming braver with pattern drafting, the one item of clothing that I have not attempted are trousers. There are a few reasons for this. One, I am very bottom heavy, a pear shape if you will, resulting in my avoidance of making anything fitted out of fear it would become far to complicated. Two, not only am I ‘a pear’, I’m also very short – 5 ft 2 inches to be exact. This causes more fitting anxiety for me, to ensure I can scale down the trouser pattern without losing the shape. Of course all these concerns have been floating in my head for a while, making it even harder to take the trouser making plunge. Resistance however, was futile for someone who likes and wears jeans and trousers regularly.
This is my final part of my stash busting essential garment series. I can’t promise there won’t be more in the future – in fact you could lay money on the fact there will be, after all this is predominately a sewing blog!
I suppose my blog posts are currently like buses – you don’t see one for a while then three come in a week! Ha ha! Oh well, consistency hasn’t been my strong suit recently, but I’m feeling more in the sewing zone these past couple of weeks – even with the children being off school for their Easter break. Whilst I’ve loved having them home with me and will definitely miss them when they go back to school, I’m looking forward to more guilt free time in ‘bedroom 5’ – aka my sewing room.
To set the scene of this post, I am writing this from a small corner of a café in the local swimming pool, casually observing my youngest daughter and her friend having fun. I do laugh at myself sometimes at my choice of locations for impulsive blog post writing, but when you have the urge to write you have a duty to yourself to respond accordingly!
Now for part two of my bid to make handmade clothes for myself that can be incorporated in to my everyday wardrobe. I wanted to make a couple of camisole tops. As the warmer weather is starting to arrive and with a little taste of the lovely British summer at its best at the weekend, the need for lighter tops is becoming more of a necessity. I own a few RTW camisoles but wanted to add my own in to the mix. Continue reading “Stash Busting – Essentials Part 2”→
At last spring is here for good it seems! Last week was the first week of the Easter holidays for my children and I’m pleased to say the weather has been gorgeous. We have spent the week mostly on family days out, which has been so lovely as it seems such a long time since we’ve done that. I think Christmas was the last time. Now that the weather is more favourable and the early evenings lighter, we will do more together as it helps us to connect and feel more grounded in our busy lives.
In a bid to gain more vitamin D, we are tackling our overgrown garden this weekend as it’s going to be very warm indeed. Hoping to get it ship shape for the coming spring/summer months so we can enjoy our outdoor space together too. However, before I don my garden gloves and attire, I thought it was about time I did a blog post – sorry for the delay!
What a lovely spring day it is today. I decided this morning to get some fresh air and walk with my youngest daughter as she begins her day testing out a new school. Whilst there is a little nip in the air, it is sunny and warming on the face and a great vitamin D day! Sitting here in my sewing room, typing this post, the sun is coming through the window and I’ve even opened it ajar to feel the lovely spring air. Not sure if this picture shows that enough, but it’s the best I’ve got! Hope you feel in good spirits today too.
This post was meant to be posted yesterday, but my wifi was playing up and after a three hour slog involving unplugging and plugging wires, running up and down the stairs pressing buttons to try and connect, I got fed up and realised it was not meant to be. This morning has a positive feel to it and within 15 mins I got it working. Hurrah!
My post today is, hopeful, a helpful comparison of two craft fairs that I have attended since starting sewing three years ago. The first was the Handmade Fair last September, hosted at Hampton Court in Greater London and the second was last weeks Knitting & Stitching Show, held at the Olympia, West Kensington, London. Continue reading “The Handmade Fair v’s The Knitting & Stitching Show”→