Sunday, 30 March 2014

Lovely little boosts

I've been in a bit of a sewing and blogging funk recently but I think I'm through the worst of it and can see light at the end of the tunnel, thanks in part to a couple of big boosts I've had the past couple of weeks. Firstly, my first Georgia was Victoria's pick in the Georgia round up post! I was completely gobsmacked, thank you Victoria.


Then the lovely Jane at Pelly Melly nominated me for the Liebster Award! I feel so honoured to get this, alot of the blogs I now follow were found through links from Liebster Award posts, so thank you very much Jane.

So, onto the nitty gritty... If you don't know about the award, this is how it works:


1. Thank the blogger who nominated you

2. Answer the 11 questions given to you

3. Nominate 11 other followers with less than 500 followers

4. Post 11 questions for your nominees to answer

5. Tag your nominees and post a comment on their blog to let them know you nominated them


Here are Jane's questions:


1. What are you working on at the moment?

I'm about to start on Fehr Trade's XYT top and Duathlon shorts. I'll be making the Booty shorts and the X top

2. Do you sew to relax or to get motivated?

Relax - it's the best stress reliever

3. What is your favourite type of sewing project?

Dresses. For myself (obviously!)

4. Who taught you to sew?

To start with I taught myself through trial and error and reading books, then I discovered sewing blogs and bloggers have taught me alot.

5. What is your favourite colour / fabric to sew with?

I love sewing with knits, they're what I wear most and are so easy to sew. I am starting to love wovens as well now though.

As for colour, at the moment all I want to sew is yellow things but I'm not good with colours and have no idea whether yellow actually suits me (we shall see soon enough though - I have a yellow Georgia waiting to be finished)

6. What do you do to relax if you are not sewing?

Eat?! I can't just sit and do nothing, so if I'm not sewing at night I'm usually watching tv and eating. I love a good walk too, I find it really relaxing to put my music on and just walk.

7. Where are you from?


8. What aspect of sewing gets on your nerves? (I hate cutting out…)

I hate having to finish a garment. It isn't the actual process of hemming that I mind (I actually find it relaxing hand sewing a hem), it's the fact that I have something I could wear straight away if it wasn't for the bloody hemming. I'm just impatient!

9. What makes you happy?

My family, music, sewing

10. What makes you sad?

TV - I cry at everything, including happy things and have been known to bawl my eyes out at adverts!

11. What is your dream job?

Honestly? I have no idea. I thought I knew what I wanted to do, but then I met Stuart and had Faith.


My questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. How do you get yourself out of a sewing funk?

3. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

4. Sewing for other people: love it or loathe it?

5. What is your best feature?

6. If you had an infinite amount of money that would disappear after one day, how would you spend that day?

7. What is your favourite fabric shop?

8. What is your biggest sewing sin?

9. If you could make any sewing process disappear, what would it be?

10. Which other crafts, if any, do you do?

11. Cats or dogs?

And here are my nominees (based on Bloglovin followers):

Handmade by Laurel

Creating in the Gap

F is for Flamingo

Su Sews (So-So)

Zoe Livana

Byrdie Couture

Lady Sewalot


Sew Short Nissa

Sewn by Elizabeth

Bee Bee's Vintage Dress



Sunday, 9 March 2014

Speedy sewing

I've barely sewn at all for the last month and the bits I have sewn have gone unfinished and unloved, but when I found out it was World Book Day on Thursday (and that nursery weren't doing anything for it) I decided Faith needed a new dress and that it needed to be in Mathilda fabric and Mum asked if I'd make her something in it too. It was all a bit last minute but it turned out alright.  You'll have to excuse the photos - my camera charger has gone walkies!

The dress pattern didn't arrive in time and rather than just making anything with the fabric I decided to hold off and make her a quick skirt from a panel of some The Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric that has been sitting in the cupboard for three years, topped off with a yoga waistband. She was very proud of her new skirt and when I picked her up from nursery, the ladies said she had been telling everyone that mummy made it - a big turn around from when she would refuse to wear anything I made her, let alone tell people about it!

Mum also got a jacket, made the night before in 5 hours. It was this Burda jacket minus the pockets (I wasn't about to faff about with them on such a tight deadline!) and, thankfully, waspretty straightforward. The only thing I struggled with was setting in the sleeves and I'm not sure whether that was because of the pattern or because it was 1 o'clock in the morning and I really needed my bed! I'm not happy with them, but they did the job. I got an email from her during the day saying how much everyone liked it, so it was worth the lack of sleep.

The pattern for Faith's dress arrived on Friday but it will have to wait because I think a bit of selfish sewing is long overdue!