I’ve only gone and made myself a dress which is actually 100%, totally wearable! HOORAH! Everything I’ve made up until now has always had something just not quite right about the fit, but this time, THIS TIME, it fits perfectly and I am beyond excited – hence the weird pose below!
As you may or may not know my wonderful parents bought me a sewing machine for Christmas and I have been slowly but surely teaching myself to sew. After attempting a few basic stitches and practice hems I made myself a skirt which I blogged about here. Since then I have made a slightly more complex skirt, following a real pattern and have even attempted an invisible zip, although with not much success as I have no zipper foot with my machine (I really need to get myself one asap) and sewed it without. I need to unpick and finish it up nicely so once I have finished it properly I will share my skirt woes with you.
Since I started sewing in January I have found it to be one of the most relaxing and soothing things possible. Being a recent graduate, moving to the big city (London) and trying to make a career for myself has been a stressful and money wrangling few months. But when the stress starts building and I see no way out of this grey, money, career worrisome slump I take to my sewing machine and suddenly life seems so much brighter. What’s also helping is the BBC 2 show The Great British Sewing Bee, the chap often describes this programme as something taken from a dream of mine. Hosted by Claudia Winkleman (a real favourite of mine, maybe because we have matching fringes, who knows) the GBSB takes a group of sewists (I always think sewers can easily be misread!) and puts them through their paces to create a whole range of wonderful things. They also have a little segment to help get the general public sewing again, one that I put to the test this week was making tie cushion covers. A relatively quick and easy way to brighten up the living room. I wrote out my own instructions and the chap and I popped down to the local fabric store to take a look. He didn’t want anything floral and I didn’t want anything too plain, a slight argument ensued and finally we compromised. The great thing about these cushions is that there is a lining for them that disguises the cushion itself, so one floral cushion with a polka dot lining for me and one dark, polka dot cushion with a floral lining for him. He wasn’t overly convinced in the store but once he saw them taking shape he couldn’t wait for me to finish them!
We’re hopefully moving to a new flat in the next few months and I cannot wait to start making things for the new place. Sewing has really become something I can’t live without and I’m excited about the new challenges it will bring.