Swish swish

And hello there. Long time no see. I missed you guys.

Four months? How did that happen? You can pack a lot into four months: holidays and funerals. Kondo-ing my house (almost there). Taking stock. Reading real books again. Losing the entire contents of your blog reader to some weird glitch. Life things.

There has been sewing as well. Slower sewing, but sewing nonetheless. A backlog of things to photograph as long as your arm. But you gotta start somewhere right?

Sewaholic Gabriola

So lets start somewhere swishy. Gabriola swishy. Like the rest of the sewing blogosphere, I absolutely fell in love with Ada Spragg’s fabulous version of this pattern. If that fabric had still been available I would have out-and-out copied (it’s not – waaaaah). So I put it to the back of my mind just waiting for the right sort of crazy geometric colour explosion fabric to appear. And appear it did… eventually. A couple of weeks back I dragged my long-suffering husband along to the opening day of a new little fabric shop in Brisbane called Needlefruit, where I snagged this awesome crazy floral but not too floral rayon. Obviously it had to become a Gabriola. Swish swish.

Sewaholic Gabriola

So, the deets…

What’s to love?

Well, I think the hip-hugging pieced section looks really nice. It is precision sewing but not anywhere near as complicated as it seems (as long as you mark your pieces very well because they all look the same). The shaping of the skirt means the volume is at the hem and in a flowy, drapey fabric it all feels very summery and well, swishy. It’s a fun skirt to wear.

Sewaholic Gabriola

Sizing

Now, I am not quite the shape Sewaholic designs for, so I had to make a few mods to get this skirt to fit the way I wanted (apparently some people on the internet get very grumpy about people doing this but I don’t care). I could have just gone on waist measurement alone and kept the extra volume around the hips, but I wanted things to be a little less floofy so I graded from 6 at the waist through to 0 at the hips (keeping the length at size 6). There are good instructions on the Sewaholic blog on how to do this. (A further note here: I tend to only pay attention to finished garment measurements to pick sizes because I like my clothes to fit closer than Sewaholic designs for.)

Sewaholic Gabriola

Ch-ch-ch-changes

  • A lot of reviews of this skirt mentioned that the straight-cut waistband didn’t really sit on the body well so I decided to sub in the waistband from the Grainline Moss Mini instead. This was a bit of a dodge-fest – basically I folded that waistband piece in half, and flipped it over when I cut so that the curvier bit was on the fold and the straight bit was the cut end. This was because I figured it was my belly that needed the curvature and my back would be fairly straight. There was excess (as the Moss is designed to sit on the hips not the waist) but I just cut it off once I had sewn the waistband on. This method is a bit more work as you have to cut 2 instead of folding the waistband over, but it does sit a lot nicer on the body.
  • Another thing mentioned a lot in reviews of this pattern was the tendency of the pieced section to stretch out if you just so much as looked at the pieces sideways. To prevent this in my slippery, slidey rayon I block fused that section before I cut the pieces out so they held their shape.
  • I did a invisible zipper and skipped the hook and bar malarky – I think it gives a much cleaner finish. I added fusible stay tape down the seams where the zipper was going to go to keep everything stable.
  • I used much less fabric than the pattern says you need – I got this out of 2.5m. As long as your fabric is wide enough (and non directional enough) to put your pieces side by side you shouldn’t need as much.
  • I’d advise hanging this skirt for a long time before you cut and hem it. There’s a lot of bias to fall and it just kept on falling. I left it a week before I hemmed and I still think it has become uneven. I did a rolled hem because I’m lazy and it was the easiest option. Likewise I stitched-in-the-ditch for the waistband because I didn’t want to hand-sew anything. Lazy.

Sewaholic Gabriola

So, that’s my Gabriola. I don’t know if I would necessarily make another, just because it is such a departure from my normal style. But it is a beautiful skirt, and a lot of fun to wear. I’m jealous of all the Northern Hemisphere folks about to go into summer who can make and wear stuff like this. Though winter has its advantages (say, Cascade Coats…).

What seasonal sewing is next in your sewing queue?

Swish swish

Something special

Photo by Joe Ruckli

Sorry for the radio silence guys. Life, you know. It’s going to be a little while yet until things return to normal.

But hey – in the meantime I have something pretty special to show you. Recently, a lovely friend of mine got married. A combination of circumstances including an international job offer meant this wedding needed to come together super quickly, and wedding dress shops apparently don’t do quick. Long story short, I volunteered to make a wedding dress in three weeks (eek!). I was simultaneously terrified and incredibly honoured that I was trusted with this very special job. Deep breathing exercises were required!

My friend N wanted something very simple and elegant, tea-length and classic. Thank goodness for Pinterest! We only had time for the quickest of muslins (tried on in lunchtimes in work bathrooms, which involved a lot of strange conversations with our colleagues!) before all systems were go.

Luckily, timing coincided with The Fabric Store’s 50% off sale which gave us a lot more freedom that we would have had otherwise. We settled on the most amazing silk tissue shot through with gold threads – it was so fine and at the same time incredibly lofty – it just floated and draped beautifully. Underneath, I used a champagne silk to tone down the white, and a white silk twill to line it. The bodice is adapted from New Look 6143 with the neck scooped out and a fair amount of ease taken out of the sleeves, and was underlined with silk organza to give it structure. The skirt was 6 circle skirts gathered to fit so we had lots and lots of fullness, and something like 14 metres of hemming per layer (let me take a small moment to thank my rolled hem foot and silk thread, because I wouldn’t have survived it without them).

Photo by Joe Ruckli

I am so, so happy with how it turned out. I’ve never taken such care on a project before and I think it paid off: either N is a super fantastic liar or she was really happy. Not sure I would do this kind of thing on a regular basis (I have incredible respect for those who do) but it was such a good challenge.

Now, I should probably just shut up and show you the rest of the photos right? They are AMAZING and if you are in Brisbane and need a super-awesome event photographer let me recommend Joe Ruckli. He is just the best.

Alright! Here they are:

Photo by Joe Ruckli

Photo by Joe Ruckli

Photo by Joe Ruckli

Photo by Joe Ruckli

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Photo by Joe Ruckli

The deets:

  • Fabric: Silk tissue (apps 6m), champagne silk (5m) and silk twill (1m) from The Fabric Store
  • Silk organza underlining from Sew Squirrel
  • Dress based on New Look 6143 with circle skirt
  • Shoes are Wittner and I have deep regret I didn’t buy a pair for myself too.

– Photos by Joe Ruckli and beautiful backdrop courtesy of Montville, Queensland.

Thanks N & J for letting me put this on the internet! XOXO

Photo by Joe Ruckli

Something special

And suddenly, it’s spring!

No, I’m not quite sure how that happened either. The last few weeks I’ve been having fun with a little secret project involving a large amount of luscious silk (I’ll post as soon as I have the photos), working too much and cutting most of my hair off. But Spring is here – you can smell the jasmine on the wind everywhere.

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity - July 2014

This project is such a long time in the making: I started this dress to wear for my brother’s wedding. Well, that was over 2 years ago, and this sat unfinished, only needing a hem and a zip for all that time. No idea why. A couple of months back in a fit of tidying fervour I picked it up again and finally finished it in about an hour. One of those cases when you have no idea why you put it off for so long.

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity - July 2014

This is Simplicity 1873, A Cynthia Rowley pattern, which has a really cool irregular pleat thing happening in the skirt, and flattering bodice. I made view C, without the waist tabs and I think it is super cute.

Of course, the fabric is a large part of the appeal. This is a Nani Iro print from a couple of years back, and it is just amazing to sew with. It just glides through your sewing machine and presses beautifully, and the designs are glorious. This is the cotton/linen blend (from memory) and I have to admit I went out and bought another couple of metres right after I cut this out because I couldn’t bear not having it my stash!

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity - July 2014

To make up for the beautiful outer I decided to even it out by lining the bodice in the more horrifically slippery and terrible fabric ever – I think it was cupro and it frayed like the proverbial and warped all over the place. When I finally picked this up again to finish I had to undo all the darts in it to get it to fit inside the bodice. No idea why. Possibly burying it in piles of stuff for 2 years doesn’t do good things for retaining an accurate shape?

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity - July 2014

Because I did the bulk of sewing such a long time ago, I’m not sure i can accurately give much comment on the pattern, but here’s the best I can do:

Pros: This is a really cute design and the pleats give it a nice point of difference from your standard fit and flare dress.
Cons: The skirt is really long when you are putting it together, and the pleating can be really quite confusing if you haven’t marked it properly (including the direction you are folding it).

I didn’t do any fit adjustments at all and I’m happy with how it all sits. It is a little short but I am caring less and less about that as I get older. I’ve got another of these cut out already – and this time I hope it won’t take me so long to finish it!

Cynthia Rowley for Simplicity - July 2014

The details:

And suddenly, it’s spring!

Hudson fever

How good are comfy pants? Comfy  pants made of stretchy, warm merino? (Answer: so good)

Enter: Hudson Pants…

Hudson Pants - July 2014

I’ve been wearing these a lot. I look forward to getting home so I can put them on. I am not really okay with wearing pants like this out of the house (any elastic waist pants make me feel slightly kid-like) but these are way more stylish and really comfortable. I won’t lie, I’ve been wearing these as pyjamas every single night (a really good thing if, like me, you apparently try and run marathons in your sleep).

Hudson Pants - July 2014

So, the details: I made these in a size 6 to start (for my second and third pair I shaved a wee bit off the waist as they felt a little big) but the sizing seems pretty accurate. The instructions were good – clear and concise, with step by step illustrations, and I think this would be a pretty good project for people starting to sew with knits. The PDF pattern lined up nicely which is actually fairly rare I find (I don’t think paper warpage or not having the correct settings explains a lot of the inaccuracies I see in pdf patterns – and granted, yes maybe this seems like an easily fixed issue to me who has access to all the nice design programs, but still…). I like the fit of the legs – not too baggy (which is the reason I picked these over the Papercut Animas) and I think they look pretty good. As a bonus, they don’t use up much fabric – I got these out of just less than a metre of fabric.

Hudson Pants - July 2014

Your height will make a difference to how they sit – I think they are drafted for someone around 5’5″ and I’m around 5’6″ which means they are more close fitting than if you were shorter. Lovely Lizzie’s post about her version (same fabric, from the same fabric store trip: Hudson twinsies!) gives you an idea of how the fit changes if you are a different height.

So far, you might have noticed I’ve mentioned 3 pairs of pants, but I’ve only shown you two…

Well, this is also a cautionary tale: a tale of ignoring the recommendations and not really thinking things through. May I present to you my third pair of Hudsons, or, the most expensive and ugly pair of pyjamas ever.

Hudson Pants - July 2014

It is amazing how much better they look in photos. ‘They’re… interesting’ is the general theme of the comments I’ve received when wearing them, which I’m not taking as a good sign.

Let’s go through all the reasons these pants were a bad idea:

  1. Making decisions when I had the flu
  2. Making decisions about very expensive fabric when I had the flu
  3. Neglecting to take account of the qualities of said fabric when I had the flu
  4. Ignoring husband’s funny looks while telling him about the decisions I had made while I had the flu
  5. Persisting long past the point where I knew I was Doing The Wrong Thing (while I had the flu)
  6. Getting out of bed while I had the flu

I bought this amazingly soft and lovely (and $$$$) Liberty cotton fleece (yes, I know, and yes it is a real thing) last year with grand intentions: an awesome bomber jacket, or moto jacket or maybe even both. I had done that thing where I had just uncovered it in my stash and wanted to do something with it RIGHT NOW but trying to work out a new pattern wasn’t really appealing when I was feeling so blurghy so I thought: ‘Excellent! More Hudsons! I love Hudsons!’. Which would have been fine if a) I liked wearing floral patterned pants (I don’t) and b) there was any actual stretchiness in the fleece (there isn’t).

Cue epic fail. I had to hack off the ankle cuffs and replace them with black merino because I couldn’t get them over my feet, and the knees will bag out at the slightest provocation. I had to retro-fit black merino detailing on the pockets after the legs were sewn up so the cuffs didn’t look out of place, and I did a really dodgy job of the elastic. Basically I did that thing that I think a lot of sewists do on occasion: persist halfheartedly because ‘maybe they’ll turn out great in the end’.

Nope.

But… all is not lost. They are INSANELY warm and they are on their way to my sister who may possibly appreciate their epic craziness. And I still have enough fabric left (I hope) to make an awesome jacket.

The moral of this story? The Hudson Pants are great. But don’t try and make them when sick. Stick to watching Jane Austen movies and eating junk food instead.

The details:

And: bonus thoughts that have nothing to do with Hudson Pants…

I’m feeling a little weird about blogging at the moment. I do love being part of the blogging community and the people I’ve met through sewing blogs. But the other day I discovered one particular website/forum (I’m guessing a lot of you would know the one I mean, and if you don’t I don’t want to be driving traffic there if I can) which brought home the risk you take when you put yourself out there. I found it really unnerving. One the one hand, I don’t think blogging should be exempt from mockery (very #firstworldproblems), and I certainly think that some blogs can be bad for your mental health in the same way that glamour mags are, and I am very aware that ‘being nice’ is often just a method used to silence people, especially women. But there’s a line where I feel like the boundary between criticism/discussion* blurs to nastiness and a lot of what I read felt that it went to a darker place. I don’t know what the answer is, but it was kinda eye-opening and I don’t know how I feel about it. So: weird.

*I really do think that the current discussion and debate going on in the sewing blogosphere is really important (the whole pattern testing/disclosure issue that has been talked about ad nauseum over the last couple of months – if you’ve had enough feel free to skip this). My 2 cents: I work in marketing, and I see the sort of ‘blog exposure’ that is starting to be sold as a form of advertising there. So I feel like blogging in general is finally having to come to terms with issues about transparency and disclosure – no longer can we think of blogs as having no impact when they are actually used by people to make purchasing decisions. I do feel like openness is going to be really important to maintain blogging’s integrity – and if that means people should be declaring when they’ve received things for free (like patterns to test, or free fabric or whatever), or have a relationship to a business I am 100% behind it. (I also think that if you are running a business then you should be paying your pattern testers, in the same way you pay your accountant because skills should be valued, but that’s a whole other [endless] discussion.)

Okay, I’ll shut up now.

Hudson fever

I ate’nt dead*

Oops. Once again, I didn’t mean to disappear! A busy schedule has meant that my photographer has been otherwise occupied on the weekends, not to mention that it seems my camera battery is not long for this world.  A remote and a new battery are definitely on my to-do list! (These photos are a mix of DSLR and iPhone, so apologies in advance for the mismatched colour and quality!)

Robson Coat - July 2014

But enough excuses… This coat has been in progress for such a long time. I went out and got the Robson Coat pattern as soon as it was released, started it with the best of intentions and then promptly ran out of winter. It has sat in the UFO pile (along with a lot of other things) giving me the side eye ever since, until Brisbane finally decided it might try this winter thing out again a few weeks ago.

And yes, everyone who likes to tell me that winter in Brisbane is not really winter, I know. This sub-tropical weakling can’t cope when the mercury drops below 20C, but in my defence, yesterday morning was the coldest it has been in Brisbane for 103 years. There was almost frost and everything :P

Robson Coat - July 2014

I went a bit rogue on this pattern really. Size-wise, I went with a 6 at the bust blending through to a 0 at the waist and hips, partly because I am not the pear-shaped person this pattern is designed for, and also because I wanted this to be reasonably fitted. I made it shorter, because I don’t really need a long coat, and after reading a few reviews I also moved up the pockets a little. I’d move them up even further next time I make it as they still feel a little low to me (and I am planning quite a few more of this pattern because… well, I like coats. A lot.) I swapped out the tie belt for a buckle belt as well, as I think they look smarter.

Robson Coat - July 2014

Another major change I made was to ignore the fabric recommendations: I went with a medium/heavy wool coating which is lovely and SUPER warm, but did mean I had to hand wheel the entire topstitched section along the collar because my machine was not having a bar of it. Despite its bulk, the coating was far too drapey for this pattern as well, which I didn’t realise until I had sewed the body together, so I had to retrofit in a whole lot of interfacing to get it to sit right (I forgot to do the storm flaps, which is why they are flopping all over the place in these photos). As you can imagine, this made the inside a red-hot mess so I decided that I would have to line it.

Robson Coat - July 2014

I am so happy with the look of the lining though – silk is always nice and luxurious and it is a nice pop of colour on the inside. After talking to other people who made this as well I’m quite happy that I didn’t have to sew in 50 thousand miles of binding! If I lined again I would add in some extra room in the lining for the sleeves, because (at least in this make) there is a lot of strain at the elbows and it is definitely damaging the fabric there.

Robson Coat - July 2014

One small problem I haven’t solved yet is finding some matching buttons for the shoulder tabs – I was one short (so frustrating!) and I really, really wanted to use these buttons (lion heads!). I’ve been hunting through etsy and ebay without luck so far, and given I got them off the sale table I don’t think I can get any more from where I bought them. The shoulder tabs are hidden under the collar so I’m not super worried about it but it would be nice to finish it properly. For the moment it can be our little secret.

Robson Coat - July 2014

One thing I do want to point out to anyone who wants to make this coat – buy LOTS of thread. More than you think. The combination of triple stitch and so much topstitching (and honestly, unpicking) meant I finished this with 6cm to spare (I think I had about 4 rolls, so 1000m). The backs of the buttonholes are done in black because I had nothing left (the buttonholes are a mess anyway, my machine was really over the layers and just massacred them). There is nothing quite as stressful as watching your thread run down and doing all those mental calculations as to whether you’re going to make it.

But it is a lovely coat, and the pattern is great. I’ve always been happy with the quality of Sewaholic patterns and the instructions and this is no exception. Tasia has a way of stepping you through quite involved makes so it all feels easy. The finished result looks smart and I have been wearing it a lot. I’ll certainly be making this again soon (in the Orla Kiely waterproof fabric I got the other day perhaps…)

Bonus photos: looks good with jeans too.

Robson Coat - July 2014

The details:

* Granny Weatherwax is my guide in all things, and I thought it was fitting to have a Pratchett reference as a footnote.

I ate’nt dead*

Jaywalkin’

So, I’m not one for competitions. They tend to stress me out, and that’s the exact opposite of what I want or need in a hobby. So when I read about Tessuti Fabric’s Jaywalk competition, I thought that it was a good opportunity to get some fabric I had been eyeing off super cheap and that I wouldn’t necessarily worry about entering. I got some in both colour ways and figured I could use the light version to make up a Moneta dress, and the black looked like a perfect fabric to knock off this dress that I pinned an age ago. No stress. Just simple, wearable sewing.

Long story short: one Sunday afternoon later I had my super cute little stripey dress. Me Made May taught me that I love wearing knit dresses on the weekend and I needed some more: job done. A few days later I was telling The Mister about all the cool things that had been entered into the comp so far and how my dress was far too simple for competitions. His response: “screw it, just do it, because what’s to lose?”. At this point I may have mentioned something about my derpy photos and the internet, but sometimes my husband is more stubborn than me, and so a competition entry it is.

Jaywalk Hidden Pocket Dress

So here it is. Let’s call it my hidden pocket knit dress. Can you see them?

Jaywalk Hidden Pocket Dress

And there they are.

This make is a mash up between my Renfrew tee dress, with the pocket structure from Vogue 1247 (which I sure as hell am getting my money’s worth from). I spent an inordinate amount of time making sure the pockets were properly hidden in the black stripe and I’m pretty happy with the result. To stop them flipping about I lined the front with some swimsuit lining and also added in some fusible interfacing along the tops to keep them from sagging down. In wearing it so far that has worked to keep them where they are supposed to be. Once the pockets were in, the whole thing could just be sewn up like a t-shirt, and I did my normal method which is basically as per the Renfrew instructions (I think the double handling of machining than overlocking means it is all super durable and I like my clothes to last).

Jaywalk Hidden Pocket Dress

No head in this picture because apparently a recipe for looking very unhappy is to eat a giant pasta lunch and then try and suck in your food belly for photos. Eh, pasta is SO WORTH IT.

BUT I am pretty happy with my stripe matching down the sides, it took a bit of wrangling (and unpicking a lot of lightning stitch) but I got there in the end with only a few stripes out by a tiny bit. In the spirit of stress-free sewing, I’ve decided I don’t care because unless you are sitting there obsessively checking my side seams it is not noticeable, and fifty-thousand times better than what I could buy in a shop.

Jaywalk Hidden Pocket Dress

The dress still felt like it needed a little something something, so I added in a fake button placket (?) on the shoulders, and I think it turned out pretty cute. Expect to see this detail on some t-shirts very soon.

Don’t think I can add much more to this: stripey dresses are pretty much always a good thing in my books. But it feels good to get something off my Pinterest to do list (only 600+ things to go!) – how many of you find Pinterest to be both a blessing and a curse?

Jaywalk Hidden Pocket Dress

Outfit details:

  • Dress mash up of the Sewaholic Renfrew and Vogue 1247
  • Fabric: Jaywalk in Black/Natural from Tessuti, swimsuit lining from stash (i.e., no idea)
  • Buttons from Spotlight
  • Voodoo wool tights
  • Jane Debster boots
  • Lean courtesy of sloping driveway
Jaywalkin’

A very late Liebster

Liebster Award

 

I am so late with this but the lovely Emily from Dressing the Role nominated me for a Liebster Award last month. Don’t let my tardiness be mistaken for apathy – I’m dead chuffed (I hope that means the same thing other places than Australia…). You may have seen this award around the blogosphere – it is a really nice way to recognise smaller blogs (less than 200 followers) and find some new-to-you blogs to read (ALWAYS a great thing as far as I’m concerned), as well as find out a bit about fellow sewists. I’ve been given 11 questions to answer, and then I put together my own Q&A for 11 other bloggers that I’ll pass the award on to.

First up: the questions!


1. When did you start sewing?

I don’t remember exactly when I first started sewing, but when I was a little kid in primary school (maybe age 10?) I sewed soft toys for my friends, and I did a little in high school as well as part of our home ec classes. I dipped in and out of sewing after that, made a couple of things for weddings or my sister’s formal (prom) dress (can’t believe she let me do that!), but only seriously took up sewing again 5 years ago. And since then, I’ve been sewing with a vengeance!

2. What is your favorite pattern?

If my Me-Made-May is accurate, I think it must be the Sewaholic Renfrew – I must have made this about 30 times.  But I’m guessing I’m not alone here, but my favourite pattern is always the next one I’m going to make!

3. Do you have your own sewing space?

I have hijacked a section of our living room for my sewing space (I do have a study where I was supposed to set up, but I got creeped out sitting up there by myself) which means I can have company as I sew, or I can watch TV or DVDs. Of course, my fabric stash has started breeding and encroaching out of this space onto lounge chairs and tables, and my poor husband hasn’t seen the top of the dining table for 6 months. Someone tell me this is normal!

4. Do you do other types of crafting (knitting, crocheting, card making, etc)?

I like to dabble in lots of crafty pursuits: I do a bit of painting and illustrating and hopefully soon some screen printing (doing a course, woooo!). I’m also the world’s slowest knitter. Like 30cm of scarf after 2 years slow.

5. How do you balance sewing with work and family?

I work long hours a lot of the time which does curtail greatly on sewing time, as well as drain my energy levels (but does pay for fabric, and my house I suppose :P) but I’m lucky to have a pretty undemanding husband and furry children. The Mister is quite happy to indulge his gaming hobby as much as I will let him get away with, which means he is pretty tolerant of sewing dominating my time, and we can both pretend to ignore the messy house.

6. What are some of your sewing strengths?

I’m going to go with two answers here – firstly being a bit of perfectionist means I will unpick and unpick until I get something right (with much swearing however) and secondly, my stubbornness means I will often bite off more than I can chew. I feel that constantly challenging yourself is the best way to become better at whatever it is that you want to do.

7. What are some of your sewing goals – new skills, different patterns, etc?

I want to keep trying to challenge myself, so I think that some of the next things I want to tackle are pattern drafting and also a really elaborate boned dress. Also, jeans, and making a pair that fit as nicely as bought ones.

8. Do you tend to sew with a plan, or do you wait until inspiration hits you and run with it?

I keep lots and lots of lists, especially now Pinterest is around, because there is just so much inspiration and I want to make everything all at once. My theory is, that if I can’t work out what to do I just have to pick something off the list. But saying that, I usually get struck by something and just go with it.

9. How often do you sew, and for how long?

I will get withdrawal pangs if I don’t get to touch my sewing machine for more than a week, but I at least try to get a couple of hours over a few week nights, and an afternoon (4-5 hours) on the weekend if I can get it. But like most things, it is often feast or famine – I spent last Sunday sewing, but it was the first time in weeks.

10. What project are you the most proud of?

Always the next one! But I am proud that I just made jeans (soon to be blogged, I promise). I’d been putting it off because I thought it would be too hard, but it wasn’t actually that bad (thank goodness for Grainline’s fly tutorials!). Hopefully soon I can perfect them and get them fitting right.

11. What project are you least happy with?

I am always unhappy if I cut too many corners or do a lazy job on something. If I know I can do better, I will be upset at myself.


And now for the funnest bit – nominating some new blogs. Now, with this, I had no idea how to find out how many followers a blog has, so I have gone for some great new-to-me blogs that I’ve discovered in the last few months. I feel bad because I am the world’s worst commenter, so this is a great chance to let people know that I read and appreciate their posts. There won’t be 11 though, because I am feeling rebellious against arbitrary numbers…

First up: Trial and Erika, who hasn’t been blogging for a long time but has super awesome style and a great writing voice.

Zoe Livana Handmade: another lady with awesome style. Check out this awesome Belladone!

A Handmade Wardrobe: Chantal makes some *beautiful* things, and also has made shoes! Shoes! I’m so impressed.

Sweet Alchemy: I am jealous of people who can knit as well as sew, what can I say? :) So many lovely sweaters!

Seems Right to Me: Look at this coat. Need I say more?

And last, but certainly not least, Lady Stitcher. So many patterns have moved up my sewing list because of her great bold colourful styling, and also: fox skirt. Foxes are awesome.

Okay, here are your questions!

1. What’s your earliest sewing memory?

2. Where do you get your sewing inspiration from?

3. What do you watch/listen to while you sew?

4. Do you snack and sew?

5. What’s the latest you’ve stayed up just to finish a sewing project (or what other crazy sewing deadline have you had)? Just one more hem….

6. An important one: cat or dog? (Or, if you are feeling rebellious: tortoise, or snail, or moose…)

7. What’s the make you’re most proud of?

8. Sewing for others – yes or no?

9. Pattern first, or fabric?

10. How do you get yourself out of a sewing rut?

11. If you could sew one thing, where money, skill and time were not limited, what would it be?

The End!

(Thanks so much again for the nomination Emily!)

A very late Liebster