Sunday, 30 June 2013

I've moved....

I'm giving Wordpress a go and promise to blog about my sewing on a (more) regular basis.  Please call in soon, lots to catch up on!

Sunday, 7 April 2013

A question of fit

I have had a lightbulb moment this morning....  
There is no such thing as the perfect pattern!  I have been sewing for many years and greatly appreciate the fact that I can still learn something new from books, DVDs, other sewers, and of corse all the great blogs in the land of tech.  Whilst munching on my thickly jam laden toast this morning, I was catching up on some blog reading and came across Sunni Standing at a Fashionable Stitch.  And there it was, exactly what I have been thinking - is there such a thing as perfect fit?

I will be the first to admit I am a slave to perfection when it comes to sewing and then it dawned in me, the reason I haven't been sewing anywhere near as much as I used to, is because I'm overly fussy about the fit. Yes, my 45 year old figure has changed since I was in my early twenties, yes I have to make a lot more alterations these days but hey - just get on with it woman! Are my colleagues really going to notice my waistband is half an inch too big, the hem is half an inch too long, or that I have a mild gaping at the armhole of my dress?  I doubt it.

Please read Sunni's post, if you are anything like me it will put you back on track.  THANK YOU SUNNI!

PS I will still be attending my Jacket fitting class this month, I've paid for it!

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Shopping from the stash

I am in trouble, big trouble.... There is a small crack in the bedroom ceiling, I think it's nothing but Ian's blaming the weight of the fabric stored in the loft.... Needless to say he isn't happy!  So when I took Mum home today, following her stay over the Easter break, I resisted a detour to the fabric shop in Sturminster Newton, and came straight home.  That crack must be nagging away at me!

So, I went shopping in the loft instead this afternoon.  Once I got over the thought of getting up there (am I the only one who gets the colly wobbles going into lofts?) I found a lovely blue silk and wool soft tweed, with a suitable lining and enough needle cord to make a trench coat for spring. Here's a strange thing.  There wasn't one piece of fabric that I had forgotten about, or that took me by surprise - and believe me, there is an awful lot of it!

Here's a picture of a few pieces I allowed myself to bring down, some of which is being pre-shrunk as we speak.

I will be watching The Sewing Bee on BBC2 this evening. I would have loved to enter, but didn't know about it, did you?

More later!