And thank you to Michelle for Buttontree Lane for nominating me for the blog hop. I was beginning to think noone was going to nominate me *sad face*! I was lucky enough to head to Canberra over the October long weekend where I met up with the effervescent and super fun Michelle and a bunch of the other Canberra Spoolettes. I just LOVE how friendly and welcoming other sewists are...it really is a great, welcoming community.
Why do you write? The answer to this is pretty simple, because I want to. I like the idea of interacting with others in the sewing community and I hope through my blog I will make some new connections and new (IRL) friendships (which I already have - see above). I also want to start recording some of the pattern details/changes for my make as I think the blog will serve as a good “reference” for when I want to go back and remake a pattern. I don’t do that at the moment and it’s something I’ve noticed on some other blogs that I think would be really useful.
What are you working on? I have a rather large list of things I want to make that is only thwarted by lack of time (working 9 to 5 puts a serious cramp in my sewing plans) and lack of energy (aforementioned 9 to 5 makes me tired, so often when I have the time to sew I just have no energy or sewjo). All of that aside, this is what’s on my list for the next few weeks/months:
- A Mabel skirt made out of stretch denim;
- Another Casual Lady Dress with armholes that hopefully fit my arms this time;
- A Clover dress made from some lovely fabric I bought in Malaysia this year. Woven garments are normally not my style (I like the comfort of a knit) but I’m going to give this one a whirl;
- I have fabric for both a Moneta and a Myrtle and I hope to toile them both and then make them from their “proper fabric”…if I don’t botch the elastic at the waistband of either of these dresses that is;
- Another Tokyo Jacket in a more sheer type of fabric;
- A pillow case from some great cat fabric I bought in Tokyo earlier this year. I love the fabric too much to waste it on a singlet top I probably won’t ever wear;
- A Pia dress with the shoulder modified to be more “tank” style. I’d like to make this in Chambray;
- A perfectly fitting Peplum Party Dress. I have SO many darn version of this dress that don’t fit quite right and I think I have narrowed down the final changes to make myself a wearable version. I’m just not sure if I have the energy “to go there”;
- A Mabel skirt using some fabric left over from my “yum/yuck dress”; and I’ll include the button placket this time too.
How does your blog differ from others of its genre? I honestly don’t think it does. I sew a garment, take photos and then write about it.
I suppose unlike some people I post nearly all my makes…whether they are a hit or a flop. I learn a lot from blogs were people write about a failed garment – knowing what went wrong from them and why is SUPER useful information for beginners. Some people think it’s whinging to talk about “issues” and “what went wrong”, but I just think it’s being honest. Sewing is not easy, and it’s specifically not easy when you are bigger than many of the Indie patterns on offer – I’ve had a lot of fails and I’m not going to pretend otherwise. So there.
How does your writing process work? I sew something, take photos of the garment and then write my post. I’m a fairly quick writer so I don’t take long to knock out a post. It’s basically just a brain dump that I then “try” to proof read and spell check but I’m basically unable to check my own work, so sorry to all the grammar (etc) nazi’s out there.
The blog hop is now moving on from The Colonies and back to the Motherland as I'm nominating Rach from Rach Against the Sewing Machine (what a GREAT blog name). I enjoy reading her blog as I think Rach is fairly new to sewing like me (and she sews Coco Dresses) ...us newbies gotta stick together! Yo!