Happy Birthday to me!

Happy_Birthday Can you believe it’s been a year today since i started blogging? On the one hand it feels like I’ve been doing it my whole life and on the other it feels like just yesterday that I started.

Somehow this is also my 99th post – whoa how did that happen? Although if truth be told the ‘controllingness’ in me wishes I’d noticed soon enough to make it my 100th- wouldn’t that have been so much neater?!

Anyway, I loved reading all of people’s round up posts over the last couple if weeks, but I held off doing mine until now so that it felt like a round up of my whole blogging experience to date.

I am so pleased I started this blog (thanks Hannah) and I never ever thought it would take off like this – giving me so much satisfaction and becoming a hobby in itself.

There are so many positive things to come out of it, so here are a few:

1. A developed interest in photography. I don’t talk about it much here, but when we bought a new camera, it was mostly to take pictures for the blog. And now I have a new lens for it too yay.

2. Meeting up with so many other sewers at the Birmingham meet up, when Roisin came to visit and generally online (including being part of Hannah’s Spring Clean your Sewing Space series). I genuinely think sewers are the nicest people ever (bleurgh gush much?) and I never would have got to know any of them if it wasn’t for this blog.

3. Starting the blog gave me more of an idea about internet presence in general so I set up my Etsy shop and have since sold a few items and created a couple if custom orders. I also did a craft fair, which was great fun.

4. Some of my followers this year (who are also friends) approached me about teaching some sewing classes and it was a bit of a revelation how much I enjoyed it! I’m not sure whether this one was thanks to the blog, but maybe without me ramming posts about sewing down their throats, they might not have thought of learning for themselves.

I find it so interesting to see what other people like reading and am pleased to see that a few of them cross over with my faves.

I have plenty of ambitions for next year, but I want to keep them simple really.
1. Sew more for men. I only sewed one shirt last year and it didn’t quite fit so I want to have a go at at least one more.

2. Sew less and more slowly and make better fitting, better quality, more wearable items. I’ve taken a slight complete leaf out of Rochelle’s book and chosen some patterns I want to focus on.

15 patterns 9 dresses 4 skirts 2 tops and a tick list which also acts as a divider in my pattern box!

15 patterns
9 dresses
4 skirts
2 tops
and a tick list which also acts as a divider in my pattern box!

3. Teach more sewing. I loved it so much that I want to look in to other ways of doing it.

4. Blog more tutorials and quality content.

5. Have lots of fun sewing and blogging and don’t get stressed!

Apologies for the very wordy post, but I wanted to write it all down as a testament to the journey so far and to what’s yet to come. Here’s to year 2!!

The lead role

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So, I gave Pauline Alice’s Cami Pattern another try recently. Last time I made it, something mysterious happened and the dress, which I had so carefully muslined, turned out far too small. This time it’s too big. I’m not quite sure how that happened either, but I really like the more casual feel it gives the dress, which I think will give it more of a lead role in my wardrobe rather than just having cami-o appearances. Pah ha ha – ok you can stop judging me for using the same awful joke twice!

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There isn’t much to say about the construction of this as it’s all covered in Pauline’s detailed sew along. Pretty much the only thing I changed was to add a lining. To do this I just made up the bodice pieces in lining fabric as well and then I sewed the bodice and the lining fabric together at the raw edges of the neck, armhole and centre front. Once I’d done that I just treated the whole thing as one piece to attach the collar, sleeves and button placket to.

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I wore this dress on Friday, when I was also fortunate enough to meet the lovely Roisin of Dolly Clacket fame. We explored Cardiff’s nod to fabric shops, got interviewed about our secret skills (?!) and made a pact not to be crazy internet psychos. It was all good!

Pretty Purchases

Pretty Purchases


Thank you New Look pattern sale

Thank you New Look pattern sale

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