When I was at school, I used to be pretty good at drawing and painting. I did it for GCSE, then A level. But at my traditional grammar school, art was seen as a soft subject, had zero funding and I was certainly made to feel that my talents were no where near as worthy … Continue reading I used to paint
It is approaching two years since I started sewing. So I thought i'd take some time to reflect on how far I've come and what my new challenges are. I still don't know why sewing clicked for me this time. It's always been very high on my list of things I want to be able … Continue reading Nearly two years on…
Hazel's World Book Day outfit happened on a whim. I hadn't planned to make her an outfit at all, but I found myself twiddling my thumbs on the weekend and the idea popped into my head. Her favourite book is "Click Clack Moo" by Doreen Cronin. I've had it for years as I have a … Continue reading Cow Print A-line dress – My Moovalous World Book Day Make
I made it to the end of a term of the first sewing club! Bless them, they are delighted with their drawstring bags and felt-book-pin cushions. We were sewing right to the end to get them finished, but I’m glad they get to take home two projects before Christmas. I saw so many magic … Continue reading First rule of sewing club…
My first dress using the brilliant Building Block Dress book by Liesel Gibson.
I’ve offered a sewing club at school. Years ago this would have been a much more relaxed group I am sure. However, it is desperately sad that in my experience, year on year children’s hands-on skills are deteriorating. In the past I’ve met children of 7 who have never used sellotape. I have had to … Continue reading Creativity: Your school needs you!
Life has got in the way of my sewing for the last few weeks. So instead I found a spare hour to get to grips with organising my hoard. Being organised and tidy is very important to me. I try to follow minimalism as a concept, not just because it leads to a healthier take on … Continue reading Stash Storage
Here is my second entry to this years Simplicity Sewing Challenge - Childrenswear. Hazel NEVER lets me take photos of her with my phone. Anyone else, she will literally say "cheese" and pose, but me? No, I get full on tantrums. I had to do some paparazzi shots using my proper camera as well as … Continue reading Simplicity Sewing Challenge – 1206 Toddler Dress
Before my obsession with sewing consumed me, I was passionate about horses. Unfortunately, I had to give up riding this year due to back problems, but I hope I’ll return to it one day. Instead, like all horsey mums, I aim one day to live vicariously through Hazel and I have been “grooming” her to … Continue reading Horses and a lining!