This weekend has been really exciting for a lot of reasons.
1) I’ve finally got round to starting up this blog
One of my (many) new year’s resolutions was to start a blog about my adventures in sewing. I’ve been a long-time stalker of many a sewist’s blog, and I thought it would be a good way to get writing about sewing – something I love, but that not many people I know in real life find as exciting as I do. I’m also hoping it might be a way of nudging myself into finding a bit more time to actually sew some things. Which brings us onto…
2) I‘ve finally had some time to get sewing
I’ve been sewing for about a year now. Back in January 2014 I signed up with a friend from work to go to a sewing class run by a friend of hers, Alice formerly of Holloway Smith Noir, now running the Little Black Pants Club. But since the classes finished, I’ve only finished two things: this lovely By Hand London Elisalex in an OTT paisley polycotton bought on Goldhawk Road, and a rushed Simplicity 1726 Kimono-ish Jacket I made for a holiday to Spain with very cheap chiffon-y type material bought in Tooting.
One of my excuses for not sewing has been that I’m currently part-way through a part time masters degree. For the last three months I’ve spent weekends in the library writing essays, so handing the last one in for a while last week filled me with joy; both that it was done, but also that I could blow the dust of my little Singer and finally finish my BHL Anna dress that I started in September (more on which in a future post). I hate UFOs (or unfinished objects), so coming back to Anna (and sewing) has been really fun, especially now I’m so close to finishing it!
3) I may have bought myself an overlocker
From the first time I used an overlocker in the class that Alice ran, I wanted one. I find finishing seams to be a bit annoying. Although this may be because I keep using chiffony materials which I can’t help but french seam, the thought of having a delicious overlocker to do all that work in 5 minutes is really exciting.
I’m really excited to play with some knit fabrics. I have this unknown stretchy jersey-type material that I bought on Goldhawk Road, that is going to become a low-back Closet Case Nettie, with any luck.
I should also have lots left over to play with so suggestions on a postcard please!
Now, to start hand-stitching some Anna armscyes…