Transforming our spare room into a sewing haven? Meeting up with a group of people I didn’t know so we could talk and shop sewing all afternoon? Preferring to read sewing posts on bloglovin, to status updates on facebook? Making sure trips away now include a detour to the local fabric shop? Taking sewing patterns to bed as bedtime reading?
I must admit my enthusiasm and interest in the world of sewing is much bigger than my actual output and ability. I’ve seen bloggers that have already made ballgowns by the end of year one.
But slowly and surely I’m improving and trying new things, and I’m pleased to report that I’ve managed to finish year one on a high by completing my favourite ever project last night. Introducing my Colette sorbetto top:
It's hard to see the front pleat in the photos above, but I really like this simple detail and I was pleased the time I took to make sure the pattern was nicely symmetrical paid off.
I used binding on the baby kimonos I made a few months ago, but haven't used it much since. The Colette instructions were great at explaining how to do this, and in particular how to do it as a continuous circular binding.
It was also the first pattern I've ever made a muslin for. I thought this would be really tedious and feel like a false start. But actually I enjoyed the opportunity to practice the techniques and get acquainted with the instructions, and it was quite liberating to be able to carelessly cut and stitch away, even though I didn't end up making any changes to the size 4 pattern I cut (though I did think the bust darts might not be quite right).
I can't believe Colette patterns were so generous as to release this wonderful Sorbetto top pattern completely free of charge. Whatever their marketing strategy, it's certainly worked. I'm now well and truly smitten with them, and Mr Fabric Maverick has just bought me their Hazel dress pattern as a sewing anniversary present! Lucky me :)
So on to year two. My goals are:
- to make a dress, trousers and jacket
- to participate in Me-Made-May 2014 (a pledge to wear three hand-made items a week)
- to make Mr Fabric Maverick an item of clothing
-to engage more with the wonderful, fun and talented online sewing community, rather than just admiring them from afar.
I always debate about whether to ask questions at the end of posts, as I know from my stats I don't have many readers. But I'd always love to receive any comments or feedback. I'd also be curious to know if anyone else has pinpointed the start of their sewing days to a particular date, and whether they (or their partner!) mark this in any way? And if anyone knows what my fabric is just by looking please let me know!