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When life gives you lemons…sew!

30 May

I had the most awesome weekend of sewing and sewing-related productivity. It wasn’t always the plan, there were a couple of exciting possibilities going on over the weekend – a climbing trip down to the south coast, and a Capoeira event in Wales. In fact there were too many exciting options for the bank holiday that we couldn’t decide what to – I also just felt like chilling out at home, but didn’t want to miss out on things going on!

In the end the decision was made for us when my boyfriend hurt his back, and crazy sports were out of the question! Although a bit sad on missing out, I was secretly delighted about having the opportunity to have a lie in, and get some serious sewing done!

I’m partway through a beginners’ dressmaking course, and for various reasons, we haven’t got a class for a couple of weeks. In the last class, I sewed the first seam in my dress (Simplicity 1803), and that was me well and truly bitten by the sewing bug! I kept working on my dress over the weekend – I kept getting to points where I thought I was stuck, and that I’d need to wait until the next class to get some help on it – sewing the princess seams was the first one, but I tried one, and was ecstatic when it worked! Various instructions on the pattern had me stumped for a while, but I went away and thought about them, and managed to work most of them out. I’ve now pretty much finished the bodice, and the skirt is all sewn up too, but I’m going to wait until the next class now, so that I can get some help fitting it, but I’m delighted with how it looks so far! I was so keen to sew more on Monday that I actually got up early (ok, at a decent time), and cracked on with my to-do list of other things (I was 6 items down by the time the boyfriend woke up an hour later) so that I would have more time to sew!

I also managed to get some other bits done at the weekend – I made myself this little preserving jar pin cushion, which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, started this blog, and spent a decent amount of time ogling patterns online, trying to decide on my next project.

Preserving jar pin cushion IMG_0005

In my quest to have some more patterns to play with, I took a little wander along to our nearest shops, where there happens to be a nice little concentration of charity shops. I got this lovely fabric, in the form of a large sheet and a couple of pillow cases, for £3, and also picked up a few patterns for bargain prices – none of them had any out, but when I asked, two of the six had a bag in the back that they let me rummage through. Pretty happy with my little haul, trying to decide what to make with the fabric, maybe something along the lines of this lovely peasant style top – I LOVE the name of her blog as well!

Top? Skirt? Dress? So many options!

Top? Skirt? Dress? So many options!

Now I’m just looking forward to next weekend, when I’m heading to Walthamstow market with a friend to discover what’s on offer there…and attempt not to buy *too* much…I have a few projects in mind to look for fabric for, and want to stock up on some useful things like zips and buttons, but I’m going to try and restrain myself!

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