Hi guys! It’s my birthday today, so I’m taking the day off to stay home and sew. It’s my present to myself, and of course my lovely husband will take care of treating me as well. But I am generous like that, and I actually have a present for you as well.
The word came out earlier in the year that there will be a Great British Sewing Bee live show in September this year and I can now confirm I will also be taking part. I will be doing some demos and other activities yet to be revealed, along with my dear Bee friends. Paul from my series and Angeline, Joyce, Jamie, Tracey and Jade from series 4, as well as Tamara from series 2, are all doing workshops and you can book your place here.
Now that’s what I call summer, everyone! The weather has been glorious over here in London and finally, I am up to some seasonal sewing! I am also blogging something that is fresh off the sewing machine for a change, and weather appropriate to boot…
I am embracing #YearoftheSleeve, at long last! As you might remember, I am still on a retail fast (only one emergency pair of trousers bought since 1st Jan 2015), so the only way to access trends and fashion is through making my own. Flutter sleeves are everywhere this year, both in shops and in our very own sewosphere. And McCalls made it all easier with this pattern, M7542, a simple top with a lot of sleeve variations, that can be a great starting point for all sort of yummy designs. And so I jumped on the band wagon and bought the pattern to have a play myself. I was really gutted I didn’t get around to actually entering the competition, but there were some great winners that provided loads of inspiration.
As I was planning this post, I was thinking that yet again, I am being very weather inappropriate. This is because of course I’m behind with my blog pictures and did not post this when I actually made it. Then again, what’s new? However, when I stepped outside to take the pictures it felt well suitable, it’s really nippy in London. So, let’s pretend we’re in the Southern Hemisphere and it’s autumn rather than summer.
Hey guys, I’ve got the post holiday blues! You might have spotted on IG that I was in Tuscany in Italy last week. I know it’s now almost a cliche to rave about how amazing it is, but it really is. I had been dreaming of going to Florence since I was 14 and got an A+ for my essay on Lorenzo the Magnificent in History, but this was the first time. And I was truly blown away! I absolutely adored Florence, in spite of the hoards of tourist being spewed out of tour buses and the ridiculous queues for anything remotely interesting. But perhaps the best parts met us when we stepped out of the cities, in the Chianti countryside, with vineyards and rolling hills and the most beautiful light anywhere!
This was supposed to be the perfect sewing weekend. My husband is away indulging in his time consuming and expensive hobby – karting, so I had the house to myself and absolutely no chores, plans or obligations to take me out of the house. Or rather, I had plans: to spend as much time as possible sewing! I need to make a dress for a wedding we’re going to next weekend, so I needed to get going.
It is now Saturday evening and I have not sewed a stitch. Why, you might ask? Did something come up, did you get lazy? No, actually, I have been doing sewing related things until 11 last night and from 9 AM this morning. And still haven’t cut out my dress.
And the reason is TRACING!!! I am using a Burda Style (the magazine) Special Vintage, but this goes for any Burda magazines. It’s a lovely design, but has 12 pieces and it took me hours to copy them out!! I could have finished the whole blinkin’ dress in that time!!
Hey guys, hope you are enjoying Easter (or the bank holiday, as the case may be)!
As to myself, I’m finally getting around to posting about a little dress that I made ages ago (I’m sure you’re seeing a pattern here…). I took picture last weekend, while enjoying the fantastic weather we had in London. In hindsight, good call, Batman, because it went back to being freezing here (although quite sunny) and those toes would not have lasted in sandals even for a few seconds. And I had it in my head that this dress requires chunky heels. I feel like I’m impersonating Mimi G while wearing this dress and you can’t do Mimi G without the heels.
Guys, beware! The jumpsuit season chez Sewrendipity has begun! Again! Yes, that’s a few good months to go until #JumpIntoJune hopefully kicks off again. But as I was saying in my previous post, sometimes a fabric + a pattern just equal love, and you have to go for it! And I do love my jumpsuits, and as a matter of fact, my culottes too!
You know how sometimes you’ve had a piece of fabric in your stash for a while and then you see a pattern and they were just meant to go together? This is what happened in this case. I was browsing the Seamwork website just before Christmas, as I had some credit to spend and I saw Ida. She really spoke to me, and then I remembered that I had this piece of embossed scuba in my stash, so the decision to get it was a no brainer. And it turns out to be such a quick make that a few days later, it was ready to wear during the Christmas party season!
Not sure if you’ve noticed, but it’s been a bit quiet on the blog lately. We have actually been closed for holidays, and if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you would have seen some pics from South Africa popping up. And of course I was not organised enough to schedule any posts while I was away, so you got radio silence.
In my previous post on this topic, I ran out of time (and word count) to cover all the topics I wanted to share. I previously covered my experiences with setting up the blog and WordPress, choosing your look & feel, logos & design and blog planning.
In this post I want to talk about photography and imagery, how I take the pictures for the blog and a few things I learned along the way.
If this is starting as I mean to go on in 2017, then not sure how much of me you’ll end up seeing this year. On the plus side, sewing hasn’t been all that scarce, it’s just the photographing and blogging that I have been rubbish at.
Oh well, never mind, I’m here now…
And, as I promised in that last post (so far back you probably don’t even remember), I had a little giveaway for you, to celebrate my 2 years of blogging. That too seems like ages ago, but if I wait any longer, I’ll be celebrating the 3 year one!
Happy New Year, my lovely sewing and non-sewing friends! As I’m slowly recovering after the festivities, I am back on my laptop writing a new blog post, as there are so many more things still to get excited about!
A BIG BIG THANK YOU to all of you out there all over the world who took time to visit, read, comment, encourage, share opinions, advice and good spirit over the two years of Sewrendipity’s existence! I feel really privileged to be part of our amazing sewing community!
Now there’s a treat for you guys, an actual post containing completed projects! Well, one completed project. Praise the holiday time when I actually have time to be outside in the daylight and take pictures. Plus we found a really great new park to mix up the back grounds a bit.
AND… I get a chance to share with you one of my favourite makes of the year, which sadly didn’t make the Top 5 because I hadn’t photographed it yet.
I’m sat on the sofa looking at our beautiful Christmas tree and nursing a blasted lurgy – trust me to be perfectly healthy all year and manage to come down with something while I actually have some time off to enjoy myself… Anyhow, I can’t really contribute to food preparations, and my husband ordered rest so I can be well tomorrow. So here I am, writing blog posts. In case you were wondering…
I’m continuing with the Top 5 series (see my Hits here). Again, thanks to Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow for hosting this series for a 5th year in a row.
For the first time this year, I’m taking part in Gillian’s (craftingarainbow.wordpress.com) #sewingtop5. The rules are simple, just post your recaps on your blog, IG or other social media and use the hashtag during December 2016. Gillian is doing a round-up on her blog, so be sure to ping back.
I’m starting, as you do, with the hits, i.e most loved or most worn items I’ve made this year.
I know I’m being controversial, but I’m close to being fed up with Christmas with 3 weeks to go. Which is why I am a bit in two minds about this project. I do feel a bit Santa Claus-y all wrapped up in this big piece of red wool. And that is definitely not a look I’m going for here. But it was quick and easy to make, it’s fairly warm AND the fabric was from Oxfam, nuff said! Too bad I don’t get to wear it until spring, this is definitely not a winter coat, my friends! (more…)
You have no idea how happy it makes me to finally write a post that’s about something I actually made! This is a very long over due one, that I only just managed to photograph now. I’m telling you, sewing is a breeze, is the taking pictures that’s the killer! So really glad they are making an appearance on the blog at last.
As you might have seen here, I do love my culottes this year! I actually made this particular project in spring, but the weather got really warm before I got a chance to document them. They are really warm, so out they come again in this chilly weather we’ve been having in London. But I did get to wear them loads, so happy to report on how they fared in user tests as well.
WordPress reliably informed me that this is post number 100 on Sewrendipity!
As a relatively novice blogger, it was a steep learning curve for me, with so many things to figure out in areas that were completely unfamiliar. Probably more experienced bloggers (sewing or otherwise) will have more words of wisdom and tried and tested methods, but sometimes, if you’re a newbie, it might be easier to talk to other newbies, or at least to those who went through these things not so long ago. So here are my two pennies’ worth and a few of the tips and tools I picked up writing my 100 posts!
I’ve been travelling a lot with work lately, to some wonderful places, like Berlin and Stockholm, so not complaining. And when I got home from Stockholm last week, the postman brought me a present: my friend and fellow Sewing Bee (Season 3) Matt Chapple is now a published author!! How amazing is that?!! And now I get to tell you all about this wonderful book, called Make it, own it, love it (a copy of which was sent to me for free to read and review, all opinions my own). Check out Matt’s own blog post about this as well.
I am so tempted to start this post complaining about the weather, but I just won’t! Trying to keep calm, get on with it and start sewing autumn projects. When I’m home, that is, which seems to look a lot like never. I’m living out of a suitcase of a few weeks now, travelling abroad and in the UK for work and leisure, and a few more trips still to go. So, I can only dream of snuggly warm clothes while still struggling to take pics of the last bits of summer makes.
Guys, it’s official, Autumn is here, so bring one the cosy sewing! Which is exactly what I did last week, with a nice wardrobe staple that’s definitely missing from mine. I think I’m going through a navy phase, as everything I’m sewing lately is in shades and variations of this colour. On the plus side, I am keeping to my colour palette, which I will tell you more about in a future post, which has navy as a main component. On the down side, navy is so difficult to photograph, so I hope these pictures will make sense at all.
Hey sewing guys and gals, looks like I skipped a week, but back with sewing goodies! I’ve been doing almost nothing other than sewing this weekend, so I will have plenty to entertain you in the following weeks.
Let’s get the show started with a little Addison top from Seamwork Mag. I have been lusting over some of their patterns for a while, but it was Addison that made me take the plunge and actually subscribe (that and the offer they had for Seamwork Radio podcast listeners). If you’re not familiar with it, Seamwork is an online magazine from the team at Colette patterns, which also offers two free patterns to download every month with their subscription. You can always go through the back catalogue and choose any pattern you want, so I chose the new Addison and the Astoria, which I haven’t made yet.
Hi everyone, how’s things? After a bit of a leave of absence to accommodate a little camping holiday in Devon, I finally have the pink culottes ready and photographed for you. Because everybody needs a pair of hot pink gaucho trousers in their wardrobe, am I right?
I’m the first to admit that I have been pretty ropey on the blogging version of sew & tell lately. That’s because I haven’t actually had loads to share. But boy, have I got a great one for you today (even if I do say so myself)! I absolutely love this funky little number, which is a very unusual twist on a nautical theme. (more…)
I have been mentioning this class an awful lot, so time has come to do a proper review. No secret, I absolutely love Sara Alm, her classes on Craftsy and the concept of Craftsy in general. So spoiler alert, this is a positive review!
Would you believe it? It’s only the 8th of August and I’m ready to publish the month round-up post! I’m getting the hang of this, folks!
After a really long travel to Chester to meet some of the Season 3 sewing bees for our annual reunion, I’m up and early to publish this at long last. We had the most amazing day mooching through Abakhan in Mostyn (Paul is a regular tutor and demonstrator there). I might have came back with a ginormous bag of fabric that I may or may not have where to store in my sewing room *blushes*. It’s always so great seeing my fellow sewing room veterans and we always have such a blast reminiscing and sharing sewing war stories.
I digress! Back to the round-up… July has been a very frustrating month! Loads of sewing, very little to show for and still haven’t finished my pink culottes or the second iteration of Gingers I started ages ago… I did finally finish the silk jacket for my mother in law, which pretty much took all my sewing time this month. And I made a really cool and funky dress for a collaboration which will be unveiled soon. But yeah, my head is still bursting with unsewn ideas and the summer is almost over, not that we got much of that as it was… *pulls hair*.
July has been heavy on the sewing but unfortunately, a tad light on the finished garments front. That is because I was working on a more complicated unselfish sewing project, which was full of firsts for me, so I had quite a big learning curve to deal with, plus a very active social life, which didn’t help very much either. But all ended well, so I can go back to selfish sewing and some show & tell for you soon!
Hello, darlings, how is summer treating you? As I hope you might have noticed, I’ve taken a bit of break from blogging, partially because I was on holidays for a few weeks, and partially because I came back so relaxed that I just could not gather the willpower to get back into my regular posting. But this one is long overdue, so I thought I’d better sort it out before it’s time for the July one.
Although you wouldn’t think it from my silence, June has been quite busy on the sewing front. I didn’t have much success of actually completing stuff, other than the jersey & lace top I posted about here, but I have learned some of the best tricks & techniques I ever came across. It is all thanks to the fabulous Sara Alm and her Craftsy classes, one of which I have reviewed here and the other one soon to come.
After a fairly productive week of sewing, I had a beautiful pair of pink culottes to show you. Unfortunately, I wore them to work on Friday and managed to spill something down the front and they were no longer blog pictures worthy. So I am changing the tactic and bringing you the review of the class that gave me some very useful tips to make said culottes.
My life is full of trousers in various stages of completion at the moment. I have taken a break from jeans making with a bit of culottes making, and a break from that with a top, which I thought will be a quick make. But since we’re talking Burda Style here, of course it was anything but. However, still a nice little top to show for it, plus a really cool photo shoot on top of the Shard to delight you with.