I live in the country so like to spend, I want to say most of my time out walking in the the countryside with the dog but with the weather here I only really get to enjoy that when the sun graces us with its presence but when it does there is nothing better!
My auntie has sewn since she was a little girl so I had always gone to her when I needed any of my clothes altered and found the fact that she could do something like that, let alone make clothes from scratch amazing!
I never knew anyone my age who did it so dressmaking was always seen in the back of my mind as something that was done by the older generations – I mean that in the nicest possible way as I wish they would teach sewing properly in schools now. So it wasn’t until my best friend got me ‘Love at First Stitch’ by Tilly and the Buttons, two Christmases ago that I realised that I could sew modern clothes to suit my style!
Straight after that I found a local sewing class that I still go to once a week and made my first item of clothing, the Tilly and the Buttons ‘Delphine Skirt’. It was far from perfect as you would expect but it is one of the items I am most proud of as from going from not knowing anything about sewing to making a skirt that I could wear in public blew my mind. Ever since then I have been completely obsessed and finding the Instagram community has made me even more so as I’ve realised that there are so many people like me out there who want to talk about fabric and patterns all day every day!
I unfortunately don’t have a sewing room so most of my sewing is done in my little bedroom on a camping table bought from Amazon or at the kitchen table. It can be a faff pulling everything out every time I want to sew which lets be honest is pretty much every day but I work with what I’ve got!
My proudest make so far has to be my Tilly and the Buttons ‘Rosa Shirt Dress’! Up until making that I feel like my sewing was just coasting along as I made dress after dress and not really pushing myself or progressing my sewing skills.
It was a challenge as it had a lot of little details such as topstitching which up until that point I had just done a handful of times and not very well I might add, but I’m really proud of myself for taking the time and making it look as good as I could. I think as sewists we all mentally punish ourselves if a garment isn’t picture perfect inside as well as out and judge our makes against others. I’m the world’s worst for that but I’m trying to learn that as long as I try my best to make something to the best of my ability I have no reason not to be immensely proud of everything I make even if it’s not perfect!
I made the dress in a deep purple cord with a gorgeous Lady McElroy contrasting fabric and it’s one of those things that when I wear it I completely feel like me…you would think it was made for me!