I’m a Winner!

Like many sewers I follow quite a few sewing blogs and often check what others are sewing through Instagram. I can get lost for hours browsing fabrics, patterns and other sewer’s makes. I love how different choices of fabric can result in vastly different pieces of clothing even when the same pattern is being used. So many interpretations or hacks, there is so much to see and learn from!

So it was while browsing I stumbled across the brilliant idea of a #ginghamalong from Karen of Did You Make That. A challenge to sew something, anything from Gingham! Well sounded like fun to me, even better Karen was offering two lucky blog readers the chance to win some gingham to get sewing with. It’s not a fabric I would usually buy, but when I saw the amazing new Checkers range from Cotton and Steel I was sold, I added my comment and by some stroke of luck I won! 3 fabulous meters! It made my day! And with 3m I’m hoping that with a bit of careful planning I’ll be able to make something for myself as well as J & B.  So I’m thinking a nice simple tshirt for myself – I wasn’t thrilled with the Lou Box Top pattern, it didn’t fit well on me so this time I’m going for the Scout Tee from Grainline Studios.  For B I have 3 different dresses in mind, so it might be a pinafore, another Geranium or maybe an Ice Cream Dress. I find sewing for boys more tricky so for J it might be a simple pair of shorts or pj trousers for the winter time.

Since winning I have been sewing up a storm. I have pulled out some of my favourite fabrics and got to work! In the last few days I have made B two tunics and a pinafore dress, I have cut out a mini project which will be a gift for a friend, and I have downloaded a few new patterns which I will be taking to the copy shop tomorrow to have printed up. I love that you can buy a pattern and have it printed locally full size and get straight to work – ah the possibilities are endless!

Of course this is also helping me to improve my skills and I am beginning to wonder if I might actually be able to make a living from my sewing once the kids are in full time school. It’s certainly worth exploring in a bit more depth. But for now, I will get my gingham on and sew up a storm. Why not check back and see what I manage to create!

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Lets try this again!

So long time – no post! I have to admit to completely losing track and trying to do far too much with lots being left unfinished or not done well. I’ve been through phases of baking/cooking, sewing and gardening all while trying to keep my two monkeys occupied but now it’s time to get a bit more organised and start planning and using my time better.

So with my boy starting school in a couple of weeks its time to get myself in gear.  I will try to do some catch up posts of what I’ve been doing but I’ll highlight just a few bits here.

On the sewing front, my favourite make for me has been the Willow Tank from Grainline Studios. A quick and simple make, well suited to beginners and ideal for summer. I played around with the fit a little and made three of them and they have been comfortable and light, perfect for those warm days. After the success of the shorts I made for J last year he has had another three pairs this year, again using the pattern from MADE Everyday There are numerous ways to customise this pattern on Dana’s blog so you do get a lot for your money with this one! B has also had a few home sewn bits with my favourite being a little summer dress made using the Geranium Dress pattern from Made by Rae. Again a brilliant pattern with lots of options so you never have to make the same one twice.

The garden has taken up a lot of my time over the summer. I threw myself into planting and growing with hopes of lots of healthy produce right outside the back door. There have been some successes and some poor results but overall quite happy with what we achieved and with the growing season not over yet we should still be eating from the garden here and there for another few months. Another addition to the garden was a sandpit for the kids, made from an old tractor tyre I managed to acquire. Not sure what I’ll do with it as winter approaches but no doubt I’ll think of something!

So thats me for now, and I’ll try to keep up this time! Over the next couple of weeks I have to get my boy ready for starting school. He’s super excited so you’ll find me uniform shopping and fixing name tags and maybe having a couple of practice runs getting us all ready in the mornings! Once school starts I should have a little more time on my hands however with my little lady growing up so quickly and being ever more demanding who knows!! You can always pop over to my Instagram to see the latest!