Dear all lovely blog readers, generous commenters and all round warm hearted lovers of sewing. This post has been a long time in the offing, attested by me not having posted for er…. quite a few months.
In a month’s time I will be closing my blog down. I just haven’ got the time to write these days, nor photograph myself in all the things I continue to sew. So I wanted a chance to say a massive thank you to you all, for the fun I have had over the years expressing myself …in the means of my wardrobe in daft & less daft scenarios. I have loved sharing my sewing process & mistakes and learnings. I have soaked up (& still soak up) everything I learn from others to make me a better sewster. From the bottom of my heart thank you for all your support.
One last update.
The last 18 months have been a time of vast change: moving house from the city to the beautiful Somerset countryside and leaving my employer of 15 years to work for a wonderful new company. I work full time in four days sat at a PC all day (my hours will change soon) and this has squeezed my free time & energy meaning that I have had to prioritise. Sadly for this ol’ blog, but not surprisingly, the last thing I fancy is yet more screen time!
I have a new relationship – with my surroundings. I am besotted with the countryside & love being outside in my garden. I am a yearning runner – I need to get out and about after being restrained for the first four days of my week. There are millions of footpaths to explore & lambing time? Oh simple pleasures, but such a novelty for a town mouse like me. I take walks/ runs through the fields to check on their progress.
Sewing still gets a big chunk of my time. I am truly addicted to sewing new things to wear- there is always a reason – whether it’s a holiday or a night out. Or just a new look. I am a sucker and over the next year will try to channel my sewing & design skills into a few cushions & a bit of patchwork for the cottage. Don’t expect me to be making covers for my food processor though 😉 And when I say channel, it’s just to check myself that I am not becoming too obsessive & a serial sewer! I am making much more ‘value’ clothing using more expensive fabrics so that I feel I am less of a consumer of fast fabrics/ sewing. This summer I have invested in a few linens to make what I hope will be timeless classics….
I had wanted to write to tell you about some of my recent sewing adventures. For example I bought myself a sewing holiday. The Sew La Di Da Vintage Body Blueprint course. Four days in Caroline’s studio creating a pattern that fits my body shape, developed ( using pattern cutting superpowers) into a dress design of my choice. It is even more of a sewing holiday as the setting is Beautiful Lyme Regis, on the Dorset coast, which is a place worth visiting in its own right. I cannot recommend this course enough. We all come in different shapes & sizes & it’s amazing how even a customised toile in calico can make everyone look a million dollars. Seeing everyone in their own beautifully fitting toile was a delight.
With the ace support during the course I wanted to make a basic ‘quick & easy’ perfect dress – ‘A’ line skirt, sleeveless bodice with French darts. Tick. (And I whipped up one of these yesterday to wear to a Hen do -photo above) From this basic I designed something a bit more special. Flared the skirt a bit more, adapted the bodice – added a bias collar, ruched waistband, gathered bust darts.
All conjured up in beautiful cotton lawn. Serious adoration.
I’ve also been pattern testing – most recently the Orsola dress for By Hand London. I made the wrap skirt in red linen & it’s been a firm fave this summer. So pretty.
I have made a maxi dress – for the daytime- this has always been a challenge for me as I don’t like covering myself up if the sun’s out, but recognised there is a time & a place for a longer skirt … on holiday for me. This is the Named Kielo Wrap dress in a viscose. Lovely to wear – in my case early evening when it’s still warm enough but once the sun’s gone down I’m grateful for a little more leg covering, but still so lovely & cool & floaty. A gorgeous pattern.
Since taking the photo I went back & stabilised the hem and resewed it. Where its silk & has some bias in the hemline, it really benefitted from being secured by that double sided hemming tape (this disappears in the wash).
My favorite this summer has been a pair of 1980s cropped wideleg trousers. Sadly no photo to show, but this is the original!
Betty Jackson wideleg cropped trousers in a lovely indigo soft chambray.
I have also been compulsively sewing Grainline Scout Tees for the summer. They must be one of the best wardrobe builders & perfect for showcasing cute fabrics.
Cotton and Steel from the Village Haberdashery (a few years in my stash)
Liberty Lawn from Sewbox (I got this at the Knitting & Stitching Show when I actually met Susan, the lovely owner 🙂 )
I’ve been playing with my firm favorite: ric rac. On a Tilly and the Buttons Rosa shirt in yellow polka dot poplin.
I used a textured linen from Minerva Fabrics. This is teal (but I’d say more blue than teal). I have only just finished this so will be test driving it this summer.
Merlin & I are super content in our little cottage in the country.
I shall be making the odd appearance on Instagram (@scruffybadgerti ) and will think about using my facebook page a bit more. No promises though!
In the meantime, all I can wish you all is for much happiness and successful sewing!
I am eternally grateful for the friends I have made through blogging that I can share more than just my love of sewing with.
Big hugs xxx