Phewee! It’s a heat wave and no mistake. Right now, lifting a little finger involves breaking out in a profound sweat. I applaud anyone who’s managing to sew. Are you down to your underwear yet?
I’m not above sewing in my bra and knickers – either because of the heat or constant trying on of a work in progress. Sometimes the constant rigmarole of climbing back into my day clothes feels like one step too many, especially when I know I’ll be wriggling back into a dress in a moment.
Why bother getting changed? Why not just sew in my knickers?
I have heard of sewing injuries to delicate parts of the body, but am glad to report that hasn’t happened to me – yet.
And sewing classes don’t guarantee modesty. I’ve changed in toilet cubicles, in front of the mirror, in an office and – my proudest moment yet – before a bay window as the light was fading and the sewing class was lit up like a beacon!
Do you indulge in naked sewing and when have you been most shameless?
Disclaimer: No eyeballs were scarred in the writing of this blog post. I kept my clothes on.
Ever heard that William Shakespeare quote? “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”
Shakespeare must have had Louise in mind. She was definitely born great. Just look at that winning smile, positive personality and incredible sewing!
Louise appears in the team vlogs from Sew Over It (episodes here and here). She is a natural in front of the camera and I’m secretly hoping that Louise has applied for The Great British Sewing Bee.
When I met Louise at the launch party for baby and toddler patterns Poppy & Jazz I asked if she’d be kind enough to be interviewed as part of my Meeting Makers series, and she agreed.
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Q: Louise, how did you come to work at Sew Over It?
A: I discovered Sew Over It when my mum gifted me a subscription to a sewing magazine. It came with a free copy of the Sew Over It Vintage book. I fell in love with the patterns as they were exactly what I wanted to make.
At the time, I was a stay-at-home mum of two kids under two. As much as I love my children, I really wanted to go back to work. I realised that Sew Over It was the company I wanted to work for!
When the role of Operations Assistant was advertised, I applied and was successful. Since then I’ve managed to work my way up to the Show Coordinator role and I absolutely love my job.
If you ever think you have life nailed, you’re probably wrong. And after eight-ish years of sewing, I’ve realised the same is true about making your own clothes. Honestly, sewing still scares me sometimes!
This struck me on my latest make. Here are the first five fears that occurred to me, starting with the biggest fear I just can’t shake.
I am nothing if not derivative. This entire outfit was inspired by The Foldline’s Sew The Summer Trends vlog that featured a place holder image of a giant gingham outfit. I mean, the gingham was giant. Not the outfit. Only a giant could wear a giant gingham outfit. But a normal person could wear an outfit sewn from giant gingham…