Wow, how did that happen? Seven years of sharing my sewing, my life, my dog. It’s my bloggiversary today. I’ve made lots of lifetime friends, I’ve made a lot of clothes (I just chucked some out this morning!) and I’ve written lots and lots of words. I won’t count them up.
I’ve grown seven years older, but I’d hazard a guess that I’m not hugely wiser.
To celebrate my ignorance, a giveaway!
Looking for the perfect dress to layer with cardies, that can make either a summer or winter outfit? Welcome to the Butterick 5455! It’s a much lauded pattern, sadly out of print. Source it, if you can.
Look at the gorgeous bodice detail with those tiny and flattering pleats. Linen works well, and you can see why.
Do you know what’s really good about a bodice that’s fitted with pleats? If the final make still isn’t sitting quite snug enough to the neckline, you can just add an extra couple of pleats! That’s what I did.
I have one big issue with pleat instructions in sewing patterns. They instruct you to construct pleats from the right side of the fabric, but we usually mark crease lines on the wrong side of fabric.
That’s a recipe for inaccuracy.
But there is an alternative and I’m here to share it!
Mark crease lines in chalk on the wrong side of the fabric. Then thread trace the lines, ideally in a silk thread. (Silk thread is super slippery, which makes it much easier to remove the basting.)
One of my favourite makes from Girl Charlee UK
When I decided to leave a steady job, I discovered allies and compatriots in the most unlikely of places.
Whilst packing up my office desk and handing in my security pass, I was also opening up Did You Make That to blog buttons, something I’d never done before.
One of the first people to engage with me was Mark Creasey of Girl Charlee UK. He’d re-envisioned his own career to become part of the sewing world and had some great words of wisdom for me:
It’s better to fail at something you love, than succeed at something you hate.
I wanted to interview Mark on his own new life and what he made of the sewing community. Thankfully, he agreed to indulge me!
Gotta love a man in a Santa onesie.
Behind the scenes posts are always fun, aren’t they? So without, further ado…
Here’s the sewing machine that is permanently set out in a corner of my living room. Rachel from House of Pinheiro was recently snapped using it, when she came to stay. It’s a Bernina Activa 230 Patchwork Edition. It’s a great machine!
Is pink one of the most hotly contested colours in a female’s wardrobe? After my Instagram feed was flooded with images of women, including Margaret Atwood, wearing pink pussy hats I think the answer is YES!
It’s a colour we’re able to debate, challenge, subvert … and wear.
Welcome to my Sew Over It Lola Jacket, from their ebook Capsule Wardrobe: My City Break.
This gilt brocade has been scooped up by loads of sewing bloggers, if my Instagram feed is anything to go by. You can see why. It’s a fresh and modern print, reminding me of the resin jewellery you can buy in Oliver Bonas.
This jacket would look amazing with a statement necklace.
Buttons are my weakness. We all have one. Objects can be beautiful as well as useful, and buttons definitely fall into this category.
Still. I’m not sure I’ll ever have a use for that single, clay, dog-shaped button. The more you sew, the more you realise that buttons are button-shaped for a reason. There’s no reason to buy novelty buttons. It just doesn’t make sense. Which is why I’ll probably never stop buying novelty buttons.
I do try to be good, too. I’ll stock up on stacks of matching, boring buttons that will be perfect for my next make. And they really are perfect. Just not quite as perfect as little red vintage sailing boats.
Do you have a sewing weakness? The objects that make your heart sing and your practical side sigh?
Here are four fascinating facts for you:
- The Danish alphabet has three letters in it that the English alphabet doesn’t. Do you know what they are?
- You Google Danish Sewing Box at your peril.
- My new favourite local business is Blomst. Points out of ten if you know what that name means!
- Night time temperatures in Herning, home of Stoff & Stil , are currently -13. Brrrrr!
Why should I care about temperatures in Denmark? Because in a few days from now, I’ll be flying there to visit Stoff & Stil. I’m fascinated to learn more about a business that has dedicated 37 years to design and textile. I’ve never seen anywhere before that stocks Beaver Nylon, an Octopus pattern or Whale jersey.
Other than asking them about their clear love of animals, do you have any other questions you’d like me to ask whilst I’m there? Any tips for things to do or how to stay warm?