Oh, friends, all the plans I have told you about that never come to fruition (“I’m going to blog photos from the bike tour!” “I’ll post lots of photos of Australian wildflowers!” “I’ll write frequently”) Still, if I never announced my grand plans, what kind of blogger would I be? (oh, yes, a slack one. Been there, done that.)
With much thinking and blog-reading (my goodness are there ever a lot of sewing blogs out there), and being in crafty, crafty Melbourne, I am thoroughly inspired to sew, and I have plans to sew my entire wardrobe, including underwear. I will also sew bags, because I am a crazy bag lady, always have been. I’m confident on the bag front, having sewn many, and nervous on the clothing front, having only modified lots.
When we arrived in Melbourne, I had very little clothing. I had an unusual chance to effectively start from scratch. Acquiring more clothing has been extremely unsatisfying, made more problematic by my current employment. Nevertheless, I still managed to acquire a wardrobe of clothing that I don’t actually wear much of. Even expensive shirts – I have lots of button up ones – invariably, gape at the bust. The current fashion of skinny trousers do not fit my muscly legs. Despite being a fairly self-confident, strong-minded person, I was persuaded by a store assistant to buy a pair of too tight work trousers to match a suit jacket. Well done her; idiotic me.
Anyway, I recently successfully followed a sewing pattern – to make a toiletry bag from the You Sew, Girl book by Nicole Mallalieu. I bought the book because it has a how-to guide for pattern-less clothing, which is what I thought I wanted to do. But reading a heap of blogs and thinking more about what I want to sew, I think I want patterns. And then I stumbled across patterns that pretty much sum up my ‘style’, such as it is (which has been static for a good decade now). Not only that, the pattern-maker is independent and a blogger, and she’s having a sale.
So, this is what will I will be sewing in the foreseeable future:
And these are the bloggers I’ve been reading and who have inspired me beyond the ‘grand plans inside my head’ phase:
- Boo Dogg and Me
- Charity Shop Chic
- Handmade by Carolyn
- My Messings
- Sew Squirrel
- The Perfect Nose
- Unsung Sewing Patterns
I’ve been enjoying reading all the above blogs for sewing inspiration, tips and sometimes a belly laugh and a cry (Jorth is to blame for both things; Unsung Sewing Patterns good for a laugh; all the rest, great for inspiration etc)
There’s one thing my blog has that very few others can make a claim to – no coherent theme whatsoever: reading, laundry, worms, flowers, puffins, films, bikes and now, sewing. Join me on this adventure, too, won’t you?