Hello Stranger…..It’s been a while!

Hello lovely sewists. It’s been a very long time since my last post which was two weeks into the New Year. I can’t believe how quickly life has flown by, I feel like I’ve blinked and pressed fast forward on the best part of a year!

After a brilliant amount of sewing obsession last year, this year should’ve got off to a great start. I went to the Pattern Cutting weekend at Ray Stitch the third week in January and was all set to learn loads about drafting my own patterns and had visions of having a completely bespoke, perfectly fitting me-made wardrobe in time for spring. Sadly halfway through the first day, I got a call to say my beloved Nan had passed away. My Nan was a second, sometimes first, mother to me, we were incredibly close and I’d only seen her a few days beforehand. Whilst standing outside Ray Stitch and feeling like my heart had physically broken – this is no exaggeration, I actually felt my heart stutter; I couldn’t help thinking how fitting it was that I was on a sewing course.

My lovely Nan
                                   My lovely Nan

My Nan was a seamstress for much of her life, she sewed my Mums’ wedding dress, made my prom dress and many, many childhood outfits for me. She made her own clothes and was the person who showed me how to use a sewing machine as a child and the one who I asked endless sewing questions when I restarted last year. Nan loved seeing all my creations and I know she was very proud – when I made my Anise coat she told me she was very impressed and couldn’t have done a better job herself – high praise indeed!

Nan in one of her many handmade outfits
Nan in one of her many handmade outfits

After losing this most special lady, my desire to sew disappeared almost overnight. I did finish the Ray Stitch course, at that point there was nothing else for me to do other than go home and cry, and I wanted to hold off on that as long as I could. Alice was an amazing teacher and I learnt a lot, but to be honest I didn’t really take that much in and it is now a bit of a blur in my mind which is a real shame as it was so interesting.

I’ve tried a number of times of the past few months to get back in front of my sewing machine, and all have ended in frustration as I’ve made mistakes and ended up with things that don’t fit or things I don’t like – I just didn’t have that sewjo anymore. We also moved house in May which was fantastic and we’re really happy in our new place. I did keep the sewing machine from gathering dust by making some curtains, (fully lined eyelet top if you don’t mind!) and a couple of other bits for the house.

A few house projects


Anyway, the point of this post is that I finally feel the urge to sew again. I feel creative and I spent the weekend sewing up a skirt which I’ll show you in another post. I felt good and happy to be in front of my machine again and I know my Nan would be so pleased I haven’t given up on this hobby of mine.

My sewing box has been reorganised, my machine dusted and I’ve renewed my blog domain so you can’t get rid of me that easily!


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