Hi! I’m Rachel and I have a recently-rediscovered passion for sewing.
In today’s post I’m hoping to give you all a flavour of what to expect in the coming weeks and introduce you to some new and long running features in this blog. It’s a rather long post but hopefully by the end of it you’ll be just as excited as I am!
1. Next On the Project Table Is… Anna
In desperate need of the perfect Summer dress I have decided to make my very own Anna. I’ve seen lots of great versions of this dress all over the internet, I love this version by Paunnet as it really great example of how use pattern in a dress. This Sewaholic version was the real clincher as it convinced me the dress could be a flattering fit without accentuating my usual post-food pot belly.
In one of those great occasions when a fabric just inspires you, this beautiful olive green fabric convinced me that my Anna could be a modern take of a 40s or 50s tea dress. Channelling Hayley Atwell in William Boyd’s Restless, I set to work…
2. Introducing Cheatsheet
The next few weeks will see the launch of my mini how to series Cheatsheet. The Cheatsheet series will provide a simple and picture heavy guide to negotiating your way through anything sewing. I will also be looking to throw in a few techniques I honed through my Textile Art experiences, this means plenty of free hand embroidery (aka drawing with your sewing machine) and appliqué.
For my first foray into “how to” I will be tackling the ever painful task of inserting zips – they just never seem to want to behave! On Saturday we will be starting with exposed zips and taking a sneaky peek at my new cushion covers in the process.
In case you can’t quite wait until until then, here’s a sneaky peek now:
3. My Sewing Space
I’d also like to introduce you to the very small corner I call my sewing space. My sewing space is currently made up of a tangle of wires, an old Illy ground coffee tin, a beautiful blue desk which I found whilst furniture shopping in Crystal Palace and not forgetting my tomato shaped pin cushion!
As you can see this area is a little on the plain side, over the coming weeks and months I am looking to develop my sewing space and make it a little more homely. Of course, I aim to keep you all posted on the way.
To help me with this task and to gain some much needed inspiration I have created a Pinterest board where I am slowly collating images of sewing spaces. I would really love to see your sewing spaces and, if you don’t mind, steal a few of your ideas as well.
Please feel free to send links to your sewing spaces below, it’s very much encouraged!
4. And Finally…
For those who live in the UK, be sure to make your way to the Central St Martins Graduate Summer Shows this weekend as its the turn of Schools of Fashion & Textile Design (Jewellery, Fashion, Textiles).
A number of famous names in fashion attended Central St. Martins to learn their trade including Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Christopher Kane. I attended this show when I was studying Art for GCSE and found it really inspirational. If you have the time it’s definitely worth a visit.