I have wanted to make a t-shirt since I was 15 years old and embarking on GCSE Textiles. Therefore this is a milestone some 21 years in the making for me.
I've just checked and my last blog post was on April 28th, 2019 which is 1 year, 2 months and just over 1 week ago which makes me wonder whether I truly want to keep writing this blog, what and who is it for? Especially as I've just paid £100 to renew my hosting after … Continue reading The one where the blogger reflects on not blogging for a long time and why they blog in the first place
Yesterday I facilitated the first ever meet up of the Ventnor Sewing Group at the Ventnor Exchange. I'd had the idea to organise something after seeing a #sewcial being organised in York on Instagram and then looking at a map and realising how far away York is from the Isle of Wight. To cut a … Continue reading I led a workshop and it wasn’t a complete disaster
After finally buying an IKEA table to sit my sewing machine on and clearing out the space for my crafting corner I wanted some inspiration for a first project so I bought a sewing magazine with a few patterns. These magazines focus mainly on womenswear but this 'Kimono'* caught my eye as something that I … Continue reading Kimono: finally something that I can wear
I'm happy and relieved that I successfully completed my first ever alteration today. At my boyfriend's sister's birthday meal (happy birthday again Emily) I showed his family the tote bag I had made and they asked whether I could do alterations? Callum's grandpa (G'and) had a shirt whose sleeves were too short. I worried that … Continue reading For the chop: altering men’s long sleeve shirt to short sleeves
Initial projects in Sew It Academy I have recently enrolled with Sew It Academy, an online sewing school, as they have a dedicated menswear pathway and release a new 'project' every month. At $11.97 per month (£9.11 apx.) for a single pathway or $17.97 (£13.68 apx.) for both women's and menswear I think the price … Continue reading Simple bags – Sew It Academy initial projects
Looking back over the 3 blog posts here I feel a bit sorry that I didn't continue to blog through that course at Barry Roger's School of sewing. It was excellent and really covered many different techniques. Barry has now moved to South Wales and teaches from there which is a shame for Southampton's sewing … Continue reading Hiatus – back with a bang
After spending nearly an hour sewing around various shapes with an unthreaded needle we finally graduated on to using thread! The lesson was quite fun actually and I did learn some things about adjusting the tension in bobbins and different types of needle and feet. We even graduated onto fabric and different stitches eventually: My … Continue reading Sewing Lesson #1
Well it's an old hobby really. While idly googling early this year I stumbled across Barry Rogers School of Sewing in Southampton and they had a 'beginners' course starting in January for 6 weeks. I'm not a complete beginner but looking at the course description it contained things I'd never heard of: 'Hong Kong seam' … Continue reading New year, new hobby!
Not able to contain my new enthusiasm I decided to take a trip to 'the mainland' (I live on the Isle of Wight) and visit some fabric shops. Along with various tools I bought a pattern for a hoodie with a cowl neck rather than a hood (so not really a hoodie then) and decided … Continue reading Bunting