My Sewing Space

A little slow out of the gates with my second post for my new blog…   Nevermind.

I have been doing minimal sewing (though I did smash out two Victory Patterns Lola dresses over three days recently).  I could be sewing now – of course – but my laptop is keeping me warm.

I have been tidying my bachelorette pad this evening, and thought I might share with you the corner of my home which is permanently set aside for sewing and other craft-related paraphernalia.  It makes me so happy to have a place for my machines to sit permanently so they don’t get relegated to cupboards or live on my dining table.

*Apologies for the dodgy nighttime iPhone pics, I’ll get myself a digital camera soon!

I was recently gifted this completely fucking beautiful Singer 99k sewing machine (her name is Honey) from my wonderful boyfriend (thank you, RG xx), so she is now making herself at home with my Pinnock (who remains nameless, for whatever reason).  I have a mini project in the planning to put my darling new Honey through her paces…  I am looking at you, Darcy Boxers.

Sources for a few things floating around – Red Tractor Designs Sewing Story greeting card, 2DirtyNeedles cross stitch pattern, the ‘See You Next Tuesday’ (geddit?) cross stitch pattern was a gift (thank you, Sarah!) by stephXstitch on Etsy, the little hanging jars contain my pattern weights and the anodised aluminium apple ice bucket is one of my favourite clearing sale bargains from years ago.

So, if you’re looking for me on any given weekend, you might find me holed up in here. 

Also, Hi Mum!! x


Brave New World

Since making a chance purchase of a beautiful vintage Pinnock zigzag sewing machine, I’ve been having a great time turning warp, weft and thread into items I love and am proud of…

So far – in addition to an enormous amount of pyjama pants – I have sewn three Colette Laurel dresses, four Tilly & The Buttons Miette skirts, two hooded capes, three Made By Rade Washi dresses, two By Hand London Anna Dresses and seven Elisalex dresses.  

As a general rule, I am certainly not a particularly prolific seamstress, but whenever I get a few days to myself, I do tend to lock myself away from friends and the beautiful weather to slave away at my beloved Pinnock, with my dog snoring at my side churning out pretty dresses like a sweatshop.  It’s good to have people who remind me to leave the house and see the world.

I still have many sewing lessons to learn, I am definitely still a beginner, but I am hopeful that I will be able to extend myself out of my comfort zone and take a few sewing risks now that I have this little slice of the internet to report back to.   I currently do not own a digital camera (though I do have plenty of film cameras, they are fairly useless in this application), so I am keen to learn about photography and image editing through this new endeavour.  

To date, I’ve been enjoying the online sewing community as a voyeur, however I am looking forward to the opportunity to really get involved with all the other seamstresses I admire, whose blogs I read on a regular (daily!) basis.  

Here are some highlights that I’ve been sharing via Instagram:

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Feel free to follow me over there, you’ll get sneak peaks of my adventures, my latest makes, and an abundance of snaps of my staffy, Loki #sorrynotsorry. 

Please say Hi if you happen to stop by. 

Don’t mind me while I sit here and cross my fingers and squint my eyes in terror as I hit ‘Publish Post.’