For over a year now I have been on the way to recovery from an eating disorder and depression! One thing that’s helped me a lot is writing down my achievements. To start with it was little more than ‘got dressed’ or ‘ate without feeling anxious’. More recently my accomplishments have been more substantial. Here I will document my bakes, writing, crafts, textiles, gardening and other bits and pieces.
Over the past week, I have been having so much fun using Artflow Studio. I was inspired by my sisters sketching on pro-create. After discovering it was an iPhone exclusive I tried a few recommended apps. The first one I could figure out was Artflow. It took me about a day to get used to. I paid for the full version pretty much straight away Using as many layers as possible means I don’t need to worry about messing up previous pieces.
One of the wonderful things about working digitally is the ability to keep the original and alter colourways. I’m figuring out overlays and shading. I look forward to making more art…who knows maybe one day I’ll be able to start a piece from scratch instead of copying from previous work.
I know it has been a while since I posted here. I’m going to try updating more regularly. I’ve not stopped making, my wardrobe has transitioned to majority handmade garments. I’m currently working on a Fraser jumper from this gorgeous fleece. Lanni can be seen here helping me cut out a Stevie dress out of some Lady McElroy Viscose.
Tomorrow I shall sit at my sewing machine and crack on with more makes. Thanks for reading,
I had an absolutely amazing time at The Dressmakers Ball. For those of you who don’t know, The Dressmakers Ball is a fantastic event in which we can don our finery and dance the night away with fellow sewists.
This year, having a lot more experience with dressmaking I decided to go all out on my outfit. There were times when I regretted this. Particularly when I was tearing my hair out trying to figure out what strange maths I’d done in order to fit the waistband. However the final result was well worth it. I could not have been happier with my outfit. I was a little nervous because the plunging neckline was more than a little revealing but with the help of some body tape and many friends keeping an eye out there were no embarrassing moments.
The night was such an ego-boost I got so many compliments, my Instagram and Facebook account were blowing up with likes and comments. It was truly affirming getting such positive feedback from something I worked so hard on. In fact it’s part of the reason I’ve come back to this blog.
If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll know I struggle with mental health issues. The original motivation of this blog was to help me recognise those positive things in my life and celebrate my achievements. I have recently gone back into therapy for my eating disorder and things have been very very difficult, changing behaviours is exceptionally hard and brings back all sorts of negative feelings and low self-esteem. There are times when I feel utterly useless and find it impossible to change my behaviours. The sewing community is such a positive welcoming and friendly environment that only good can come from sharing my makes alonside my doubts and fears.
Thanks for reading, I hope you’ll be writing again soon watch this space….
MMMay is going well so far! having fun pairing ready to wear and handmade. I had an amazing time at The Handmade Fair Yesterday. The amount of creativity and talent there was overwhelming. My mum and I attended a Craftiosity Workshop. We made a really cute handbound notebook!
Day Two of MMMay: Enjoying the Sunshine on Tuesday morning and giving those plants a good water. I’m wearing A Dottie Angel Frock (Simplicity 1080) made from lightweight denim and Dashwood Gold Twist cotton, both from Crafty Sew & So. I made pockets from some scraps, I just love those cute little deer.
Day Three: Bus stop selfie. I’m heading to the shop for the first time since my chest infection. I’m ready for a day of prepping for The Handmade Fair. I’m rocking the double denim look with jeans and jacket. My handmade item is the burnout jersey tank. This is a great free pattern from Itch to Stitch. I live in tank tops through the summer and will be making a lot more! I got the fabric at a bargain price from a Girl Charlee Sale!
Day Four: Sorry about the blurry photo. On Thursday I headed to my sisters GCSE art exhibition in my full circle skirt and ready to wear embellished tank. I cut an impressive silhouette with skirt billowing in the wind. The Fabric is Rose and Hubble but I cannot remember where I got it from. By Hand London have a fantastic calculator to create a circle skirt.
Day Five: The day of The Handmade Fair. Layers were the priority, top, cardi, jacket and scarf! Even though it wasn’t cold the wind was blasting and caused quite the chill. My top is Roxanne from Victory Patterns. The collar is super cute and easy to make.
I visited the girls from Crafty, as you can see I am very excited about my purchases, these adorable embroidery patterns are from Hawthorn Handmade.
Another indulgence was this cake in a jar from Cake Up North. As soon as I got home I got into my pj’s snuggled up on the sofa and grabbed a spoon. I’ll be posting again to show off my beautiful handbound notebook and other bounties.
I’m getting over a chest infection so the start of ‘Me Made May’ passed me by. I’m jumping on the bandwagon a few days late. For those of you who don’t know MMMay is an annual endeavour in which sewers make an effort to wear and love their handmade clothes. I’m planning to wear at least one make every day. I’ll post my outfits here, though it’ll probably be a weekly thing as I’m far from organised.
I’ve made a ton of clothes since last year and am really looking forward to showing them off this May. It’s all about comfy and cool today so I’m wearing a bit of an oldie; a simple bias cut cotton Tee with lace trim. I’ve paired it with ready-to-wear shorts
Today I felt fresh air for the first time in about a week. The cats were delighted to see me and my husband in the garden.
That is one spoilt pussycat. My other cat came to play too but she’s a little camera shy.
I have been ill for what seems like forever, with a mixture of asthma, an irritating head cold and perhaps the beginnings of a chest infection I’ve been feeling rotten for over a month. With my box of tissues and copious cold and flu meds, I donned my latest make and headed bravely to The Handmade Fair. I had an absolutely wonderful day with the ladies from Crafty Sew & So.
Sarah and I did a little bit of watercolour painting in the morning. The tutor, Harriet de Winton, was fantastic. I’m so happy with my little floral wreath. Roses were super hard!
The temptation to buy was overwhelming! I managed to reign it in and came home with two purchases. An adorable little unicorn necklace from Jazzy Menagerie and a foxy notebook from Miss Meaney’s.
I had the most fun at my first ever pride festival! It was the perfect excuse to finally finish my rainbow skirt. I picked up this fabric from the market for the grand total of £1 a metre. I believe it’s a crepe de chine, there’s a little bit of texture to it and it flows beautifully. However, it’s practically transparent so I improvised an underskirt which I finally completed this morning!
We got our faces glittered by the fabulous ladies at Glitter Dolls UK, made smoothies by riding an exercise bike, went on terrifying rides, met a charming assistance dog from Recovery and generally had a grand ol’ time.
My Lungs just about made it to mid-afternoon before demanding I give them a break. Asthma’s been a little tricky recently.
It’s been a selfie heavy day. Here I am with my face back to normal and my sink a graveyard of sparkles. I swear I’m going to be finding glitter in all sorts of places for days or even weeks to come.
In other news…I hurt my foot this morning as I was hurriedly finishing the skirt I neglected to put away pins correctly. a thick pin went directly into the sole of my foot!
It was my nieces second birthday yesterday. She was a bundle of excitement. Each time a new person she knew came through the door she would give a bright surprised smile followed by a delighted squeal. Each present received with a careful and serious ooo (thank you).
I ordered her a couple of books, though far too late to arrive on time. As it was I ended up whipping together a cute snuggly blanket the night before.
She’d had a visit to the shop (Crafty Sew and So) a couple of days ago and straight away lunged at a gorgeous sparkly princess fabric.
I cut a rough metre square embroidered her name and backed it with a super soft dimple fleece. Because I didn’t have much time I placed the peices right sides together and speedily stitched them together instead of using bias binding.
She was delighted and pointed to the princesses, as she’d done in the store. Instead of snuggling up with the blanket she decided it was far more fun to wave it around like a parachute. Everything is a toy when you are two.
Sooooo…it’s been a little manic for the past, let’s say, month? Hospital trips, holidays, a severe asthma attack, and a hen weekend. You know it’s been a lot. However, in-between the madness, I have been pretty creative.
I am super proud of this quilt I’ve been making for my little sister. It’s a little different to a normal quilt as it’s going to be weighted. My sister has autism and she really struggles with getting to sleep. However, like me, she will sleep like a baby with a few heavy blankets. The idea is to have it at 10% your body weight plus a couple of pounds.
Craft Nectar has created an amazing tutorial with diagrams and clear instructions. My Quilt is a little different as I used a patchwork top and wadding, most tutorials recommend a single sheet of fabric with fleece backing.
When this quilt is finished I will more than likely start working on one for myself. I’m going to try and keep up with posting so watch this space…
It’s been an organising and tidying day today, prompted somewhat by visiting relatives. It feels lovely to have the house all neat and organised. As it’s been that kind of day I thought I’d share my wonderfully useful storage solution for old craft magazines.
My solution involves an old Buddy Box and strips of card. Trawling through the magazines I pulled out interesting projects, articles and pretty papers. Putting the pretty paper to one side I set the remaining sections into categories and folded them down to fit. I then wrote up labels on strips of cardboard and separated the pages into sections.
What took up half bookshelf now fits into a very reasonably sized box. Theo very much appreciated the new raised bed on his favourite chair.
So the Moneta party is coming up! If you’ve not heard about it, It’s an Instagram in which we make the Moneta dress by Colette.
As happens with anything with any form of deadline or pressure (even if it’s imagined) I panicked and messed up.
And then gave up.
Previously I made a small version, it fit fine but I thought I could use a little more give around the waist.
This time I tried the size up in a Cotton and Viscose Jersey blend. The fabric is gorgeous but unfortunately, I managed to stretch it out beyond any recognizable shape. After yelling at my sewing machine a few times and snapping several pieces of clear elastic, it was time to give up.
Next time I’m going to just stick with the smaller size and use more stable fabric. Any further rescue attempts are not worth my sanity.
This fetching fabric caught my eye at Crafty Sew & So, I’m somewhat smitten with it. Normally I go for more of muted tone but who can resist the allure of peacock feathers? It’s a Viscose Jersey, and shouldn’t stretch too easily. If I use the Sewing Cafe at Crafty Sew & So I can make my next Moneta on an overlocker should make things a lot simpler and quicker.