2023: a wee update

It has been ages since I’ve blogged but I’m back again. I thought I’d do a catch up post before posting some more of my makes, so here goes.

It’s been almost 6 months since my last post, and there’s not that much to catch up on as it feels as though I’ve been going back to life as it was pre-pandemic. I’ve been back in the office much more, but also doing the nursery run which is a fun challenge, getting used to having a bit of free time to myself thanks to free childcare hours from the age of three, and I’ve been trying to get through the winter. As much as I love the cold and being cosy, the dark mornings and evenings are not my favourite. But on the bright side I have been sewing, and knitting, a lot.

My last blog post coincides almost exactly with the time that I learned to knit socks. I attended a class at the Glasgow School of Yarn, and we made a mini sock using all the techniques you’d need to make a full size sock. Since then, I’ve been hooked on sock knitting. I’ve made probably 7 or 8 pairs since then, for at least 5 people! And I now have a sock wool stash to add to my sizeable fabric stash.

Another nice development since my last blog is that I joined a sewing club at a local sewing school. It’s been really lovely to get dedicated time, out of the house, to go and sew and progress my projects regularly. It’s effectively a subscription – I pay a monthly fee and that gives me access to a fully equipped sewing studio, once a week, for 2.5 hours. I take whatever project I want to do with me, and just sit and sew and chat with friends. It’s so nice to get regular sewing time.

One of the reasons I haven’t posted recently is that I’ve been getting a lot of fabric sent to me by Minerva, and sharing these on their website. Because I don’t pay for the fabric, I don’t really share them on here, but if you are interested, you can find my profile here.

Of the non-gifted fabric sewing that I’ve been doing, at Christmas I made quite a few handmade gifts, and sewing club definitely helped me to manage to get the time to complete them. I’m excited to share some of these over the next few weeks.

My make 9

My regular sewing time means I’ve been making, and executing, lots of sewing plans. And so, at the start of the year I decided it’d be fun to do a Make nine. This is simply a list of 9 projects you’d like to make in the next calendar year. I’ve done this before and never managed to make everything, but I thought if I did it in a different way, it’d just be a fun way to think about what my sewing intentions were at the start of the year and then look back at them at the end of the year. So there’s no pressure on myself, and I’ll see how I get on!

My current sewing intentions are around lingerie sewing: I’ve made a few pairs of pants for my daughter to celebrate her success in potty training, and now that I’ve sorted through my fabrics and found some nice cotton jersey remnants, I’m going to try some for myself. I’m looking forward to sharing my adventures with these! If it all goes well then hopefully I can also do some swimwear sewing again this year.

Toddler pants in progress

We’ve booked a holiday to Greece this summer and so I’m in planning mode for that. There are a few dresses I’d like to make for myself, and some fun things to make for my daughter too. I love the idea of floaty dresses, and have a few long-time plans that I’m hoping to complete this year, as well as some fun toddler makes too. I’ve been loving Waves and Wild patterns for holiday ideas – I guess as they’re in Australia and at the beach a lot, there are lots of warm weather items on her site, and I’m excited to sew a few up over the coming months.

Another Charlie Caftan might be on the cards!

My final update is that I went to a sewing meet up in Edinburgh. It was nice to see people, although I also realised how many sewists there are out there who I’ve not met / haven’t seen on Instagram. The last meet up I attended was in 2019 and I felt I knew a lot of the people there. But today was almost completely different faces. I wish I had photos to share, but I didn’t take any!

That’s my wee catch up, I’m excited to start sharing some makes.

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