Good Evening Friends,
So, this Blog Hop thing has been going around for a while now. Whilst I do find it interesting reading other people’s answers, I admit, I am lazy when it comes to doing things like this myself. However, it’s that time of the evening when my little girl watches her 1 hour of cartoons, so here I am….writing.
First off, I have to say thank you to two people for nominating me. First is Beth from SunnyGal Studio. We all know Beth by now. Immaculate tailoress, pattern whisperer and teacher extraordinaire. Second (and for this I do feel bad!) is Sam from Stitched Up by Samantha. Sam asked me to take part in this Blog Hop several weeks ago and I fobbed her off with an excuse of being too busy. Sorry Sam 🙂 Anyway, I have met Sam in real life. She is a multi-talented lady, who is not only one of the Minerva Network Bloggers, but also knits and does beautiful free motion quilting.
On to my answers! Don’t expect too much waffle: I am a strong believer in why use 500 words to say what can be said in only 50. Haha
1. Why do I write?
Hmmm. By nature I am quite methodical and organised. In a former life I was a project manager in the pharmaceutical industry and writing large documents and reports was part of my daily life. In fact, I have kept diaries on and off since I was a young girl, and of course I wrote my PhD thesis. So what I am saying is that, writing of some kind has always featured in my life. Writing this blog helps me to effectively keep a record of everything I make, including any alterations etc.
But, more than that, I like to think that I might inspire and teach others useful tidbits. When I first discovered sewing blogs maybe 3 years ago I never thought I would, one day, write one myself. And it’s true, sewing can be quite an isolated hobby. I find it incredible to think of all the supportive friends I have made via blogging, whether I have met them in real life or not, it’s a great way to reach out and share your passion with other like minded people. So I guess that’s a great reason to write 🙂
2. How is your blog different to others of the same genre?
Eek. I don’t think it is much different is my honest opinion. I try and be honest in what I sew and my pattern reviews. I am currently a stay at home mum so the things I sew, generally, reflect that. Just because you are a stay at home mum doesn’t mean you should lose your identity or sense of style. If there are things I feel are amiss in a pattern, whether Big 4 or indie, I will say that.
I am someone who likes to wear a variety of different styles and change my look. I hope people coming to my blog will be inspired to try something new out.
Just this year alone I have sewn such a variety of things, and my abilities are improving with each and every project:
3. What am I working on right now?
Here’s a sneaky peak: Vogue 8998
Next month is a milestone birthday for me: I am turning 40. So Vogue 8998 is going to be my birthday dress (hopefully). I am making it out of a floral silk. Handling this silk is something akin to trying to lasso a cloud 🙂 I have underlined the bodice with silk organza and it is going to be lined with a silk cotton. Today I came up against a problem: I ran out of fabric when cutting out the skirt pieces. Tomorrow I will have to order some more and pray it reaches me in time (I ordered it from a silk seller on ebay who is based in China!) More to follow…
4. What is your writing process?
As I am sewing my current project I will be thinking of what I have to say about it, make little notes, take any relevant photos and then, as soon as I have finished the project, at the first opportune moment (in terms of weather) I will make hubby (normally) take photos, and when I get the chance, edit and write the blog post. I have to do it before I can start the next project, just like I have to pack away the pattern and hoover my room out generally, before starting the next project. And I cannot wear whatever it is “in the real world” without taking photos first. haha. Don’t we have these strange habits? BTW, I also DON’T have UFOs and if a wadder is a wadder, it’s binned.
So, it appears I have finished. Phew!
I would like to nominate the following two bloggers if they would like too. I have not asked either of them (which is very rude of me), so I will not be offended in the slightest if they chose not to take part. (One is currently heavily pregnant, the other is about to start a new job…excuses, excuses…:-))
First, Amanda, from Amanda’s Adventures in Sewing. Really, not only is this lady a meticulous and talented seamstress, she’s a mum of 4 and expecting her 5th (have I got that right Amanda?) but she still finds time to sew incredible things like this jacket. She is one of the first bloggers I can across, and still remains one of my all time favourites.
Second, Debbie from Stitches and Seams. Whilst Debbie is a far more experienced seamstress than myself, I believe we have a few things in common, not least the fact that you can rely on Debbie for an honest review of a pattern and she sews things which suit her lifestyle. She’s someone else I learn a lot from.
You’re supposed to post your Blog Hop answers in 7 days…
Until soon my friends…