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Life, the universe and everything

For sure, this year has been a crazy one amirite? And we’re not even halfway through it yet 😱

To add to this insane-in-the-membrane situation, the cherry on top of this crazy-cake is there’s no sewing for you this week here. WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE WORLD I hear you say.

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When I started this blog three and a half years ago (😱) I was a total newbie to both blogging AND sewing. This blog has closely followed my (often steep) learning curve in techniques (the good and the bad), how I choose fabric, how I’ve figured out (well, attempted to 😂) what suits me and what doesn’t. Over the years I’ve learned that even though I may like the look of dresses, I’m hardly going to wear them, so I shouldn’t make them unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you look at my early blog posts, a lot of them were dresses. Which don’t get worn. I made them from properly cool fabrics though – mostly Alexander Henry – so I think these were more about the rebellion of making what I wanted. To hell with the floral dresses in the stores… EUGH 🤮 . By sewing my own I was breaking the rules, pushing the boundaries of what females are expected to wear. I don’t want to look pretty and feminine in a floaty dress, thanks – I’ll make my own with skulls on it instead ☠️

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One of the cooler dresses, which I’ll likely salvage the fabric from and see if I can get a Scout Tee from it 👀

Throughout the journey so far, I’ve also discovered that V-necks are not for me, and skirts are also very shaky ground. I’ve improved no end on techniques – invisible zips and bound buttonholes no longer faze me – and I’ve got better at choosing prints and colours (warm tones only, plz).

Salmon-pink cat print fabric? No thanks. The sight of this fabric makes me want to vomit.

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And the epic-est of the epic dress fails:

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Just NO. To this day I don’t know what on earth made me buy that fabric. Or make the dress 🤷🏻‍♀️

Contrast those fugly-fests to some of my favourite makes of recent(ish) times – aka the point where I’d got my shit together and knew what I was doing a bit more 😂

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That’s better, right? 👀😂🙌🏻  We’ve come a long way, baby.

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When we managed to visit NYC in March earlier this year (just before the lockdown happened), I came out of the garment district mostly empty-handed. I KNOW. I say ‘mostly’ empty-handed – I didn’t buy any fabric, but I did buy supplies for a Gucci-inspired jacket that I’d been planning for ages, plus a quilt kit. I can tell that my fabric tastes are now well-honed, by how fussy I am with fabrics. Which is good! I do have a fair stash of fabrics (I mean, who doesn’t lol) but they are all – mostly – still to my tastes and will be eventually used. I haven’t bought new fabrics in FOREVER as I’m trying to whittle down what I already have.

So yeah, I can definitely see the shift over the last couple of years – I love to create, and that will never change, but my focus has slowly been edging away from MAKE ALL THE THINGS AND PRACTICE to MAKE THE THINGS THAT YOU WILL TRULY LOVE AND KEEP (and get better at the fancy techniques, like pad stitching).

Except just lately, I haven’t really been sewing anything. Well, that’s not completely true I suppose, there has been the odd thing here and there, and lots of knitting, but we’re definitely running a reduced service.

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At the end of last year, I had a career change – from finance, which I’d done FOREVER (literally forever – I left sixth form and went straight into a trainee accountant position at aged eighteen, and remained in finance until the age of thirty-five) to law-slash-data-privacy, becoming a data protection officer. I didn’t plan this one, I didn’t really see it coming, but the opportunity presented itself in the company I work for and my interest was sparked. I jumped, from the career I’d just spent eighteen years on, into the unknown. Six months down the line, I now have a qualification in this new field, plus a second one that I’m currently studying for too – and I’m excited for what the future might bring. I’d done finance for so many years, I think I’d kind of ‘got used’ to it, and now I feel like my brain is alive again. But it’s consuming. I’d forgotten what a time-suck studying was 😂

I was spending a lot of time at the start of the year studying for that first exam (so there wasn’t time for much sewing) then we had the trip to NYC, then it was lockdown and like so many of you, there was no motivation for sewing. Lockdown has been a weird time for me. At first, I was excited for ALL THE SEWING TIME I would have – and expected that my sewjo would just come a bouncin’ on back – but between worrying about what would happen to our jobs and trying to get online grocery delivery slots so we had some food in the house, I found that I wasn’t really interested in sewing. I turned instead to the pile of books that had been languishing under the bed unread for years, and rediscovered my love for reading. My knitting came out enthusiastically and I’m on my third pair of socks, plus I’ve almost finished a sweater. And that quilt kit keeps calling to me, along with my unplayed piano 👀

So… where am I going with this I hear you say 🤔

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Well. Regular readers among you will know that I hit up your inbox every Sunday morning with a new post – from now on, that’s going to be fortnightly, rather than weekly.

When I started this blog I settled on a weekly post to give myself some structure, and I felt it was better for readers to know when to expect a new post (this may or may not be true – lmk your thoughts!). I’ve been thinking for a while now about changing from weekly posts to something less frequent, but for some reason, it never quite felt like the right time.

Now that my making has slowed over the last few months and I’ve begun to invest time in new crafts (my quilt kit) and other forgotten things (the knitting), and of course the studying (🤓) I feel that now is the right time to adapt the blog to reflect that. Before I sewed clothes, I was a knitter, and it got abandoned a bit (okay, totally) while the sewing took off – but I’m pleased to say it’s well and truly BACKObvs knitted things take way longer to make than knocking up a sweatshirt in two hours, and I’ve also got that quilt kit which I’m uber excited to start but which is also gonna take me feckin’ ages, so my new fortnightly frequency is gonna match my slower output.

But even despite this shift, I’m not going to want to continue to make this volume of clothing forever anyway, because that’s needless and my wardrobe fo sho can’t handle it. It’s not sustainable – I only have a small closet, and I would rather it contain twenty things that I love dearly than fifty things that I looked at every morning and went ‘meh’. I’m slowly honing in on those things that I will truly love, and luckily, the process of figuring out what those things are (and also getting your sewing and tailoring skills sharpened) is actually quite a long one, and I’m defo not at the end of that journey yet so don’t panic – there’s plenty more to come! I still have a zillion projects in my head, and fabrics just crying out for me to use them, but we’re going for more of a leisurely coastal drive, taking in the scenery, rather than a sprint down the motorway from here on out.

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When I read other blog posts (and not just sewing ones), I can sometimes be at the end of them in about two minutes. Not that there’s anything wrong with that – each persons’ blog is their own expressions and they’re welcome to do that in whatever way they choose – but for me, a blog post is a detailed analysis of the process and also of the finished item. Do I like it? why not? Was there a better technique to use than the one instructed in the pattern? Do I like the fabric? Does it get worn? Was it a total shambles? Epic fail? Does it fit in with the other garments in my wardrobe? Basically, it’s GO BIG OR GO HOME, I either write two thousand words about something I’ve made, or I don’t bother. There’s no in-between. I love writing for this blog – and I feel so lucky to have all of you fabulous readers. When I first started writing, I didn’t even know if anyone would read my posts – I expected the tumbleweeds to go rollin’ on by in my corner of the interwebs. And it took me a fair few months to find my writing style, my vibe. The only thing I’d ever written before this was my essays for my GCSE English exam, or my finance exam papers, so not exactly riveting stuff 😂 To this day I still get excited to see that someone’s commented on a post (and taken time out of their day to read my ramblings) and there’s a special place in my heart for the regular readers among you. When someone says that they’ve been inspired to get making, or tackle a difficult garment because of one of my posts, it’s amazing.

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And I want to continue to write those essay-length, over-the-top-on-the-details posts. Five-hundred-word, blink-and-you-miss-‘em posts just aren’t my jam. But to be able to carry on, I’m gonna have to cut you off one post out of every two. It’ll be okay, I promise 💜

(See? I’ve even managed over two thousand words here to tell you something I could have literally got across in one sentence. But you know that’s not how I roll 😂)

I think (I hope) the last few months will give people a shift in perspective on many things – the number of hours they spend at work, the length of their commute, what’s really important in life. I realise that everyone’s experience is different, and that there are those that can’t wait for this to end, but I have to say I’m grateful to be finding a lot of positives in our current situation. Waking up to the birds singing in line with my own body clock is 100% better than waking up unnaturally at 6am to an alarm, and falling asleep over my coffee. I hope that people who return to a long commute have a damn good think about whether this is how they want to spend their life. I’ve definitely rediscovered the things I ‘never had time for’ – reading, going on long bike rides into the countryside, spending a few minutes just sitting outside in the garden with the dogs (and the husbeast, of course) in the warm sun, looking at the green trees against the blue sky. The husbeast will tell you that just sitting and doing nothing is very unlike me. I never sat still. It was a ‘waste of time’. I had so many other things to be doing that I couldn’t squander precious minutes just doing nothing. But now, I enjoy taking that time to just sit, and be. And it’s good for the soul. It’s nice to not have to rush rush rush all of the time. If all I achieve all day is knitting a sleeve, or making some piping in just the right shade to coordinate with a project, that’s cool. And if there’s no sewing that day? That’s cool too. Now that the brakes have been put on our destructive, too-busy working lives, I hope that there can be a permanent change to our habits for the good.

It’s not just the time benefit, though. We watch more films at home together (cinema’s closed, obvs) and we’re finally managing to watch some of the TV series that we’ve bookmarked since forever that I thought we’d never get round to watching (Ricky Gervais’ ‘Afterlife’ is next up). Not that I’m a particularly good cook, but it’s nice to have some home-cooked meals and lunches as well, rather than convenience foods al-desko or takeaways ordered in the evenings because it’s been a long day at work and you can’t be bothered to cook. I even baked some sausage rolls the other week (okay so I bought the pastry ready-made, but still 😂), and a lemon drizzle cake a week before that (which was a bit of a fail, visually, but still tasted okay). Plus the doggos get to sit outside in the sun all day if they want, rather than being cooped up in the house. It’s win-win for everyone.

In the very apt words of Mr Dave Grohl – it’s times like these we learn to live again.

All that’s left to say – for the first time ever in Wanderstitch history – is see ya in a fortnight! Live your best life, guys ✌🏻

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80 thoughts on “Life, the universe and everything

  1. I love your long form posts & do the same myself, I’m a details girl & I want to know everything – only thing is, it takes me forever to write mine – still honing those skills! I was dreading the part where you were going to say you were stopping blogging – so I’m just glad you’re still going to carry on. Absolutely no point making stuff for the sake of it. Lets hope there’s a lot of change for good comes out of this pandemic – someone, somewhere is trying to tell us something, Dave Grohl was indeed a wise man! Take care lovely & enjoy the reading,(strangely reading is one thing I’m doing less of 🤔), cooking, knitting & your lovey doggos.

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    1. Ahh thank you Sam! 💜
      Nope, not quitting! So glad to hear that you love the long form posts, in the back of my mind I always worry that I’m boring people 😂 It does take a while to write the posts, but what I tend to do is write as I go along because more than once I got to the end of a project and couldn’t remember the journey 😳 So I always have about twenty draft posts on the go at once!
      Totally right that there’s no point making for the sake of it – the journey to get here was fun, though, and I’m still not finished yet! I just have more of an idea of the direction I’m heading in ☺️
      I hope there are many good changes that come out of all of this – I’d really love for people to get more free time back, more time to spend with their families (both human and furry!) or however they please. Life is WAY too busy nowadays. I hope you’re keeping well 💜

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  2. Love reading your weekly blog and will love your fortnightly blog too. The new normal is very different for all of us. Like you I thought lots of sewing , painting etc. However, I soon realised that this process takes place in the head first and the head is in a different place at the moment!
    Nice to take time to “smell the roses” . Given what some are going through worrying about my sewing seems inappropriate.
    Keep doing what you do, weekly or fortnightly it will still be great to read on a Sunday.
    Keep safe and well, both of you!

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    1. Thank you Linda! 💜 I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the posts ☺️ Wow you’re a painter? That’s awesome! I took Art at high school and discovered that it was NOT a talent of mine 😂 What sort of painting do you do? I never thought of it like that, but you’re totally right – the creative process indeed starts in the brain. And if something is troubling you, it’s always valid – you must take time to look after your own mental health 💕 I’m creating again, although it’s not yet back to the same form as it used to be, and I wonder whether it’s been diverted down a different path permanently now. I still have fabrics set aside to make garments with, so they are ready and waiting for me when the time comes. I hope you are keeping safe and well 💜

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  3. Going from the best blog I read every week to the best blog I read every fortnight? It will still be the best blog I read! 💜

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    1. Tania thank you so much for your lovely comment! 🥰🥰🥰 The best blog you read title is truly an honour, and I hope I can continue to live up to that! 🙏🏻💜

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  4. I love your blogs (I’ll be 69 in August) – and, call me a stoopid old woman, but I LOVE those dresses on you! I also love the word “husbeast” and may well steal it at some point! I’ve been sewing on and off for years – I’m better at making stuff for others (very difficult to fit on oneself) but have recently made some things out of reeeeally cheap remnants, which is satisfying! Anyhoo, nice to hear some “calm” in your hectic life – you sound nice n settled. See ya in a fortnight 😁

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    1. Thank you Maggie! 💜 I truly believe that age is just a number, and you are most definitely NOT a stoopid old woman! 😘 I love the dresses themselves, but just don’t really feel it when I’m wearing them… perhaps it’s because I’m clumsy, and I always worry that I’ll get them tucked in my underwear or something and not realise 😂😂😂 trousers are safer!! Haha. I’m not sure.
      You can *totally* steal the husbeast word – I actively encourage it! It’s such a cool word, and accurately reflects him I think… he’s hairy, so kind of a beast 😂
      I feel like maybe I am finding the calm in life… or maybe I’m getting old! 😂💜

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  5. I shall miss you on the weeks there is no blog, but I’ll get used to it, no doubt. The main thing is that you enjoy life and it sounds like you are doing just that.

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    1. Ahh thank you Bren 💜 Hopefully the fortnightly post will be good enough to make up for the missed weeks 😁 It’s nice that the brakes have been put on in modern lifestyles – I am definitely enjoying more time to just ‘be’. I hope you are safe and well 💕

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  6. Great post. I was always amazed how often you post so its understandable to slow that down. I love your blog as you are so honest and show what did not work and also why. Your style and choice of patterns and fabric are quite opposite to mine but that to me is exciting and also makes me think a bit more about what I want, like and desire from my makes.

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! 💜 I spent so much time making things, trialling out patterns, and fabric, the output was a fair few garments each year. But I was starting from scratch – I didn’t know what suited me, what didn’t, and why, so I had to just try everything to try and gain some direction. I feel like I’ve sort of got that now – well, I know for sure some things I *don’t* like, which helps steer me away from those (and hopefully towards the successes!) – and so the making will naturally slow. I’m so glad you enjoy the honesty – I really don’t know why more people aren’t upfront about what went wrong, because I feel that’s where the most is learned!
      I like looking at what others have made who have a different style to me, because like you say you then start to think about how those designs might work for you! Hope you are keeping well, happy sewing! 💜✂️

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  7. Looking forward to reading you in two weeks then 😉 And I feel the same about this lockdown. At first there was anxiety and then just taking the time to be, to breath, to enjoy the small things. Enjoy your sunday. Love from Paris 😘

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    1. Thanks Natacha 😘
      Glad to hear that you’re finding some calm in the lockdown 💜 I am actually now loving it – I’m working from home all the time, so the dogs don’t have to be shut in the house on their own. The husband is on furlough at home, so that will likely change when it’s time for him to go back to work, but maybe his company will embrace home working too. There’s no rush in the morning for a commute, and when the workday is done, it’s DONE, with no commute to get home. I have time to cook a nice dinner. I’m happy ☺️ I hope you are enjoying life 💕

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  8. I hardly ever comment on blogs but just want to say that I love reading your lengthy blog posts about sewing and life in general. My style in clothing is totally different but still fun to see what you’re making and I just like your honesty and writing style. So keep up the good work, even though it’s less frequent (which is totally understandable!).

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    1. Ahh thank you Susan! 💜 I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy the blog! The husbeast will likely say that my honesty can be a bit… blunt at times 😂 But I always say, honesty is the best policy! I don’t understand why more bloggers don’t talk about their fails, or hiccups along the way. It might help other people! And getting stuff wrong is part of the learning process, so it makes sense to include it 🤷🏻‍♀️ (To me, anyway).
      Thanks so much for commenting, I hope you’re keeping safe and well! 💕

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  9. Love your posts. I always find them so interesting and it’s like getting a phone call from friend telling you about their week. So now it will be every two weeks. As long as you keep them coming. There are some positive things about the lockdown once you get into the swing of it. More time with the hubby, enjoying Netflix on TV, enjoying the balcony, cooking terrible peanut butter cookies that ended up feeding the squirrels (hey, they liked them!). I find this situation makes us appreciate a lot that we were rushing through and taking for granted. Take care, stay safe, the sewing thing will happen as we go along. Looking forward to reading your blog in two weeks!

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    1. YES, Susan! You’re so right. It’s odd – but totally fabulous – to have had the brakes forced on. Modern life seems to have become this massive rush – rush to get to work, rush lunch down because no time for a lunch break, rush to the train station to get a seat on the train home, rush dinner down so you have time to do things in the evening before you go to bed and do it all again the next day. And there’s the opinion that if you’re not busy, then what are you even doing with your life? *sigh*. I’m hoping for a change in perspective in the world, but how likely that is to happen – or stick – I don’t know. Like you I’ve had time to do some cooking, with slim-to-moderate success (and I think some of my creations have gone to the foxes 😂), time to sit in the garden, and time for some Netflix too. I know it’s a terrible time but I’m actually feeling happy ☺️
      So happy to hear that you enjoy the blog posts! Sometimes I wonder if they’re too long and people are just bored of me rambling on 😂 but I’m glad you like them and with the reduced frequency I likely will include some of the general life goings on as well as the sewing! I hope you are keeping safe and well, and enjoy tomorrow’s post! 💜

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  10. I’ll miss the weekly blog (it’s a total Sunday evening highlight for me) but will just make sure I enjoy the fortnightly one that much more. Totally hear you on the slowing down – I hope that will last! X

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    1. Ahh thank you Shari! 💜 I do hope you continue to enjoy the fortnightly blog!
      Yes… I really *do* hope the slowing down lasts – there’s too much ‘busyness’ in modern life for sure 🤔

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  11. Totally agree with you about the volume of projects- I do wonder about the bloggers and bloggers who make a dozen things in a month. Do they have massive wardrobes or just chuck things out on a regular basis? I’m a slow sewer; I can’t maintain the level of focus required to avoid cockups for longer than a couple of hours, so things are done over several sittings. I’m fine with it- one of my reasons for sewing is to avoid fast fashion, so I’m not about to start making fast fashion items for myself.
    My sewing has become slower during quarantine as my sewing table has become my husbeast’s WFH desk. I try to sneak a bit of sewing in at the dining table after I finish work, although in the past couple of weeks my output has consisted of a couple of “homemade face coverings” for us both (this makes me feel a bit resentful, but there we are).

    What are you reading?

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    1. I can’t remember the last time I finished a project in just one sitting – in fact, I’m not sure I’ve *ever* done that! I do wonder that too about the bloggers… I mean, where are they keeping all these clothes?! Or are they throwing them out? 🤷🏻‍♀️ And if they are throwing them out, are they looking at WHY they don’t like their makes enough that they’re just getting rid of them? So. Many. Questions. 😂
      Snapsies on the sewing-slash-WFH desk… one chair is for me to sit at with my laptop, the other chair to the left (on the same table) has the sewing machine!
      I am devouring *all* the books at the minute… I finished The Goldfinch (so unexpectedly good!), started The House of Impossible Beauties but might give up on it as not really feeling it 🤔

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  12. I really enjoy reading your blog posts. I even go back and re-read them when I want some inspiration. It’s good that you’re taking time to relax and enjoy the slower pace of life. Love from Canada.

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    1. Thank you Helene! 💜
      That’s so lovely to hear that you go back and re-read the posts, I hope they provide you with some inspiration!
      Canada is one place that I would really love to visit… the trees, the mountains… such great scenery! 🥰

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  13. Me three or tenth – loving your blog post I mean. I read several but yours is THE CHANEL 🙂 Your writing style is delicious – writing humour is not easy and you always do it like a pro. Having been a veracious reader for almost 60 years (I’m 65) with a lit degree, and a writer myself I am a rather seasoned judge.. might I suggest, “Why the heck in all this flow you’re moving into don’t you write a book or series of books?” You have easily a book in effect already in this impressive blog – you would only have to imagine a theme (The Sassie Sleuth Sewist? I know not alliteration! I can never seem to resist) I greedily consume whatever you’re offering and you have been so incredibly generous, how can we complain? I think this new world has changed us all (sometimes I imagine I can hear the earth breathing – and like an old lover it’s reassuring, SHE still lives! 🙂 )

    It hasn’t changed my life enormously, having worked for myself from home for many years. But there are things I don’t like too. An awkwardness when you’re coming up on someone on the street – a hesitation – who is going to go on the street to walk? (social distancing) or being corrected ALL THE TIME – “please stand behind that line” – “please don’t come up to the counter” – “please don’t put your bags on the counter” – constantly I’m being corrected to abide the new “laws”. By the time I get home I’m exhausted. Browsing, impulse buying, shopping is in effect dead in the water. Even going into my favourite local fabric shop has become a chore because you feel guilty just looking and touching now since only a few at a time are “allowed” in and lines wait outside. Git ‘her done – is the new norm. What had been a joy and pleasure has become a chore and burden. I know! I know! Another middle class complainant.

    Underneath it all is also this anxiety like I might feel jumping out of a plane without a parachute. Gee. Something I’ve always wanted to try but wisely assigned to my dream life. The fallout financially on many is truly terrifying. Pondering it almost stops my heart. I don’t think there are many left now who actually lived through the dirty ’30’s. We all know deep down that’s going to happen – is happening. A global financial retraction in proportions we only scarcely allow ourselves to vision. Having been in finance I’m sure you have similar feelings at times. We must all get into flow now – seize the day as they say. Love and hold each other tight. I’m happy to read you are thoroughly enjoying life right now and reclaiming bits of yourself that got lost in the business of busy-ness along the way. I look forward always to just reading what you’re up to – sewing or otherwise 🙂

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    1. Ahh thank you so much for your comments Kathleen! 💜 I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the blog, and my writing style which I have no idea where it came from! I just write as I would speak 😂 A book?! Ooh, I’m not sure I’m ready for that kind of commitment… what would I write about?! But, I won’t write the idea off completely… and you never know, one day it might happen 🙃
      I totally get what you mean about all the ‘new rules’… I must admit, I order groceries rather than go to the shop – I’ve only been once, when I needed just one small thing, but the experience was awful. People having to follow arrows on the floor, you hovering because someone is browsing the honey or whatever and you can’t get close enough to pick up the jam you want… I even felt guilty for moving a couple of punnets of strawberries out the way to get to the one I wanted underneath. It was a horrible trip! I haven’t been back since. I haven’t been into a regular (non-grocery) shop either – they are only really now starting to open here in the UK, but I’m totally fine going without shopping for a good while yet!
      This lockdown has changed a lot of people in a lot of ways, I think. I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting it to affect me much (as I was already working from home 50% of the time), but it did. In bad ways, at the start (will we lose our jobs? What if we get sick? What if they don’t find a cure or get it under control?) but then unexpectedly all these good things developed – a slower pace, time for reading, time for cycle rides, time to pause. The financial effect of it is very scary – the recession is already beginning. I don’t even know how theatres, concerts, festivals, even restaurants are going to come back. I read earlier that many of the top shows on the London West End will not open until 2021. How will they survive? What happens to all the people that relied on these productions for their salary? I can’t even imagine how wide ranging the effects will be felt.
      Anyhoo… seize the day, yes. Live for now. Don’t save the best for the special occasions – use it now.
      I hope you are well and adjusting okay to the new blog frequency! 😘

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  14. Isn’t it interesting, the things we learn about ourselves? I’m glad you’ll still write lengthy posts regularly 😊 it’s nice to get all the details and the small things! Also, I’m in awe of your patience with the cricut!
    I’ve managed some sewing but it’s restricted to weekends mostly, as my sewing desk is now my work from home desk 🤷‍♀️ I take everything off when the weekend starts though.
    But between looking after children, and the house, it’s sometimes a lot easier to just read a book. It’s also my first defense mechanisme when I feel blergh. My mom used to say that she knew how things were going by how much I read 😉

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    1. You know, it *really* is interesting. I never expected the lockdown to have the effects and outcomes that it has! But it’s good, because I’ve reignited a lot of old passions (reading, yay!) and slowed the pace down A LOT.
      But don’t worry, I’ll still be writing my essays for the blog – just once every fortnight now! Haha I’m not sure it’s ‘patience’ with the Cricut… more the determination not to be beaten 😂
      I think there’s a few of us that have lost our sewing space to WFH space! Totally get what you mean, it’s so easy to just pick up a book – and off you go. No sewing machine, no tools, no iron, no rethreading – just eeeeeeeasy escapism 🥰

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  15. Keep up the good work, whatever the interval… Interesting subject and a different take are all I’m looking for. Well done so far.

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  16. I love your posts and the great animations. I also have slowed my making down. Hand quilting a quilt because if it takes me a year it doesn’t matter. Sewing is my hobby not my job so I can do what I want.

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    1. Thank you Nicola! 💜 So glad you enjoy the posts 😘 It’s great to slow down isn’t it… I’m intending on hand quilting the kit I bought in March – it’s huge, but I don’t care! I’d much rather take a year – or more – to quilt it myself, than have someone else do it for me 🙂

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  17. I love your posts. I wish I could write posts this long, but I just don’t have it in me. I kind of hate writing, I wish I was good at it, but I’m not, do I’m a short post sort of girl. But I love your posts. I’m with you on taking time to make what you love. Enjoy cooking and TV. Btw afterlife is brilliant and I don’t even like Ricky Gervais. Enjoy life. C

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    1. Thank you! 💜 I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy the blog ☺️ I never really considered myself to be a writer… I just ended up having lots of words to say about things I made 😂
      I’ve just finished the first season of Afterlife and absolutely LOVED it. Onto season two now!
      And yaaaaay for slow sewing! 💕

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  18. However will I know it’s Sunday? So sad for me, but totally understandable. If you’re enjoying life more I’m sure that we’ll all get a bit more also. So good news all around!

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    1. Awww I guess you’ll know it’s Sunday every other week?! 😂 I *so* hope that as many people as possible put the brakes on in their busy lives, and reclaim some ‘me’ time, whatever that looks like for them. I hope you manage to grab some! 💕

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  19. I love your long posts and the level of detail you go into for each project. It’s incredibly helpful to read about your fabric, pattern and sizing choices, not to mention the local tips you’ve given for London and NYC fabric shopping (both of which I visited last year and used your various blog posts as starters for deciding which fabric shops to hit up!). I also really appreciate your honesty when it comes to sewing fails too. I think a lot of bloggers / instagrammers simply avoid posting anything that didn’t work out so well (understandable, but also unrealistic) so it’s refreshing to read an honest post about something you put so much time into but in the end, didn’t turn out great.

    And lastly, you have such a great writing style! Funny, engaging, and your personality shines through. I totally understand dropping your posts down to one a fortnight and look forward to reading your blog for a long time to come 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Alice! 💜 I’m so excited that you used my London/NYC posts to help you plan shopping trips!
      I’ll be honest, it never really occurred to me *not* to post the failures. They are part of the journey, and (hopefully) helped me learn in some way, or guide my making in a different direction. Nobody is a perfect sewist/fashion stylist straight out of the bag, and it takes time to learn what styles and fabrics suit you – and if I can detail my experiences, they might help someone else 😊

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  20. I was relieved when you didn’t announce you were stopping altogether. I love reading your Blog as it’s so different from all the other dressmaking ones out there. I agree you can’t keep making for the sake of it (nor for the sake of a Blog) and I often ponder about the fit between environmentally friendly sewing v producing hundreds of handmade garments (got to be better than RTW but maybe but not quite in line with how I want to live my life). I am still working out what suits me and what I want to make so it’s lovely you have reached that point. I think it’s a very positive point in your life so congratulations and see you in a fortnight

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    1. Ahhh don’t fear – the blog will continue! Just on a different frequency 🙃
      So glad to hear that you enjoy reading the blog! 💕 I’m nowhere near to having ‘all the answers’ when it comes to my wardrobe… but now at least I do have a rough direction to head in and some clearer ideas of what suits me. You will reach that point too!
      You’re right that making *loads* of garments isn’t perhaps the most sustainable thing in the long run, BUT each of those garments will help point you in the direction of wardrobe utopia… so maybe it balances out in the end? 🤔

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  21. As one who looks forward to your weekly post each Sunday morning I have to admit I will miss it. However your reasoning makes sense and I’m happy to hear you say you have found other activities to spend your time on. So I will now look forward to your post every other week and wish you the best. You are one of the bloggers I would most love to sit down with over coffee and discuss stuff! If you are ever in the western NY area we must meet up.

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    1. Ahh thank you so much! I’ll hold you to that coffee! 💕☕️🍪
      It’s odd to only post every fortnight, because this weekly blog has been a part of my life for so long. But, it’s nice to have the time to devote to other things (even just sitting down and doing nothing!). I hope you are safe and well across the pond 💜

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  22. Although I never comment I do now just to tell you that I love your lengthy blog and look out to it every week. I like the patterns you choose (love Deer and Doe) and like the fabrics you choose ( but I choose a different one 😉). Greetings from the Netherlands

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    1. Hi Jacqueline! So glad to hear that you enjoy the blog 💕 Deer and Doe make such good patterns don’t they! Happy sewing ✂️

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  23. Ahhhh. Sarah, how wise you have become at such a young age and in such a short while. You have already learned what most of us do not learn until retirement time, when we then have time to reflect back and wish we had stopped to listen to the birds, look in the garden, rested, and done absolutely nothing more often.
    Congrats on your successful brain boosting. As a retired teacher, I send my sincere applause from across the pond, and felt a smile emerge as you wrote, “my brain is alive again.” Isn’t that the most wonderful sensation to actually feeeeeeel your brain working very hard??
    As you are in a transitional career phase, an expanding education phase, and a transitional artistic medium and mode phase, I think I must say, you will always be that way. How wonderful! You will use your artistic talents and grow in that knowledge and expertises, and enlarge your abilities in many forms during the next fifty+ years. My mother was a professional milliner (1940’s-1960’s) and extraordinary seamstress all of her life. After finding an old spinning wheel up in the attic of my grandparent’s house in 1965 (that had belonged to my father’s grandmother), she had it restored and tried to use it, only to discover it was a flax wheel, and was not the right device for learning how to spin wool. So she bought a “learning” spinning wheel, had another special one made, and she was off and away, learning to spin at age 60. But then she started to weave, using square looms, triangle looms, both made by my father. To no one’s surprise, she bought an eight harness loom…a fine and beautiful one…and the craftswoman within her had once again found her niche. At age 65 she had become a weaver, and soon afterwards, a master weaver, weaving complex patterns that then became skirts and coats, and more coats, and more coats. All of those expert sewing skills allowed her to combine her years of working with fibers into the exceptional blend of Perfection.
    Point of this story? You are a happy creative who seeks to know herself as much as she learns to know the intricacies of her craft. You will always be learning and growing creatively. It’s really who you are as an artist.
    Bravo, and congrats. 🤗
    I look forward to your post in a “fortnight.” (Love that word! We don’t use it here in the states but I wish we did!)
    Sara

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    1. Hi Sara 💕
      Ooh would I call myself wise?! I’m not sure 😂 I am however, glad that I’ve reached this point while I’ve still (hopefully!) got time to enjoy it, and I hope many others claw back some balance too.
      YESSSSS my brain is alive again! It’s such a good feeling! I’d been in finance for so long, I thought I’d be in it forever – because when you’ve got that much experience in one field, you’re sort of committed right?! So it’s good to do something different ☺️
      You’re right… everything seems to feel rather transitional right now, and I kind of like that. I like not knowing where things are going to go. Whenever I used to get the ‘where do you see yourself in five years’ question in an interview, I always used to say that I didn’t *want* to know, and instead wanted to go with the flow.
      You’re mother sounds like an amazing lady… my kind of creative! 🤩 Who knows where I’ll be at age 65!
      Thanks for taking the time to comment 💜 I hope you enjoyed the first fortnightly post! (I can’t believe you guys don’t use that word – do you have a different word for a block of two weeks?!)

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  24. I know what you mean about wondering about bloggers/Instagrammers who put out SO MANY garments! (Sorry to shout, but really…) I tend to wonder if they wear them beyond the photoshoot. Is that what they’re wearing as they sew? Pondering.

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    1. I do wonder that sometimes myself… I mean, I’ve never had a massive wardrobe but I bet it’s the norm for some people (don’t even get me STARTED on the whole I-only-wear-things-once thing 😱), and maybe they just keep on making and keep on adding to it 🤷🏻‍♀️
      I’ve tried to learn from the things that don’t get worn much in the everyday wardrobe, so I don’t waste time making stuff that’s just going to hang on the hanger for it’s whole life (or immediately be donated to charity) 🤔

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