Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Liebster Love

Right so this is disgracefully late but I got a Liebster Award from Rachael at The Girl Who Makes Things which is just lovely! 




I was nominated last year but I think it's actually a cool way to keep spreading the word about new blogs out there. I know this has got me to go looking about for new and interesting people doing new and interesting things! 

So here goes with my answers to the questions. 

1. If you could keep one sewing pattern for the rest of your life which would it be? 
Oh that's difficult! Actually the top I made recently is so easy and useful that I know I'm going to use it a tonne of times. And I keep daydreaming about how I can customise fabric and interesting things that I could do with this pattern. It's Burda Young 7051. 




2. What is your first sewing memory? 
I love my first sewing memory! I don't know how old but I was but  I know we were pretty young. My mum got my little brother, my two cousins and me to cut up little squares of fabric and sew them together to make our first patchwork square. They were SO wonky but my mum made them into a cushion. I remember how happy I was that we had done it. 

3. Which project are you most proud of? 
I think that would be the dress I made recently. I'm not sure if/ when I'll be wearing it but it is probably the most intricate thing I have made and took so much seam-ripping and re-doing. 


4. Apart from yourself, which person do you sew most for? 
Ahem... well that would be tricky as I'm kind of a selfish sewer!I have made a few things for friends and actually I have really enjoyed giving something that I made myself and would like to do more of it. The problem is that I'm pretty slow at completing projects. I've also compulsively (because it was so cute!) bought a pattern for a child's top and dress from Oliver + S which I'm excited about sewing for my friends' children. 

By the way, they have a nice selection of freebie patterns on their site. 

5. Indie patterns or the Big Four? 
Both! I do really like the idea of supporting all of these emerging pattern makers so I'm working my way through sampling lots of the Indies. My latest purchase that I'm very excited about is from Republique de Chiffon. I've bought the Bernadette jacket - let's see how I get on with those French instructions! 


6. When are you most content? 
Sewing on a Saturday morning with the radio on! Dinner out with my friends or boyfriend...Swimming in the sea... 


7. When are you most frustrated? 
When I'm procrastining!! Thinking about sewing but not doing it. This is true for most of my life!

8. If you could put one thing in Room 101 (your pet hate) what would it be and why? 
Can I put bad manners in Room 101? Why can't people just be nice, eh?! 

9. What would be your last three course meal on earth? 
Well, I'll start off with Peking Duck Pancakes and then a really really juicy slow-cooked pulled pork... 
For pudding, it's a good old fruity creamy pavlova... which I'll eat really slowly ;) 

10. Who is your style inspiration? 
Cliche I know but Kate Moss is just eternally cool. 
In the sewing world, my current girl-crush is Jolies Bobines - just makes me want to make everything she makes because she's so goddam stylish!


11. What are your sewing goals for this year? 
To make more things that really suit my own style, to be more productive and to STOP PROCRASTINATING!!! 

Now for the next bit - my nominees!This is supposed to be people with followers that number less than 500. I've gone with the Bloglovin stats so big apologies if my nominees have more followers than I realise! 

Stitch and Cappuccino
Love Lola
We The Sewing
Sewing Tidbits
A Handmade Wardrobe
Lathelieze
Garmenter
Sartorial Sweatshop
Cathy Wu
Creatively Captured
The Stitching Misadventures of Our Heroine

And my questions: 
1. What is your all-time favourite pattern? 
2. What is your day job - is it something creative?  
3. Where do you look for inspiration for what to make? 
4. Where did you learn to sew? 
5. What frustrates you most about sewing? 
6. What do you love most about sewing? 
7. What is the garment you have made that you are most proud of? 
8. Would you like to make a living from sewing or are you happy just having it as a hobby? 
9. What do you like / dislike about blogging? 
10. Which is your favourite blog? 
11. Tell us something surprising about yourself! 

And I think that's it - Thanks Rachael! 





Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Ahoy there Dubliners - we're going fabric shopping!

The next Dublin Sewing Meet-up is this Saturday and the last couple of times we've met up, Emma has been telling us about Michael H Fabrics, a lesser-known and kind of unusual sounding fabric shop on Dublin's northside. 


So this month's meet-up is going to take a trip to Michael H to see what weird and wonderful things we can find. 

The more the merrier so follow this link to Meet-up and RSVP to Emma! 
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