I was hesitant about posting this because I see this award as the blogging equivalent of chain emails. Of course I am grateful that Hannah had me as one of her awardees but I don’t like to post needlessly off-topic. Please forgive me on this occasion… my next post will be a finished garment to redeem myself.
1. If you had to describe your style by comparing it to a fictional character, who would that be and why?
My style is quite schizophrenic from day to day. If I’m in a rush, I’m inspired by Sonic the Hedgehog – grab something blue and run out the door. When I demonstrate my inability to match prints or colours I feel like my style is inspired by The Mad Hatter. I even have Effie Trinket (The Hunger Games) days when I go overboard on bright colours or wear a quirky piece of tailoring. I do manage to pull of evening wear quite well though and tend to channel my inner Holly Golightly with classic black dresses with a slight tailoring twist.
2. Do you have any other hobbies / obsessions as well as those you blog about?
I (or we) grow fruit and vegetables in the back garden and I’m a hardcore gym class attendee (3-5 classes a week or more if I don’t have to go to work).
3. What is your favourite thing you’ve made / posted about and why? Remember to show us!
I still consider myself to be a beginner (perhaps an intermediate-beginner, or adventurous-beginner) so there are flaws in everything I’ve made so far. I can’t settle on one perfect (and my personality dictates that it would have to be perfect) item that I can call my favourite. What I can tell you is that my Berry Sorbetto and my Peacock Feather Mathilde blouse are my most worn, washed and complimented garments to date.
4. And the least favourite?
I’m quite embarrassed by the two tops that I wrote when this blog first started. I forced myself to wear them for my Me Made May challenge but then I sent them to the charity shop (although probably they didn’t sell them!). Thankfully I’ve made more sensible pattern and fabric choices since then!
5. If you could only make 3 more things and then you had to quit sewing forever, what would you make and why?
1. Movies in the Park Shorts – I’ve already cut out the pattern pieces for this fab pattern by Dixy DIY. If I had to quit sewing I’d want to finish this project first especially since the UK is experiencing unusually high summer temperatures at the moment.
3. Wide-leg trousers. – I have a huge wardrobe crush on Shannon’s Simplicity 4044 trousers. I picked up some lovely dark grey herringbone suiting specifically for this pattern on my birthday fabric shopping trip and it’d be a shame not get to use it.
6. Where do you find inspiration?
I always start with the pattern first, followed by the fabric. For patterns, my inspiration comes almost exclusively from blogs. I have no ability when it comes to visualising the awful pattern packet images as something wearable. Even for independently designed patterns, I like to check out the scope of the pattern by investigating the variety of fabrics (prints, textures and looks) that can be used successfully before committing to a pattern. As for fabric, I get my inspiration straight from the blots.
7. How do you feel about the whole lining vs facing vs binding debate (I may be imagining that it’s a debate)?
Can I add underlining into the mix too? Actually I think there’s an appropriate instance for each and you have to use the pattern (not necessarily the commercial pattern instructions), fabric and the look you are trying to create to guide you to the right technique.
8. What is your least favourite part of sewing (and do you do it anyway or cut corners)?
I loathe tracing and cutting out. There are tips and tricks that are useful but you really can’t cut corners (excuse the pun!) with this aspect of sewing. I try to minimise the tediousness of this task by cutting out in bulk. I’ll do a fashion fabric, a toile or two and a stash delve in one cutting out session just so that I can enjoy a few makes on the trot without tracing/cutting in between!
9. How do you like your surroundings when you sew? i.e. Do you clean up as you go, listen to music, face the window, watch telly? Basically describe your sewing situation.
I like to have everything that I might need for that project to hand. Even though I cut out multiple things, I prefer to sew one at a time to completion so everything else has to be tidied away. I use my sewing time to catch up on radio programs that I’ve missed. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the BBC Radio 4 dramatization of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s ‘The Cazalets’ recently.
10. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Restricting myself to the sewing-theme, I’d like to meet Hubert de Givenchy to ask him about the dress he designed for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. At some point I want to make Selfish Seamstress’s The Audrey Dress but I’ll need a suitable occasion to wear it to first.
11. Do you prefer to make things for yourself or others
When my repertoire consisted only of hemming trousers and curtain making, half of everything I made was for others. Now though, about 80% of what I make is for myself but that’s more because I don’t know if people really want the things I sew! I’ve given a few gifts but I’m unsure of how they’ve been received – people will always be polite even if they don’t like it. I am more than happy to do requested makes though.
And now I’m allowed to pass this award on to other lovely bloggers with fewer than 100 followers (I used bloglovin’ to check but I appreciate each will have more followers using other tools). If you haven’t come across these blogs before then I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!