#Linden swap – the results

Happy belated Valentines day guys! Dan and I usually blow off Valentines day as the consumerist “tradition” that it is, but yesterday we decided to go all out and shared a significant amount of Prosecco and store bought pizza on the sofa watching Horrible Bosses. A very fancy and excellent evening.

I’m just writing to say thank you so much to everyone who took part in the Linden Swap that Carrie and I got going. I can’t take too much credit as Carrie’s the one who took responsibility of the logistics, pairing people up etc. Check out her blog for a round up of some of the Linden makers who took part. Can’t get over what an amazingly versatile pattern this is.

Here’s the one I made for Carrie. I’m glad I contributed something warm considering the crazy snow weather they’ve been having!

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Meet the maker on Kollabora

Hi guys

Just a quick note to say that I’m really excited to be featured on Kollabora’s blog as part of their ‘Meet the Maker’ series. I talk about the joy of sewing and what it’s like setting up a small sewing business.

If you’re curious, you can check it out here!

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An Etsy adventure

Recently I made a conscious decision to really invest in my sewing. I love making, and after having made quite a few custom made accessories for friends and family recently, I realised that I really enjoy the design process as well.

So this, in combination with a need to earn some extra money whilst doing my MA, made me explore various ways of making money from sewing. I researched online platforms, marketing, pricing, and did a lot of thinking about what I would want to offer.

The end result I’m pleased to announce (slightly bleary eyed late on a Saturday evening) is the We the Sewing Etsy shop!

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Pledge time – making it official

DSC01630 My boyfriend gave me my first sewing machine in November last year. It feels like eons ago, partly because I’ve already upgraded to a new machine, but mainly because my sewing skills have improved so much since then. I started out sewing a lot of basic Christmas gifts (oven mitts, aprons..), and eventually moved on to making clothes when I felt I could actually sew a straight stitch, and follow sewing instructions. What had seemed like such a huge mystery, has since proceeded to unravel as I’ve gone from simple to more complicated projects (it’s so much easier than you think people!!). I quickly became familiar with the MANY brilliant sewing blogs out there, whom collectively taught me how to sew (yes, I pray at the altar of infinite wisdom that is the internet). And in January this year I came across the Seamless Pledge Continue reading

Totally Sew Bossy

I’m sure you all follow one or a few bloggers whom you really like. As in, you would love go for a pint or three with them, get merry and put the world to rights. Carrie over at Oh She Dabbles, is definitely one of those people. It’s just a little bit of a shame that she’s in Salem, MA and I’m in London. So for this very reason, I was so chuffed when she emailed me to suggest we do a Sew Bossy swap.

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Sew bossy is an initiative started by Heather Lou over at Closet Case Files, to encourage us to make some sewing friends and also make a piece of clothing with fabric and notions someone else has chosen for us. Scary, but liberating is my conclusion.

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Sequins – a festival requirement

I sing in the kick-ass women’s only pop choir Lips. This summer we have two pretty monumental gigs coming up, Camp Bestival and Bestival – two pretty big festivals in the UK. Sadly I will miss be bigger of the two, Bestival, as I will be living in Denmark then (major sad face). But two weeks from now we’ll be rocking it out at Camp Bestival. Can’t. Bloody. Wait.

So.. the outfit.

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