Swimsuits and New Domains

a sewing blog

If you look in your browser bar you might see I’ve started using a shiny new domain! I am a website tester by day and I always planned to switch and be able to tinker around with the site, so here I am. Hopefully none of you will see any difference, but please do let me know if something’s not working or you’re not getting my posts! All followers and comments have been transferred over, so hopefully it will be seamless! Haha, a sewing pun! Not even deliberate.

Anyone who knows me knows what a BBC News junkie I am. It feels like a more legitimate way to procrastinate at work than blogging or crosswords and who would want to miss the “Can you create a majority government?” game, articles about dogs driving cars or today’s favourite, “Kim Jong-un’s brother visits London to watch Eric Clapton”?

But I digress, what I want to tell you about is today’s fabulous magazine article about swimsuits through the ages. If you haven’t seen it, it is a vintage fashion lover’s dream and I urge you go and take a look – beach pyjamas anyone? Then when you’ve read it we can all go to the exhibition that sparked the article at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London and drool over all the exhibits (not literally obviously, might get thrown out). And THEN we can all make some lovely vintage swimsuits!

I’ll leave you with my favourite swimsuit from the article, the women’s tan and blue scalloped edge swimsuit. I REALLY need this in my life. When I’m a master pattern cutter, this will be the first item on my list. Can you even buy “lastex” these days?

Women’s tan and blue scalloped edge swimsuit, 1953 (Copyright: Leicestershire County Council Museums Service)

Sun, Sewing and Sushi

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It’s been so sunny here in Oxford! Finally able to get my head into floaty summer dresses and stop dreaming so much of chunky knit cardies. Anyone else got cotton lawn on the brain?

I had an eventful weekend shopping, watching the Boat Race (woo, we won!) and then making sushi with my friends. When I said in my first post that I might bring up food I hadn’t anticipated I wouldn’t make it past post 3 before mentioning it again, but when there’s sushi to show you, what’s a girl to do?  We had lots of fun making them and we were SO full afterwards – don’t they look delicious? We filled the maki (rolled up ones) with aubergine, avocado, tofu and omelette. Yum!

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Anyway, I may have had a lot on this weekend, but I still found time to sew up a simple summer dress. I wore it this afternoon to “road test” it and I think I still have some tweaks to do to it, but I’ll hopefully be able to post about it this week. I also had an online fabric binge this morning and ended up ordering this lovely organic knit from Birch Fabrics. I have spent so long with my Featherweight only being able to do straight stitch that I haven’t tried knit fabric, so I’m looking forward to giving it a go now I’ve got some zig-zag action! I’m thinking a t-shirt dress at the moment, or maybe a batwing top?

skinnychevcoralSo I’ve been thinking of doing Me Made May. I’ve been aware of this going on in sewing circles for a couple of years, but I’ve never had the time or the wardrobe to consider taking part myself. This year, though, I think I might be able to do it! I haven’t pledged yet because I’m still torn between the five day or seven day challenge. I have a little while to go, so I may see what garments come off the sewing bench in the next couple of weeks. I promise not to panic sew though, I know that’s not allowed!

Hello World!

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Well look at that, I have given birth to a blog. And what a fabulous blog it shall be!

So the main thing I want to talk about is my sewing habit. A couple of years ago I found an old Singer Featherweight sewing machine in a charity shop for £30 and it was the start of an addiction. I started with a couple of little zip bags, moved onto the odd skirt or dress and around this time, The Great British Sewing Bee graced our screens. I was so inspired that there were others like me who wanted to have unique clothes that fit properly and it was so much fun to see people doing what I wanted to do. This also introduced me to the world of sewing blogs, with Tilly and the Buttons making it’s way into my bookmarks.

Isn't she pretty?
Isn’t she pretty?

Despite having been doing it for a while, I found it hard to fit into my routine, but recently it’s grown from occasional hobby to full blown obsession and I want to take it to the next level. So here I am! I want to document what I’ve made, what I’m planning to make, what works, what’s crap, fabric I’m excited about, patterns I want, skills I’m learning. I’ve upgraded my machine, I’ve got a whole pile of fabric in my stash and lots of ideas, so let’s see where I end up.

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Oh, and I might also find some time to talk about a few other things I love – vegetarian food, French films, magical realism… whatever takes my fancy!