Goodbye… for now

My sewing year is officially over. Just put my machine away and finished my last Christmas gifts. I could have finished them sooner, were it not that in the beginning of the week I felt the urge to sew some really nice tops to wear during the festivities.

I had a couple of vintage scarfs that I was just dying to use! I’ve had them for a long time already, and I specifically bought them to make shirts, but I never found the perfect pattern. I finally found it here. And because I loved how the first one came out, I immediately made 2 more πŸ˜€. I just love them! I will make some more, maybe a different pattern, but I still have some scarfs left, and I will be looking for more!

 

These are truly unique items, I love the vintage feel it has thanks to the print, it has an amazing fit and it feels very soft against my skin. I immediately wore one yesterday to go out for some pre-Christmas drinks. No sign of wearing – fear with these ones!

And so today I had to finish my gifts, actually got very nervous this morning because of the time crunch, but they are done. Finally… I hope my family will like them 😞. With handsewn gifts, there is always a bit more anxiety then with bought gifts I found. But I still shoose to do it, because I trully believe I am giving more then just the gift. I give time,love and attention. And I trully hope my family feels it this way.

A couple of hours ago, I packed up my supplies and my machine, tucked them away untill next year. And I hope my dear Brother will give me even more joy, pride and gorgeous garments in 2016. And that is what I wish you all. The joy of sewing, creating and designing. The proud feeling you get when you finish something, when you wear it or when you give it to someone. And above all I wish to you that you turn every piece of fabric into something gorgeous! Besides that I hope you find happiness, health and love.

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Merry Christmas everyone and may you have an amazing new year! πŸŽ…πŸŽ„πŸŽ

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Goodbye… for now

Happy birthday mom!

What a weekend I had! Just amazing!

It was my 3othe birthday this saterday (still trying to come to terms with the big 3 0 but whatever…) Because our recent move to the UK, my friends and family weren’t able to celebrate it with me, or so I thought! Fridaynight around 10pm, the doorbell rang and my parents were standing at the door! I was in a complete shock! Thank god they surprised me like that when I was still in my 20s, because I have no idea how my old heart would have coped otherwise πŸ˜†. It was just an amazing surprise! They stayed the whole weekend, brought a birthday meal with them, we talked the whole weekend, ate too much, drank too much and just had a blast. It was just so wonderfull to spend some extra time with them. This surprise was just the cherry on top of the cake, it just made me feel so loved by the people around me. I really felt special in a way… So thank you mom and dad for making my birthday unforgettable, and of course a thank you to my husband for being in on this conspiracy and congratulations for keeping it a secret all these months, I know it wasn’t easy for you πŸ˜„.

Well, today is my mom’s birthday (I will not disclose her age, I don’t want a reprimand later πŸ˜‰), and because they were here this weekend, I was able to give my mom her birthday gift! I made this beautiful little handbag usingΒ this free pattern.

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What is special about this bag, is that it is made from fabrics I found in my late grandmother’s sewing cabinet, her mother. She has been gone now for a long time, and I always hear my mom saying how much she misses her sometimes. How much she misses having her here to experience life with her, and just be able to phone her to ask for advice or just hear her voice again. And the older she gets, the more she misses her sometimes. She was very ill before she passed, so my mom alsways felt that her passing was a relief from my granny’s pain, but the more time goes by, the more the loss is felt in her life. And that is why I specifically used fabrics from my grandmother. Β The inner pocket is made from a very old silk scarf, the rest are remnants from the sewing closet. In a way, this bag is a gift from my grandma and myself to my mother. I hope she loves it as much as I do. And I hope it will keep her mother’s memory alive.

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Happy birthday mom, I love you and I miss you….

 

Pattern: Buttercup bag – Made by Rae

Happy birthday mom!

The busy life

Well, I am shocked at how long it has been since I’ve written a blog! So, I made myself a cup of coffee and on with it!

There are lots of reasons why it took me so long to write another blog, I went on a holiday for a week. Which ment 3 weeks no sewing, week 1 doing laundry and ironing and packing, week 2 was the actual holiday and week 3 was laundry and ironing and unpacking. By the end of the 3the week, I just went crazy. I’ve actually missed sewing so much, that I was even happy to cut some patterns, normally a part which I hate.

The second reason why it took me so long, is the fact that I am making lots of Christmas gifts which I can not show you yet, because you never know who is reading along πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™Š. But let me tell you this, I can not wait till I can post them and show off a bit πŸŽ„πŸŽ€πŸŽπŸŽ‰!

The last reason why I haven’t been able to write another post lately, is just a lack of time. A lack of time to sew and a lack of time to write. I just doesn’t seem te be as quick as some of my fellow hobby-seamstresses. It amazes me every time to read post after post about the speed in which some seamstresses sew. “Made this shirt in an hour.” “Made myself another dress tonight.” “While my child was doing a nap, I made these shirts/pj’s/bags…”

I really don’t see how you are able to do this! Not just the sewing bit, making a sweater in an hour is amasing, I wish I could sew that fast! But also the amount of time spent on sewing. I am a stay-at-home mum, but even I don’t have enough time to spend hours each day sewing. When I was still working full time, I actually took a day off work from time to time, just to be able to sew again. It just boggles my mind to see my fellow hobbyist sewing such beautiful things in such short amounts of time whilst also having a full time job, being a mum and doing all of the household shores. I honestly get intimidated by it.

A couple of weeks ago I made a post about my sewing disaster, it got an amasing amount of views. Do people prefer reading about failures instead of successes? And if so, why?Β Is it because we are bombarded with posts about quick sews, posts with the most mindblowing beautiful creations and all these gorgeous successes that seem unreachable to a lot of us? Is it because we all fail in sewing sometimes, but reading and viewing success-posts make us feel like we are the only ones who screw up from time to time? Let me assure you, I screw up, a lot. I doubt myself with every single thing I make, and I am never completely satisfied. I am not able to sew something real quick, not if I want it to look decent. And I never have enough time to make everything I want, to the standard I want it to be. And I am certainly not able to make or even recreate all of these gorgeous things out there. And I am not embarrassed to tell you about it. And yes, the seam ripper is my best friend.

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So all seamstresses unite! Not only talk about your successes, but also the failures, it will make the garments that do turn out great even more impressive. Show us not only what you can do, but also what you can’t do, it will make us, your followers, feel better and like you even more. We are all hobbyist, we all love sewing, but sometimes seeing all these amasing creations is a bit discouraging and makes us feel like we are the only ones not capable of doing it.

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And to all that are able to sew a jumper in an hour, or a pj during nap time, please tell me your secret! Either to learn to sew so quick or to make my son have a nap long enough to do more than just getting my machine out.

 

PS: Since I started writing this post I had 2 cups of coffee, started my oldest son up with some arts and crafts, Β delt with a tantrum (2 actually), got my youngest out of bed, made them both a snack and had a “Why?”-marathon with my oldest son. Took me a couple of hours 😊

 

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The busy life