Sewing and Style

A blog for anyone interested in sewing their own clothes and creating a sense of personal style...


Wednesday, April 23, 2014


 This is another in my series of quick sew elastic waist pull on trousers.  I used Kwik Sew 2960 as my base pattern:


This pattern is  sized for stretch. I did not use a zip but just added a little more at the sides, and then added a cut on waistband as the elastic casing.    They slip on over my hips quite easily.

These are a fun pair of trousers made out of black and white check stretch cotton sateen:


I am quite surprised by the different hang of these trousers.  It seems to fold, creep and crumple quite easily - my previous trousers made out of this pattern also used a stretch cotton sateen, but perhaps a different brand - and the hang is quite different.  I purchased the fabric at Spotlight - and it is $4.00 a metre more expensive than the ordinary sateens, so I was a little surprised at its tendency to creep around.  However, I also didn't invest much time or emotional energy in these - they were made specifically to have something a little more fashionable to wear while still being casual and very wearable as an everyday pant for home, chores, shopping.

The pictures will tell the story:

Front view:


 Side view:

 Back view:
And that's all there is to tell today!

Happy sewing everyone,

Sarah Liz

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday - time to review my sewing progress.




Since I started my blog in early 2013, I have spent much time learning to sew garments that I have never sewn much before - namely trousers/pants and knit garment.

It's been quite a journey.  But I feel I now have some idea of the basics, and so I will now try and improve on these:)

I've also added a lot to my stash.  Which means, fellow stashbusters, that  I'll have more stash to bust.   And I've decided I actually like stashing, especially after seeing a book about YSL - he was surrounded by stash. So really, I think you need a large stash in order to facilitate creativity.     Never can I find the right fabric when I am looking for it, but with a decent stash, and a copy of Vogue Collections, I can start seeing how to use stash to create stylish clothes.  That will be my next goal. 

I'm also suppose to be on a RTW fast.  Well, that is quite easy, as nothing much fits me in RTW in any case. But I did buy two garments:   A Blazer (from www.ezibuy.com )


This is a wool poly jacket, which was only $79.99.  I purchased it as I do not have the time to make one for this winter, and my old blazer, which I really miss, died years ago (and I bought that second hand).  This is not a good quality fabric - there are some sort of striations through it.  (I had a poly wool years ago that I made into a little jacket - wool was from China - with guess what - striations through it - could I press them out with my big steam iron.  No. So I suspect this fabric comes from the same place!!).

It is not interlined through the front sections, and the roll line is not adequate.  I doubt there is much in the way of interfacing in the collar and lapel.  The fit is not good, the sleeves too long (and not worth the hassle of taking up).  But it will be fine for a toss on, who cares, take the treatment jacket.  Sometimes it is worth buying something that is quite cheap and functional if it is to be quite roughly treated!

Still, it goes to prove the point of the last two posts - sewing your own means you can make a quality garment that would be quite expensive to buy.

Now, so far I have only made things in this blog that have been outside my repertoire. In order to learn.  I have not yet sewn a jacket for the blog.  Jackets I can sew - very well.  I enjoy making them, but I don't really have the right sort of life to wear many.  I need to think about what sort of casual jackets I can make, so I can get back into jacket making.  And I need to make jackets that will take the wear and tear - not the sort that I would be scared to wear (and that has happened with a jacket I made many years ago - I never wore it for fear of ruining it!!).

I also purchased a pair of stretch cotton sateen pants. These were reduced to $35.00, down from $165.00.  They are an Australian brand (Meredith ). This is a nice label, quite good quality.  Again, comparing the cost of sewing with quality RTW, sewing is cheaper.


These are 7/8 pants.  As you can see, they are cut for a bottom and thighs.  I don't have much of a bottom, and very slim thighs, so these are a little baggy for me.  That is normal with any RTW as far as fitting my shape is concerned.

  They do fit around the middle, and the rise is just right. Which is why I bought these.  I can study the waistband, rise and crotch shaping. So these have been purchased with a sewing purpose - although of course I will wear them to places where fit does not matter (like the supermarket). 

I also found it interesting to look inside the garment as it is made locally - and the machinists probably do not have such large production runs with specialisation in only part of the garment.  I get annoyed with my slightly wobbly waistbands finishes sometimes, but look:

Wobbles!!!!  This reassures me that my sewing is quite adequate.

I sometimes think my overlocking technique is not as good as it could be, but again, I find that the loops sometimes are a bit past the edge of the seam in these too:

Just like some of mine (and probably yours too!).

So these trousers taught me to appreciate my efforts in learning and sewing :).

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Easter has been a very quiet time for me - I was not well yesterday, and today just pottered around sorting out the wardrobe.  I do this twice a year.  I have everything I need, except nighties. I have old nighties, sort of shabby chic style, without the chic.  I'm trying to work up the oomph to sew them.  I'm getting a little tired of utilitarian sewing, and want to move on to more interesting things.  Maybe some dye would solve the problem.

I also fixed a jacket that has not been worn - I've had it for years.  I won't wear it because I didn't like the buttons - they did not suit my cool colouring at  all and just looked cheap and nasty on me:


So, a strip of black faux snakeskin and some self cover buttons were purchased - and today I covered and changed the buttons:




A nice relaxing job, with a great result:



That now looks great:


And I am even thinking about  making  a matching faux snakeskin skirt.  Now, for me, that is almost a walk on the wild side!!

(Oh, and the buttons will go to the Op Shop (thrift shop).


I'm very glad I changed them - I don't even like them like this :)

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I also made a simple infinity scarf in a scrap of pink knit I had in the knit fabric scrap basket:


I must  make more pink things!  The colour suits me.  I'll need to add to the stash...

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Me Made May 14 starts soon.  I am still making up my mind whether to go into it or not.   I do have lots of clothes now,  so it might be an opportunity to actually style them a bit and take new improved photographs of them all.  I don't know that I could do every day though.  I'll let you know soon.

Who else is doing Me Made May 14?  I know Lisa is. It would be nice to know how many of my blogging friends are entering - we can all support each other.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Does Sewing Save Money part 2 - your wonderful comments...


What fantastic comments you all left on my recent post Does Sewing Save Money.

If you haven't read this post, do go and have a peep at it - and do look at all those wonderful thoughts that other sewers have about whether sewing saves money.

It seems in a nutshell that sewing does save money, especially when comparing cost of fabrics for me made clothes with the prices of better ready to wear or quality fabric garments.  It also appears that most of us get an intrinsic pleasure out of sewing (even allowing for all those inevitable mishaps) that is worth more to us than the price of sewing per se. 

So, for most of us, sewing is not so much about saving money, as gaining other qualities in our garments - uniqueness, good fit,better fabrics, better quality, better construction, creative,tactile satisfaction  and enjoyment.

And some of us can't find RTW that fits, so sewing is not about cost, but about getting garments that fit.

I think L's comment sums up how most of us feel about the cost of sewing:

"If we're speaking strictly in financial terms, then sewing does not save me money. After one considers the cost of machines, fabric, notions, and time, making clothes is not cheap. There are ways we can become cost conscience, but it's hard to beat buying a pair of jeans at Old Navy for $15. However, if we consider quality, creativity, sanity (when not wielding a seam ripper), and the joy we get when we can say, 'I made it,' there is no price that can be attached to this."


(If you don't know L you can find her at http://yousewgirl.blogspot.com.au/. ).

AND:

SEWING IS GOOD THERAPY TOO!!

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With all this in mind, I had to buy more stash today at the Spotlight 40% off sale(over Easter).

Even stashing is therapeutic (so the cost can't count!).  All those wonderful plans - great distractions from the everyday mundane.

And really, when I make up this little pile, I will have a lightweight polar fleece dressing gown for fabric cost $15.00 (to be made for next Autumn)  a little faux snakeskin skirt for fabric cost $8.99 (make this winter) and a little pink skirt (make next spring, fabric cost $7.99).

So really, this was quite a cheap excursion!!  And really, for the price of one dressing gown at a cheap shop such as Target, I am going to get three nice things (in my fantasy world in any case- thoughts now have to be translated into actions!).

Mind you, I do tend to translate thoughts into action: I managed to sew two simple pairs of pants yesterday - DH was on call and covering, so I had the place to myself.  So now I have five pairs of basic pull on pants:


The three pants to the left are made out of stretch cotton sateen and I have blogged about them here.  I'll blog about the black and white pants, and the stretch black crepe pants later on.  For now, I have completed my basic pants set for the next year or so.  Total cost each, about AU$25.00 including threads and elastic.  If you live in the U.S.A divide this figure by 2 and you will be closer to the cost of fabric in your part of the world.  Again, in the UK, as you have a different currency, lower this cost a little bit.

Now, the cheapest I can get stretch cotton sateen basic pants here is from a mail order company - $49.00 a pair plus postage.  So I have saved money.  Now I just need to make up the rest of my stash!!

Do have a safe, happy Easter everyone.

Sarah Liz



Friday, April 18, 2014

A T Shirt from Leftover Fabric...

A New T-Shirt
 The above t-shirt might look very familiar but it is a newly made t shirt.  I made it out of the leftover pieces from the dolman sleeve t shirt I have recently finished.

Dolman sleeve T-shirt.
(For those of you who want to read about the dolman sleeve t-shirt and find out what I did, please visit this page. )

Okay, now about today's t-shirt - I used Kwik Sew 3766, which is fast becoming my standby t-shirt pattern.  It's a lovely basic shape and works nicely.

I used size S as I do not like skin tight t-shirts.  I turned up the hem  a little more than suggested on the pattern (1.5 inches instead of 1 inch). The sleeves are a little shorter than the pattern pieces, as I had no more fabric to use - but they are quite long enough.

  

The fabric is an unknown knit from Spotlight.  I'm pretty sure it has a high viscose content - both from the residue of a burn test, the feel, the softness and the fact that it wrinkles quite a lot.  

There's not much to say about this t-shirt - I serged the seams, and just double stitched the hems - this fabric handled nicely on my basic machine and so I felt confident doing the hem on it.   For the double stitched hemI used a very slight zig zag stitch (this will stretch with the garment) and did two rows of stitching. I can't use twin needles on this machine, so I have to rely on eye sight and good old operator skill to achieve a reasonably even space between the two rows.

Here are a selection of pictures - I'm getting used to the self timer - I set it on 3 shots in 10 secs and quickly pose, move and run around and hope for the best - this is what I came up with (and a few more that were blurred, but I'm not bothering with them).

Front view:

 

 Sort of side view:

 Back view:

 And another side sort of view:

The twist  scarf I made to go with the dolman sleeve T-shirt can of course also be worn with this one:


I think my recent knit making adventures have now stopped.  I don't think I am going to be a lover of making knit garments, but I do think it is an essential skill to have.  And certainly I will want to make my own knit basics instead of buying them - especially as I can make garments in colours and shapes that suit me.

I do wish you all the best in your sewing journeys as well...

Sarah Liz


Monday, April 14, 2014

Does Sewing Save Money?


Have you heard the wonderful myth that sewing your own clothes saves money?  Well, after spending more money again today on one of those little outings that are not meant to cost much - a bit of fabric to fix something, and a few buttons for the cardigan I am knitting, and a bit of fabric for next years summer dress I am planning (while it is on sale) etc etc...

It all started innocently enough.  I have had this nice boiled wool jacket in my wardrobe for about ten years - and I rarely wear it:

Why don't I wear it?  Because I don't like the old gold buttons.  They don't suit my colouring, so I don't wear the jacket - I look cheap in it.

This got me visiting good old Spotlight after work for buttons - and of course, while I was there, one or two other things.

I bought these buttons for the jacket.  They were not what I wanted, but there is limited selection at Spotlight.


So I spent $10.00 approx on buttons (plus another $5.00 on buttons for the jacket I am knitting -and they may or may not be the right size, but if I don't get what Spotlight has now, chances are there will not be anything remotely suitable when I want them).  Then I went to have a look at one or two other things.  Then I had a thought.

I had seen some faux snakeskin - pvc on polyester - soft and pliable.  I immediately passed it up as something I would never wear - then I had a brilliant thought.  This stuff was ideal for making self cover buttons for the cardigan jacket I don't wear.  It will give it a slightly urban modern edge. 

And then I needed some self cover buttons - so it soon became the best part of $40.00 for some cotton, buttons, strip of faux, and self cover buttons.  I could have returned the original buttons I choose, but I do like them, and they do go with some fabric I have in my stash.

On my way home, I pondered - does sewing save money???  How much has that stash cost, the patterns, the notions, the bits and pieces, the scissors, the cutting board, the machines, the thread, the power.

Does sewing save money?  I sometimes tally the cost of my extravagance, and conclude not.

But one day, I think it will!!!

I am going to work on that - start working out the cost of each garment, start counting up the cost of bits and pieces I buy.  Of course, I buy very little, because it does not often fit - and when I do, I am always surprised by how much nicer things cost.  So maybe, sewing might save money. But I've never really counted the cost.  Until now.

What about you - does sewing save you money?  Do you have a sewing budget?  Do you know what your garments cost to make?

I would love to know :)

Sarah Liz

P.S - my purchase today is worthwhile though - the jacket was half price in the first place, and will soon look lovely - so that sort of pays for all the other buttons and bits and pieces bought today.  That's a cheering thought :)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Very Busy Sewing Week...

Well, I have had quite a sewing week.  DH and I planned to  go away this week  - to my residential school that isn't anymore, since I made the big decision recently that I couldn't do it all - not at the moment, anyway, until things are more under control at DH's practice. ).  So we had a week booked out from the practice.  And we also finally finished at the old premises - hoorah.   DH had lots of odd jobs to do this week, and I wanted to get some transitional basics quickly sewn while I had the time.

Excuse my slightly underdressed look in these photos - I wanted to show you the top of these trousers, and wearing a longer top over them - which is what I do - was not going to show you how these are made and how they fit.  Tucking in a thicker t-shirt doesn't work very well and adds bulk around the hip area, so I thought I would use this flimsy camisole - it is short so it works quite well to show this area without too much added bulk. It's cold today (about 20 degrees C, which some of you might say is still mild, especially those of you who are emerging out of a long northern hemisphere winter) and I am not enjoying being this bare!

These pants are really very quickly sewn pants for wearing everyday.  I made them out of stretch cotton sateen, from Spotlight.  It will wrinkle like mad, but then if I bought sateen trousers the same thing will happen.

My sewing was fast and furious - I have an urgent need for transitional pants.  I have cotton ones now for summer, but not much for casual for this time of year.

I used Kwik Sew2960:
Kwik Sew 2960.
 This pattern is designed for stretch fabrics.  I cut XS for the leg/hip and s for the tummy/waist (plus a smidgen more for the tum).  I added a little more length as the pant was quite short.  I eliminated the zip and added casing for the waist and used elastic. I just added a little on the sides so that the trousers would fit over my hips.

I have made this elastic waist variation  before (last year) in a patterned fabric (then discovered I don't wear patterned pants that much - but I plan to this winter with a rather boring and very long cardigan I have just unearthed in the woollies drawer- that should tone the pants down a bit).


 These were made in a fairly thick stretch cotton twill.  The legs are a little short, so I added extra when I cut the black pants out.


Although I did an under bottom adjustment, there is still quite a fold underneath.  I altered my adjustment with the black pants.  And the crotch did not feel right, so I altered it a bit.  And raised the waist a little bit as I prefer high waisted pants for comfy wear. 

Now the photos of the latest pair:

 And the back:
(and I forgot to tuck the back label of the camisole in!  I debated whether I should redo the photos, but not only are they tedious to do, but it's cold today, and I don't want to undress again).
 
The fabric handles quite differently - it is softer and lighter in weight.  The tail is fitting better, and the under bottom wrinkles are a little less.  These are wrinkles down the legs in both front and back pictures - but I was running backwards and forwards to the camera to reset the timer - so no stylist to adjust the wrinkles, and no airbrushing afterwards either.  But this is how they will actually look when being worn.  I'm happy with this for home wear.  And the fit is not too bad considering my fit issues.

If you look at these RTW pair - you can see how baggy they are for me in the leg at inner and outer thigh:

 

They are baggy in the back as well, and they are one of my better fitting RTW pants:

 

Even my more poorly fitting me mades are no worse, and often better, than this. And I learn more each time I make something, both about sewing and fitting.

As these are home pants for everyday use, I needed a pair to wash and a pair to wear.  So, I made two pairs:



Not only did I sew these, but I also made my April garment of the month.  The same pair of trousers in a blue stretch cotton sateen, also from Spotlight(in my stash).

Well, you can see my little tum in these!  Which is why I like making my own clothes - you can accommodate the curves and contours.  I have such slim hips and a large waist to hip ratio - in other words an up and down type shape, it is impossible to buy things to fit.

And now the back:


For the rear, I am slightly arching my back , and that has caused some of that wrinkling - but my RTW trousers are no better, and don't fit my hips and things nearly as neatly.  Also, I do like some fullness in my pants legs, and there will always be some wrinkling - as you can see, I am very thin, and my legs and arms are slender- there is never going to be a perfect fit with pants for me - nor would I want it - I need a bit of bulk, not skin tight somethings that emphasize my pin legs and slightly rounded tummy. 

Now, these only took about a day to make, so I had a bit of time leftover.  I also had a bit of black sateen left over.  So I quickly made a little skirt.  Again, with an elastic waist.  I used Kwik Sew 3765:


 Again, I cut XS hips and legs, and S for the tummy and waist area.  I used the short version and added 2.5 inches.  I have made the skirt in January of this year, in a stretch cotton sateen (again, from Spotlight):



It only took me about an hour from go to woe in making up this skirt (I do have a big machine that sews quickly).

So my new skirt for winter, over tights:

And the back:


I think I will be taking photo's of these garments again one day - with proper tops.  Showing of sewing is one thing - but to show the clothes to their best advantage takes a bit more effort.  However, I do believe this sort of basic photography is good for showing the garment as it is, as it is sewn.

Well, I am so sewn out , that I am having a break today :). I don't always enjoy what my mother calls hack sewing, but it sometimes gets the job done.  So I am not feeling much like sewing today!    - But - I am pleased I have some basics to wear for this in-between sort of weather.

Next I want to make some slightly more fashionable basics to add to my classic basics.  Back to work next week, with the BAS (business activity statement, a quarterly imposition from our Tax Office that everyone hates doing), then the accounts to get in order, so something a little more interesting will be needed!

Happy sewing everyone,

Sarah Liz



Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Liebster Blog Award - Thank you Nakisha





I would like to thank Nakisha of www.sewcraftychemist.blogspot.com  for nomimating me for a Liebster award this year. 


I'm not sure if I'm allowed to collect two, as I was awarded one last year as well, but as far as I am aware there is no "rule"to say you can't.

The purpose of the Liebster Blog Award is to recognise and promote newer and smaller blogs with less than 200 followers.

There are a few conditions that are attached:

Thank the person who gave you the award, linking back to that person’s blog

Copy and paste the Liebster award to your own profile

Answer the 5 question your nominator asked

Pick 5 blogs who you feel deserve to be noticed (they have to have under 200 followers)

Ask them 5 questions

Let your nominees know they have been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog

I talk more about the Liebster award when I was nominated the first time - you can find that here (and all sorts of things about me, for those of you, who, like me, love finding out about the person behind the blog). 

While I now do not normally accept blog awards, I was quite thrilled when Nakisha nominated me, as she could have chosen anyone else from the 127 blogs that she follows.  And, reflecting on my blogging attempts over the past twelve months, I can see that I blogging has helped to motivate me to improve my sewing skills and try new things.  And I hope blogging does the same for you as well.



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Nakisha's questions are:

      How did you start sewing?
      What do you enjoy most about blogging?
      Stash Containment: Do you (fabric) stash and if so, how is it contained?
      Are you a planner or do you sew whatever strikes your fancy?
      Are you a "selfish seamstress" or do you sew for others?

Well, this is going to be unashamedly about me! And, unlike most of my posts, not very visual.
 

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 1.  How did you start sewing?

I started sewing when I was five years old. I was alone at home while my mother was visiting the farmer who lived behind our fields. It was safe to leave children at home for a while in those days, especially in country Shropshire (which is where we then lived). And I was a very grown up sort of child. I was sitting close the the Aga stove, warming my back. I decided I wanted to make my doll a dress. So I went upstairs and found my best red wool dress, and happily cut that out into a two pieces, and cut armhole shapes and a neck shape on both front and back pieces. Then I handstitched, with big stitches the pieces together. I put the dress on my doll. When my mother arrived home, I happily showed her my creation.

I am not sure that she was entirely pleased at the demise of my best wool dress, but she did praise my new creation none the less!


2. What do you enjoy most about blogging?

Communicating. I love to communicate with other sewers. Communication is a two way process, so I make sure I always read and reply to your comments, and perhaps even address them in a new blog post. I make sure that I keep in touch with bloggers who regularly comment on my blog, as this is a sewing community. In the real world, if someone spoke to me, I would answer back, so I do the same here. A blog is a conversation with you, it's part of a vibrant world of interconnected blogging you's, all sewing and sharing your sewing - what a wonderful world :)

3.  Stash Containment:  Do you (fabric) stash, and if so, how is it contained?

Yes, I fabric stash. I am an incorrigible fabric stasher. I did intend to stash bust this year, but after seeing a book recently about Yves St Laurent - who had a huge stash all around him, that was that. I think I should start a proud card carrying stashers badge for my blog! And invite some of you unrepentant ones to join me!

Seriously, I started stashing as a way to deal with frustration when I couldn't sew. Harmless enough, and the dreams of sewing can keep you going. Now I sew, but I still stash - fabrics that I can't easily get, basics that I will need one day, and fabrics that suit me. In that respect I am fairly disciplined. But I do have a lot of stash that I want to use, with no guilt. That will take a twenty year plan I think. Luckily I like planning too.

It is contained mostly in plastic containers:


I also hang some of my stash, and have a nice cupboard to store stash - long ago outgrown.  I catalogue my stash so I know what I have.  For those of you who want to know more about my stash, read this post.

4.  Are you a planner or do you sew whatever strikes  your fancy?

I'm a planner but also like to sew things that strike my fancy, or that I can design.  During my blog life I have remained fairly disciplined in that I planned to master pants (still working on that one) and wanted to learn to sew knits.  Strange, I can sew wedding dresses (more on that later) but had not learnt to sew pants or knits!

I also wanted to build up a wardrobe of very useful basics first - cotton pants and skirts for hot, humid weather, transitional skirts and pants, and cold weather skirts and pants, along with little tops or shirts.  I've nearly finished this project, then I can add some colour and more fashionable items.  I trained as an image consultant during a past life so I stay fairly focused on the basic concepts of building a good basic wardrobe.

For dreams and ideas, I hoard patterns. Whether I will ever make them up, remains to be seen!

5. Are you a "selfish seamstress"or do you sew for others?

I have to say I am a "selfish seamstress" at the moment, but not through choice.  Unfortunately I married John too late in my life to be able to have children.  This is an area of sadness in my life, but at least we have each other.  I can care for him at least.  And as he does much good in his work, that means I am also caring for the wider community, in a sense.

I have sewn for others - it happened by accident.  My original career was nursing -during our training we lived in.  I spent many hours helping my nursing friends choose dresses, nail polish etc for their nights out with the boys.  I didn't seem to be one of those girls that did boys and parties, but I enjoyed dressing others for them!

As life progresses, I always worked as a Registered Nurse, but also developed a creative life - this filled my emotional needs (my father was a creative - an engineer who solved problems such as how to make the machinery to manufacture rocket combustion chambers - answer, the artists 'lost wax technique).  I acted, did public radio, and eventually got a job in PR.  I did an Arts degree, majoring in drama and screen studies.  (later I did a Psychology degree).  When you do drama, and people find out you can sew, well, guess who it is that helps out with designing and making costumes.  Then you get asked to make dresses for special occasions, and eventually I made wedding dresses for people:


This was a simple lace dress, underlined with silk crepe.  The young lady was getting married in the country, it was going to be hot, her dress style was Natural, and she needed an off white as she had red hair and warm skin colouring.  For reasons of privacy I have not shown this ladies face.

Of course, my first attempts at this sort of work were very stressful, and there were plenty of sleepless nights.  And occasionally remaking something at my cost if I made a mistake. But over time I learnt the fabrics and learnt exactly what to do.  And became excellent at fitting dress muslins. As you can see in the dress above, it fits perfectly, no lumps, bumps, skims and flatters.  I used to muslin more than once if need be - I didn't care how many muslins I made, so long as I got the fit right for the ladies (over the undergarments they were going to wear, of course).

But can I sew trousers and knits well yet?  Trousers yes (fit is another matter), knits still need practice.And fitting yourself is just so not easy.  Fitting other people is.

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Well, I think that is quite enough about me for one day - by now you have all probably snoozed off.  So, we will move onto the more interesting part of the blog - the bit about you.

It's now my turn to nominated 5 blogs for the Liebster award.  These are not in any sort of order at all, you all have wonderful blogs, all different, and all quite beautiful.  I think I have chosen you all because of your very pretty blogs - but yours are such a visual delight :)

Lisa at www.pieceworktreasures.blogspot.com

Jessica at http://sterlingthimble.blogspot.com.au/

Lovenicky at http://lovenicky-froufrou.blogspot.com.au/

Dawn (The Winter Queen) : http://dawn-whitham-holloway.blogspot.co.uk/

Annie : http://enantiomerproject.blogspot.com.au


I was going to write a little about each of these blogs and bloggers, but then I thought, the best thing to do is to encourage you to visit these blogs and see for yourself how beautiful they are - and the garments showcased in them. As not all of you have follow bars on your blog, I am assuming you are all under 200 followers. 

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And your five questions, ladies are:

1.  Why did you start sewing?

2. Have you been sewing for long?

3.  Why did you start sewing?

4. Why did you start blogging?

5. What are your sewing goals both short and long term?

Thank you everyone, wherever you are, for being part of the blog world.  You all deserve an award - blogging takes time and effort, but our lives are all enriched by your sewing blogs - all part of a wonderful, global sewing world.

Sarah Liz