Blog hopping around the world

When Jenya from While she was sleeping emailed me the other week asking if I wanted to join in the Around the World Blog Hop the only sensible answer was YES!

I love reading posts like this where you learn a bit more about the person behind the blog so hopefully you do too.

Here goes…

What am I working on?

I have six projects on the go at the moment.  I love writing (and blogging) my monthly sewing plans.  It really motivates me to get things going on projects on that perpetual, every growing, never ending list of things I want to make.

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Here’s where I’m up to this month…

1)      Prefontaine shorts – finished (woo!)

2)      Bombshell swimsuit – fabric cut except for one piece of lining because I didn’t buy the right amount…grrr! Hate that!

3)      Darcy boxer shorts – Fabric cut for pair number one (plans for two).  Ready to sew.

4)      Bucket hats x 2 – one cut out ready to sew.  Other one not started.

5)      Necessary Clutch Wallet – fabric chosen, pattern printed, ready to cut

6)      Cloud 9 Reversible Swim Shorts – I literally JUST found out this morning that I’m going to be a pattern tester for one of my fave pattern designers, Laura from Titchy Threads!!!  I ran out and bought the fabric this morning so just waiting on the pattern so I can get started!!  Excited much?!

Away from the sewing machine I’m also working on writing a Beginners Sewing Course for my new venture Sew for Life.  In my other life, I work as an educator in the health sector and have always had a passion for teaching so running sewing events and classes is really something I feel driven to do.  I can’t wait to get started with my first trial course starting next week!

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I’m also working on trying to find my tripod so I can photograph the ever growing pile of unblogged makes I have sitting here!!  I’ve been fairly lax lately with blogging my sewing but I promise there is much to come!!

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

Hmmmm….not sure my work is all that different??  As a mum of two boys I rarely sew for (little) girls so maybe that’s a bit different to most.  I’ve started sewing for myself more this year and am loving the fact I have a few of those makes on high wardrobe rotation.  I’m not really striving to be different – should I be?!

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Why do I write / create what I do?

Quite simply, I love sewing and the satisfaction I get from making something myself.  My 4yo loves his mum-made clothes and I’d say over 70% of his current wardrobe is made by me.  It makes me smile when he asks to wear his “cozy pants” or “race car jeans” or “pocket tshirt”.

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I’m also a perpetual student.  If I’m not learning something new then I’m going crazy…or looking for the next thing.  And sewing is much cheaper and way more fun than going back to uni.  I already have two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees – it’s time to get that debt paid off!

How does my writing / creating process work?

I’m constantly inspired by all the incredible sewists and bloggers out there.  I love seeing everyone’s projects and Pinterest is my best friend (and worst enemy!)  I think most sewing lovers are the same…the list of “want to sew” is literally 100 projects long so I guess my process is evaluating what I need to sew (for the wardrobe) against what I want to sew and then I write my list each month to help keep me on track.  Sometimes I finish it and sometimes I don’t but no one has slapped me on the wrist (yet).

I don’t think writing comes all that naturally to me but I try as best I can just to write how I would talk…although I do have to cull it a fair bit!

Thanks again to Jenya for inviting me to come along on the tour!

I’m so excited to be passing this on to these two fabulous sewing bloggers…

I “met” Liz from Sewn by Elizabeth earlier this yet while participating in a pattern test and LOVE seeing all the gorgeous clothes she makes herself and boyfriend Tim.  Seriously, this girl has got a sewing factory going on at her place with the speed she’s been churning out the makes lately!!

Secondly is Lisa from Make + Do.  I only discovered her blog two weeks ago but have been loving reading her sewing newbie series!

I can’t wait to read your posts next week ladies!!

Til next time,

Nat x

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