Week 2 is a ‘week of you’. It was exciting to see the prompts for this week Monday morning. When I saw them my head was spinning with ideas for each day.
New Years Eve 2016 I made a bucket list on my phone. On it was the challenge to sew myself a coat. I’m so chuffed to have marked this off my list with my recent Lola Coat. I’ve worn it all week to work and even though it’s unlined it’s still kept me warm in this English ‘spring’ weather we’ve been having!! I’ve also begun teaching myself the piano since we bought a piano when we moved house. So far I can play a few musicals – ‘A whole New World’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’, and also ‘What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor’. Travel makes up a lot of my bucket list too but maybe that will wait until my girls have grown up a little.
The skirt was my first independent pattern that I made. It’s a Sew Over It ‘Tulip Skirt‘. I saw this skirt on Instagram and followed links to the Sew Over It website and it was like finding gold! Before this I had been using patterns from the big 4 and struggling with the ease and fit of these patterns. Suddenly I had found patterns that have a modern style that I would wear and also the sizing is spot on. This moment was a turning point in my sewing journey and I have never looked back. I’m an independent pattern girl for sure and I’ve never made another pattern from the big 4 since this.
This is my happy space. When we recently moved, I claimed the spare room as my sewing room. It’s amazing to have a space that I can leave my machines out and line up my next projects. I positioned my desk in front of the large window that overlooks our garden. I love this view. The natural light just streams in and it also has a view of a beautiful sunrise every morning. The room needs decorating, much like the whole house and is low down on our priority list of rooms. Despite that I love spending hours of calm in this space creating beautiful things.
This is my freshly made garment – My Lola Sew Over it coat. I’ve written more about this make in this post.
This is one of my favourite family photos. We visited Holland for the first time in August 2016 and had a day trip into Amsterdam. We hired bikes for 3 hours and explored the city. How awesome is this parent-child tandem bike?! I made the girls bicycle elasticated skirts and headbands which they wore and I wore my Sew Over It ‘Betty dress’ hack with a gathered skirt. We are visiting Holland again this summer. We stay at Duinrell Park which has a theme park and water park onsite which are all included in your stay. It’s a perfect family holiday.
This dress is very precious to me. My Dad donated his old shirts to me to sew with when I first started. I self drafted this dress for my eldest daughter. I even made bias binding for the neckline and arm holes. It now fits my youngest daughter and she choose to wear it throughout last summer. My Dad passed away in January 2015, and it warms my heart so much when my little girl wears this dress. When she grows out of it, it’s going to be packed away into their memory box for the future.
Today I’m wearing my Tilly and the Buttons Agnes and Cleo combination. My Agnes is my #smyly2018 entry and this Cleo is made from black corduroy. I love this outfit, it’s super comfy and causal. I have been eyeing up dungaree dresses in the shops for a while and I plan to make many more for the summer. I’ve just finished one in a dark denim which I’m writing a post about soon.