Friday, 11 September 2015

Hiatus and Books

There are a few reasons for my chosen title this time, one being quite obvious... I've neglected you all again and for that, I am so sorry. I started Uni last week and it's preoccupied my mind so much I actually forgot all about sewing :( I keep trying to pick up my current project and then get distracted or decide I'm too tired. I hope this year doesn't kill off my need to sew for sanity.

To those of you who have sent me well-wishes on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and to my face - thank you! It really means a lot to me to have this wee support network and makes me feel so loved. If you're interested, Uni has been an overwhelming whirlwind, but today I finally felt settled. I had a bit of a wobble about it over the weekend, I guess I was daunted. I'm the sort of person who needs routine and stability, so that time between leaving my work routine and figuring out a Uni routine knocked me for six a bit, but I'm fine now and am really enjoying the process of becoming a teacher!

So next is books... I'm a student now and it'll come to no surprise to anyone that my room is filled with them. I've already started researching my first assignment (in week 2! If only my English Tutors could see me now) and have been reading a wide range of children's books for prep (seriously... go read some of David Walliams' books). But also, I just love books, and it runs in the family. So much so that my sister picked out some fabric and asked me to make her a library themed top.

I've been quite unfair to my sister since I started dressmaking - my mum, boyfriend, friends have all received something handmade, but Heather hasn't. She kept asking me and to be honest, it was really nice to have your work in demand. So I made her this...

She chose the Sleeveless Shell Top from the Great British Sewing Bee 'Fashion with Fabric' book which I had previously made for myself (read all about it here) and I have to say, I made it nearly perfectly. It's also made me realise the importance of using a pattern more than once, that way you can compare how you've improved over time. It was 5 months between making the two tops and all the mistakes I made the first time round were avoided this time, which was fab.

At the end of it all I have a perfect top in my portfolio and a very happy sister! What more could I ask for?

Til next time...

Kat xx

1 comment:

  1. Love the top! Good luck with uni. I've just discovered sewing and spend my time making things for myself and my little girl. How addictive is it!! It's now become a part of my blog too, which was a weird direction for me. I love the fabric you used here. Also, pleased to discover someone else who loves 1940s fashion! Good luck with the etsy shop too by the way