I have been making clothes for an awfully long time. When we were young, my mum was always running up something or another as there were, as I’ve already told you, a lot of us.
As a teen I remember going to the market on a Thursday and buying some fabric, cutting something out on the Thursday, pinning and sewing on the Friday and wearing on the Saturday Night, just so I’d have something new to wear that wouldn’t be the same as everyone else. Not everything was finished to the highest standard but that didn’t matter. When the Pirate look (Ahh, Adam Ant, *sigh*) was the rage I made the biggest white blouse that cost me £4 and I wore it with Peppermint Green jeans and Black Suede Pixie Boots – What? Don’t judge me, it was the 80s!
I made my Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid’s dresses and have made curtains and blinds and cushions. I was the wardrobe Mistress for my kids’ school productions. My son was Zazu in the Lion King and I had great fun devising his costume which included a baseball cap with a giant beak like brim. My daughter aged 9 would only go to the Victorian Day at school if I could make her a dress like Violet Baudelaire’s from A Series Of Unfortunate Events. I gave it my best shot and she was very pleased.
My problem is that I have to be in the mood for sewing, and it is the only time that my usually ladylike language gets a bit fruity when something goes wrong.
My mojo has been a bit lacking of late although I did buy a new Sewing Machine a few years ago with the small inheritance I got from my Mum – I knew that she would approve of that purchase. But Huzzah! The Great British Sewing Bee has rekindled my ardour, and this morning I went and bought myself an Overlocker as I have coveted one for years. I have a beautiful piece of Jersey fabric in my stash ( all us crafty types have one of those – fabrics we’ve purchased because they’re beautiful and one day we will make something from them) that will make a lovely maxi dress. And with 1 Engagement Party, 2 Weddings and my son’s Graduation this Summer, I do have reason to have new frocks!
Watch this space!