A beautiful summer sky

So another three months have gone past, and it doesn’t feel like I’ve had all that much time to spend at my sewing table. I have been busy recently doing other things; work has been busy, I’m trying to do more work on our house, spend more time with the kids and get more exercise. I’ve never been all that keen on exercise, but I’ve always liked to do a bit, but I’m getting more focused – I am really enjoying challenging myself to run that bit further or faster. As a consequence, I am losing weight, which is also having an impact on my sewing; after all, I don’t want to sew something for me if it’s not going to fit me at the end of the process, and I think we are all aware by now that I’m not one of those sewers who can rattle something off in an afternoon.
So, now the excuses are out of the way, let’s just have a quick update on progress on my Use 5 2017 challenge:Continue reading

Use 5 - 2017

I have spent this festive period enjoying time with my family and lounging around reading sewing blogs and eating too much. In doing so, I’ve noticed that lots of bloggers are doing their version of a best and worst of 2016 and plans for 2017 posts.Continue reading

WTF?

I’ve been reading sewing blogs for probably over a year now and I’ve really enjoyed it and found them helpful. The sewing blog community, and in fact the wider sewing community seems to be very helpful and supportive. That said, I initially struggled to work out what a lot of the acronyms are! I have worked in several different sectors and there has been more than one occasion in my career where one half of the meeting attendees have assumed that an acronym means one thing, whereas the other half of the meeting attendees believe it to be something completely different. Jargon, therefore, is something I’m keen to make sense of!Continue reading

65 Open Tabs on my Phone

As I’ve said before, I read sewing blogs quite a lot. I find them really interesting and useful for finding out techniques, patterns and ways of dealing with those little gotcha’s that the less experienced sewist doesn’t quite know how to handle. I very rarely find that the latest post someone has written is directly relevant to my current issue, but sometimes I am wondering how to tackle something, and hurrah, my brain comes up trumps and reminds me that a few months ago I read something about this and how to tackle it! I tend to read blogs on my phone on the train, and unfortunately the best way for me to remember all the blogs I like is to keep each one open in a different tab. I don’t tend to subscribe to blogs, as the notification that a new post is up means that I get on and read that post immediately – that means that when I’m on the train with nothing else to do I’ve read all the blog posts! Unfortunately the browser on my (rather old) smartphone has a tendency to crash, and as such, on a fairly regular basis, I need to try and remember all the sewing blogs I like.Continue reading

As I sit at my desk, watching the rain come down, I am trying to work out why it is that in the past month I’ve not done one stitch of sewing. I tell myself it is because I’ve recently found a love of knitting; I currently have 4 scarves on the go, and another two planned for when I have a spare pair of needles. If I’m honest though, that’s not the truth. Continue reading

The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking

Some days you just feel like the luckiest person in the world, and I’m sorry to say everyone, but today is MY day to feel like that 🙂

Why, you may well be asking yourself, am I so confident that today is my day? Well, it’s because I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of Wendy Ward’s Beginners Guide to Dressmaking!

Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking, signed copy

Signed by Wendy Ward 🙂

First and foremost, I need to say a big thank you to Wendy Ward and to ScruffyBadger for selecting me to be the winner.

Continue reading

Lots of Projects

Why do I do this to myself? Sewing is supposed to be something that relaxes me, it’s supposed to be my bit of “me-time” in amongst the two young kids, full-time job and building site of a home. So in amongst all that, why do I give myself so many sewing projects and so many unrealistic deadlines?Continue reading

Great British Sewing Bee Books

Like most British sewists (I prefer sewers (sowers) but as you’ve probably just noticed, when it’s written down, it doesn’t sound so great in your head – I don’t think I want to be known as a sewer, even though I sew!) I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of GBSB 2016. Since watching the first series, I’ve been hooked, but every time it’s on, I wonder whether I’d really like to take part.Continue reading

Me

Hi, I’m Fraggle and I juggle my time between work and family, sewing in my spare time (yeah, right!) I’ve sewn all my life, but never enough to really know what I’m doing. This is my journey, from inexperienced to hopefully more accomplished seamstress. A lot of the sewing blogs out there are fabulous, and I really enjoy them, but I haven’t found a lot of blogs that are from people like me, all seem to be from people that know what they’re doing!

My aim for this blog is to share my journey, the good, and the bad and most probably the ugly too, so that for anyone starting up, they don’t need to worry that they’re not producing perfect items; that they have to unpick seams several times; that they don’t know what the difference is between all the technical terms. I don’t know the difference between a lawn and a poplin,

Four different cottons

Lawn? Poplin? Quilting Cotton?

I don’t know when you should use different stitches for example, I can’t tell you what a welting foot is for. (What on earth is welting? I thought a welt was an injury!) I’m also hoping that someone out there will eventually read this, and be able to tell me the best way of doing things, when I’ve just been hacking my way through with a way that works, but isn’t very good / efficient / pretty etc.

Assorted sewing machine feet

Feet, glorious feet!

Basically I’m relying on the effect that the best way to find out how to do something on the internet is not to ask a question, but to show the way you’ve done something so that people can tell you just how wrong you are! I have also decided that everything I make should now be a challenge to myself – to test my sewing skills in some way that I haven’t done before. These challenges can be big or small, just something that I’ve not done before, a new technique, a new material, a new tool, anything as long as it’s not resorting to the same thing over and over again.

I am learning; I’m not going to be one of those bloggers that posts a new finished item every week. I’m also not going to be posting tutorials, but I will post “this is what I did, and this is what went well, and these are the problems I found with this method” in the hopes that it helps both myself, and others, learn from my mistakes. I hope you enjoy joining me on this journey, I am really hoping you can smile at my successes, have a little chuckle at my failures and maybe learn from them yourself, and finally, I’m hoping that you can give me the pointers I need to improve my skills.