A big part of learning to sew is making mistakes, getting the unpicker out and starting again – and you’ll still need to keep that unpicker handy whether you’ve been sewing for ten months or ten… More
Well, this project was a long time in the making. I kind of lost my sew-jo over the last few months, but I think it’s finally back!
The kind people at the-stitchery sent me two metres of this gorgeous red spot peachskin last year, and I’ve been itching to get it finally sewn up into a simple summer top. And, at long last, here it is! (Sorry it took so long!)
I’ve actually had it finished for about a month now, but every time I’ve had a spare day to photograph it, the British weather did its usual thing (i.e. rained non-stop). So, when the sun finally came out to play I grabbed my camera before it could change its mind. Continue reading “Spotted”
If you’re as much of an Instagram addict as I am, you may have noticed your fellow Instagrammers’ penchant for planners (usually snapped artfully placed at an angle on an impossibly tidy desk, accessorised with a frothy coffee, an expensive candle and a perfect manicure).
We seem to be obsessed with planning, and the more colourful stickers, washi tape and to-do lists we can throw at it the better. I even treated myself to a Filofax this year (90s me would be so proud – back then I had to make do with a Funfax). Continue reading “Making sewing plans”
While some bloggers post photos of hipster cafes, buzzing city streets or far-flung sun-drenched beaches, I bring you…the British seaside. In winter. Sorry guys.
Anyway, if you’re planning a seaside trip, I recommend going armed with plenty of 2p coins, because you’ll probably spend a lot of time on the slot machines trying to win pointless stuff (and failing, because who the hell has ever won something on those things?). Continue reading “Photo Diary: Seaside”
I recently made a deal with myself: until I’ve used all of the fabric in my stash, I’m not allowed to purchase any more. I know, it’s a toughie. So, instead of buying more fabric, I’ve added other sewing-related bits and bobs to my stash instead. It’s not technically cheating…
The first new addition to my sewing box were these gold-plated stork scissors from Prym. I’ve seen a few bird-shaped snips like these on the high street, but in my opinion the Prym version is the only way to go for sewists. These are super-sharp so cut cleanly and don’t chew up threads, and they look great too. I now keep them by my sewing machine at all times. Continue reading “Sewing stash updates”
Keep an eye on your stuff. As in many cities, pick-pocketing is rife in Rome, especially during the peak holiday season. Keep your handbag zipped up securely and close in front of you when you’re on the Metro or near busy tourist sites (especially when taking selfies – I saw so many people with open bags hanging off their shoulder while they were busy perfecting their pout. Don’t do it!).
Watch out on the roads (and the pavements, for that matter). You’ve probably already heard that driving in Rome is a bit on the crazy side – I had, but nothing prepared me for just how crazy it was. You basically have to walk into the road and hope for the best at pedestrian crossings or the cars will just keep on driving. And don’t think you’re safe strolling along Rome’s many quaint cobbled side streets – scooters and motorbikes speed around them like they’re on a race track. It’s all part of the holiday fun, though – just keep your eyes peeled while you’re eating your gelato. Continue reading “Rome Travel Guide: 9 tips for visiting Rome”