Well I was walking down the street just a-having a think, that this is the month for a bit of a 'behind the scenes' filming. Earlier in the month I took on a wee tour of my sewing room 'that was' and 'that is'. On that very same day Tanya from Mrs Hughes nominated me for the blog hop - well actually she, ever so politely, asked me if I would like to join her in the Blog Hop Around the World. But you know what, I think I wanna hop on over to where Tanya lives ... the weather looks warm all year round and she gets to make loads of summer dresses, my fav! Oh and have you seen her sewing room!
It just blows me away that by simply writing about my sewing adventures this has connected me to so many people around the world. I've jumped aboard this tour, because on the tour plane are blog hoppers like Heather from Handmade by Heather B, Melanie aka Poppykettle, Lisa from Notes from a Mad Housewife, Inna from TheWallInna and so many other cool people.
So let's get to the questions ...
1. What am I working on?
In my head I'm working on everything! But what is actually on my sewing table ... I've just finished some secret sewing that had me scratching my head, but after some perseverance I am totally happy with it. Last week I started working on my bodice moulage - the more I sew, the more I want to understand it's beginnings and what aspects of a pattern are for fit and what are style-lines. I want all the technicalities, cause hopefully this is gonna help me understand fit better - yeah I know a bit geekie right!
I have the pattern traced off for the Jenna Cardi that is going to be made up in this beautiful merino.
But recently the Holly Jumpsuit from By Hand London has jumped to the front of the cue. Inspired by this version by Sew Busy Lizzy and this version by House of Pinheiro.
Before that happened I had the Jamie Jeans PDF pattern all assembled and ready to trace, as well as planning my next little french jacket or tailored blazer.
2. How does it differ from others of its genre?
Gee, I'm not sure that it really does. My blog isn't the reason I sew, sewing is the reason I blog. I write about what I've been sewing and my learnings along the way. I try to blog about projects in the order that I finish them, so I've got a reference for future of approximately when I made what. Although at the moment it's taking me about two months to get stuff to the blog - yep, I've got a bit of a back log to get through! I suck at taking pictures :-(
3. Why do I create what I do?
I sew to full my own wardrobe and what I want to wear. Every now and then I'll do some sewing for my kids, but they have to want it (which leads to appreciation - well that's my theory anyway and I'm sticking to it!). It's unfortunate but they are the throw away generation, a product of cheap RTW.
I also sew stuff that has construction techniques that are new to me, I like to learn but that is balanced with sewing things more than once so I can master the techniques.
But I don't just want to sew stuff that looks like RTW, I want to make stuff that looks like it's been bought at a designer store. This is probably why I'm fascinated with couture sewing techniques and tailoring - these have changed the way I approach sewing, for the better!
4. How does my creative process work?
OMG, I am a complete neat freak and my organisation is probably OTT for most. So the process starts with an organised space and a clear desk - everything is put away, except for what I need to begin the new project. While I might have more than one project on the go at any one time, I only have one project at a time on my sewing table. Actually, I'll only have more than one project on the go at once if I need to stop and think about what next, or it might just need buttons or a decision on lining or length before hemming. Most of the time I'll start one project and see it through to the end, before starting the next. But I never, never, hardly ever put a due date or deadline on my projects, otherwise that would just feel like work and I'd be over it pretty quickly. So it's all about the journey :-)
Before any project makes it to the sewing table it may have been on the to do list for quite a while or it could be a idea I just had. Hmm, a to do list probably isn't the right description, its more like a "to do pool"! And in that pool are patterns waiting for the right fabric, and fabric waiting for the right pattern, but just because both pattern and fabric have been matched doesn't mean that it automatically makes it to the sewing table next. I have to be feeling it.
I tried using Evernote to create a to do list and put things in order of what I would do next, but it just didn't work for me - strange as that sounds for the organised OTT person! I think this is where my creative process comes into its own and all lists go out the window and the whimsical takes over.
And then it's a step to the right ... hoping over to Sew Melodic. Melody is a prolific sewer who always has a variety projects rolling off her sewing table. She has this fantastic post on fit issues and how to adjust the flat pattern to remedy. I love reading about her construction journey and she always has a pic of the inside of a garment (which I love btw). Over to you Melody - can't wait to read :-)
With your hands on your hips ... a second hop is open for self-nomination. If you would like to take part in the blog hop around the word and share your creative processes, please take this as your personal invitation to do so (this is total legit btw, cause Katie from Katiekadiddlehopper said so). The way the blog hop works, is that you acknowledge your nominator, you answer the questions above (or similar if you want to change it up) and you nominate another one or two people to hop on ... a bit like passing the batten. You get the picture.
I've really enjoyed reading about everyone's creative process and why they make what they do. The sewing community is such a great place to be :-)
Happy sewing xx