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Project: Love Life. Sew

PART 1

Hello you beautiful people! 
Goodness it’s been about 7 months since my last blog post. Errr what??!! 
Firstly, sorry about that! And secondly, wow, so much has happened.

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SOI Pussy Bow Blouse

Hello beautiful people! How has your month of February been?

I’ve managed to make a few things this month which I shall share with you soon, but I thought I’d just put a little review together about my “main” make of the month which was for the Sewing Patterns and Prints Challenge: Sewing Floral February over on Instagram: the Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse that I got through the PDF Club. There’s been lots of really beautiful makes this month and I can’t wait to see the winners and what’s in store for next month. The lovely ladies have given us a couple of hints as to what it might be. Have you any guesses?

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No More Excuses!

It’s the 1st Feb! Goodbye January Excuses!

Well, here we are, the whole month of January 2019 has passed us by. In one way, extremely quickly and in many others, super sloooowly!
I’ve definitely been guilty of using January as a bit of an excuse not to be tackling things head on. I’ve probably played a little bit too much XBox (yes I’m one of those), definitely not sewed enough and procrastinated a LOT! I keep writing lists, and not really doing much on them either.

Well the excuses have to stop. It’s February!

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The Kimberly Dress

Hello beautiful people! I hope you all had a truly magical Christmas and are now looking forward to your New Year’s Celebrations and the ever approaching resolutions for 2019! The last 10 days or so have been a complete whirlwind and I’m only just getting round to writing this review. I wanted it ready for you for Friday, but life has just gotten in the way of me being able to just sit to write, so here we are.

After my last review for the Nikki Cardigan, I couldn’t help myself when Athina Kakou put out another pattern review request, this time for her very beautiful Kimberly Dress. From her sneak peak drawing of it a good few weeks ago, I thought it was a really beautiful dress and that if the chance came along, I would love to try it. I am not a wearer of dresses. I haven’t worn one since I got married, and I’ve only worn a dress on rare occasions before that. But I really wanted to make the dress for me and for Christmas.
I got the go ahead and my first thought was, “what on earth have I done?! I have a handmade Christmas list as long as my arm and now I need to make a dress too!!!” But with some organisation, the desire to make something gorgeous and a self made deadline, I got on with it.

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Thank You! Merry Christmas!!!

ARGH! I’m so sorry that this is so late. I actually wrote most of this on Thursday but things have got completely out of hand on the handmade Christmas front and I’m working away like a crazy person and with a threenager it can be a little tough, but I wanted to make a blog post to follow up on last week’s post about the donation to Shelter after the bidding had finished.

Before I update you, I just want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart to those who shared, liked, commented and bid on the purse. Together, we were able to make £36 to give to Shelter in time for Christmas. This means that one family may at least, have the chance to speak face to face with an adviser to be able to find a permanent home. Anyone of us could be in that situation at any time of life and being able to help one person or family means a lot to me. Thank you.

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Christmas Gifts

Another short one this week. I’m rather down and out as I’m suffering with shingles. I’ve never had it before and I’m in a fair amount of pain and discomfort with it, as well as being really tired the last few days since the rash came out. I honestly wouldn’t wish it on anyone! I’m also completely terrified that Georgia is going to get Chicken Pox over Christmas, which would just be awful as we’re travelling to the Isle of Man this year.

I haven’t done much making and I still have loads to do. I hope to be feeling better by the end of the week so that I can just plough through all I have to do at the weekend, which brings me on to what to do if you want to give a handmade gift but haven’t the time to make it yourself.

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It’s December!!! + Giveaway Winner Announcement

A short but sweet blog post this week.
I’ve decided to take a little break from my beginner sewing series until the New Year to be able to concentrate on all the sewing I’ve crazily taken it upon myself to do for gifts throughout December. I have decided to do it all on the run up instead of plan ahead. Silly silly silly me! I’ve also applied to do another pattern review and received a thumbs up for that so I have extra extra busy hands the next few weeks.

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The Nikki Cardigan

This week’s blog is a bit different to previous weeks; I’m taking a detour from the beginner’s blog as I’ve amazingly been given the opportunity to do a pattern review of Athina Kakou’s Nikki Cardigan. I’m really excited to have been given the chance to do this and I absolutely love the finished garment.

Who’s pattern am I reviewing?

I’ve been following Athina Kakou for a little while after discovering her whilst listening to an episode of the Stitchers Brew podcast. (If you haven’t checked that out, you must). Athina’s content is so thorough, she puts loads out there, and for free, and she is so personable. She is such an inspiration to me and that’s what makes this pattern review even more special, as this is what gave me the final kick to just start the blog.

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Know Your Fabrics and a GIVEAWAY!!!

Last week I gave you the beginner’s low-down on sewing machines and I’ve been struggling to decide what to give you next. There’s sooooo much out there and I’m trying to push through the noise and give you exactly what you need to know to get you sewing at your machine. I was originally going to go through hand sewing techniques, needles and thread but I’ve been to-ing and fro-ing and think the next thing to address would be the thing that we all want to get our hands on first. The substance of our sewing; FABRIC!!!

Let’s get the terminology done first. There are a few words that crop up in patterns all the time and some of the words are fairly similar, it’s easy to mix them up.

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Get To Know Your Sewing Machine

One of the main things I was intimidated by when I started sewing was the machine. How on earth do I use the thing? Where does the thread go? What the heck is a bobbin? What happens if I get all the threads tangled? ARGGHH! I mean I could go on and on with these questions. But, we beginners at stuff laugh in the face of intimidation; so take a deep breath and I’ll walk you through sewing machine basics so that you can get on and put that pedal to the floor (well not quite, it does go rather fast 😀 )

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Beginner Online Sewing Classes: Are they for you? And what to look for.

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If you’re anything like me when it comes to learning something new, you feel like you need ALL of the tools and ALL of the knowledge before you actually get started, and let’s face it that is just not possible; especially as we learn so much, and better “on the job”.

So here’s a little bit about what I did – and did a little bit wrong – when I decided I wanted to learn to sew and how to only get the things you actually need and not spend a fortune on the fluff!

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