I have just started my six-week ‘Learn to Sew’ course with Fashion Antidote in London. I haven’t used a sewing machine for years, but it was so easy to use once we got started.
I am looking forward to the rest of the course.
I have mentioned that I have got a bit of a craft obsession. It is killing my ‘street cred’ and if I was even considered a little bit cool…well that is gone now too.
The idea of little groups of grannies or women of the W.I. are far gone. We have a few men in our group, *young men* I might add, not old granddads. They are all trying their hand at learning what some might consider good life skills (I am not saying that Origami is a life skill!) . I have tried cross stitch, origami, making perfume and moisturiser. I have even managed to fit in the odd museum visit and craft show visits in London to get some inspiration for what I want to do next. I am a keen cook, love making puddings, baking and I knit. I am hoping to run some sessions with the group I co-organise here in London. It will be fun to pass on some of my skills to anyone wanting to learn.
I have always wanted to make my own clothes. I have kept my Janome sewing machine growing dust in a cupboard for a good few years. Originally, it seemed such a good idea to buy it. How embarrassing that I never even took it out of the box.
I am not an average shape and I struggle to find clothes that fit me well. I am like Joan from Mad Men but without the fabulous outfits! Surprisingly, I’m not overly girly, but I do dream of a wardrobe full of clothes that always look good and fit well.
When I was young, my mother would run up an outfit for the weekend and I would watch but never really pay attention to the amount of detail that went into it. Now, with a lot of help from other members of my group , I am going to start making some really simple outfits. With enough practice, I have been promised I could be good enough to attempt a Vogue vintage dress pattern. That is my big goal!
I would love to hear about any projects you are currently working on, or any ideas that you have for your hobby projects. Where do you get your inspiration for the things you make?
Have a great day!
In the past couple of months I have taken up some new extra-curricular activities. As craft hobbies go, I already knit and bake. My craft obsession may bankrupt me, especially the baking one.
Since moving back to London and turning 37, I haven’t gone crazy and started clubbing and going to bars every night in some last-ditch attempt to recapture my younger London days. I have suddenly got back into my craft hobbies with a vengeance. Everything else seems to take second place. I get a sense of joy in setting myself small challenges to make things and then seeing them completed. There are craft groups and clubs popping up all over London. It feels like there is an urban version of the W.I.
Yesterday was no different. I spent the afternoon with the CREATE London Meetup. I have made my own face masks and exfoliators for years with stuff from the kitchen, but I had never tried making organic moisturiser or perfume. I was surprised by how easy and quick it was to create the moisturiser. We just used beeswax, grapeseed oil and rosewater as a base. After that added essential oils. I chose palmarosa and jasmine.
My next project is a dressmaking one. I have to make a dress form first, but I am hoping to start that within the next week or so.