I knew a bit about sewing, I loved writing and I had learnt to photograph my projects with a digital camera in order to post them over at Pattern Review. I remember how even doing that used to send me into palpitations and my first attempts at blogging were clumsy until I got into the swing of it.
Keeping an online journal was good for charting my own progress but the best part was getting to know other bloggers online and sometimes getting the chance to meet in real life. Some bloggers have said that we are all too nice, we rarely criticize one another but on reflection, this is a good thing. This is our happy place. Advice, if it is asked for, is given. Anything remotely negative is too easily taken the wrong way. There have been some fabulous bun fights on a variety of sites but this is not really what it is about. We are here to share our passions, yes?
In honour of my third Blogaversary I will be holding a giveaway, but more about that later.
What have I been up to? A top, from stash knit of course, using New Look 6149 link that has raglan seams that actually sit in the right place, and a collar taken from Kwik Sew 3032 link.
This cleverly curved drapey cowl fits onto a rounded v-neck. I raised the New Look neckline by 2.5 cm at CF to get a good match.
On other matters, winter has finally hit here with cooler weather and rain, rain and more rain. This is a land of droughts and flooding rain for sure. Jackets won't do, time to get the coats out. I had a lovely coat that I had made form Burda magazine 11-07-115 way back in 2008, reviewed here.
It had golden zippers with round gold ring pulls that I loved at the time but now had to go. I unpicked them and hand stitched the pocket seams. No more scratchy cold feeling when I put my hands in.
I love this coat but boy could I make it a lot better now. You can't see it's faults in photos but I know where they are :)
Anyway back to the giveaway. Here it is, never unfolded, never used, XS to XL in the envelope.
If you would like to be in the draw, totally random out of the hat, please leave a comment saying you want it. Drawn on 29th June. I'll ship it anywhere.
In a break in the rain, some bright visitors to my balcony.
Lastly for all the photographers: Instead of a supermoon on Saturday evening all we got here was this..
Drizzly rain and heavy mist, but I noticed lockets on the fence. I'm sure they weren't there before. Sweet.
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