Recently I've spent a lot of my time sewing up things for markets, and it's given me the grumps.
Ordinarily I love sewing for markets - I enjoy playing with a whole range of stuff that I would never otherwise put together, especially as I don't have children - but sometimes it starts to take over my life. I begin to worry about my product range (if you can call it that) and get a bit stressed, and then before you know it, the fun is gone because I'm thinking about it too much and everything else has fallen by the wayside. That's when my hobby starts to feel a bit too much like work..
The other day I realised it's been nearly three months since I actually made something just for the fun of it. Something just for me. Last time it was the Study Hall Skirt by Anna Maria Horner.... in August. August!
So last weekend I took advantage of the half-price pattern sale at Clegs and bought up big. Two wit: lots of skirts, tops and dresses. Cute things I might wear. Techniques I'm keen to try.
And then I chose one randomly. From this Simplicity patten, that one up there on the right, I chose the white top in the middle - the one with a pleated neckline and trumpet sleeves.
And then I burrowed into my stash and found some material from Tina Givens' latest range, and then I made it. Ta da!
I'm quite proud. I haven't done sleeves like that before (trumpet sleeves? bell sleeves?) - they're very gathered, a lot of volume, and they're lined as well. See the lining?
And gee it felt good to make something just for the fun of it.
I think next on the list is the skirt pattern, the one with the big pleat at the front .... perhaps in an Amy Butler Nigella material ...... or maybe a green and purple tartan I picked up recently .... ah, the options ......