I had the evening to myself yesterday and started browsing through some of the sewing blogs I’ve been following, and following their links to discover new and wonderful bloggers, fabric, ideas and patterns. The more I found, the more excited I got, until I found myself practically racing from page to page, barely even reading the print, click, click, click, click. I felt like Alice in Wonderland and I just fell down the tunnel to a whole new world (albeit a damn good one).
Things that inspired me to remake old patterns with new prints – thanks to We Sew Retro, I want to make a new Vogue V8667 (option F) matching a crazy pokadot to a striking solid.
Things that inspired me to use fabric I bought years ago but hadn’t found the right pattern for – thanks to Raglan sleeved knit dress I finally found the right dress for this wonderful knit I picked up last fall at Fabrics Galore.
And I discovered new patterns. Oh girl did I find new patterns.
I have to say that its thanks to the revival of small, local, haberdashery shops that I first broke free from the Big 4. I picked up my first Colette pattern from Ray Stitch and have slowly been finding other independent designers (is this the right word?) ever since. I’ll admit a lot isn’t to my taste, I’m not terribly trendy. But I do love to see them and be inspired by them. Also it fits with what I believe is important: independent companies, small companies, local (if not local designer, then local haberdashery shop), strong women, women making clothes for real women’s bodies.
But last night, oh it was just too much!
Discovering and reading Handmade Jane‘s blog (I love how she catalogues what she’s made over the last few years) introduced me to Maria Denmark and the Onion and made me desperate to get my hands on a 1950’s Hillbilly Blouse.
I discovered U-handbag and may become a purse type of woman after all. I also may finally get to make the kiss lock frame purse I bought this fantastic owl fabric for (in 2011 at the Knitting and Stitching show!). I hadn’t found a decent pattern since since I bought it and am so excited to try Lisa’s patterns.
The Village Haberdashery however very nearly was the death of me! Thanks to them I found Sewaholic,Sew Liberated, and Cake Patterns. I am getting heart palpitations just thinking about them all (plus I had to look at their website all again to find the URL for all the hyperlinks)! Safe to say, I wont be running out of any projects in the near future.
But first things first, I’ll start with what I have which is my other new Deer&Doe, the Datura Blouse. I’m going fabric shopping tomorrow and am hoping to find a lovely bird print (this is one of my current obsessions).
Reading all those blogs last night, didn’t just give me new ideas and introduce mew to new patterns. They also inspired me to improve my sewing, to join some sew alongs, learn new tricks!
*Warning: what comes next contains gushing and cornyness which may make some people cringe.
I am so excited to have found and join this world of blogging creatives! Learning from all these wonderful women around the world, reading their sewing trials and tribulations makes me feel a little less isolated and a little less of ‘just a housewife’. So thanks and merry sewing.