Category Archives: Sewing

Hoop hoop hooray!

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One thing that I wanted to get before I left the UK, but forgot, was an embroidery hoop. Imagine my excitement when I found one (yup, just the one) on sale in my local craft store! I bought it with no hesitation and tried it out immediately. The screw is a bit faulty so I can’t close my hoop shut, which makes me a bit sad. Nevertheless, I managed to do a few (wonky) stitches!

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It’s the panda-eating elephant! (see previous ‘Drawing’ posts)

If you’ve seen the drawing I based this embroidery on, you might realise that it’s missing a few things. I had to stop midway as I kind of hurt my fingers from pulling and pushing the needle through the fabric. It was surprisingly tough. This got me thinking: why on Earth do people often associate needlework, knitting and crochet with delicate women and grannies? There have been times when my hands were in pain from crocheting and I had to take a break for days. Fair enough, I tend to have crazy crochet marathons where I will not stop until I finish a project, even if I have to sacrifice some sleep. But still.

Am I the only one who does this?

Ram

A Tale of Two Pair of Shorts

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It should come to no surprise how ecstatic I was to finally have my very own machine as I’ve been holding myself back from getting one before I finish my Masters for fear that it will only provide additional distraction from work. My new sewing machine, which I have yet to name, was a gift from my boyfriend who was also sweet enough to pick it up from the shop for me, hide it in his office throughout the duration of my thesis writing, and bring it back to the flat the day after I handed in my crappy thesis. Immediately after, I went on a crazy online shopping spree and got all the basic supplies. I never realised how expensive fabric can be, so I decided to stick with cheap things to practise with for now. I’m also very excited to find a couple of fabric shops near where I live with pretty fabrics costing as little as £1 a metre! I bought a selection and started sewing as soon as my supplies arrived.

I’m a naughty ‘lil machine!

My initial plan was to start with something small and sew a very simple pair of shorts as my first project, but the excitement of it all got me a little bit too ambitious and I started adding zips, cuffs and waistbands with belt carriers to my design. I even wanted to have pockets! Halfway through my sewing, I realised that I don’t have a zipper foot to help me sew the zip. The rational thing to do would be to wait until I get one, but instead I continued on with a presser foot. The result, of course, was not pretty.

My first tatty pair of shorts..

I was not able to sew the zip straight. I also realised that my pattern was wrong, hence why the zip is uncovered. The fit was also quite horrible and all the mistakes that could have been avoided if only I have the patience got me a bit disheartened so I stopped and re-started with my original plan. And I made a simple pair of shorts with elastic bands!

Shorts that I can wear! And yes, I don’t have an ironing board.

I got frustrated towards the end with some mistakes I did and rushed things a bit. But when I woke up the next morning and saw the shorts again, I didn’t think it was that bad. I even decided to wear it out to meet a girlfriend yesterday. I know it’s probably not the season for thin flowery shorts, but I’m kinda proud of what I made.

Shorts are not too bad, if I say so myself.

I’ve ordered my zipper foot and I will definitely have a go at another pair of shorts with zips and all once it arrives. Hopefully I would be able to sew with a cool head then!

Ram

Sew Exciting!

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Finally! I’m actually writing about something that happened this month. When I first started this blog, I didn’t think it would take me this many entries before I could talk about something recent. To those of you who are nice enough to follow my blog this early on, I’m really sorry for spamming your inbox with my crazy updates… After today, I should hopefully be blogging like a normal person.

So, this month, I was fortunate enough to come across an intensive, one-day beginner’s sewing lesson for £95! The course was run by Fashion Antidote and, though I don’t have any basis for comparison, I thought the lesson was quite easy to follow. I have never touched a sewing machine in my life before the course, yet, I came home with my own handmade mini skirt! Okay, so it was made using the most basic swatch and is not really the most flattering thing to wear (if anyone can wear it – it’s too tiny), but, I’m proud of it still.

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There are many Youtube video tutorials on sewing but I didn’t want to get myself a sewing machine before being absolutely certain that I want to sew. And I am! Right now, I’m browsing the ‘net for some sewing machine buying advice and reviews. If you know of any good and affordable ones for beginners, do let me know!

Ram