Roxanne from PenSebRox invited me to join the Around the World Blog Hop. For this blog hop I was invited to answer a few questions and then nominate some other bloggers to do the same. You can see Roxanne’s post here. You must also go to her main blog page and check out her adorable children in their Halloween costumes. Best thing I’ve seen all week =)
1. What am I working on?
Halloween was Friday. My daughter wanted to be Elsa. I was initially bummed because I made her an Elsa dress months ago using the Charlie Mack-A-Doodle pattern from Burlapbutton but October ended up being a busy sewing month for me so I was thankful to get off light. She has worn her Elsa dress for dress up.. a lot. There were a few places that needed a bit of repair, mainly the cape so I ha a bit of work to get it Halloween Ready.
I finished up a lovely tunic that I will show off on the blog tomorrow. I went for a casual Holiday look and I’m quite pleased with myself that I have Christmas stuff before mid-December =)
Currently I am working on a pattern test for Cake Patterns for this fascinating pattern. This is the first time I have worked with Cake though I’ve had a big fat crush on them for ages. I am very much enjoying the process and can’t wait to show off what I’m making.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I sew for my daughter and my plus size self. I sew about 80% of our clothes. I hope to get closer to 100 at some point, so I sew a lot of items. I use a lot of color , print, and mixes of print. I love Euro and Japanese fabrics so you will see a lot of that represented here. I love pattern testing so you will see a lot of new releases here =)
3. Why do I create what I do?
I love making our clothes. It’s extremely liberating to be able to pick the exact fabric I want and make the exact garment I want from it. The process of sewing is relaxing to me and creative aspect is good for my mental health. As much as I know it is good for me and I have such love for it, it’s easy to let the day to day grind take over and sewing fall by the wayside. I use pattern test and blog tour opportunities to add some boundaries and deadlines which motivate me to reach my sewing goals. When I am working on a project with or for someone, it stays high on my priority list. I also enjoy the social aspect of testing, and working with and learning from designers to grow my skills. All good stuff =)
Next stops – I am inviting three people to participate in the Around the World Blog Hop Next week
Fenna from Fabulous Home Sewn – Fenna sews for herself and children and creates the cutest accessory patterns. I tested Fenna’s adorable Pirate Treasures Wallet. Fenna is in Canada so in interest of Around the World I thought it apt to include a friend from far away.
Darcie from Mimi’s Mom -I met Darcie through one of my blogging Facebook groups. Darcie has amazing style. She sews for herself and children. She has recently released her first pattern, The Saturday Skirt which immediately became my goto woven skirt pattern. I can’t wait to see more from her!
Emily from Lady and the Gents – I met Emily from Pattern Testing. Emily is a super sewer I am constantly amazed at all of the projects she completes for herself and her children. She is also an amazing photographer and her blog is gorgeous.