Sunday, 23 August 2015


"The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”

It's been a long time since I posted here. I have been coping with big changes - divorce, re-training, new work and the sale and clearing of our big family house, moving, and furnishing our new, much smaller home. All the major things we need are now in place.

During this process I thought a surprising amount about sewing and blogging. Mostly day dreams about the things I would make, when.  I kept up my blog reading, which was a connection to sewing when I didn't have time to do any. I haven't always taken time out to leave a comment, but thank you. I really appreciated and enjoyed your updates.

So now life is busier than ever. The thought crossed my mind, perhaps I should give up sewing. However, I find it intensely absorbing and relaxing - has anyone else noticed that an hour spent sewing is a lot shorter than an hour doing housework?  Also, I don't enjoy shopping and I'm not easy to fit, as I am petite in height and average in every other respect apart from bust size. A life spent dressed in second had t-shirts doesn't sound too appealing. That's before I even get to the ethical issues.

So the sewing machine and overlocker are out of their covers. I'm starting back with some nightwear. I want easy to fit successes to begin with.

I thought about my blog, too. It has been in many ways experimental. I have sometimes been distracted by the style of other people, not to mention the massive amount of patterns now available. Colour analysis and the (first) Colette Wardrobe Architect project were ways I tried to identify what I wanted to make and wear, but strangely this time of 'not doing' has been more useful than either. Without consciously persuing anything I seem to have arrived at some conclusions!

The designs I like best are simple. It doesn't matter what era the pattern is from, I love a clean line. This was what I somehow couldn't get to when I was looking for a style word.
My five 'most worn' garments from the project.

I've also thoroughly revised my fabric and pattern stashes. I really enjoyed it, and I like knowing I have collections containing what I want to make and will use, instead of just collections! I confess to keeping some really strange secondhand fabrics. I have a bit of a blind spot in that area, and guess I will make some really strange clothes out of them.

Finally, I am working on a new blog which I hope will look cleaner and more modern. I will put a link up here when it's ready, which will be when I can capture one of my offspring long enough to take a couple of photos. 

Finally, I've really missed sewing and blogging. It's great to be back!

Philippa x