As a kid a haberdashery would be the next best thing to a sweet shop, yes before the world of Nintendo DS and iPads, I enjoyed sewing and making stuff in general. I had a dream that I was going to be a fashion designer and would make outfits for my Barbie dolls and my brothers Action Men (although alas I fear most of my designer army wear was not appreciated – maybe I was just ahead of my time adding in florals)… so this is perhaps why I ended up studying Law instead.
At uni I still carried on a little bit of sewing (above)…. more out of necessity to make a cocktail dress or two from Vogue patterns… and then it stopped – generally because material seemed to cost more than buying something off the peg so I lost the inclination. Well my sewing machine is still there ready for action and, perhaps inspired by the sewing machines at the All Saint’s stores in London, I thought I would dust it off and have a little look at what is new in the world of patterns – Although I think I will steer clear of the fashion thing…. for the moment anyway… although maybe I could consider the Army Floral designs again… perfect camouflage for meadows!
Perhaps my first starting point should be “You Sew Girl” by Nicole Mallalieu, it claims to give you the confidence and know-how to be as creative as you can be. – Ship it in baby! With my skills being self taught, they are a little rough around the edges (if you can’t see it who cares kind of thinking!). But the real reason Nicole caught my eyes is due to the fact she specialises in simple but funky patterns that most of us mere novices could hopefully do… we are not just talking table clothes and hankies…. but hats and bags which you can funk up with your own choice of fabrics.
The adult Fedora pattern guides you step by step on how to show your self as a seamstress / milliner… and promises no stress… OK… or for those of you who want to leave the fancy hats to the kids…there are plenty of hats for them too… or bags