sew mama, sew

Shh, don’t tell anyone – I’m having a fling. Don’t worry, it’s nothing scandalous – I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time with my sewing machine.

As I wrote a couple of years ago, I acquired a refurbished Brother sewing machine but in the past 12-18 months it hasn’t been getting much love. That’s all changed recently though and I’ve been stitching up a storm over the last few days!

I’m not sure what reignited my desire to sew – probably Pinterest! There are so many excellent and free tutorials to find there, especially for children’s clothes. It’s also where I found this easy-to-follow tutorial on tapering trousers, which inspired me to alter some Uniqlo red jeans that were too big.

Then I got brave and decided to sew some gifts. I went searching for ideas for perfect dresses for two little girls, but I couldn’t find anything that was just right. I had this gorgeous plaid fabric in mind for one dress, and some striped cotton for the other, and I found elements of what I was looking for, but not the perfect dresses I was after. So I made them up – now I wish I’d noted down the method, but maybe I’ll replicate them and write my own tutorial!

I’m planning to make some clothes for Lucas (and for myself!) – my Pinterest boards are a to-do wishlist and I don’t know where to start. Perhaps with a paper-bag skirt, or a 90-minute shirt? I think I’ll wait until I draw the perfect fabric out of my stash, and give the ideas time to take form… watch this space to see what happens!

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About Ellie Thouret

I'm an obsessive knitter based in the UK's North West. Passionate about good food, crafts, home decor and my family.
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