Rediscovering my sewing mojo

June, in terms of creative output, has been a mixed blessing. I have created a number of new recipes, made my garden a greener haven and attended an inspirational conference, which gave me a number of new ideas and techniques to apply to my social network, some of which are starting to bear fruit.

But, there have been a number of trivial personal setbacks and of course the sadness caused by the tragic events in London.  All of which have taken their toll on my sewing mojo. I had so many plans this month, including a self designed outfit I was going to wear to Blogtacular, which sadly due to some rouge suppliers, I was unable to finish. Then, when news of the Grenfell Tower fire happened, somehow sewing a new skirt seemed the most trivial and pointless task. Bang, sewing mojo gone.

It has taken me the best part of the month to recoup my sewing creativity, and that is mostly thanks to Moira of Craftiosity, who included a lovely craft kit in the Blogtacular goodie bag. I will blog about the kit soon, but for now, being introduced to a new sewing material in a kit pack, allowed me to dip my toe back into the sewing pool. I finished the project in no time, learnt new skills, used new-to-me materials and have very useful, and now well used items to boot. Rediscovering my love of learning and making new things was the spark I needed to get back to my sewing machine.

So on Wednesday, whilst reviewing my insane stash of material, I rediscovered the Desert Bloom fabric, which has a red poppy flower print.  I purchased the fabric, as result of watching Siân of Kittenish Behaviour. I adore watching her videos, but they should come with a caveat – watching could make you want to purchase a load of beautiful fabrics.  It would be unfair for me to blame at least 45% of my stash being a direct result of watching Sian’s videos, but I’m not going to let that stop me!

So with the fabric chosen, I needed a pattern – I wanted to make a summer dress and so after a quick internet search, I thought I would try out By Hand London’s, Charlie Dress.  This is the result.

Poppy Dress

A review of the pattern will follow this post.

Sometimes things appear overwhelming, and rather than fight it, I’ve taken it as a sign to take a break and try something different. I have come back to sewing with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

I’m not stopping either, the next project will be an interpretation of a designer garment, so if you want to find out what it’s going to be, subscribe to Champagne Twist to ensure you don’t miss out 🙂

Thanks for reading.


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