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Making a mess – Starting out Sewing – Guest post

Today’s post is a guest post by Steph of The Inelegant Horserider – enjoy!

I wouldn’t class myself as creative. Outdoors-y – yes but creative – no. At one point many years ago I thought about going to Art College but after that idea faltered I haven’t drawn or painted for years.

Over the past couple of years I have been getting more inspiration from blogs and of course the Great British Sewing Bee. So I decided to try something creative for a change, a different kind of pace from my usual riding/running/cycling kind of hobbies. At the minute I am sewing with my mum, which is really nice and it definitely helps to have someone to ask when I get confused (and I get confused easily when it comes to this). So far I have made two skirts.

The first is a green mid-length lined skirt. I love this one. It took a good few sessions to make. I tried my hand at every element of it – cutting, sewing, finishing. There seemed to be a lot of pieces once we had cut everything out and initially I *may* have sewed the wrong pieces together but hey, to be fair learning to unpick then restitch is an integral part of learning to sew – right? I never realised how much hand sewing was involved in these kinds of projects and I love learning such a basic skill. I am incredibly chuffed with the result and while I didn’t sew all bits myself it still feels like such an achievement. The lack of a zipper foot means that currently zips are being sewn in place by my maw.



The second skirt was a Delphine skirt from Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes of Tilly & the Buttons and the Great British Sewing Bee fame. Now I don’t know if it was because I have already overcome my fear of the sewing machine but this was put together much quicker. The fitting process didn’t really seem to exist in this pattern unlike the other skirt where I tried it on a couple of times and we did adjustments. This means the fit on the Delphine isn’t as good as on the first skirt, it probably also doesn’t help that we didn’t take actual measurements first! I know, I know – we both learnt our lesson on that front! I really like the print on this skirt although I didn’t even attempt to ‘pattern match’ – that’s me trying out the language I have heard used on the Great British Sewing Bee. I have to be 100% honest and say that I don’t like this skirt as much as the green one. I still enjoyed making it but I think I had the naïve idea I would love every item I created.


In other creative pursuits so far this year I have tried knitting and crochet with the goal of making gifts. I made my sister some crocheted wrist warmers which are pretty cool and I have knitted myself a neck warmer for cycling and horse riding. I also want to attempt a cardigan – why the heck not? But I do need to remind myself to take the time to practice the skills I am learning to improve. I have a tendency to want to jump in with both feet rather than being realistic. I have already had to stop myself from buying a sewing machine and from buying up most of the supplies from the wool shop I was in!

So that’s the start of my sewing and knitting plans, thanks to Franca for letting me share this with you. It is nice that now I do keep looking at sewing and knitting blogs but now as well as feeling inspired I actually start to make plans to make things! Next up is a Julia cardigan after seeing Franca’s version – I reckon I will need it in a lot of different colours ☺

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