Tuesday, 23 April 2013


I was wandering around town at the weekend picking up threads for my cross stitch project when my phone buzzed with a notification of a new email. That email brought news of a surprise. The lovely Danielle from One Small Stitch had given me a Liebster award. I was delighted! If I’m honest, when I started this blog a few months ago I had hoped that a few people that I knew would be interested enough to read it but I don’t think I expected it to be picked up by other sewers. So this feels pretty good at the moment!

My understanding of the Liebster Award is that it is awarded to bloggers who have under 200 followers. I have 10 questions to answer from Danielle and then I need to nominate 10 people, with less than 200 followers, for the award and ask them 10 questions. I notify my nominees by posting a comment on their blog. So let’s start in order. Here are my answers to Danielle’s questions:

1. Why did you start sewing?
I have always made things and I can’t actually remember what inspired me to begin sewing my own clothes but something must have. There was a about a 2 year gap in starting off and developing the sewing habit I have now. The reason I sew now is because it is a great way to be creative and have something of use at the end. I also got bored of walking around shops for hours and coming home empty handed because I couldn’t find anything I liked, let alone something that fitted properly. 

2. Five words that describe you: 
Eek, sounds too much like an interview question to me!

3. What is your favourite make?
Hmmm, for achievement and advancing skills it has to be my Lady Grey coat which I have been getting some wear from recently. But I also love the Ginger skirts I have made (they are yet to be posted about) but they will definitely feature in Me Made May

4. And your least favourite?
I think it is my green Taffy blouse, also be to shown and probably in MMM. I love the colour and the drape (it is silk) but I feel that the pale pink trim I added lets it down a little. 

5. What piece(s) of sewing equipment (besides your machine) could you not live without?
Without a doubt, my seam ripper. This little tool has saved me so many times when I have made a mistake. I also couldn’t live without my Frixion pens - so much easier than tailor’s chalk! 

Mission complete - unpicking lining

6. What are your three favourite blogs?
Oh, this is a very difficult question as there are just too many that I like. But if I had to choose three it would be Dear Golden Vintage, Did You Make That? and Sewaholic

7.  What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m going for a sewing related accomplishment. Making my first bound buttonholes. Somehow these seemed more intimidating than making the coat! 

8. Sweet tooth or savoury?
Definitely savoury. I do love sweet things but if it was a choice of cheese or chocolate for the rest of my life, it would be cheese! 

9. What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Climbing a 30 metre metal tower in the Amazon rainforest without a proper harness. It was a narrow structure that swayed a lot as I climbed it. I was attached by a harness but once I got to the top I realised that it the tower collapsed then I would go with it as I wasn’t secured to anything else! The view was totally worth it though!

The Amazon canopy

10. What's your secret for a happy life?
This may sound cheesy but be true to your core values. It took me a very long time to work that out! 

Choosing 10 nominees has been quite difficult. I have used bloglovin as a guide although I’m sure that all of them have more followers through different means and some have been blogging for a while. In addition, I wanted to “share the love” further and many of those I would nominate have received the award recently. As a result I have 8 nominees instead of 10. I think it is ok to bend the rules slightly! 

Today's Agenda - Gail has been blogging for a few years but I have only recently come across her work. Check out her coral coat and the great lining she has paired it with. And I love that she has a separate section for her goals this year, what a great way to keep track of your progress. 

Silk Lace & Steel - Julia hasn't been blogging long but has already made an impression with her sense of style and eye for colour. Anyone who makes a dress out of pure silk crocodile print surely deserves some form of accolade! I'm looking forward to seeing what else she comes up with. 

Of dropped stitches - Who doesn't love superheroes? Well, every now and then you will find them here. Emma has recently appeared to be a superwoman who carried on sewing in the final weeks before her wedding. Her Linen Hollyburn skirt is one of my favourites. And she has done a tutorial on how to make cross stitch buttons - this is something I might just have to try! 

Errant Pear - I came across Emma when she posted about her finished Minoru which is lovely and looks so warm! I love her easy going conversational style and that she is making is making her sister's wedding dress. 

Crafting a Rainbow - I adore Gillian's blog and all of her recent makes. I'm also impressed by her original Me-Made-May pledges. Her blog speaks for itself so make sure you pop over to see it if you're not familiar with it.

Top Notch - Kirsty has made some pretty awesome items, many from Liberty’s fabric and they are beautiful. Check out her Mathilde blouse. I always look forward to seeing what her next creation is. 

The Little Tailoress - Where do I begin? Ami makes beautiful clothes and looks absolutely fantastic in them. Her posts are always a good read and there are a few really helpful tutorials. I’m particularly struck with the one on bound buttonholes. Hopefully there will be more to come. 

Sew Much Choice - Jo has done some wardrobe planning like me but has undertaken a much bigger challenge. And check out the amount the gifts she made for Christmas, if only I could do that!

Here are my questions to you:

1. Who, or what, is your biggest inspiration?
2. Why did you start blogging?
3. What is your favourite pattern (sewn or not)?
4. What is your best sewing tip?
5. Do you avoid a pattern because of a certain feature e.g., buttonholes?
6. Name one thing that is on your bucket list.
7. Your worst sewing experience
8. Cats or dogs?
9. To trace or not to trace (a pattern)?
10. Would you apply to be on The Great British Sewing Bee?


  1. Thanks so much for the nomination! And now I've found your blog as well :) Yay!

  2. Congratulations! I nominated Danielle, so in some small way, nominated you too! :) Loved your answers! And am off to look at your nominations! :)

  3. What great answers! You're right, that view was totally worth it :) And I share your love for the Ginger skirt - I'm on my third...
    I haven't come across any of these blogs before, so I'm looking forward to checking them out. Thanks for sharing!

    1. I have three Ginger's as well! I love finding new blogs although it isn't necessarily good for sewing productivity!

  4. Thank you so much for nominating me, Claire!

  5. Thank you for the nomination and your kind comments about my blog! It has been great to find your blog, I love your grey lady coat. I'll have to get my thinking cap on for answering your questions. Jo.

    1. Thank Jo. Looking forward to seeing your answers.

  6. D'aww, thank so much for nominating me! That pic from the amazon is amazing... but I don't think I'd be able to make myself get up that tower! Eeeek! I'm such a chicken!

    1. I think a little bit of peer pressure helped as I was last to try it!


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