Hello everyone! Thank you SO MUCH for all the lovely comments on my last post. They properly made me well up.
Also, I love looking at pictures of other people’s weddings because I am incurably nosy, but I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so thanks for bearing with me if you come here for the sewing rather than the over-sharing.
I do have some actual sewing news for you! I’m rather amazed and happy to say that I’m part of the new Minerva Bloggers Network, which you may have seen announced on some other blogs this week.
Each month I’ll be sewing up a garment, with all the supplies coming from the Minerva website. It’ll all be documented on their blog, and you’ll also be able to buy the project as a kit.
I’m interested to see if this kit idea takes off – I think people might enjoy the convenience of it, but I also wonder if other sewers will want to make exact copies of an existing garment. It’ll be fascinating to find out! Of course I’ll link to all the separate parts here on my blog as well in case you like the look of something in particular.
Also, I’ve not been the smartest sandwich at the picnic, as I didn’t quite get the whole ‘kit’ concept when I sent off my requests to Minerva. Therefore some of mine do not include essentials like thread, elastic, etc etc. I will link the missing pieces here too. Sorry guys.
On a practical level, I’m hoping that I can test out some lesser-known fabrics and patterns, and help you navigate the enormous warehouse of craftiness that is the Minerva website. I imagine it to be a bit like Hanger 51 in the Indiana Jones films. You could get lost in there for weeks…
There are 7 other ladies in the network, and they’re all rather amazing (I know I overuse this word spectacularly but for once it’s true).
I’m sure you’re an avid reader of their blogs already, but as an introduction I thought I’d link to my favourite items they’ve made. This is what I would steal from their wardrobes if they invited me round for tea, and I had a bit less moral fibre:
- Anna of Paunnet made this gorgeous 60s style shift dress out of Indonesian Batik which I would take in a heartbeat.
- Clare of Sew Dixie Lou sewed a flamingo onesie, for goodness sake, and she’s actually going to Graceland soon to show it off. This seems very unfair.
- Winnie of Scruffy Badger Time launched a thousand polka dots frocks with this NL6000, and I can see why. I need one, probably with a matching hat.
- Shivani of Pins and Needles is the queen of the Scout tee, and I think this is my favourite version. She is also my style and sizing twin, I try and copy everything she makes.
- Dibs and the Machine sewed herself this super-glam bright red Vogue 2899 with the most beautiful draped neckline detail. I love it.
- Handmade Jane has way too many garments to choose from, but I think I’d probably take this blue Liberty print rose shirtdress which is just a classic.
- Finally Rachel from House of Pinheiro, the Brazilian bombshell herself. I would have to pinch her latest floral dress which launched the Minerva network. I’d be there all day if I started trying to choose between everything else she’s sewn, it’s all too good.
I’m really excited about the network, and I can’t wait to show you what I’ve been making!