I was nominated for a blog hop question type thing by the lovely sisters at Tea for Two. I don’t usually do these kind of things but I haven’t posted for so long I thought it might be a fun way to break the silence. So here it is.
What have you been doing / making / scribbling at your desk this week?
I’ve been making a muslin of a ridiculous Joan Collin-esque one-sleeved dress in bright red crepe.
Last week I made a black denim skirt on a complete whim – it took four hours from start to finish. I love that kind of impulse sewing sometimes.
Where are you currently finding your inspiration? (Influences, heroes, sources of inspiration, paths exploring)?
I get 99% of my clothing inspiration by browsing Net-A-Porter and attempting to rip off the beautiful, overpriced clothing.
I also LOVE Pinterest, like the craft-loving cliche that I am. I’ve even got a Pinterest mug. And tote bag.
I also like perving over RTW clothing in shops and seeing how they’ve made all the different details.
Also, anything that Whistles sell. And Oliver Spencer.
How important is being creative to you, and how do you blend this with your work / life / family balance?
It’s super important for me to have something creative to focus on outside work.
Even though I haven’t been blogging lately, I’ve been sewing a lot. If I have to choose to spend my time sewing something or blogging, I choose the first one every time, although it pains me not to be talking about it on here.
When I’ve got a sewing project on the go it’s pretty much all I think about. I put the pieces together and run through the steps a hundred times in my head before I do it in real life.
I love planning a project from start to finish like my green skirt. When it turns out like the picture in your head – there’s nothing better than that.
I do find it difficult to keep things balanced though. This year has been so busy. It’s really hard to find the time to make stuff.
One thing I really miss is drawing. I’m not very good at it but you never look at something so closely as when you’re drawing it. It really fixes objects in your head in a unique way.