I've always loved the idea of being able to customise and create my own clothes and for a while now it's an idea that I've really struggled to get out of my head. I've found myself really inspired by it (mostly thanks to pinterest) so I've decided to take the plunge and learn how to sew, and of course I'm going to document it all on my blog.
Just a quick note; this is a long post and quite photo heavy so you may wanna get yourself a brew before you delve in!
So I'll hold my hands up and say i don't know much about sewing machines or what are the better brands so i relied on the customer reviews when i picked out my sewing machine. I opted for the Brother LS14 which cost me £79.99 so it's definitely not cheap but the ones cheaper than that didn't have great reviews but so far I'm really happy with the decision i made.
To go along side my sewing machine; i picked up a couple of bits and bobs to start my sewing kit, i only picked up a few basic things because a lot of items I'll pick up along the way so to start i got; pearl ended pins, a stitch unpicker, some spare bobbin cases, thread (Black, White, Dark Blue and a Beige/Nude) and a notebook to make notes so I've always got something to refer back on, if needed.
Rather than jumping in with a massive project, failing big time and then completely giving up on the idea of sewing, i decided that each month I'd set myself a project to create something. Starting small and each time I'll try something a little bit harder. For this month; it's mostly been about getting to know my sewing machine, learning how to thread it and sewing a few small bits to get me started.
The first thing i knew i wanted to try was to customise a blouse i already owned - slightly adventurous i know but it gave me the chance to try sewing things together and it was customising this blouse that made me realise i had to take it slow and work my way up.
I don't have any full photos of the blouse because i struggle taking decent photos of clothes. The blouse was originally from George but it was miles too big for me and i never wore it so i decided to have a go at taking it in, i also cut the sleeves off and i added a sheer panel into the back - i was aiming for something like this. It is definitely far from perfect; the stitching is not straight and there are many issues with it that need fixing up before id ever be able to wear it but for a first attempt i think i did okay.
The next thing i tried was very simple; I'd ordered a backpack from Ebay to use as my hand luggage when i go on holiday but when i got it the straps weren't attached, you had to loop them through the metal clasps yourself and i wasn't so convinced it was going to be sturdy so i decided to stitch them in place. As you can see from the photos; i pinned them, then did a quick straight stitch across. Again, it's not perfect but it was pretty much straight forward and the straps are much sturdier now.
The latest thing i tried was adding lace to these denim shorts; my sister asked me to do it for her which definitely added a little pressure but despite a few hiccups I'm absolutely made up with how they've turned out.
The first time i tried it; i messed up and because the stitch allowance was really small, i ended up sewing the lace but not attaching it to the shorts so i had to unpick it all and start again. Second time around; i found it a bit easier, the stitching still isn't straight that's something i definitely need to work on. I did also make another mistake which you can see in the third photo where the lace got caught and i didn't notice so it's bunched up, thankfully it's in between the legs so you won't be able see it.
I've only tried a few small projects and it's definitely going to take me sometime before I'm sewing up some masterpieces but I'm excited and I'm looking forward to documenting it all on my blog so i hope you enjoy them too.
Are you any good at sewing? Any tips?