Can you be friends with someone you have never met?

I have been wondering about this for some time. When I speak about bloggers that I ‘know’ to my real life friends, I feel the need to explain. You see I chat to some bloggers regularly, through Facebook, via their blogs, email, Instagram. I don’t even know what some of these women look like, but we get along because we share the same passion. On many occasions I have chatted into the early hours of the morning, getting excited about our latest sewing project, beautiful fabric, patterns that we love and blogs that we admire. These women certainly feel like friends even if I have never met them before.

But a couple of weeks ago I did something that I never expected blogging would lead to. I went to Paris and met 13 other kid sewing bloggers from 9 European countries. Strangers that I ‘knew’, bought together on this special weekend because of our love and appreciation of handmade clothes. Continue reading

The strangest fabric ever

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Hummingbird ponte roma: It may look good in the pictures but it should have come with a warning.

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WARNING :

  • If you want the stretch of the fabric to go across your body (most people do), then the birds will be flying upwards or downwards instead of across. Although birds can fly in this direction, it looks odd on a dress, like a hummingbird about to peck your nose or your toes off.
  • If you want the birds to fly in the correct direction make something baggy (or you won’t be able to move).
  • The inside of the fabric is white (interesting, but unexpected).
  • You will waste a lot of this fabric, and may only be able to use 3 or 4 full hummingbirds if you buy 2m of fabric (the birds are located toward the selvedge, it is not an all-over print).
  • This fabric is only £3.50 a meter but there is a reason for that (see previous warnings).

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All that being said, I still managed to make a dress out of it which both me and Darcy are rather fond of.

Belinda pocketWe love the pockets, which join into one big deep hideaway. You could fit your books, your dolly and a packed lunch. No need for a rucksack.

Belinda2The pattern is the Belinda Dress which is a style that I would wear myself (minus the puffy shoulders). It’s nice to find a pattern for a dress that is suitable for the winter.Belinda4 It was quick and easy to make, which is always a bonus. No doubt I’ll be making more. But in ‘normal’ fabric, obviously.

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