SEWLUTIONS – Show and Tell.

[You might want to grab a cup of tea/coffee before starting to read this – it’s a bit long]. At the beginning of the year Karen asked us to put our ‘Sewlutions’ in a jar and see how many people kept them. My solution probably seemed a bit trivial and silly for someone who has been dressmaking for more decades than she cares to remember. It was just ‘to make friends with my sewing machine and use the automatic buttonholer function on it’. Why? Because although I have been dressmaking since Noah left the ark for the past decade or so I have been preferring to sew by hand. I had become interested in couture methods and tailoring and found I wanted to enjoy the process rather than focus on the product. These are some of the items still in my wardrobe.

handmade skirt and red button shirt 002stah 007 handmade 007   handmade 008handmade 004   handmade 003  vogue 7034 008

As I said way back at the beginning of the year, I had been inspired by Carolyn and Yoshimi to want to make a complete hand-made wardrobe and I knew I would never do it by hand before December came and went! So back to my Sewlution. I set myself the task of sewing a handmade wardrobe of everyday things I would wear as much by machine as possible and use the buttonholer on my machine [never used before!]  Have I done it? Well here are just some of what I’ve made, all at least 99% machine made and not a handmade buttonhole in sight;-

January sewing 003January sewing 012January sewing 017 (410x640)

handmade skirt and red button shirt 005Maobra 004bra 005vogue 7034 013January sewing 007 (500x800) (400x640)


I love all things creative and an eternal enthusiast. I am enduringly interested in absolutely everything remotely creative and never happier than when being shown 'how to'.
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1 Response to SEWLUTIONS – Show and Tell.

  1. Carolyn says:

    I think you are right, using the machine to put in buttonholes IS daunting, since it is the very last thing to be done!
    Thank you so much for those kind words too 🙂

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