Wow, has this weekend been busy. Well actually it has been a busy long weekend as I have been off work Thursday and today. I have been mostly in the Studio helping Helen and Lydia with the F6 items for Newcastle Fashion Week. This year we are all collaborating. I just don't have the time at the moment to sew up a collection for the catwalk on my own and was a bit unhappy with that so I am really delighted to be collaborating with such talented designers.
The weather has been great and we have had lovely light in the garden.
To be honest with everything that has been going on in the past year I have been a bit down and was seriously considering giving up the corsetry and even sewing. I have just been a bit disillusioned and burnt-out. Reading through the blogs that I follow (and that is a lot) I know that I have not been on my own thinking this way. Maybe it is the time of year? Anyway, the last couple of weeks I have been feeling a bit more energized and think that I might just be getting my mojo back. I am sure that it is partly that the girls from work that came to learn sewing are so enthusiastic. They are doing really well with their dresses. Quite an ambitious project for a first attempt.
Loads of sewing going on making lovely summer dresses.
Anyway, I can't tell you what I have been helping to sew up but I have been doing loads of handwork, thread-tracing pattern pieces and tacking everything together. Even some tailoring stitches I haven't used for almost 30 years since my tailoring hand Saturday job!
I do have a couple of sneaky peaks of what we have been up to. Here is a shot of Helen dyeing fabric. This was just at the start of the process as she was applying dyes and the colours are now much more diffuse and vivid. I am always really interested in other peoples process and this was fascinating to watch. No pics of the final fabric for just now.
Helen dyeing fabric
Here is another shot from the sewing room. You can just see a bit of Lydia's amazing fabric. She has woven three colourways. The red is one of them. We had to use strips of fusible interfacing to stabilise where the stitching lines would be and just into the seam allowance as it is quite loosely woven in places.
Lots of interfacing going on.
Anyway, apart from that I don't have much to report. I haven't made anything for myself but have invested in some new fabrics. I even bought some ponte knit fabric in a truly wild splodge pattern as I am terrified of sewing knits but have the Cake Patterns Tiramisu dress pattern in my stash so mean to give it a go fairly soon.
Hoping all is well in your world.