My first sewing vlog!

Well, I only went and did a vlog, didn’t I? Just a couple o’ things before I share the link:

  1. Completely forgot to actually introduce myself. And not my background or my blog; my actual name! So yeah, I’m Jen.
  2. Not sure if the music is a little too loud compared with the rest of the audio, so do let me know and I can turn it down.

Hope you enjoy! ūüėÄ


Mood Fabrics, New York: a cautionary tale

Well, that sounds much more negative and ominous that it is, at all!

I had the privilege of spending five February days in New York last week with three close female friends, partly as a pre-celebration for my 30th birthday next week (eek!). New York is a wonderful place, and you can peruse some of the photos from my trip over at my personal blog (i.e. not dedicated to sewing) here: February in New York.

And of course, being in the Big Apple, I couldn’t not go to Mood Fabrics: a world-renowned fabric shop selling designer fabrics and all¬†sorts of sewing and dressmaking supplies.


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Sewing Saturday and London’s Goldhawk Road

A late night post for you this evening so that I can truly call it Sewing Saturday.

And what a wonderful albeit tiring Saturday it has been. Myself and 10 other ladies from the different Bristol Folk House sewing and dressmaking classes carried ourselves off on the 8:30am coach from Bristol to London on a fabric-finding mission along Goldhawk Road in West London. This place is a fabric mecca and I think upon arrival at the tube station, most of us felt like this:

I’d prepared a loose shopping list based on some patterns, energised myself with a smoothie and chocolate based pastry, and we were off! Lunch happened in the middle but four hours after us descending upon Goldhawk Road, each of the ladies had made some beautiful choices. It was an awesome day! I managed to pick up five different fabrics with an idea in mind for four of them: two dresses, a blouse and snood. Cannot wait. Sadly, these hastily taken photos do not do them justice!

Oh, and in the sewing/dressmaking arena, these Colette patterns arrived on Thursday from How gorgeous is the packaging?! And with our day off on Friday, Amy and I went on an IKEA mission to construct a sewing corner. We were grinning from ear to ear for a couple of hours after we’d finished assembling and organising this.

Sewing “Saturday” and a birthday

Again, it’s not Saturday, is it? I swear it isn’t going to be like this¬†every¬†week. But I was rather distracted this weekend. Why? Well, this happened:

I promise I was happier than this in all of the other photos! 

On Saturday evening, my housemate Amy and I hosted a dinner party to celebrate my birthday with our friends. She also bought me a surprise and scrumptious birthday cake! The candles seem to be producing a phenomenally large amount of fire/light. They weren’t. They were totally ordinary candles, producing a totally ordinary amount of fire/light. Nor were there 29 of them. But then, I still look the same as when I was actually¬†16 so that many candles were somewhat appropriate.

My actual birthday was on Sunday and I received some wonderful gifts including a Kindle (!), a snood I’ve barely taken off since, a cactus (because it was “small and prickly, like me”), some wonderful Crabtree & Evelyn toiletries, fabric, a sewing book, books, and money. The rest of the day featured a Wagamama lunch, purchase of a Kindle case, some fabric shopping and a new Belgian crime drama on BBC Four called Salamander to replace The Bridge.

Today, we’ve had the day off work so Amy and I decided to have a ‘sewing day’. With the spotted fat quarters my sister bought me, I made a teal buttoned pocket for my Kindle and started a red placemat to sit under my sewing machine. I just need to get some bias tape to go around the edges. Next up, this Thursday in sewing class, we shall start making cushions. I discovered this beautiful grey, charcoal and gold poppy fabric and even at ¬£13 a metre, I just had to have it. OK, two metres of it. Ssh!

How was everyone else’s weekend?