How I learnt to Sew & Knit

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Have you seen The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC2? It's back for a third series and I'm loving it. Amateur sewers are put to the test each week, making garments from scratch and using their creative skills in the alteration challenge. At the end of each episode the judges decide who will leave the sewing room that week.


I'm been sewing and knitting since I was a child. Both my Grandmothers made almost all their own clothes and they taught me their skills at a young age. We'd sit and knit together or put together simple clothes using their sewing machines.

Until I was a teenager, everything I wore was handmade by these amazing ladies, not to mention the numerous outfits my teddies and dolls enjoyed!

This is me wearing a smocked sundress, made by my Grandma (circa 1978)

My Mum's wedding dress was made by her own Mum (1968), who also made the wedding cake.

As a teenager I had a Saturday job in a local haberdashery shop. It was just the best thing being surrounded by all that fabric, buttons, zips, ribbons... I probably spent more money there than I earned!


There's something I find about making things by hand which is very relaxing.

Whilst at school I knitted an Aran jumper ~ 100% wool ~ which I rediscovered recently on a visit to my parents' house. Happily it's a style now back in fashion!

2014 ~ still fits!

And during the first year at University, I made my own dress for the end of year ball, using black velvet...


1992, such style! ;)

For my 21st Birthday, Mum & Dad gave me a Singer sewing machine. It doesn't get as much use these days as I'd like ~ mostly repairs & alterations or the odd cushion cover ~ but it's still with me!

At the moment, I'm knitting one of my trademark baby hats for a friend, who's expecting her first child in a couple of month's time. This time I've chosen a red as we don't know the sex of the baby, but I've previously made them in pale pink & cream, pale blue and pale green.


It's a straightforward pattern from Debbie Bliss ~ I'll post a photo when it's finished!



Can you knit or sew? Made anything recently? 
What are your thoughts on the current resurgence of home crafting?

Claire

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