Have you seen my 'sewjo'? - Guest Blog

Hello pregnancy, goodbye sewjo !

I think that’s exactly how it happened, well I’m pretty sure of it anyway.  I was on a roll with my sewing, had a started my own sewing blog, curated my instagram, sorted out my sewing room and had sewing plans for the year made which did not include a new pregnant body I can assure you. 
 That’s pretty much what halted it, the pregnant body. All of a sudden I had to try and dress this bump. Everything I wore was stretchy. I had no motivation, no patterns caught my eye, it was either a pattern that suited pregnancy only or a pattern that I would need to wait until post pregnancy to measure myself so no point even embarking on it. I didn’t know what shape I was going to be once I had the baby so felt like I couldn’t even plan for new me made outfits. Meanwhile every insta blogger is churning out the latest patterns, it felt like there was a new indie pattern released every week.

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Then the hallelujah moment - enter Tilly and the buttons Stevie pattern. I adored this pattern while pregnant, it draped nice on my body and didn’t make me feel like a whale. I made four in total (two dresses and two tops, I've included a photo of one of the dresses) It’s best points being that it was simple and quick to make and felt like it could be worn as an oversized t-shirt dress post pregnancy, I’ve road tested it and it falls into the secret pyjamas category. Just throw an oversized cardigan on with it and wear it with tights and it looks fab.

The moral of the story - I don’t have one but does there need to be one? I lost my sewjo for a while but it’s coming back slowly. There are new ideas cropping up in my brain and suddenly fabric is making its way into my wish list again. I think I stressed out about having no creativity and thinking it wouldn’t come back but it did though plus I think I will appreciate my sewing time a little more now that it’s limited.

Baby news - We welcomed a baby boy on 13th October, Max, weighing 6lbs 4oz, literally a little bundle of joy 💙

(PART 2 OF LAURAS BABY BLOG COMING SOON!)

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💀3 Halloween Sewing Tips No Other Sewing Tutor Will EVER Tell You!🎃😁

Halloween is a Nightmare!

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As someone who doesn't even have kids I know Halloween can be stressful.

So here's my top 3 last minute sewing tips, to give yourself a break this Halloween!

Leave those raw edges raw!

Ain't nobody got time for the perfect Halloween costume, and I mean literally! You might never wear this again so why are you so worried about raw edges and perfection? The fact you are making it is AMAZING and will mean your costume totally stands out anyway.

If fraying fabric DOES really annoy you then opt for fabric that doesn't fray! Most stretch fabric don't fray and, well they're stretchy so you or your kid can wear it again next year haha!

Use the 3 S's - Staplers, Sharpies, Safety Pins...

I think I just heard some season sew-ers GASP at this one? Let me explain.

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Most people are time poor. Most people are feeling a bit of pressure to make a costume for themselves or their kids and can't believe how quickly Halloween has come around so give yourself a break. As your sewing tutor AND friend I am giving you permission to absolutely WING IT!

Not got time to applique the eyes on that dog costume? Use a sharpie!

Hem fallen down on a grim reaper costume making it trail on the ground at the last minute? Use a stapler!

Has a seam burst on pirate costume the night before the party? Safety pin it!

If all else fails, buy one!

You might be getting the vibe from this email is mainly to GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK! So if you totally run out of time and you have to buy something, so what? You'll be more prepared next time right?

Sewing is a great skill, it's so useful but most of all it should be enjoyable and it should de-stress you, if the opposite is happening my advice is to step away. You're not a failed parent for not spending 3 weeks on your kids Halloween Costume, and if you own a sewing machine but bought a costume so what?

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Got any hilarious Halloween related disasters or confessions? I want to hear them to make us all feel a bit better about not being the perfect human. Get in touch and let me know!

We still have a few spaces on this Fridays Halloween Inspired Sewcial in Glasgow? Want to join Jenny? Go here!