I thought I would write a blog in between waiting for the tool to arrive for my next big project because I decided to make a couple of dresses for my girls while I waited since I finally brought the fabric I needed for them. I only ended up finishing one so far, the second I will try to complete this weekend if I have some spare time.

I used the peekaboo pattern called The Juliet Dress and Top. This was my first attempt at this dress.

I found the pattern quite easy to cut out and get all of my pieces ready, it was not difficult to understand. The instructions quite simple to read and easy to follow. But I struggled sewing. Which was no ones fault but my own.

I put a ball point needle into my machine (like it said I needed to do for stretch fabric in the operators manual of my machine), it did not matter what thread tension setting I had my machine on, it just did not work. The thread was either too loose or too tight, or just broke off mid sewing. I was getting so frustrated and my work looked dodgy as. At some points my material ended up sewed to my machine. It was just not working for me and I think I nearly broke my machine to be honest.

After wasting most of the day trying to make something work that was clearly not going to, I put my normal needle back in and was able to sew freely and easily. I felt completely stupid and wanted to give up before I had my ah ha! moment. Well it was more like a if this doesn’t work I don’t know what else to do type of moment.

I have now realised that the material wasn’t the right stretch fabric that actually warrants the ball point needle. So the next time this happens I will know to just change my needle. Or just have a breather and try and figure it out. It was very much an over eager Angie moment, I had been wanting to make these dresses for a long time, had finally got the material and decided to go full steam ahead with out really thinking about it.

I have not finished my eldest girls dress because I needed to unpick what I messed up, but I did finish my youngest daughters dress. I think I did okish, even though I had a hard time with it. I have just bought some new fabric to make another one and this time I will be putting a piece of fabric over the whole and not leaving it bare. My littlest thinks the bow should be at the front so she can see it. Haha. So I think its best to make her dresses with the fabric so that if she does wear it at the front like this first one she will be fully covered.


The end result:

Front View

Back View:


(I don’t actually have a picture of my daughter wearing it, but it looks great on her.) 

This is the the back of the first one I attempted. String everywhere and my sewing was wonky. It took about half an hour to do this. My thread just kept breaking and I would have to re-thread my needle and try to loosen it. Then I would lose it and the sewing was just horrendous.

This is the side everyone sees. As you can see the bow was wonky and my stitching terrible.



My First Blog Ever!

Hello and Welcome!

SO, this is my first post on my blog and the start of an amazing journey!

This marks the beginning of the next chapter in my life and I am really excited to be able to share it with you.

I have created this space for multiple reasons, a couple of them being that I want to document my progress with learning to sew, crochet and craft. Although I do have a little bit of experience already with crochet and craft, I have only recently bought my very first sewing machine. I am teaching myself, with the help from my friend and her wonderful books, videos, scrap fabrics and handy tips and help. She has been a blessing.

After speaking with my friend about her first projects, I thought to myself, it would be awesome to have some where to document and keep track of how much the quality of my work changes whilst I delve into this new world. I thought it would also be great to see where I struggled the most and what I found easy.

Why choose the blog? I know, I could just keep a personal journal. But… that would have not helped with my other reasons for starting this.

I want to share this journey with other crafty, sewing people and hopefully inspire and encourage people to never give up and have a go at something new.

I want to also show people that we all start some where and all as beginners. That not only pertains to crafting it is with any thing in life. Not one person starts something as an expert and not one person can say they didn’t struggle at some points and make mistakes. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses and it is great to acknowledge and accept them. My promise to you all is to show you every part of my journey. The good, the bad and the ugly. Trust me, there will be plenty of each. I do not want this blog to be about how great I am and hide from you the parts I struggle with and don’t do well, it would defeat the purpose of what I just said.

I also hope to interact with people. I struggle in social situations and find it hard to speak to people in person. I thought this blog would be the better option for me, as I would feel more comfortable to express my self without the fear of awkward encounters and not getting out what I truly want to say.

SO please, feel free to look around, I don’t have much on my page at the moment, but in the next few days I am hoping to post some past and recent projects that I have created to get started. I am hoping you have stopped at my home page and become acquainted with Mr Snowy the Snowman? I created him last Christmas to live out the front with our light display each year. I love every thing Christmas, so you will see a lot of Christmas crafts on my page. Along with many different things, I promise.

If you would like to keep track of my progress and join in on this journey, like my facebook and instagram page. As I said before there won’t be much on it at the moment but I promise there will be lots more to come.

Angie xx