I’m back (again)

I’m not even going to try to apologise for the length of time it’s taken to follow my last post. I will, however, let you know why it’s taken so long.

At the end of the last post I alluded to having met another blogger. No photographs of this particular undercover treat – the lady we know best as Mrs Mole. We met and talked for so long I thought we would be put out as the restaurant set around us for that evenings dinner service. She brought me a wonderful piece of Devore velvet in the most adorable aubergine purple and I am still thinking of the perfect project to use this for.


Beautiful fabric – thanks Mrs Mole!

I have been having problems taking photographs of my sewing as I go. So many bloggers have fabulous pictures on their blogs. Mine always feel very rushed and a bit yucky. This has almost put me off blogging altogether. The Management isn’t ever going to be ‘a photographer’ on request (I’m pretty sure he fouls up just to prevent me asking again), and the tripod works ok but is a real pain to set up – and often the sun goes in/light changes so I have to move the blessed thing all over again. I know how much better things look on an actual body rather than just pressing Bessie into service so I will try harder to photograph as I go in future.

As you know I am no longer sewing for clients. Ahem, one of my favourites didn’t get the memo. He doesn’t come often but when he does it’s usually a very interesting project – and although he is exacting he isn’t usually any trouble. This order was for six silk shirts from a pattern I had already used. Shouldn’t be difficult -or so I thought. Inevitably this was the order that took more time than I expected. I was very pleased with the results but I really wanted to be getting on with other things because….

….I was going to Australia for almost a month! My plan had been to make a very organised travel wardrobe that would make the stay a well dressed dream. All of the blogs I have seen do this made it look very achievable – and well it may have been had I not been making shirts….ย  . Needless to say the whole co-ordinated look went right out of the window and I ended up with my usual dressmaker rush to fill in gaps and make what I already had more wearable. I have some photographs but I wanted to write at least one post before I choke my computer with all of the photographs I took whilst we were away! I was really lucky to be able to meet another two of my blogging ‘friends from afar’ – the wonderful Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and Lesley from Sewniptuck (more on those meetings in another post). We got back yesterday and I have been playing catch up on my blog reading but not making many comments. That will get back to normal soon.

When I have sorted the photographs and found the pictures of the few things I made to go I will blog each garment. Some were winners, some well…..

So until I get that done I will finish off with a promise to try to be a better blogger now that my amazing holiday (which had been planned for ages so I had no excuses not to be better organised!) is over, and I don’t have client work BECAUSE I’M RETIRED.ย  Please feel free to remind me of that if I slip. So, nothing in the way of sewing and blogging (except maybe Chri….. I can’t even say the word yet).

Back soon


40 Comments on “I’m back (again)”

  1. WELCOME BACK! Don’t worry about photo quality- I think some bloggers fret about it too much, and lose the relaxed vibe that is [to me] the whole joy of ‘real’ blogging. Get sewing missus!

  2. Ann Webber says:

    RETIRED did I hear you say? HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS on no longer being a commercial seam-stress!

  3. Meeting blog friends is the best!
    Glad to see you back:)

    • Kim says:

      Thank you! It’s always great to meet the people you ‘chat’ to online. I’m lucky that no-one has been anything other than delightful so far ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

  4. sewbussted says:

    Welcome home ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Loved seeing all the pics on Instagram. Looks like you had a fabulous time!
    No apologies are ever needed for pictures. I think I can speak for everyone and say that we just enjoy seeing what youโ€™ve done. It does not need to be Vogue magazine perfect picture. We just love you ๐Ÿ˜Š
    Be sure to rest up a bit now that youโ€™re home.

    • Kim says:

      Aww, thanks Rhonda. We really did have a great time. My body clock is shot to bits now though, and my ankle/foot needs attention again after a day in Converse, but it will take weeks to wipe my smile off ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.

  5. sew2pro says:

    You met Lesley!! That’s something we have in common: maybe we can play six degrees of separation using sewing bloggers instead of Kevin Bacon.

    It’s great to hear from you Kim. Sounds like you’ve had quite an adventure, six silk shirts notwithstanding. Why is it that sewing for others is just something we do out of mercy, despite getting paid?

    Look forward to further instalments (in your own time, of course).

    • Kim says:

      ๐Ÿ˜‚ Bloggers six degrees …. hilarious! She is lovely, I’m sure you enjoyed meeting her as much as I did (although I suspect I got the better location?).
      I agree. Sewing for others sounds like a great option but it truly is work (ask Mrs Mole) and never as easy as it seems. I may do a post for anyone thinking about that route now I’m retired

  6. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Welcome home & Congratulations on your retirement!
    And what a lovely way to celebrate–flying down to Oz for a whole month ! ! !
    Will look forward to resuming reads about things you’re up to, and a bit of back-tracking.

  7. Welcome back! Do not worry about photos, just go crazy, experiment and upload. They will get better over time or not, because your expectation increases. Imho quality is not as important as catching the moment and the feeling of it.

  8. Anne W says:

    Welcome back and enjoy being your own seamstress for a change. Don’t stress about photos, life’s too short!

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Anne. I’m doing some planning at the moment and hope to find the perfect fabric in my stash (which I hope to reduce substantially now).

  9. Jo says:

    How wonderful, it sounds like the holiday of a lifetime, I look forward to hearing all about it. Congratulations on your retirement, just make sure that Mr Silk Shirt Man gets the message.

  10. nikkibnb says:

    Welcome back! Hope you had a lovely time away, and now you can put your feet up and enjoy some you time!

    • Kim says:

      Back to real life with a bump after such a dream holiday. I’m unlikely to be feet up but I’m looking forward to sewing my wish list – when the laundry is all done!

  11. CJ says:

    WELCOME BACK! Have missed you xxx your pics are just fine!!!! I remember loving them!!!! Oh and I remember a certain dress very well ๐Ÿ˜‰ but *sigh* youโ€™re retired now! Xxx

  12. Glad youโ€™re back and I hope the holiday was wonderful. I think we can fret too much over photos…itโ€™s good to have nice ones but itโ€™s not everything.

  13. How fun to meet fellow sewing bloggers. I met Sue Stony of Fadanista last summer and it is nice to see the person behind the blog! Enjoy your retirement!

    • Kim says:

      We missed when she was in the UK sadly. I love meeting new people and it’s a real treat when you know you already share an interest ๐Ÿ˜ƒ.
      I will do my best to enjoy retirement!

  14. sewruth says:

    Nice to have you back with us again Kim. Publish when it suits you – it sounds like you’re putting pressure on yourself and that’s no way to enjoy your retirement. Mind you, a month in Australia sounds like a fine way to spend time

  15. sewchet says:

    Glad you had an amazing time, although you would have been hard pushed not to. Six silk shirts? No wonder you rushed your own holiday wardrobe, but Iโ€™m sure you didnโ€™t let the lack of a perfect set of clothes ruin things for you. As for blog photos, well, we all empathise with that particular dilemma. If I canโ€™t get anyone to take a decent pic, I photograph clothes on a hanger on my wardrobe door when the light is overcast so no dark shadows.

    • Kim says:

      So true. I had a great time, and wore pretty much everything I took which is always good. I have so many photos to sort it may be a while before my makes reach the blog though ๐Ÿ˜‰.

  16. mrsmole says:

    So happy to have you back just in time for making Christmas gifts and no clients…heaven! Your OZ photos just make me want to go there if I could ever find a month off! Don’t stress over what to do with that velvet…hem the edges and wear it like a long scarf wrapped around your neck a couple times…winter is here! Meeting you, my first blogger, was just so great and soon I will be making a pumpkin pie in that gorgeous quiche place you gave to me.

  17. Gastradamus says:

    Must be nice to unwind and do what ever you want. I’m sure you have more adventures to come your way. I think you gave me some feedback on a short of mine called phonestruck. I’ve got a new short out called The Writers Block and your feedback is wanted. Can’t wait to hear what you think

  18. Hello there – I’ve never visited your blog before, but here I am to say many thanks for the secret Santa . I LOVE the socks. Blog post to follow very soon.

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