I’ve been hopped

I’m sure many of you are aware that there is a bit of a blog hop going on right now. I was nominated by Jillian of Sew Unravelled to join the train before passing the baton on to two other bloggers that inspire me. What an honour! I’ve been following Jillian’s fabulous blog since I first discovered blogs.

Why do I write?

Apart from the fact that it provides me with an avenue to talk uninterrupted about myself and the things I do, I actually quite enjoy writing as a stand alone. In my former ‘paid’ working life as a Dietitian, I used to do a little bit of writing. I’ve written for several health magazines over the years, and still occasionally write the odd article for the Australian Healthy Food Guide. I even started a food blog (before I started sewing), in the days when my creative outlet was in the kitchen.

I love the idea of sharing my ideas and connecting with others in the sewing community. Sewing can be such a solo sport, but blogging makes me feel like I’m a part of a team. I’ve communicated with so many wonderful and inspiring people online in the past year. Hopefully one day, I will get the chance to meet some of them in person!

What am I working on?

At the moment, I’m working on a Henley and a short sleeved shirt for Hubby’s birthday. I’ve just finished his Christmas shirt; a very nice, but very conservative business shirt, so I feel like I’ve earned the right to step outside the box a little for his other one. My source of inspiration for his second shirt is below, but I will be using chambray and white linen with more colour blocking and less curves. I’m not quite sure how he will take it, but it is way more fun to sew than an ordinary shirt.

GANRYU COMME des GARCONS 2015 Spring/Summer Collection | Hypebeast
GANRYU COMME des GARCONS 2015 Spring/Summer Collection

I’m also  putting the finishing touches on a pair of corduroy culottes and a sheer silk top for me. I try to alternate sewing for myself with sewing for the rest of my family. One for me, one for them means that I still win out in the end. But they still give me the eyes, because there’s four of them.

How does my blog differ from others?

When I first started blogging, about one year ago now, I didn’t think that I would ever be able to create a space that was unique to me. I just wanted to write about my sewing, which I assumed would be identical to every other learner seamstress out there. Over time, I think my blog has evolved into a better representation of myself and my sense of style. This is partly because I’m getting to know myself better (blogging about yourself is great for that!) and partly because my sewing and design skills have improved a lot, which enables me to express myself better.

Sewing is a creative outlet for me. I love trying to spot emerging trends and being able to convert them into designs with my own spin. I love putting different looks together and trying out different shapes and styles. I dream of clothes the way my children dream of ice cream and marshmallows. 

I take a lot of calculated risks with my sewing. I do a little bit of drafting and draping on my own, but mostly, I do a LOT of pattern hacking. I always highlight the specific changes I make to patterns so others can take that information and use it for themselves, and so I can go back to remind myself on how I did it.

I love beautiful fabrics and I’m a stickler for quality. I know I make a lot of clothes but I’m also quite conscious of sustainability (although I’m pretty sure this doesn’t come across in my blog). I hate wastage, so you’ll see me use up every single thread I get my hands on, turning all my remnants and scraps into clothes for my girls, and myself at other times. To date, my favourite scrapbust is the leather trimmed tunic below. Anything I no longer wear, I refashion or salvage the fabric and notions to use again in the future.

How does my writing process work?

I don’t really think that I have a process. I just make things and write about why I did, what inspired me, and how I went about doing it. I try to keep things pretty simple, but sometimes a few unrelated stories creep in.

So now it’s my turn to nominate the bloggers that inspire me. I’d like to nominate Yoshimi the Flying Squirrel. I always love her choice of clean, contemporary lines, and beautiful fabrics. She has an classic, unfussy style that translates beautifully into real life.

Lara from Thornberry is another blogger I have been following since day one. I love the way Lara combines colours. She’s fabulous at layering clothes for everyday wear and I’m pretty sure she has the whole pantone series of colours covered in her wardrobe. 

Another great Australian blogger is Busy Lizzie in Brizzie. I think our body shapes are totally opposite so we deal with completely different fitting issues, but I can’t help but be inspired by her choices of patterns and styles that always seem to look so perfect and fabulous on her. She makes me want to sew dresses that I know are totally unsuited to me.

6 thoughts on “I’ve been hopped

  1. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas

    Oh Yay! I'm happy to see you on the train, and riding first class as always! This really is the most interesting blog hop, and reading your answers does indeed help me to know you better! You're funny, but you're brave too, with all those eyes watching you, LOL. And the burning question…will hubby adopt a new hairstyle along with his uber cool birthday shirt?


  2. Debbie Iles

    Haha! Thanks Sue. Hubby is in the process of adopting a new hairstyle – I might run this one by him too. But I think he is turning hippie on me or he has developed some kind of aversion to hairdressers.


  3. lisa g.

    so fun to read this! i love how you so ruthlessly scrap makes that aren't working for you and re-fashion them. me, it takes me a long time (usually) before i admit defeat. it's never boring here in your corner of bloggy land, keep up the great work!


  4. thornberry

    I've really enjoyed getting to know more about you too Debbie – and thank you so much for passing the blog hop baton on to me. I especially admire the way that you refashion – I tend to just pass things on rather than trying to rework them.



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