Pink for paper

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I'm pretty excited about my latest creation! If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you might be aware I recently signed up to a dressmaking course that just so happens to be down the road from my flat, how handy! Every Wednesday evening, for the last five weeks I've been taking my sewing machine on a little outing to learn the basics of dressmaking. I have one lesson left and I'm quite sad it's almost over. *wipes away tear*

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Even though I have some sewing experience, when it comes to making clothes and following a pattern I'm a complete beginner ... I've been tempted to try in the past but even the thought of reading a pattern gave me a headache, so I'd just look at the pretty illustrations on the envelopes instead. Ehem. But oh how things have changed! I feel like I've learnt so much in the relatively short time and I have our wonderful tutor, Aly to thank for that! Aly made me feel at ease through the whole process, she's shared a whole heap of tips and advice that make those delicate tissue paper sewing patterns look a lot less daunting! There are 6 of us in the class all with completely different patterns, but Aly has made sure we've all been getting the attention we need to keep us busy. It's been really exciting to see everyones hard work come together to make something wearable ~ and beautiful! 
If you're in the Hampshire area and want to learn to sew, you should definitely check out some of Aly's courses through Bobbin Sewing School, there are quite a few to choose from AND I hear they may be offering drop-in sessions soon, which is very exciting!

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This course has definitely given me the confidence to start working on some dresses for Hello Harriet! I've been designing new fabric using some of the cats from my daily drawings and have ordered some samples, so it {hopefully} won't be long til you can see the results! Though I think I'll make a few more practise dresses before I start chopping up my kitty fabric ... I'm not that brave yet!

Whilst you're here, I just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has voted for me so far in the Triumph Women in Making competition! I'm still a long way off from being in the 'top ten' but it means so much to me that so many of you have taken the time to vote. *Group hug* ... and if you've not voted yet, feel free to head on over to my entry page and share the love!