Featured Pledger: Adriana (Adriprints)

Adriana was on her way to giving up mass-made clothing when she discovered the Seamless pledge. Since then, she’s cut down on her consumption and sewn some amazing garments, including her bombshell dress featured as one of 2011’s inspirational makes.

Name: Adriana

Website: http://adriprints.blogspot.co.uk/

Pledging until the end of 2012.

Why did you take the Seamless Pledge?

The Seamless Pledge made a lot of sense to me. I started sewing really young, and both my grandmothers sewed as a means to stay in fashion and still have tailored clothing at an economic price. So, I looked at sewing and making as a means to having unique items of clothing as well as self-expression. I took the Seamless Pledge because I was already a crafty do-it-yourself kind of gal, and the pledge solidified my choice to make things myself.

What impact has the pledge had on your day-to-day life?

The pledge has made me a more observant consumer. I really look at other people’s clothing both for inspiration, and for construction. After taking the pledge, I’ve definitely made more time to sew and I sew pieces that are practical and wearable as opposed to some of my crazier sewn-because-I-loved-that-print projects of the past.

Taking the pledge also meant that I really had to look critically at my wardrobe and come to terms with some of the excesses of t-shirts and cheaply made goods I had purchased in the past. It was an enlightening thing to do, and I haven’t bought anything except some specialty compression running socks and the running shirt that came with the price of enrollment into a 10k run in June.

 Any tips for someone wanting to give up mass-made clothing?

I was already on my way to giving up mass-made clothing and the biggest thing that led me to this decision was a need for better fitting garments. Start by looking critically at your wardrobe and looking at your favorite items as well as the items of clothing that look best on you. These may not be the same pieces.

If you’re looking to replicate favorite items through knitting or sewing, start simple with attainable projects. Break down the skills you’ll need to have to make that awesome whatever-it-is you want to make. Don’t skip the basics.

And, it’s great to have high expectations of oneself, but do it whilst also highlighting the skills you already have, and adding 1 or 2 new skills you’d like to attain per project.

Make sure you check out Adriana’s blog. She’s not just busy sewing clothes, she’s been making some amazing quilts lately. You can also follow her on Twitter!

Let’s meet up! How about a crafting meetup?

WOAH – apologies for the ridiculous amount of double posts on this one! I was using WordPress’s new post thing and for some reason it decided I wanted to post this like 10 TIMES. Sorry if it clogged your emails!

Have you ever been to a blogger meetup?

I love a good meetup. Last week, I popped along to a Cardiff Blogs meetup, which brought bloggers from all over Cardiff to chat about, well, blogging!

For a while now, I’ve been wondering if we could sort something similar here in Cardiff, but for crafters. Lucky for me, fellow blogger Amy Davies was up for it too and now we’re getting cracking on sorting it out! Basically, we’d like to get crafters together somewhere in Cardiff to chat over a cuppa tea on around a monthly basis.

We know of some crafting evenings already in the city, so there’s some potential interest here, but I thought I’d extend the invitation to Seamless readers – I know you guys come from all over the place, but if you were able to come along, would you?

Amy has a poll up on her blog here to get the ball rolling. The basics we want to know are:

  • how often you’d like a meetup
  • where in Cardiff could we go
  • what day of the week would be best

Apologies for such a Cardiff-centric shout out this time around! I’m thinking if the Cardiff crafting meetup kicks off, we could organise some sort of Seamless pledgers meetup in the future?

Thanks for all your lovely comments on the Meringue skirt, I’m glad the disaster turned out well in the end! How’s Sew Colette going for the rest of you?

Chunky Knitted Snood Action

Finished Purple Knitted Snood

I did it! Say hello to my first ever knitted creation! After much unravelling, swearing at the knitting needles and wrestling the yarn from the cat (true story), it’s DONE.

It wouldn’t be a first-ever knitting project if it didn’t have its flaws mind you. The yarn I bought specifically said it was enough for a chunky snood, so I just kept knitting until I ran out of wool and sewed a seam at the back.

Cheeeeeeeeeeeeese

The only problem is, it’s a bit of an awkward length – not quite cosying up to my neck like Karen’s but also not nearly long enough to wrap around twice as hoped. Oops! Never mind though – at least this way I can layer it up with an extra snood or a scarf if it’s bitterly cold.

That’s my last project of 2011 right there! It’s hardly inspirational like the ones a few of you have been sending me, but I’m happy enough. New skills ahoy!

Tomorrow I’ll be posting up the inspirational makes I’ve been sent – there’s still a bit of time left for you to send a couple in, so get to it!

2011’s inspirational makes

Photo by foto.bulle

It’s that time of year folks!

Time for the year in review posts – the highs, the lows and the things you’ll do better next year. 2011 has been quite the year, hasn’t it? I wanted to do something a little bit different for my end-of-year post…

I want to hear about the makes which have inspired your stitching in 2011!

My RSS feed is jam packed with some amazing sewing bloggers from all corners of the world and I’m sure the same can be said of you guys! These are the crafters who inspire me to stitch, knit and take embarassing photos of the results.

Have you seen a creation this year which has just taken your breath away? Maybe you’ve retweeted the blog post in awe or added it to your inspiration folder – if you have, I would love to hear about it.

Or perhaps you’ve made something this year which you’re pretty damn proud of. I want to know all about the blood, sweat and seam ripping which went into your best make of 2011.

Send me the link to the blogpost documenting the make and tell me why it’s one of your top makes. Then, on Friday 30 December I’ll post a selection of them on the blog where you can bask in their glory!

You can get in touch with me via all the usual avenues, whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, e-mail or by commenting below!

Can’t wait to see the inspirational makes!

One row forwards, two rows back – my first time knitting

knitting needles Weapons of choice: er… knitting needles?

Knitting’s one of those skills I’ve always wanted to master. When I used to commute from Swansea to work in Cardiff, I’d always spot a knitter or two on the train and the green eyed monster would pop out. If only my sewing machine were more transportable, I’d think, then I could be a crafting commuter too!

Well, enough is enough. If anything, it was Karen’s sensational snood which set me off – truthfully, three things about her awfully comfy looking snood:

knitting tache!

You can consider me well and  truly on the snood bandwagon. Yes siree.

It was a close call though. For the past three days, I’ve driven the knitting expert in my house (my Mum) to near madness with my utter inability to get to grips with two knitting needles and some chunky yarn. Every five minutes, I’d wander to the living room, a skipped stitch or two in hand and plead for her to fix it.

“I swear, it’s like one row forwards and two rows back for you!” she said, undoing my mess and making sure my knits and purls were in the right places. Oops.

Instead of following the Guardian pattern, I’m trying to make a snood which is thinner but longer in length so I can wrap it around my neck and hide in it when people are looking for me. Foolproof!

I think she’s got it!

For once, this is a skill I’m learning the old fashioned way – it makes a nice change learning from an actual person than from a Youtube video. Saying this, I know plenty of you have learnt online – got any recommendations? Or should I just stick to annoying my Mum?

I’ve heard some good things about Ravelry – are any of you on there already?