I can hardly believe it but Jane Makes is one year old today!
I’d been a sewing blog follower for ages but had never got my act together to start one myself. That all changed when Kyrie from Kyrie in Kalamityland arrived in our office and set me up on WordPress within five minutes of me suggesting I might like to start a blog! All I can say is ….
Thank you Kyrie!
I’d just got going when my mother managed to fall and shatter her ankle just after last Christmas which meant she could only hop until it healed! Anything creative went right out of the window and there was a three-month gap in my blogging activities while we got her back on both feet. She’s a serial bone breaker in the winter so is being encased in bubble wrap from 1 December as a precaution. My temporary involvement with commodes is not something I want to repeat in a hurry!
Whilst it might be going a bit far to say that having a sewing blog has changed my life it has certainly had a positive impact on it.
I think one of the main benefits for me is becoming part of the blogging community. It is inspiring to have contact with so many creative people online and meeting them in person is even better. The first meet up of the new formed sewbees, a group of sewists based on or near the south coast, is taking place on 28th November which is SO exciting!
The need to have something to write about also encourages/forces me to get on and make something rather than sitting around thinking about it. Signing up to Me-Made-May this year was also a big motivator as was The Refashioners 2015 which really pushed me to try something new. Back at the start of JaneMakes, although I’d been sewing on and off for a while, the main thing holding me back was a zip phobia which meant my options were limited unless I had appropriate supervision! I then bought Tilly’s Love at First Stitch, followed her instructions for inserting a concealed zip, and I was away! I can’t believe something I now find relatively straightforward had been restricting me for so long!
I’m still in awe of what so many of you create and I’m planning to push myself a bit harder over the next year. I had planned to make a pair of trousers but given that I never wear them – what would be the point?! My next real challenge is mastering the scary overlocker!
This post is a bit image light so I’m including this gif which W spotted on Twitter. I always thought the sewing machine worked by magic but it turns out that isn’t the case!
A big thank you to everyone who takes the time to read (and comment on) this blog. It really is good to know you!
PS : The original intention was for this to be a sewing and baking blog but the baking seems to have taken a back seat. The problem with baking is that the outcome has to be eaten and we do have W’s waistline to think about!