A long time ago in a land far away, I had to choose what exams I wanted to take at 16. I have vague memories of a blue/grey piece of paper with columns on it. All the students were to select a subject from a variety of different areas, eg, a Humanity (History), a Language (German), a Science (Biology) etc. We were also allowed topick an Art; as I have blogged before that is a no-go area for me. So I decided to have a go at Needlework. I have no idea what led me to that subject as I do not remember hours as a child with needle and thread, but then I do not remember much from my childhood but that is another post altogether.
Over the 2 years studying Needlework I am sure that I learnt many techniques and how to sew with different fabrics. Eventually I got a CSE in Needlework, after making a passable Pinafore Dress with a long-sleeved T-shirt to match and a cuddly dog.
A few years after gaining that exam I made a wedding dress and 2 bridesmaids' dresses for my wedding.
I have had a lot of time on my hands recently, and before my surgery I planned to do a lot of reading and teaching myself a new craft. To be perfectly honest, I did not think the latter would happen as I know my personality and how I can get side-tracked. However, somebody alerted me to the 'Great British Sewing Bee' and I was inspired to dust off the sewing machine. Over the years, I have found many excuses why I have not done any proper dress-making; laziness, 'I am far too busy' and the cost of materials (which will still be a sticking point so I am on the look-out for cheap fabrics!) I have a very large box full of materials and found some which I have managed to turn into a dress for my youngest daughter. I found a pattern which I adapted and fitted to her size. I am pleased with the way it has turned out (although being me I can list all the mistakes I can see but I am fighting that tendency. :))
My next project is a Maxi Dress for my other daughter. I am researching patterns and will need to make one up myself.