Introducing the Creative Diaries, a new feature on the blog where Selkie’s co-founders Alexandra and Caroline share with you what they have been seeing, reading and are currently inspired by.
Read on to see Alexandra and Caroline’s personal sewing projects!
When you start your own creative business you find that unfortunately don’t have as much time to be creative for yourself. This can be totally fine as the energy and drive that you originally put into your hobby is now nurtaring your business. After a long day when your hobby is your job its so much easier to throw on your PJs and watch Netflix than turn your now day job into your hobby again. However since lockdown began in the U.K myself and Caroline have found the opportunity to sew for ourselves once again and turn our hobby into a wonderful distraction!
We are currently both working from home running Selkie Patterns and Caroline is also caring for her new born son so I wouldn’t say we have lots of new found free time to sew. We have used snippets of time here and there to get creative and it feels so good to focus on a project, complete it and wear it even if its in our flats…
So what have we been making? I have been sewing some wardrobe essentials I had on my sewing list for a while now that I was not able to make last year. I owned ZERO trousers in my wardrobe so I made myself some lovely floaty trousers using linen and rayon from my stash. I used the Safiya trouser pattern I from Tilly’s new book: Make It Simple, and I’m obsessed with them. They have now become my new working from home uniform and they are the perfect speedy project to get your sew jo back.
I have also made myself my first ever piece of sleepwear from my new book The Great British Sewing Bee: Sustainable Style which are super comfortable and the fabric is covered in cherries! If you wish to see what I have been making during lockdown grab yourself a cup of tea and head on over to my Youtube channel. Click to watch! 🧵 💐
And now let’s take a look at what Caroline has been sewing! Caroline has sewn herself this AMAZING bomber jacket from our new Sewing Bee book which is made in a dead stock fabric from the New Craft House.
Caroline is working on this floral number. “I have nearly finished the bomber jacket from my book Sustainable Style, made up in a reversible floral quilted fabric, ex-designer headstock from The New Craft House. I don’t think the neighbourhood will know what’s hit it! I love either plain or an amazing print, nothing in between. You will never find me in a classic, ditzy floral print, even though I like it on other people, but this painterly print is 100% me. I used a metal and cotton tape zip and I have finished every single seam allowance with pink bias binding. The black ribbing for the cuffs, collar and waistband is from Sew Me Sunshine. The pattern is unisex, with a shorter cutting line for a woman’s figure. I made the smallest size and used the cropped length as a guide, then added 11 cm as I have a very long torso. I made no other adjustments. I need to finish the collar and waistband and then I’m ready. Stay tuned for the finished result!”
It’s been lovely to see what sewing community have been making on social media (even more so when we see a Selkie Patterns creation!) and we are so thankful to have a creative hobby as an outlet during this challenging time. A light has been shone on the importance of crafts and hobbies to be used as an outlet for mental and spiritual health since the majority of us are needed stay home and we hope this is something we will continue to do for ourselves after lockdown.
Have a lovely bank holiday everyone.