Are you ready to meet another Monthly Stitch editor? Of course you are! Say hello to Juliet….
Hi Juliet! So tell us – how long have you been sewing?
I’ve been sewing since 2011, so that makes it… 3 years now? So I guess I’m still a baby sewist next to Kat and Mel!
What is your favourite make so far this year?
Crikey, I’ve been pretty bad this year at sewing and blogging, so my selection is pretty thin! But I do love my Papercut Midsummer Night’s dream dress… the fabric is so sublime, and it’s my colour through and through. I could get married in that dress! I also love my still-uncompleted Deer and Doe Pavot. I’m so pleased with it but I got sewing fatigue and had to take a break, but it’s high on my priority list (and an ideal garment for September’s Amnesty month!)
I’m so pleased with my fabric-pattern placement and it took me a long while to perfect what was going to be cut where (there was a whole lotta visualising going on), but I think it paid off pretty well. It’s also the first garment that I’ve managed to fit all by myself (and I think that after that experience, I’m going to stay lazy and get a second pair of hands to help me out with that job!). How you ladies fit on yourselves, by yourself is beyond me….!
Where do you sew?
I have my very own sewing room in our house, although I do have to share it with my beloved’s drumkit(s), so it’s not as spacious as I wish. I’ve got a pretty good set up now though and as long as he puts his drums away nicely, I can access my stash and pattern collection!
I’ve set my sewing machine and overlocker up in front of a window, so I get plenty of natural light, and the iron is right behind me, so I don’t have to wander too far. Cutting is done on the lounge floor though.
Favourite sewing tool (other than your sewing machine)?
Without a doubt, my two pairs of Mundial scissors, Sheila and Eva (I’m one of those people who names things… the scissors are named after my Grandma and brother (Evan), who each gave me a pair). A close second is my kettle, because I drink A LOT of tea while sewing. Every time something goes wrong, I have a cuppa.
What are the top 3 patterns in your sewing queue?
This list is ever changing, but currently I’m looking at sewing Simplicity 4697 in a teal worsted wool, Simplicity 2910 (one of my favourite patterns in my collection) with a white and blue floral cotton sateen, and the Cake Carmine with undecided fabric, as I’m in dire need of some new cardigans, and I can’t knit well enough yet!
What was the last pattern you purchased?
Cake Pattern’s Carmine, and Hummingbird. There’s a long story to the Hummingbird, where I borrowed Kats, misplaced it, bought a replacement for her and then promptly found hers. So, I now have a Hummingbird pattern that I don’t want… Soooooo, leave a comment below and one of you could be a winner!
Favourite challenge on The Monthly Stitch so far?
Capes, because it gave me the gumption to finally make my own! Also, this month’s challenge, because I’m making something I’ve always intended to make, but never gotten around to doing it!
Share your favourite cake recipe?
Nigella Lawson’s Chocolate Guinness Cake. In another life I shall be like Nigella (sans marital issues). This damp, chocolately cake is the kind that you tuck into and then never want the slice to finish. And the cream cheese icing recipe that comes with it is also my go-to icing recipe as well. It’s rich but not cloying, light but delicious.
Describe your personal style?
My boss summarised this better than I could have done so myself, because I never really thought of defining it. He says late 50’s to 60’s, but I’m no mod. Personally, I like things that define my waist as I’m a classic hourglass figure. I’m also short so anything loose just leaves me feeling like a potato sack. I also adore colour, particularly blues, pinks and florals, and sorry, but I hate polka dots and anything too kitsch.
What do you do when you’re not sewing?
During the day you’ll find me in my local City Council, with half of my time spent as a word-nerd in the Communications Department and the other 20 hours as the office gopher. I half love my job (the comms side, as it’s about people) and I half tolerate it… But in saying that, my workplace is excellent. They supported me through my surgery and radiotherapy hell last year, and they’re a decent bunch of people too.
Outside of work, you’d be unsurprised to find that I’m a real maker, so during weeknights you’ll either find me pottering in the kitchen, or laboriously knitting. I’m still learning and actually gave myself carpal tunnel issues (thankfully gone now, 8 weeks later!) while knitting. So it’s a slow process for me, but it’s something I really enjoy doing. Sometimes you’ll find me cross-stitching, and when I remember that exercise is good for me, you’ll find me hula hooping or walking my dog Buster. And, when I really just feel like being a lump, you’ll find me curled up watching a history documentary online. I love Dr. Lucy Worsley the most, she’s my history heroine. Search her on youtube! A really good one is her ‘harlots, housewives and heroines: a seventeeth century history for girls’ series.
** Edit: I’ll ship the pattern anywhere in the world, and will draw the winner on 1 September. Good luck! – Juliet**