15 June, 2014

Monday Motivation - A Liebster!

Until being nominated by Erika from Trial & Erika, I'd never heard of a Liebster Award. Turns out, it came at the perfect moment to get me back into writing regular posts. Whenever I take a break from writing, I seem to lose my blogging "voice" - or whatever it is that makes a person feel like they have cool stuff to say. So thank you Erika, you've snapped me out of it!

If you also have no idea what a Liebster is, it's basically a way for small blogs (with under 200 followers) to support each other and help reach new audiences. It's a cute idea, and there are so many lovely little blogs around lately that I'm totally flattered to participate! I've been given a series of questions to answer about my sewing life, so here goes!

1. What is your favourite garment so far?

I thought about this a while, and realised that my favourite handmade garment is actually more of a refashion. Here's the only decent picture I could find:

Yeah. Even in heels I'm short...
The dress was originally one of those strange, "one size fits all" rayon maxi dresses that you find in Utopian Bazaar/ Tree of Life type stores. I am always drawn to the amazing colours and embroidered patterns, and thoroughly disappointed by the fit. So, I bought one to alter for a college masquerade ball a few years ago. I added a zipper and put darts in the front and back, changed the neckline and created a scoop back. I also stitched on some little diamontes that look so sparkly and awesome in this photo. It was literally the most comfortable thing I have ever worn to a formal event. I loved the colour, I felt amazing in it, and nobody else was wearing anything even remotely similar!

2. Favourite textile to work with?

Linen, hands down. But when I can't afford linen (most days), probably rayon.

3. Why did you start sewing?

I've always loved art, but I guess I started sewing because I was drawn to the idea of creating things I couldn't find anywhere else. My first project was hugely overambitious: a dress for my grade 10 formal/prom. Over the years, as my skills improved, I started to appreciate more about the methodical process of sewing, as well as the environmental and ethical reasons for making my own clothing.

4. Are you a planner or do you wing it?

 Good question! I like to plan things out, but sometimes it's exciting to just wing it. I guess I'm just a bit of both!

5. If your sewing machine was an animal, what type of animal would it be?

Probably some kind of field rodent. It's very high-pitched. It's jumpy and jittery, and Bean just loves chewing on it while I'm not looking!

Now it's my turn to nominate some bloggers! I only checked follower numbers via Bloglovin, so if you happen to have over 200, oops!

I nominate:

Katrina from Boots & Cats. Cute photography, cute sewing, plus a love for boots and cats! Does it get any better than that?

Etemi from The Secret Costumier. I love everything Etemi sews and wears. She has such an awesome style, and her Me Made May posts made me seriously crave velvet!

Lindsay from Design by Lindsay. Lindsay is super lovely and always manages to completely change my mind about patterns. Her shibori Prefontaine shorts are the cutest!

Shannon from Adventures of a Young Seamstress. Shannon has such a beautiful style, and some seriously amazing dresses in her repertoire!

Your Questions!

1. What is your favourite handmade garment to date?
2. Do you have a favourite pattern? What is it?
3. Why did you start blogging?
4. What was the first sewing blog you ever read?
5. If time and money were no obstacle, what would be your ultimate sewing project?

Apologies in advance if you're not into this kind of thing! 


Erika A said...

I love all your animal answer! And your cat is so stinkin' cute! My dog hates my sewing machine because it means I'm not paying attention to him, so he'd probably try to eat it too if he could.

Lindsay said...

Thanks so much for nominating me, Zoe! <3 I'll be posting mine later this week.

Samgoose said...

This is such a great idea. I seriously have major trouble trying to promote my blog. I barely have time to post, and if I do, I barely have time to comment on other peoples, though I read plenty. Congratulations for doing so well with yours :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for your sweet words Zoe! I actually completed a Leibster a year ago (You can read the post here: http://bootscats.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/spread-the-love-liebster-award/ ) but it seems like the rules have evolved once again. I'll happily answer your questions though, these are good ones!

1. What is your favourite handmade garment to date?
I would have to say my cat dress I finished last week. I used the Deer and Doe Belladone pattern and the fabric is covered in cats. I will be posting it soon.

2. Do you have a favourite pattern? What is it?
I don't have a favourite pattern per se, but I love simple, retro shift style dresses. Plus they are super quick and easy to make = instant gratification.

3. Why did you start blogging?
I wanted a motivator to keep me off the couch and making things. When BlogShop went to Vancouver last spring it was the kick in the butt to stop procrastinating and start writing the damn thing.

4. What was the first sewing blog you ever read?
I my first foray into sewing blogs was Sewaholic when she was mentioned at my internship at Telio. Since then, sewing blogs have changed my life.

5. If time and money were no obstacle, what would be your ultimate sewing project?
I am dying to re-upholster my living room couch. It is more my fear of diving into such a weird project for me that keeps me from doing it than time or money, though.

Zoe May said...

Haha, that must be what it is. She only ever chews things while I'm using them. I felt like a bit of an idiot sitting there taking photos while she attacked my sewing machine, but you never know when such things will come in handy! :P

Zoe May said...

Thanks Sam! I guess it helps to have my little business combined with blogging - it gives me some sort of purpose. Even if I do nothing interesting with the rest of my life for a few weeks, I'll always have some new knitting project to share :)

If you haven't already, sharing your sewing projects in online communities like Burdastyle and Kollabora (which I somehow only just discovered recently) seems to really help people find you. And it's a great way to find new blogs to read, too!

Zoe May said...

Ooh, can't wait to see your new dress! I keep hearing wonderful things about Deer & Doe. I really want to try their coat pattern.

Discovering the sewing blog world really is life changing isn't it? The first I ever read regularly was the Selfish Seamstress. She was seriously the coolest person ever, but unfortunately doesn't blog anymore :(

Thanks for answering my questions! Loved reading your answers :D