Every couple of years, I have this habit of taking on a new hobby of sorts. Two or three Christmas’s ago, while vacationing in England, my mother-in-law took me to the local wool shop and helped me pick out a few skeins of beautiful wool and a pattern. I’d always enjoyed working with my hands, but I was surprised to find how much I actually enjoyed the activity of knitting. Of course, I really only enjoyed it when I saw progress, and I wasn’t busy making mistakes, or trying to wrestle the ball of fine wool away from my fifteen pound cat, but hey, we can’t be all Martha Steward about every craft, can we? And though I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I am still working on that lovely sweater years later, I give myself a bit of a break because my knitting instructor is 7600km away, and so what if I’m averaging ten rows a year? It’s not like I’m going to upset the knitting gods.

So in between my visits to the UK, I had the itch to take up another crafty hobby, and after stumbling across the BurdaStyle website, I was immediately hooked. I’d spent precious hours perusing people’s projects and pouring over patterns. Then I put my academic research skills to good use, and started sorting through hundreds of sewing blogs, in search of a few good sources that I could refer back to when I ran into any issues. I put my Amazon to good use, and ordered as many sewing books that I could get my hands on, and then I scrimped and saved for my Janome sewing machine. Once my tools were in place, I started spending time wandering the aisles of Vancouver’s best fabric shop, Dressew. If you live in Vancouver, you know that Dressew is the mecca for everything to do with sewing. It’s located in the heart of downtown, and while it has a reputation for cranky staff members, and you can only use cash or debit, the prices are unbeatable, you have no choice but to spend money you actually have, and every piece of fabric I’ve used so far, I’ve found in their incredible sale bins, score!

I’ve since put a couple of pieces together, and thankfully, they weren’t complete and utter disaster’s, but the skill level required for the next few projects that I’m attempting to put together, it could possibly mean that I’m out of my league! And while it might put most people off, I’ve never been discouraged by a challenge, so fingers crossed that I don’t spent the next three weeks producing three armed blouses. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted on the progression of my little summer wardrobe.

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