Welcome to Flashback Friday! Today's guest is the lovely An from Straightgrain. An lives in Belgium, and is a mother to an adorable little girl.
An is a master at sewing clothes for her daughter, which makes her flashback today extra fun. Although she's only been sewing for a short time, she's created amazing outfits like this Peplum Bubble Dress (and free pattern up to size 6!). And you won't want to miss her Kids Clothes Belgium Style series that is going on right now! It actually makes me want to leave my computer at this moment and start sewing!
The second project, the kimono, was a complete failure. The pattern we had to use was complete rubbish - the kimono was way too wide, and totally unflattering. I also used an extremely ugly fabric combination, and about a week after the kimono was finished, I cut it up to use the fabric for different ends. So luckily, no pics exist of this little catastrophe. The final project was a pyjama. We were allowed to make it in a kid's size, but no smaller than 3 years. Back then, as a mom of a 1-year old, I couldn't care less what the pyjama would look like. Norah three years old? That looked like ages away! So I just bought some super cheap fabric: 1 euro per meter (less than 1.5 dollars per yard) at some local fabric fair thing. I made the pyjama, and put it in Norah's closet. About 6 months ago, I took it out of the closet again, and put it on Norah just for laughs (yes, I'm that kind of mother). And I fell completely in love with it. Objectively speaking, there's nothing even remotely special or particularly pretty about it. But when Norah wears it, I think it's really cute, and I don't even know why...
Looking back, I'm surprised about how my attitude towards sewing changed. In two years from never-planning-to-sew-clothes to being a total sewing addict who draws her own patterns and even blogs about sewing... I don't know how that happened, really. All I know is that starting to sew was one of the best decisions I ever took.
Thanks for having me in this wonderful series, Abby!
Thank you, An! What an inspiration for everyone to see how far she's come in only two years, and all the talent and creativity she shares with all of us. Happy Friday to you all!