I first posted my ‘all about me’ info more than 5 years ago apparently, so it’s definitely time to update it. I was planning to just change a few bits and bobs, but hey, most of the photos seem to have evaporated, so perhaps I should just start from scratch…
I’m Elaine, I TURNED 60 today, and I teach A level maths in an inner city school. I married my lovely wife in 2013, and we are chugging along very nicely, thank you for asking. Many of you will have seen her all over the place in my posts here and elsewhere…and you will see many more because she’s beautiful and I love making things for her!
If you hunt about for posts NOT about sewing, you’ll find reminiscences and our origin story…which is quite funny in retrospect!
I started sewing properly after leaving school, I’m self-taught, largely by just buying patterns and fabric with absolutely no idea if they were suitable for my skill level [guess what, they very often weren’t] and just ploughing on through the instructions. I sewed a few things for other people, under-valuing my time immensely as we all do to start with, and learned.
I dropped sewing from time to time as life intervened, and only got back into it big time when my youngest daughter asked me to make her wedding dress. I had no clue how to go about the complex garment she wanted, after years of bouffant eighties wedding and bridesmaid dresses, so found ‘the Sewing Forum’ online and learned everything I needed to know from the geniuses therein.
The Sewing Forum died a few years ago, and has been reborn as ‘The Sewing Place’.
After sewing my daughter’s wedding, I immediately launched into making our own wedding dresses. I’m happy for any excuse to post a pic of my beautiful missus, so here she is!
Mostly I sew for myself, a fair amount for my lovely wife, oddments for other close friends and relatives…and I love some theatrical madness, so if only for that, I’m happy to be back in a school!
This year I’ve mostly been making scrubs for the NHS drive [76 sets to date] and masks. Oh and I just got hit with Bell’s palsy so I’m not blogging pics of me until my face is fixed [fingers crossed]
Just don’t expect to me to blog about home furnishings….or bunting!
PS I started out this year writing about the last 60 years decade by decade, so take a look for that if you aren’t bored yet!