Tuesday, April 30, 2013


I’m really looking forward to Me-Made-May this year!  I wanted to take part in Self-Stitched-September but for my job I had a pretty restrictive uniform and figured my options would get snooze worthy before the first week was over.  So here goes:

“I, Erin of F is For Flamingo, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item each day for the duration of May 2013. I also want to sew 2+ items throughout the month and actually take photos of my outfits.”

Since the blog is so new I’m hoping this month will help get me in the habit of taking photos of what I’ve made and post on a regular basis.  I’m aiming to post a weekly round-up and plus additional posts on any garments I finish.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Why Blog?

It seems like nowadays just about everyone has a blog except me.  Until now.

I really enjoy reading sewing blogs and find many of them inspiring, sometimes to the point where I want to totally rip off and steal their idea.  And I mean that in the nicest possible way – imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?  The likelihood of them running into me on the street and calling me out on it is virtually nonexistent since they live in different cities or even different countries.  Plus they all seem really nice so we’d probably end up complimenting each other’s clothes and discussing finishing techniques or something like that.  They might even be interested that they inspired someone else and what that other version looks like.  I wouldn’t imply that I want to inspire people too, but isn’t it great seeing how differently people can interpret the same pattern?  And have it all turn out looking great?  I’m sure it’s much more interesting looking at that version than reading a comment saying they made the same thing without any pictures.  Ugh, now I remember what’s taken me so long to get this thing going – besides deciding on a name and layout – pictures.  I will have to get better about taking those since a blog about sewing without any photos would be pretty boring.

Like a lot of people who sew I’m pretty much self-taught.  I picked up some from my mom and a middle school Hom Ec class years ago but really didn’t do much with it.  Then I got into sewing my Halloween costumes each year.  The great thing about costumes is you can try all sorts of new techniques and even if it doesn’t turn out perfectly it’s still way better than a store bought one.  After a few years of this and a few home dec projects it finally dawned on me that maybe I should try sewing real clothes.  Because if I can sew a costume for one night surely I could sew something that could be worn the rest of the year.  After that I never looked back.

So here I am, joining the ranks of people who blog about sewing because they don’t have people they can talk about it in person with.  Which technically isn’t true, there’s a sewing studio just down the block from me filled with lovely people who sew or are learning how.  But our schedules don’t always match up.

P.S. Thanks to a number of sewers who also knit I recently got into that as well.  Because what I really needed was another creative outlet other than sewing…  So there will be some knitting posts as well. And while I won’t name any names I’m totally blaming bloggers for this new hobby that I’m starting to rather enjoy!