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What a crazy time we are living in!

Who would have thought we would live through a pandemic that is quite literally affecting the lives of everyone around the globe. We’re on lockdown, and we are forced to be creative in these times of darkness. We’re social distancing, and yet, this distance is what brings us closer together. It is the very thing that has allowed us to stop, slow down, and to appreciate every moment we’re alive.

When I picked up sewing again as an adult, Tilly and the Buttons was one of the first sewing blogs I came across.

It is certainly a household name in the sewing community, and Tilly Walnes has a reputation of providing the most thoughtfully designed artwork and crystal clear instructions, making her blog, her books and her sewing patterns some of the best there is out there for sewists, especially beginners.

I’m a 90s kid, ya’ll. And I used to rock dungarees back in the day. Not only are dungarees/pinafores/overalls, comfy – I actually think they can be super flattering when styled appropriately.

With that said, I just had to get my hands on this uber adorable Cleo Pinafore from Tilly and the Buttons. I think this is a nice gateway into sewing with denims and twills and getting my topstitching game on. I decided to do the mini length version, but in future I might just try the longer length with the front split.

This is the third Myosotis Dress that I made.

The first two turned out amazing! I stuck to the pattern, made both of them in a size 14 (slightly bigger than what was required for my measurements, but I love loose-fitting dresses) and I have literally worn them every week since I first made them.

Welcome to the new home of Scarlet Stitch

This blog has been months in the making! I’ve been wanting to do a rebrand for a long time now. I changed all my social media handles at the very end of last year to get a head start and to get familiar with my new identity.

When I was approached by Figure Forms to send me one of their Tailor’s Friend® dressmaker forms, I was immediately on board.

I have always wanted a proper dressmaker form ever since I saw the contestants of Project Runway draping their designs on them. Speaking of the reality show, did you know that this popular Tailor’s Friend® form was featured on Project Runway South Africa? Pretty awesome, right?

I’ve been very anti-social on social media lately. I don’t know exactly what it is, but it may have something to do with the immense loss I’ve experienced earlier this year due to my Dad’s passing. I’m doing a lot better now, and have slowly but surely started sewing my way into a better mood again.

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