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.

With that said, the #VirtualFrocktails event was born. Thanks to @dressmakersanonymousbelfast on Instagram – a social space for meet-ups and events that is aimed at dressmakers – for coming up with the idea to invite sewists around the world to participate in a virtual frocktails event by wearing a me-made garment with a drink of choice and posting this to social media on Saturday, the 4th of April with the hashtag #VirtualFrocktails.

Everyone looked stunning! And it was amazing to be able to connect with sewists around the globe. I’m so grateful to be part of this wonderful community. Sewists truly are the best people. I ended up drinking ice-tea flavoured soda stream in a champagne glass, lol! This lockdown has forced us to get creative when we’re not allowed to buy champagne, because it’s not an essential item.

Wilder Gown | Scarlet Stitch
Pattern: Friday Pattern Company Wilder Gown (Maxi Dress Version) // Size: Medium // Fabric: Crepe from Lowry Fabrics // Thread: Mettler Metrosene 100% Polyester Thread from Bernina // Sewing Machine: Bernina B535 // Overlocker: Bernina 1300MDC

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.

I’m lucky enough to have a job that allows me to work from home during this lockdown, so it’s business as usual for me. It’s taken me a while to get used to my new routine, but I’m enjoying getting to spend more time with my hubby and my two dogs. It’s nice to be able to have lunch or coffee together during our breaks and the best thing is when my puppy, Bailey, pops up to look for a cuddle during my Zoom video calls with my colleagues. She is the cutest. She follows me everywhere! I mean, everywhere, even to the bathroom, lol! Although I would have loved to be able to take a break during this lockdown period and completely focus on my sewing, I’m still having to squeeze it in after hours, and I’m often up until the early hours of the morning because of my night owl tendencies.

I made a decision last week… to stop feeling overwhelmed with everything I want to do and achieve, and simply focus on what it is I truly enjoy. That said, I made a list of all the patterns I had and decided to simply pick a dress I could make for #VirtualFrocktails, which ended being the ghost-lady-in-the-attic-esque #WilderGown. I’ve been wanting to make this pattern for the longest time! I’m obsessed with how it turned out and was surprised at how simple it was to make.

I decided to approach it with a slow sewing mindset and finally break in my dot grid bullet journal which I’m now using solely as my sewing BUJO (short for “Bullet Journal”). I used my #MyBodyModel croquis to draw my #WilderGown front and back views and listed everything I needed for the project, including a fabric swatch. Scroll further to see a close-up of my spread. This BUJO has certainly got my creative juices flowing and I cannot wait to do this for all my projects.

I thoroughly enjoyed the process of this make. I took my own sweet time working through the project and I spent time really focusing on the task at hand, enjoying every single moment as I put the garment together. From threading my machine to feeding the fabric through to pressing the seams for a crisp finish.

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Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. I hope you’re at home, staying safe and clean, and using this time to really get into the zone with your sewing and your creativity. I’ll be here in my sewing studio conjuring up my next creation!

Until next time,

Yours truly, Raylene xoxo | Scarlet Stitch

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