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New year … New skills

I’m posting this rather late considering we are now into March (oops!). But it has been a rather hectic new start to the year. I spent four weeks away over Christmas and New year in New Zealand visiting my best friend, arriving back mid- January and back to the day job two days later. Just perfect when you are jet lagged!


It took longer than I thought it would to adjust back to the normal day to day shenanigans. After weeks of not having to think about anything, then all of a sudden I had a million things to consider and changes that need to be made. It has been a shock to the system to say the least and dare I say slightly emotional.

New year and all those resolutions that we make are often broken and forgotten by this point. But as much as we all trivialise resolutions it is so good to set goals and more importantly to at least give them a good shot. One goal that I set myself during last year was to learn dressmaking. And I’ve stuck by it!

Yep… New year …. New skills!

I have been sewing for a few years now but have never been brave enough to enter the world of making my own clothes.  Mainly because I can be a little bit of a perfectionist and like to understand what I’m doing rather than just winging it. Especially when fabric isn’t always that cheap. I wanted to be shown properly how to do it, rather then it being my own interpretation of the instructions and just hoping for the best!

Having followed so many dressmakers on Instagram, flicked through various books, magazine, blogs and of course been addicted to the Sewing Bee, it was about time to bite the bullet and start learning.

After a few google searches it wasn’t difficult at all to find a few different options in my local area. In fact, it opened my eyes to how much is out there.  You can really try your hand at most things.


I enrolled in an 11-week dressmaking level one course which consists of 3 hour sessions one evening each week all for £160.

I’m not going to lie there was something a bit daunting about doing some kind of education after years of school and University. However, to progress and learn it’s never a failure to seek out some mentoring. Especially when it’s a subject you love.

Six lessons in and I’m amazed at the amount I have learnt and excited as to where this new knowledge could take me. So if you were like me and keep telling yourself you’d like to learn a skill but haven’t been brave enough to take the plunge – Just do it!

Always remember….


“Allow yourself to be a beginner because no-one starts off being excellent

The expert in anything was once a beginner”


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