Hi, I’m Ava.

I started sewing my own clothes in August 2018, as I wanted more control over what I wore. As well as sewing in general, I’m really interested in fashion history. I’ve been through phases of being obsessed with the fashions of the 1930s, the 1940s, and the 1960s, but my favourite decade is the 1920s (Louise Brooks is my style icon!). Many of my favourite films feature interesting costumes: God Help the Girl, Pandora’s Box, Ghost World and anything French New Wave (in particular the TV musical Anna).

Whilst I love historical fashion, I mainly sew modern clothes. Partly because vintage-style beginner patterns are hard to find, but mainly because I want it to be easy for me to get dressed in the morning. I want my wardrobe to be full of comfortable, beautiful clothes that all go with each other, and I’m into such a mish-mash of different eras that this cohesiveness wouldn’t be possible if I only sewed vintage.

When I’m not sewing, I’m probably knitting! I learned how to knit as a child and made the obligatory scarf, but only picked it up again recently. I’m by no means a monogamous knitter, so I generally have one large project and a couple of smaller ones on the go at once. My favourite item to knit is socks; I love how portable they are and view them as a mini canvas to try new techniques out on a small scale. Recently I’ve also been dipping my toes (only just noticed what I did there) into designing my own sock patterns.

Other things I like doing:

  • Drawing and planning future sewing/knitting projects
  • Listening to music on trains
  • Studying the tarot
  • Watching strange films from the 1960s
  • Yarn fondling
  • Drinking interesting teas
  • Cuddling my dog

This blog originally started as a place for me to share book reviews; then it became a book/sewing hybrid; and now it’s entirely sewing-focused. You can still read all my old book reviews here, but I don’t publish any new ones anymore.

Happy sewing!

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