Sew, darlings, sew!
Spring time marks the beginning of lighter evenings, a hungry anticipation of the Easter bunny scurrying through the garden (although I've asked, and he still hasn't secured me my Guylian egg, so it's a sort of uncertain, edgy hunger*) and the annual Made by Rae Spring Top Sewalong. It's now three years since Adrianna pipped me at the finishing post with her wonderful prize-winning top and each year Rae kindly attempts to lessen the pain of this memory by inviting me to judge the wonderful entries of the annual competition.
You can find out more about the sew along competition here, but to summarise, if you'd like to enter you have until 22nd April to drop your handmade Spring top entry into the photo Flickr pool. There are prizes galore and they centre around vouchers to spend in online fabric shops...what more incentive could a girl need? Well, actually there are lots of other, altogether more wholesome, reasons to sew up a new blouse or smock. The year that I sewed along it kick-started my garment sewing early, so that by the time summer arrived I had several new additions to my wardrobe and I excitedly kept my beady eye on the ever-expanding Flickr pool and garnered inspiration for more tops that I'd like to sew and finally, I made some lovely friends who I had more in common with than just Spring tops (while I went to Russia for a holiday solely because I'd fallen in love with a fictitious man in a book set in St Petersburg, Adrianna used this as the basis for relocating her entire degree course to the city. Kindred spirits).
So do sew along - I'd love to see what you make.
* I will be accepting bribes in the form of Guylian Easter eggs. I think Rae will understand and any air of scandal this may cause will only add an extra frisson to proceedings. I'm worried that my husband is delaying his egg purchase as part of a long-running campaign to try and wean me off this particular brand of chocolate which he deems to be 'a bit garage forecourt'. But I'm afraid my palate will not be made more sophisticated or discerning by the use of such a tactic...it will just become more perverse until I stoop to new lows and begin eating Vienetta and Sainsbury's Value range of toffees, which even I have previously conceded to be inedible.