I used to think that sewing was stuffy and could only be done by following patterns.
I didn't realise that it was a form of self-expression and that you could make things to suit the eventuality - you want to make longer sleeves? Go ahead! The dress is too long? Well, just make it into a skirt then!
There is a whole world of fabric possibility out there.
When I bought my first skirt for a sewing project last year, I could *see* its potential. So I made a bag from it. Why should such beautiful fabric be left in a charity shop just because it doesn't fit?
So when I discovered this fabulous book in the library sometime last year, I pretty much made it my own. I returned it every so often - but I must have taken it out again about 17 times.
Eithne Farry has such a laid back approach to sewing - there are no rules, just potential. You want to make a dress from a pair of curtains? Go ahead! It will be beautifully unique.
Several weeks ago I was drawn to go into the library again even though I wasn't looking for anything in particular. They had a sale table. And this book was on it. Having had it in my house for months already, I recognised it straight away. And now it lives with me :)