Get Ready Summer – Here I Come!

Before I start I feel obligated to apologise in advance to all fellow sewers who are not in the teaching profession…

… it is summer baby!

it's summer

6 whole weeks where I only have to get up early if I have planned something fantastic to do that requires me to see what the mornings look like.

6 whole weeks where I can focus on me and get myself back to looking like a 24 year old human should look like – no black bags under my eyes, no wrinkles and hair that is no longer lifeless. I can watch daytime television in all its cheesy glory, I can fall asleep in the garden reading a good book, I can make plans for the evening and not worry I am going to fall asleep half way through, I can actually spend time with my family, with my doggies, with my sewing machine!!!!

Oh my – the possibilities!

I am so excited!!!

Now just before anyone thinks of going on a teacher rant about how long we have off, I want to share with you the following picture:

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This is my pile of things I have had to either buy myself in preparation for September or things that need organising and planning – although most of that is on my laptop. It won’t be all fun and games, but just being in the comfort of my own home is heaven!

So as you might have picked up on, I just about survived my first year of teaching. Actually I kicked its ass, but it has been the reason I ended up having to take a step back from blogging and sewing for a while, particularly over the last few months. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to grips with my new job. The kids have been fantastic, I have learnt so much from them, I have met some wonderful collegues and have been given so many opportunities that I am very thankful for. My life has changed so much in the last 12 months and there is no way of knowing how much more it will change over the next 12 months to come. So, for now I will be relaxing and enjoying the summer holdiays, getting some much needed sleep before getting back on the hamster wheel – Is that the right saying? I wanted to say rabbit but they don’t have wheels! Can you tell my brain has switched off already :D

Ok no more school talk, I promise!

I want to make the very most of summer. Mr Hugs and Kisses and I aren’t going on holiday, mainly because we have spent all our money on DIY jobs around the house and shoes (Ok the last one was me!). As part of the DIY we have done up the garden, which now looks spectacular, and we have LOADS of days out planned. Ironically with all the days out we have booked we could have paid for a sunny beach getaway, but it would have been one of those sit on the beach and fry in the sun holidays and I just can’t be doing with that – I need adventure

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So, it made more sense to hang out in the sunny (fingers crossed) UK and explore what our little island has to offer. Not much apparently, but I have managed to squeeze a summers worth of quite exciting days.

Anyway, I wanted to take the time this summer to get back on track with my sewing (and blogging) as work and health have meant this has been at the bottom of my list of priorities for quite a while, which has killed me.

I thought I would set myself a summer challenge in order to get myself back on track.

My goal is to make AT LEAST 3 different handmade garments a week – with the summer holidays being just under 6 weeks long.

Keeping in mind the fact that I have a lot of days out planned with some weeks being very busy and others not so much, I will allow this to be averaged out over the summer. So in conclusion I would like to have made 18 different garments by the time I go back to work  the first week of September.

I will not be bombarding you with posts about these over summer, instead I will post about them as and when I feel, but I would like to keep my blog updated as to my progress with some quick snaps perhaps.

Now I know what you are thinking. I bet she has a super quick, super easy pattern in her stash that she is going to use for most, if not all of these 18+ creations. Well I am offended!

I am no cheat!!!

I don’t want to tie myself down to what patterns and what fabric I am going to use because who knows how many times I might go fabric shopping over the next few weeks, and who knows what mood I will be in from day to day. I want to keep my options open so that I do not feel tied down by my challenge but inspired by it, so that I have the freedom to make what I want, when I want. I am certainly up for suggestions though.

I would love some ideas for any dress or top patterns, and I am more than happy to start thinking about my Autumn/Winter wardrobe. Even a link to an inspiring picture or project would be greatly appreciated.

I need to get my sewing mojo back. 

Sewing Machine


  1. Hannah says:

    Gotta love the school holidays! Love the fact that it gives you time to get all those projects done :)

    I’ve worked in schools for a while now, but starting teacher training in Sep. Was last year your training year?

    Love that wrap shirt pattern, looks fairly simple, but nice.


    • made with hugs and kisses says:

      Sorry for the slow reply hun! At this point, with 1 week left until the end of the summer holidays, I am now starting to panic that I wont get all my planned projects done, time has flown by!!!
      Have you managed to get much made?

      A HUGE Good luck with your teacher training in September. Are you doing a PGCE? I completed my NQT year in July and am looking forward to a much more calm year ahead – fingers crossed! although going back to work and getting up early is going to be a horrible shock to the system :D

      I am liking the look of that wrap shirt, that is one I am determined to try before school starts, a quick and easy project.You should try it too !

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