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I've been enjoying getting to know the sewers of the world through social media this year and seeing what amazing work people are producing. Its so encouraging to read about people my age who love sewing as much as I do. I've certainly seen an increase in the last few years of the younger generations getting into sewing for the first time or maybe picking it up again having not sewn since high school. I started sewing when I was about 13 years old, which is 17 years ago now, scary! It has been a bit of a rocky relationship and I did drop tools during my university years (hangovers were much more appealing on the weekend) but I fell in love with sewing again largely thanks to Project Runway airing on TV followed by a trip to Mood Fabrics during a NYC holiday in 2008. Mood Fabrics is absolute fabric heaven, and a realised I could buy designer fabrics and make my own versions. Since then I barely have a day that goes by when I dont think about what I am sewing and what I want to sew. I cant imagine not having a hobby that gets the creative juices flowing to counteract my office job. There is also the joy and satisfaction I get when wearing something I have made and it has turned out exactly the way I wanted it to. Not to say that my seam picker doesn't get a workout quite regularly!

One of my sewing goals this year has been to get more involved in the online sewing communities. One way of doing this is particpating in sewing challenges & competitions. I have participated in two competitions this year, both run by local fabric stores and I am now keen to jump on the bandwagon and enter a sewing online challenge. I stumbled across Lucky Lucille blog earlier in the year run by Rochelle in NY. Rochelle is passionate about 1940's attire like I am about 1950's attire. She has run sewing challenges before and this will be the first one I have entered of hers. The Fall for Cotton sewing challenge askes that you sew an outfit out of purely cotton material from the 1920's - 1970's. This is one of my favourite types of sewing projects, so I am bubbling with ideas to get started. I will keep you posted as I go along!