DSC_1371_editHaving an entire Saturday to myself is such a luxury these days, that I really like to make the most of it. My eyes pop open of their own accord at around 6.30am, I sneak a toe out from under the duvet, followed by an entire leg, and sneak off to mine and Chris’s shared study for some solitary sewing time.

Sarai from Coletterie posted a few weeks back about her sewing rituals. I think we all have them, I know I certainly do. I mean hell, I have different rituals for most nights of the week. Especially when I have a few free hours that are mine all mine, I like to savour them and run through all the little steps that make that time doing something that I love all the more satisfying. During a long stressful week I find myself yearning for those lovely tranquil moments and willing the weekend on just so I can enjoy them.

This morning I snuck from between the sheets early (and in the dark, the winter downside to being a morning person!) to finish of this blog post. Normally my rituals include working out and blogging on Tuesdays and Thursdays, but this has been a mental week. All the more reason for some sewing time!

My caffeine tolerance is really low, but I do like a cheeky weekend coffee. Weak and milky with a splash of gingerbread syrup, poison to anyone else but delicious to me. I like to have a candel burning while I sew, although obviously high up where it won’t set my fabric on fire. Something fancy like Jo Malone or Diptyque – I’m totally happy with Sainsburys super cheap candles in the rest of the house, but I do like a bit of luxury in the sewing space. Last but not least, something trashy on Netflix. I was watching Gossip Girl, until I realised that I was two season in, had worked out who Gossip Girl was, and didn’t care. Now I’m onto some seriously bad sci fi called Lost Girl, which is enjoyably bad thus far.

Today’s project is twofold: finish the muslin for my Tilly and the Buttons Françoise dress, and start on the real thing. I have two different fabrics lined up. The first is a beautiful grey wool from my stash that I’ve already used a lot (the Capital Chic Mahattan and the Tilly and the Buttons Delphine). It’s so delicious that I’ve already repurchased it once – does anyone else do that? The second is a slightly more fiddly red crepe from Sew Over It, that I think will look beautiful, but I am slightly terrified of. Wish me luck!

So that’s me, all set up and ready to sew. Please tell me that I’m not alone and that other people have funny little rituals as well!

What do you think?