I’d like to thank the Academy: Passing on the Liebster torch

This is a really long time coming, so the first thing I want to say is a quick apology to Annie and Barbara. These two awesome ladies BOTH nominated me for a Liebster award waaaay back in March/April and I have, naturally, been super lax in responding.

Close up of neckline

Here she is! The lovely Diana

As if you don’t already know, Liebster is a lovely tradition where newer and smaller sewing/making blogs are nominated to help them get noticed – you answer five questions, and pass your own questions along to another five such blogs. I’m extremely flattered that Barbara and Annie nominated me and if you haven’t before, I of course recommend that you go check them out.

Here are Annie’s questions:

1.  Why/how did you choose the name of your blog?
My blog’s named after popular dress-making form Diana. When I was making my wedding dress, I wrote a blog that I eventually collated as a book for my mum, who helped me make it. (You can read that here if you’re interested). The name comes from the fact that Diana then moved on to other sewing projects! I think it can confuse people into thinking my name is Diana (it’s Elaine) but it also means I get ‘oh, like the dress from?’ recognition among sewcialists.
2.  What fashion icon do you take inspiration from?
I don’t try and look like anyone in particular, and I could give you hundreds of different answers because there are so many fabulously dressed, amazing women; not to mention designers. Limiting myself to just one, I’d always pick Audrey Hepburn because she is just perfection.
3.  What is the most difficult fabric you have worked with?
Ugh, some turquoise viscose which slipped around and pulled out of shape and was a general nightmare.
4.  What is your proudest sewing moment?
I’ve made a lot of things I’m proud of but as mentioned above, my wedding dress and four bridesmaid dresses were quite a special thing; they weren’t complicated patterns but (if I do say so myself) they looked awesome on the day. And they saved me a hell of a lot of money, too.
Wedding dress Nice N Sleazy Glasgow

Our wedding photographer was Neil Thomas Douglas, he is a total boss.

tartan bow on a bridesmaid's dress

Seriously, go visit Neil Thomas Douglas

5.  What is your least favorite thing about sewing?
Unpicking. First because I hate making mistakes, and second because it takes SO long.


Here are Barbara’s questions:

1. Do you have a favourite sewing or knitting skill?
Hmmm… I don’t know if this counts, but I like being able to imagine in my head what a piece of fabric could become – so if I’m at the fabric shop, I can start to see how things could come together and what I’d use for which pattern.

2. Why do you like it?
It helps me keep my stash down (although I obviously do still buy a wee 2m here and there without any specific plan in mind) and it’s very satisfying to see what’s in my mind turn into a finished garment.

Totally awesome mum

Totally awesome mum

3. How did you learn to sew or knit?
My mum taught me. She’s an excellent seamstress, and her mum was, and her mum was. I’m really lucky that she took the time to pass that on to me.

4. What is your favorite time of year?

5. What do you like about it?
Granted, we don’t always get the best weather in Scotland. But on a day like today, the light stretches all the way to 11pm or so (I’m writing this at 9.15 and it’s still light out) and by 4am the sun’s already peeping up again. These long, slow days make you feel like there’s so much time and possibility in the air. It’s really beautiful.

Thanks for reading, and thanks to Annie and Barbara for your lovely questions. For the next five… I’m pretty shy about these things. I’m taking these counts from Bloglovin’ or WordPress and figure there are people who’ll have followers by email and all that jazz so it might not be super accurate – please don’t be offended if you actually have thousands of people following you elsewhere and think I’m being an eejit. I’ve picked people because of makes I’ve recently spotted or who I started following during Me Made May – also avoided if I could see a recent other Liebster nomination on a blog.

Nominated bloggers, you’re under no obligation but should you want to answer my questions:

  1. Why do you sew/make stuff?
  2. Do you have a favourite pattern – and what is it?
  3. Whose wardrobe would you love to raid?
  4. What do you like to listen to/watch while you’re making stuff?
  5. What’s your favourite thing about blogging?

Phew. That was long! Liebster love, all x

5 responses to “I’d like to thank the Academy: Passing on the Liebster torch

  1. That’s so cool your mum taught you to sew, and that’s it been passed down the generations. Your wedding dress looks beautiful! I love these liebster posts for finding out about new blogs so, while waiting for baby to go off to sleep at 3am, I’m off to check them out, thanks!

  2. Pingback: Liebster Award Nomination | Sew Pretty in Pink·

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