Sophie blogs at Roubidou, where you can find the most adorable layette sewing around as she prepares for her new little one (due this fall!). Sophie sews and knits and really inspires with her lovely projects. She’s up next with a tutorial, perfect for the younger set at a summer fête! Enjoy Sophie’s introduction, and visit Roubidou today!

Thanks for letting me a part of the summer sewing bash! I’m thrilled to be sharing a tutorial here on Sew,Mama,Sew!, a website that has not only provided me over the past years with ample inspiration but also with great sewing tips. As a co-taught sewer, my teachers being the blogosphere and my seam ripper, it’s all the more great to be an active part of this rich community. Reading the accounts of other people about their mothers and grandmothers, I sometimes get a bit jealous about all the sewing memories and the infusion of techniques with family history. Although my grandmother was a rather talented seamstress who sewed all her children’s clothes until the Wirtschaftswunder made her talent, at least in her eyes, redundant, I have never seen her using a sewing machine. Same with my mother; she actually hated sewing so much that when she was forced as part of her home economics class to sew a nightgown, she simply glued the pieces together– hoping that nobody would notice. Unsurprisingly, she was not very keen on teaching me what she had learned. Not that this cast a shadow on my childhood– sewing (or knitting and embroidering for that matter) was just not on my radar. This changed all of a sudden when I fell in love. Creating a home for us, settling down in all so many ways, sparked in me the urge to make it a “handmade home.” So I got myself a machine and project by project I learned how to sew. Now with our first daughter on her way this appetite for creating has grown with my belly and she will find a handmade nest with self-made clothes and things waiting for her. I’d love to teach her some day when she is older how to sew, how to create things you want the way you want them to be. But if she prefers glue to thread I guess that is fine just as well.