“Are you taking a photo of your ham?”

Really, I’m rather impressed that Mr. Guy knows the name of my newest sewing tool.


I started writing a new post about how I realised that sewing was starting to take over my life, but realised that probably noone was interested and would rather see actual sewing makes. Summary of the issue: stopped socialising so I could sew. This is a problem, particularly during summer. Also working looong hours (I have worked 130 hours in the last fortnight. That is >150% what most people work. That is stupid).

This weekend I even had my first sewing-free weekend in a while! Mr. Guy and I borrowed a friends convertable and had Ekim Burger at Lyall Bay; and drove to Porirua/Titahi Bay (the T-Bay bakery does NOT have cream donuts, be warned). Yesterday… work. Workworkwork.

But, back to the ham. I was trying to press the darts of a skirt I’ve made (but can’t post until November) and got frustrated enough that I decided “Fine! I’ll just make a tailors ham!”

ImageI used Victory Pattern’s pattern (found here on Tilly and the Button’s blog), but instead of using sawdust I just used scraps of wool and knit fabrics. The resultant ham is a bit lumpy, but awesome – I’m happy to say that the skirt in question has perfectly pressed seams ๐Ÿ™‚

ImageSrsly all photos of the thing will look pretty much the same

That’s pretty much ’nuff said. It’s a bit of a chunky thing to have around, and I’m thinking of getting a shelf of some kind to put above my ironing board to keep it tidier. My goodness my sewing space is messy enough, I need all the help I can get.

ImageYikes. I’m sure my mother would love to tell you all about how my bedroom once featured on a TV show because of how messy it was.



8 thoughts on ““Are you taking a photo of your ham?”

  1. Fine looking ham! I love how you made it in a very specific moment of frustration… I’d like to think that you muttered under your breath about “stupid darts…” while you were making it and then shouted “are you satisfied now?” at the iron when you were done! (but maybe that is just because my teenager’s strops often start with the words “fine, then, I’ll just…”)

  2. I love your pressing ham, it has been on my must get list but the cost of such a simple thing has meant that it keeps getting pushed down the shopping list. But in the weekend I found myself using one of the kids half sized basketballs, covered in calico to press the princess seams of my jacket (I know, that’s a good laugh – but it did the job!). Now I’m all inspired to make my own ham, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I have been just using rolled up towels but it can get a bit messy. I actually have enough wool/knit scraps left to make another one if you want – I’ve been saving for a while ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Nice ham! Lol ๐Ÿ™‚ they are very useful! Don’t worry, my sewing spot is very messy. I keep intending to tidy but don’t make much headway lol ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you got your darts in shape ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Our moms would get along great. Just by how messy our rooms were. And the ham looks great! It is something that’s on my sewing list for the longest time. But let’s be honest, there are more interesting thing to sew. But still. I should really-really-really make it.

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