Apologies for being away from my blog for so long, summer was good, holiday was too short & sewing continues amidst school restarting & waiting for Universities to do the same. I managed to re-sort my fabric stash last week & put away all the summer things that were still waiting to be made. Next year… Now my make it now pile has been upgraded to a whole box, no more clutter on the sewing table! Hmm, we’ll have to see how long that lasts! I’ve also bought 3 new large boxes to house my vintage patterns. As long as I don’t buy any more it should be ok. “Not buyng more patterns” sounds like “not buying more fabric” – not gonna happen!! 🙂
In with all the sorting and changing things around I realised I hadn’t yet heard from many of the sponsors of the Sewing Indie Month competition. I’d been told they’d be in touch, but I guess they’ve been as busy as me! So this week I sent out a round of emails and have recieved some goodies. The prize pack was pretty big & I’ve already allocated some goodies to a very good friend who loves to sew for herself & daughter. Today I have a giveaway of two patterns by a popular indie pattern company By Hand London.
I picked their two most popular patterns, the Anna dress & Elisalex Dress, figuring they’d suit most people out there. So here’s what you have to do to win one. Yup, I’m giving them away seperately. Leave me a comment below stating which pattern you’d like, and why. Now I want a good reason, not just “cause I think it’s cute”!! I’m happy to post worldwide. The winners will be the ones with the best reasons why they need the particular pattern, there’ll be no random selections! You’ll have until midnight GMT on Friday 12 September, best of luck! 🙂
In other news, if you’re based in the West Midlands (UK) and would be interested in attending a seminar for sewing with stretch knits & lace, Fred Winter in Stratford on Avon is hosting Gill Arnold for a 2 hour talk on the 15th November. Gill is so very knowledgeable, and a very nice person too! You can choose from a morning or afternoon session where she’ll be giving advice and demonstrations on stretch knits & lace. The sessions are 10-12 for the morning and 1:30-3:30 for the afternoon and cost a mere £15 per person. You will have to pre-book because these sessions always sell out quickly and there are a limited amount of seats. Contact Caroline Winter on 01789 268 011 if you’re interested. (I’m not being paid for advertising this, I can highly recommend Gill after attending some of her workshops!! & Fred Winter is my local fabric store.) They also have a fabulous selection of Liberty fabrics, tana lawns now on sale at £16/m! I was good – very good, and didn’t buy any!
Now I’m off to see how I can reorganise the vintage patterns to fit into those new boxes – oh, and I am about half way through making another Bellatrix for Daughter No2. She wanted a solid colour one and I found 1.5m of pale blue chino cotton from Croft Mill in the stash. This is the first Bellatrix in a long while where I haven’t had to cram the pattern pieces onto the fabric! I’m lining it with a blue floral cotton lawn, apart from the sleeves which are getting a white silk haboutai. Hopefully I’ll be showing that off after the weekend.
In the mean time, get cracking on thinking up creative reasons why you need an Anna or Elisalex in your life! 🙂