My August Makes Vlog

I didn’t know if I promised too much in my last video but I’ve never been more resolved to stick to my sewing list and sewing deadline ever! Here are my results, it’s a mixed bag but each make came with a multiple of lessons learned.

I do like to ramble on about patterns so each make is getting it’s own blog post too. I have so much to share and for the first time have a backlog of items to blog about. So expect a flurry of posts!

Hope you enjoy this latest vlog, I tried to get fancy with it!

Happy sewing and have a good week!

Meg xx

 

 

Sewing Weekender Swap Haul

The week I heard my scholarship to China had fallen through because not enough people had applied, was the week the Foldlines Sewing Weekender was announced. The stars aligned. I bought my tickets at once and so did a lot of other people. That day was impulse buy day for many UK sewers! There was such a demand and the event was such a success that I have a feeling more will definitely be taking place. Which is brilliant because I know many more people wanted to come.

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There have been blog posts from Lucy from Sew Essential Rach (Rach Against the Machine), Crafty Clyde, Charlotte (English Girl at Home), Ginger Thread GirlFehr Trade, The Fabric Wangler and What Corrine Did…I think that’s every blog post..

..and if you still want more Gabby did an amazing vlog  capturing some of the atmosphere. We were 50 woman, who love sewing….and were crazily excited about being with so many other people who loved sewing. Imagine a sewing comic con. We were all very passionate about our hobby!!!!

If you notice there’s not a single moment where I’m captured sat down sewing. I’m eating, hanging out at the fabric/pattern swapping area and chatting. That is a realistic portrait of how I spent the weekend.

Photographic evidence.

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I imagine lots of people can relate when I say, I knew zero people who sewed when I started sewing. Meet ups are the stuff of my dreams and how I met lots, if not all, of my sewing friends. I mingled and talked and relished in the fact that everyone was so open, friendly and willing to talk sewing.

Now, I’m gonna get down to it and tell you about my finds from the swap. Nothing amplifies the phrase to me ‘one mans rubbish is another mans treasure’ quite like a good old sewing meet up swap!

Here are the larger pieces of fabric I got, there seems to be a theme going on. For some reason that day blue was speaking to me! and vintage flower prints. No idea what I will do with this lot but I do love looking at it.

 

Now for the smaller pieces. Again, another theme going on here! These pieces are quite tiny but because of that I have less choices and more on an idea of what I’ll make with each bit. The first fabric I’m gonna try and make a pair, of very tiny, shorts. The middle one is maybe enough for a scarf and the last piece, which is jersey, I can get a small top out of.

 

I tried to be as restrained as possible with the patterns, when I first started sewing patterns/Burda magazines were my biggest impulse buy and I am very aware that I have more patterns than I will ever need…but oh the possibilities…

These two vintages pieces caught my eye. They are so pretty and I can imagine swishing around in the left one and as for the one on the right, I can never say no to a 60’s pattern in my size. The sixties are my favourite decade.

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Ever since Rosabella mentioned the Overture Set on one her vlog I knew I needed this pattern. I was gonna buy the magazine, which it came with, but luckily someone brought it to the swap. I love it, oversized clothes are my preferred silhouette and I’m looking through the stash so I can get this made as soon as possible! The other pattern looks like a nice staple dress…yeah, not as enthused about that one but it’s got potential.

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These two last patterns are part of a project I have mulling around in my brain. I want to find my perfect shirtdress. Making wardrobe staples is my next big challenge, now my sewing is beyond a hope-this-works-out level, and I really want to find what makes me feel confident and comfortable and I think shirt dresses are the way to go.

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I wish I could thank everyone personally for their donations! I am really grateful to get such lovely stuff as I’m trying, and sometimes failing, at buying as little fabric as possible this year.

If anyone is going to Sew Brum I’ll see you there..maybe…more than a hundred people are coming, so if you spot me say hi!  🙂

Meg xx

 

Off the Wagon……Plus please enter my giveaway again!!!

One of my new year promises to myself, and my bank balance, was to stop buying fabric. I have enough! Plus my place is far too small even if I wanted a big stash. While I walked away from fabric calling my name most of the time, when there’s a sale….I’m not so strong. In the face of a 50% off sale at Anna Ka Bazaar errrrrr I crumbled.

So, in the face of that failure and to reduce any kind of stash building. I’ve got a sewing plan and schedule for my new purchases, using patterns I already own. I still need to try and stick to my other resolution of not buying anymore new patterns!!

Number One: Burda Easy in stripes

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I bought this burda magazine especially for this pattern. I love it! So many opportunities for colour blocking. I’ve been loving the stripy makes going on and seen all over the high street and think this pattern would be brilliant for mixing horizontal and diagonal stripes.

Number two: Burda Wrap Blouse

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I saw this made here by ThisBlogisNotForYou and a gorgeous scalloped edged version here by Tea Okereke and decided I need this top in my life too! I love boxy tops and fitted bottoms and I think this top would get a lot of wear if I made it.

Number three: Style 2697

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At first I was thinking of making Sew Over It ultimate trousers…but I’m not so sure I could rock such colourful trousers. Now I’m thinking this Style 2697 pattern, the London summer is finally heating up and I think this dress would be beautiful.

aaaand the last of my spoils.

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I have no idea what to sew with this. I’m kinda regretting buying it without a plan. Any suggestions would be lovely 🙂

Also, aaaaages ago I held a giveaway here the winner still hasn’t contacted me back with an address and I REALLY want to send this amazing package on to the next person. Anyone who wants it please message in this post and I will hold another lucky dip. I will chose the person on Monday 11th August.

Pattern Pyramid Giveaway!!!

Calling all sewing bloggers, the Pattern Pyramid box is ready to venture out into the world again!!

Last year I was lucky enough to be the recipient of the pattern pyramid or, as I call it, the box of pure joy. The pattern pyramid is the creation of Karen of Did you make that, she was given some vintage patterns and decided to spread the pattern love with the rest of us. Catherine, the original pattern donor, also has a charity http://www.thebrooke.org that, if possible, winners can donation too.

Basically in the Pattern Pyramid you receive a box of patterns, you get to keep a pattern from the box, then you add a pattern in and send it off to the next lucky recipient and this cycle will go on and on and hopefully travel all round the world!!

If you are pattern junkie like me just seeing all the various pattern goodness will be a treat but the real joy is you get to keep a pattern or two 🙂

Here’s what I added to the pile.

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Yes, that’s a By Hand London pattern you see in the mix. Me and Anna just weren’t right together but I hope she can give someone else happiness.

Wait, I’ve added more patterns.

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and these are only the patterns I’m entering…there are sooooooo many more!!!

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There are a whole heap of patterns ranging from all the decades and with multiple sizes. Retro, vintage, modern…I’m sure there’s a pattern for you.

The rules?

1. You must be committed to passing on the pattern pyramid. So hosting a giveaway, picking a winner randomly and paying for the delivery.

2. Leave a comment in my reply section, with a link to your blog, by the 25th April.

and thats it!! This is worldwide so just enter and keep your fingers crossed. Sorry it’s blog only but maybe this can be a motivator for starting a blog?

I added a lot of patterns because I was greedy when it come to choosing what I wanted to keep. Usually it’s a one in, one put rule. So please forgive me and I hope the stack I put in makes up for my indecisiveness.

The lovely patterns I chose, yep I think I’ve fallen in love with the 60’s. I really couldn’t choose which one I loved more :/

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Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favour :p