Pattern Pyramid Giveaway IS HERE!

This is a really great idea and a fab giveaway.

Sew Your Heart Out

Okay – I have (finally) chosen my pattern from the stash lovingly sent to me from across the pond.  Okay, I chose more than one, I was having so much trouble deciding on which one.  So, I have replaced a few with some of my own.

The patterns  – most (but not all) are multi-sized patterns, most range from 8 – 22/24 (US sizing), and therefore, can be fairly easily alterterd to fit pretty much any size.

So heres how it works……

  • Comment on this post indicating your wanting to take part, at the end of the alloted period of time all names are entered into a random selection program, the name that is thrown out at me is the next recipient!!! Easy peasy huh!?
  • This is NOT exclusive to the USA so please feel free where ever you are on the planet, give it a go ….. I will…

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Resewlutions 2014


As it’s the first ‘normal’ weekend of 2014 I thought I’d take the time to reflect on the past year and document my hopes for this new one.

Inspired by attending a number of sewing classes 2013 was the year that I found my sewing mojo. The classes that I attended include:

  • 5 week bag making
  • Beginners quilting
  • Applique
  • Basic Dressmaking
  • Making a top

Via these classes I learnt how to insert seams, sew button holes, add zips and attach bias binding. This lead to me making both my first skirt  and my first tunic although I’m not sure the skirts going to get much wear as I was seduced by the ‘beginners’ label rather than thinking about my style. Last year I also bought tonnes of haberdashery supplies, dress making patterns and gorgeous jersey fabric so now that I’ve learnt the lesson about sewing items that will fit with my personal tastes I’m looking forward to a busy but hopefully inexpensive year of sewing. Yeah right, somehow I doubt the stash will be any smaller this time next year as I’m already 99.9% sure that I’m going to end up buying this fantastic bunting inspired jersey from RayStich. After all my Peony muslim is going to be completed tomorrow and once I’ve gone through the pain of making alterations to the fit (this will also be a first) I deserve some beatiful fabric to make the final version in.

bunting_1In 2014 I would like to continue practicing and developing my skills by:

  • Making the time to sew for a at least a short time every week – I’ve signed up to a dressmaking class at the college where I work so i’ll have two hours dedicated sewing time every Monday 🙂
  • Continuing with The Monthly Stitch along – I managed to complete my November project in time but Decembers project is still a WIP. However i’m going for quality over quantity and as a newbies surely I’m allowed the odd extension?
  • Take part in Collettes’s ‘The Wardrobe Architect’ project which will involve taking a less haphazard approach to choosing sewing projects. With the aim being to reduce the number of me-made items that I don’t wear by spending the time to planning my sewing so that they reflect my own personal style.

First make of 2014


Laundry Sack

Happy New Year my friends. I hope you have all been enjoying the first few days of 2014 and are suitable refreshed after the holiday period. As I work in the education sector I’ve been lucky enough to have two whole weeks off but am unfortunately now on countdown to the start of the new term. I only have three more lazying around days till I’m back at it :-(.

With the new year representing new beginning and all that jazz I decided to spend most of the holidays decorating my bedroom room and up-cycling furniture for the house I’m going to buy in 2013. I decided to pain the room as I’ve never got round to putting my own stamp on it in May and I want it to finally feel like it’s ‘mine’ rather than a guest room. I’m not completely happy with my projects yet so you’ll have to wait for a post on that but I did however sew a new laundry bag last night which I have posted photos of above. I’m so rock and roll. As I am out of string and am not spending money this month the closing isn’t finished yet. I’m going to add a few belt hoops to thread the string through to create a drawstring effect. I also need to create a second bag so that I can separate my whites and colours as I hate sorting laundry before I’m able to wash it. A domestic goddess I am not.

In the spirit of being thrifty (i do have a house deposit to save for) the fabric for this bag was from my stash. The peacock print is from an old curtain that I picked up at the vintage fair I blogged about in the summer whilst the blue polly cordon, again purchased in the summer, was sourced from a stall on Nottingham’s market.

How has everyone else been spending their festive brake? Has anyone finished their first make of 2014 yet?