Sew grateful week 2014

Sew grateful hosted by Debi, is something I’m grateful for and we’re in Sew Grateful week now. I’ve bundled the first part of Sew Grateful week together today.

Giveaway Day 1

Giveaway Day. Host a giveaway on your blog or other social media platform to give something back to the sewing community.
Here are 3 giveaway patterns that I hope will be useful for someone, somewhere.

How does Friday 28 Feb sounds as a cut off date for anyone who wants to put their hat in the ring for these three free patterns. I’ll add some notions to this giveaway too.

Leave your comment below and I’ll announce the winner on the weekend.

Reflections Day –  Day 2

Reflections Day. This is the day to reflect on the role sewing has played in our lives, reflecting on those who have been supportive in our journey and reflecting on what the online community means to us!  What are you sew grateful for?
Our sewing/craft community is truly global so this is what I’m grateful for. Sewing has brought me lots of joy. These are the sewers I’ve met with since last Sew Grateful.

With Kyle and Kashi at Metro Fabrics

Finally met Shannon in Hawaii after so many years of ‘chatting’

Kristiann Boos (and Simon) of Victory Patterns came to Melbourne for a meetup

Grace met up with me for an afternoon in LAX


Kyle at her favourite place at Pacific Trimming


The Melbourne meet up arranged by TJ

Perth dinner with Penny, Jenny and Carolyn

An honour to have met Yoshimi

Amy, Emma and Kirsty chance meet up

Meeting sewers when I’m either at home or when I’m away have kept me sewing.

And I’m truly grateful for the pattern testing opportunities I’ve had the pleasure of doing. Collaborating on projects has been wonderful. 

Minerva Crafts UK (that’s you Vicki) have been very generous to me each month and I couldn’t have become a Sewing Blogger if I wasn’t part of our global sewing/craft world.

If I’ve been able to give back to you through these posts, that’s the other aspect that I’m most grateful for.

Share resources – Day 3

Sharing Resources Day. Share a free pattern, share some vintage sewing resources, share a tutorial or share some great sewing resource links!

Here are the tutorials that I hope you find useful.
Pants adjustments can be found here.
Sway back adjustment
Keeping your jacket’s shape for longer
Pad stitching
Speed marking

Sewing project day Day 4
Sew Grateful Sewing Project Day.  Showcase your latest sewing project. Whether it’s a project using up that pattern that was a present from someone or that you won in a giveaway or using a tutorial someone has prepared, or even a project inspired by someone in the sewing community… the possibilities are nearly endless!

I’ll post my sewing project up on Thursday, through the generosity of Minerva Crafts UK.

Giveaway winner

The first week of February was busy with Deb’s Sew Grateful week.

The giveaway patterns are now on their way by carrier pidgeon to jpluo. Congratulations.

What you can see above are the makings on the Enid shift dress. My attempt at making the pattern from scratch is in the background and I used the seam allowance guide to cut out the lining and the lace overlay.

This is dress is the basis for my second fearless project this month.

Thank you Melinda for the iphone suggestion on Melissa’s blog. I saw some ‘wetsuit’ fabric recently so I’ll give this armband a go. Melissa has lots of projects that she’s worked out and shared on her blog.

Sew Grateful giveaway

Here are the patterns I’m happy to giveaway as a job lot or separately.  Australia and New Zealand commenters only because of high postage costs.

KwikSew 2419 was bought to make leggings for a dance troupe about 15 years ago. Sizes 8 – 14.
Simplicity 7870 was meant as a basic for DN, but she grew faster than I could get around to using it. Sizes 8 – 14.

A funny thing happened when I ordered McCalls 3436. I ordered 2 copies so this is one of them. It has sizes 12 – 16.

They’ve all lived is a smoke free home with lots of laughter :))Leave your interest by 10 February.

This is my contribution to Deb’s Sew Grateful Week.

Pattern Pyramid giveaway

Pretty grievances ran a Pattern Pyramid and my name was drawn out of the hat. Thank you for running this giveaway Ann. From the stash below, the bottom 4 patterns are definitely ones that I love and I’m thinking of keeping 2 Butterick 5532 and Simplicity 1473 and adding in 3. Prue Acton is the Butterick 5178 designer. What a blast from the past! Prue will stay in the pile for another wild ride with Australia Post.

These are the deposit patterns. The cape is just in case this pile is sent North again. Mmm.

Karen from Did you make that? started this initiative and I know this in one that maybe one or two of you might be participate in. This pattern pile started by Ann was in honour of Karen’s initiative.

  1. Anyone, anywhere can enter the giveaway by posting a comment below by midnight Friday 19 October AND you must have an active blog.
  2. I will randomly select a winner.
  3. I will post this pack to the winner.
  4. Here’s the difference. Like poker you can pick any number of patterns and replace them with any number of patterns. I hope you can keep it interesting for the sewing community. Each winner will then host their own giveaway. They will randomly select a winner, post the remaining patterns to that Person C. Person C will pick a pattern for themselves, host their own giveaway and post the remaining patterns to the winner, Person D. Person D will…

Karen and Ann want to help global sewing and spreading the sewing love by sharing lots of patterns and we all can make something from this common pattern pool. Ann has supplied a travel journal so please add your entry into the pile’s journal. And the hanky can continue on too. Yes. They might have the sniffles en-route!

Trench update
Below is a pic from DN with her Mum wearing her new trench. As always, we chatted on the phone for at least half an hour or more and she loves the coat including the trench detailing. It’s a bit roomy and the sleeves need a bit of tapering and shortening, so I’ll tackle this when we catch up next week.

She loves this version with the trench detailing and we’ve agreed the formal version will be more classic – less trench-like, so I’m happy with that outcome. The extra room I added in the centre front will definitely go:) She does love the crinkly fabric, the belt, the epaulets, linings. See why we can talk for ages?
Janine from Interrupted Sutures asked if I’ll be making one of these for me. That’s a good question because I did buy 7m of the fabric for $10. I’ll wait to see if this fabric suits the littlest DN because she has similar colouring and I promised to make her a coat for winter next year. You’ll soon see I’m working M5525 with the blue purple fabric. The fabric I’m using is sitting behind the Vogue deposit pattern.