Thursday, 27 September 2012

Improv Sewing Giveaway

A couple months ago I received a copy of a book called Improv Sewing by Debra Immergut & Nicole Blume.  To be honest I hadn't heard of their the authors or the book before and added it to the review pile not thinking much of it.  When the time came to review it I looked through the book and was amazed, I absolutely loved it.

Modern Stretch Velvet Skirt

The book really suits my personal sewing ethos (not having to be perfect and follow precise instructions/patterns).  It gives you a load of techniques and a few basic pattern blocks and then encourages you to experiment and use your imagination to make your own designs.  There are a whopping 101 projects in the book and the information to make many many more.

I gave it a glowing review which was spotted by the publishers and authors who kindly agreed to an interview, gave us a free project from the book to use on the site - the Modern Stretch Velvet Skirt, ideal for the autumn, and gave me 4 copies of the book to giveaway to my lucky followers.

The giveaway ends next Tuesday so if you'd like to enter please click here.

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Fabric Finds September

Lots of new fabrics coming into stores this month, several pretty new Christmas collections as well as 2 collections from Aneela Hoey, new patterns from Colette and adorable organics from Monaluna.  I won't focus too much on the Christmas Fabrics as I'm going to do a seperate feature on the site on Christmas Fabrics.

Aneela Hoey

Moda Designer Aneela has 2 new collections out this month.  Sew Stitchy which has just come into stock at Seamstar and Cherry Christmas also in stock at Seamstar available as a bundle or by length. 

Sew Stitchy Hexagons

Cherry Christmas

Oh Deer! by Momo

Another popular collection which has just come into stock you can find it at Patch Fabrics, they have fabric by length as well as layer cakes and charm packs you can also find it at Fabric with Love too.

Oh Deer!
Ladies Stitching Club by Oliver & S

Another stitch themed collection is Ladies Stitching Club which is in stock at Sew Me Happy.  How pretty is this FQ bundle of the collection?

Ladies Stitching Club
 Wrenly Christmas by Valori Wells

A personal favourite of mine this new Christmas collection form Valori Wells is christmassy in colour but not in print so you could use it all year round.  It is available at Raystitch here if you sign up to their newsletter whilst you are there you will find they often e-mail out 20% discount codes. 
Wrenly Christmas

Bloomsbury Gardens from Liberty

Liberty's eagerly anticipated quilting weight cotton collection is now in the shops.  There are 11 fabrics in 5 different colourways so most shops are just stocking the one colourway.  You can find the pale blue colourway at Backstitch, the magenta/teal colourway at Village Haberdashery and Eclectic Maker have a selction of fabrics from different colourways here.
Bloomsbury Gardens  - pale blue colourway

Alexander Henry - various

Fabric Inspirations have received lots of new stock in the last couple of weeks, some beautiful Makower fabrics (including Christmas fabrics) and a large selection of Alexander Henry Fabrics.  A range of his prints including some gothic style ones, some colourful children's prints and several versions of semi naked men prints such as the one below.
Ready for Action in blue
Anna Maria Horner - Field Study

Another stunning collection from Anna Maria Horner new in stock at Saints & Pinners.  I adore the delicate Migratory Lace in aquatic as pictured here.

New Colette Patterns

Colette has just released 2 new patterns for the winter - the Juniper trousers and the Anise Jacket.  the trousers are suitable for beginners and the jacket for an intermediate stitcher.  These patterns are now in stock at Fabric Godmother, Sewbox and Backstitch.
Juniper Trousers

Sunday, 9 September 2012

A winner, a new competition and some Christmas Makes

Really sorry I didn't announce the winner of the Festival of Quilts giveaway - the copy of Digital Imagery on Fabric by Ruth Brown from Stone Creek Silks.  I've had a bad chest infection for the last 3 weeks which has left me unable to do almost anything, unfortunetly hubbie and son got it too so it's been a very long few weeks!  Still got it but it's finally easing off a bit so trying to get everything up to date now.

So first of all the winner is..... Indigo Blue.  Congratulations, I will message you to get your address to send the book out.

Don't worry if you didn't win the book, we have a lovely Liberty Fabric Bundle giveaway going on over on the main site with The Village Haberdashery.  You can win a fat quarter of all 11 fabrics from the magenta/teal colourway of the new Liberty Lifestyle Fabrics - Bloomsbury Gardens.

The only good thing about being so ill and unable to work is that I've finally had time to sew!  Any form of movement triggers a big coughing fit so I spent several days just sat at my sewing machine sewing away.  I decided to make a start at some Christmas gifts and have made lots of make up bags (up to 10 now I think), plus a skirt for a friend's daughter's birthday next month.

I used a brilliant tutorial from Love Me Sew which is actually for a pencil case.  I made a pencil case first to see how easy the intructions were to follow (the answer is very!) and then started changing the size to make a purse, several make up bags and a wash bag.  I plan on filling them with sweets and giving them to all my female friends at Christmas.  I might make a few more of the pencil cases for kid's Christmas presents and fill them with pens & pencils.

Has anyone else started on Christmas present making?  Any good tutorials or ideas to share?
This is my favourite make up bag so far, I love these fabrics.  They are the from the Kiztbuehel collection from Westfallenstoffe available from Dragonfly Fabrics.  I like them so much I think I'm going to buy up a few metres and put them aside for a quilt one day in the future.

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