Give away: Pincushions Anyone?

Don’t you just love my new pincushion? I am in love with it. I can’t wait for it to get into my little hands ( I am still to find someone whose hands are smaller than mine).

My new little treasure was bought off etsy, from Mela, of Pincushion Treats. Mela’s shop is new, and she makes and sells pincushions. If you have been reading her blog, you would know by now that she is obsessed with pincushions….and napkins (sorry Mela, just had to add that).

Mela currently lives in London, but is originally from Austin, Texas, and she says:

Since moving to London from Austin, Texas I have fallen in love with everything textile related. Another thing I have fallen for is hunting for cute tea cups and other household goodies. So I’ve married the two and have been making pincushions ever since. 

I travel through the streets of London, searching through charity shops and vintage fairs to find the perfect gems. The pincushions are distinctly different from each other. None are perfect, but there lies the charm. The slight wear on the items show they had an old life and I am quite happy to provide them with a new one.”

So, to celebrate Mela’s new shop, I am offering one of you the chance to win a pincushion of your choice from Mela’s shop.

To win one of these gems, all you have to do is like Mela’s page on facebook, take a look at her shop and leave a comment here, on my blog, with the name of the pincushion you would like to win. If you do not have a facebook account, you can still like her facebook page by going to her blog and clicking on the facebook “like” button on the right side of her blog.

This give away is open to everyone, no matter your location in the world. 

Now, normally I would say it is restricted to humans only, but considering the fact that I am concious of the sometimes substantial buying power of non-humans resident on earth (many of them being the offspring of monarchs come to study our culture for future diplomatic assignations you see), I shall extend this give away to them as well. I’m sure their mothers, sisters or lady friends sometimes engage in a spot of needlework, and would be appreciative of such rare gems.
This give away will end on wednesday 29th February at midnight london time.

Sew Retro: The Starlet Suit Jacket

I’ve gone and done it again.

I’ve booked myself on another craftsy course. Yes, yes I know, I have not made the Bombshell dress yet, or the Couture Dress. We all know its not my fault right? I know I am quite lazy, but in this matter, I am ABSOLUTELY blameless.

Gertie has this new course:

As you can see from the poster above, I am already enrolled on the course yay!!!

I do not know when I will actually make this suit, after all, I am still to make the first two dresses. I am going to watch this class just to learn. I know I will learn so many new things from here that I will use on other projects, such as making bound buttonholes, which I have to make on a shirtdress using this vintage vogue designer pattern:

I will also be able to learn how to make welt pockets, which I intend to use on my trench coat which I will make using McCalls 5525:

The trench coat I am currently lusting after is this Burberry Blanket stitch trench coat.

It costs a mighty £1,795. ahem….

I have already ordered some beige stretch cotton sateen and fuchsia china silk lining from fabric.com, and as we speak, said fabric package is slowly but surely wending its way to yours truly. Exciting stuff. With shipping, it all came down to $54.79 (£35). Not bad aye?

Is anyone else thinking of making a trench coat this year? Better still, has anyone made one, or is currently making one? Any word of advice?

Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B.Shaeffer Give away winner

Well well well, another day, another winner.

I am so glad that I am not the only one who is seriously thinking of improving their sewing skills this year. Without further ado, here is the result of the Couture Sewing Techniques book.

Congratulations Mommy en France from Two little Cabbages & Cie. You just won yourself a really good book. This should be coming out to you soonish.
Like I mentioned in the original give away post, this book is just the first in a number of sewing related books I will be giving out this year so do check back from time to time for a chance to win another awesome book.

12 in 2012

I have realised this year is going to be a challenging one for me, and I know my sewing will suffer if I don’t have a plan. I joined the Sew Weekly circle, but I now see that I will not be able to follow the weekly challenges. I feel it will restrict me and I will end up sewing things that I do not really want.

So I was very happy when I fell on Suzie‘s 12 in 2012 project. Basically, she’s set herself 12 goals which she wants to achieve this year. She decided to sew 12 items, learn 12 new sewing skills, and use 12 new techniques.

I will only concentrate on sewing 12 items. I am sure I am bound to pick up a few new tricks along the way, and I will share those with you when I do.

I am selecting 12 items which I REALLY want to make this year. I am sure I will make other things as well, but these 12 are those that I would rather make. In other words, if I only have to make 12 things this year, it should be these.

1) Bombshell Dress

2) Trench Coat

3) The Couture Dress with Susan Khalje

4) Galaxy Dress

5) Silk Blouse

6) Lace Dress

7) Lonsdale Dress

8) Maxi dress

9) Pattern Runway  One shoulder dress

10) Pencil Skirt

11) Shift Dress
12) Shirt Dress

 I am not planning to sew the actual items pictured above, well except those that are patterns, like the lonsdale, bombshell dress, couture dress, and one shoulder dress. I will have to find patterns that I like for the rest of the items as I go along.

Is there anything you ABSOLUTELY want to make this year?

Sew Grateful Week: Lobster fabric and Pattern giveaway winners

The Sew Grateful Week is officially over now, and its time to do the draw for my giveaways.

So first up, the Lobster fabric:

A whopping 64 of you entered this giveaway. Wow, I never knew this fabric was so popular. I am almost regretting my decision to give it away now. lol. But here goes
Congratulations Alice, of Alice’s Closet. Alice lives in Italy ( oh the ice cream), and she is very talented. I’m looking forward to seeing what you decide to make with this fabric Alice.
Next is the Pattern of your choice giveaway, and the winner is :

Congratulations Jill, of Laugh, But Not Loudly. Jill chose Vogue 7464 because her grandmother was a milliner in the 1950s and she would love to think some of her talents have somehow been passed on to her. Well I certainly hope they have Jill. This is a girl after my own heart, as readers of my blog would know about my interest in millinery. Good luck with the hat making Jill.
Vogue 7464

Alice and Jill, could you please send me an email with your addresses, so I can send these out to you?
A big thank you to Debi for being so inspiring. Throughout this week, I have had the opportunity to discover many new blogs, and I have also been astounded by the generosity of the online sewing community. I have finally calmed down from my mid-week gift from Ginger Makes, much to Mr.Dibs relief, as I have not let the matter rest since it happened.
Have a lovely week everyone.