Announcing the Winners!

It’s time to announce the winners of the World Book Day Blog Tour Giveaway!

The winners of all four giveaways were picked randomly by Rafflecopter. I’ve emailed the winners already – check your inboxes! A massive congratulations to:

Winner No.1 (7 pdf patterns): Ketrien M

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Winner No.2 (6 pdf patterns): Courtney D

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Winner No.3 (A collection of children’s craft books): Sobia N

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Winner No.4 (A collection of sewing books): Caroline H

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Finally a huge thank you to everyone who entered, and particularly to the designers and publishers who donated such incredible prizes!!

World Book Day Blog Tour: Day Six!

It’s Saturday! Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend! I’ve got another couple of beautiful creations for you to peruse today!

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Cute? Tick. Kitch? Tick. Charlotte from English Girl At Home is onto a winner! To see this awesome Emery Dress in all it’s glory and hear about the inspiration behind it, head over to Charlotte’s blogpost.

I first came across Charlotte as the organiser behind the incredible successful meet-up Sew Brum. Incredibly friendly and approachable, she helped me in the initial stages of organising the giveaways (see bottom of post). English Girl At Home is a wonderful mix of sewing, knitting and dyeing, and I love looking through all her old posts for inspiration. I loved her Mini Dress with Raglan Sleeves (as well as SO many others), but it’s Charlotte’s 1 Naturally Dyed Wardrobe which I cannot get enough of! I totally recommend checking it out.

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Let’s fly off to Neverland! Or instead we could head over to Paisley Roots to see more pictures of Karly’s fun tank top that she made for her little ‘Darling’ (see what I did there?!)

I’m a huge fan of Paisley Roots. Karly’s Legend Dress for this season’s KCW was brilliant! That teepee fabric! A few days ago, Karly posted her Vivie Dress. Not only is it a gorgeous design in a fab fabric, but it’s an inspiration. Karly made it as part of her Re-Sew-Lution, which I think everyone should imitate! Head on over to her blog to find out more!

Monday 29th February||  Dobbin’s Bobbins  |   While she was sleeping
Tuesday 1st March ||  Fairies, Bubbles & Co.  |  As It Seams
Wednesday 2nd March ||  Sewing With Kate  |  Call Ajaire
Thursday 3rd March ||  Sew Shelly Sew   |  Bel’Etoile
Friday 4th March  ||  Sewn In The Attic   |  Just Add Fabric
Saturday 5th March ||  English Girl At Home  |  Paisley Roots
Sunday 6th March ||  MinnieMie | Sew Country Chick  |  Dobbin’s Bobbins
Don’t forget about our FOUR incredible giveaways! There’s only a week left, so enter for your chance to win before it’s too late!

Giveaway #1: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Brooklyn Pattern Co.
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Coffee & Thread
  • Tinny pdf pattern from Straightgrain
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Welcome to the Mousehouse
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Pienkel
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Compagnie-M
  • NEW Trinity Tee pdf pattern from Rock the Stitch

Giveaway #2: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Sew Much Ado
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Coffee & Thread
  • Tinny pdf pattern from Straightgrain
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Welcome to the Mousehouse
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Nell Patterns
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from LBG Studio

Winner #3 (UK Only): a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Pop-up edition of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
  • Belle & Boo: S is for Sewing
  • My Sewing Machine by Jane Bull
  • Stitch by Stitch by Jane Bull
  • Creative Craft With Kids
  • Mollie Makes magazine

Winner #4 (UK Only): a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric
  • The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
  • Merchant & Mills Workbook
  • Sew Japanese
  • Mollie Makes magazine

Good Luck & Happy Sewing!

World Book Day Blog Tour: Day Five!

Can you believe it’s Friday already?!! Remember to have a look at our previous days of the tour if you haven’t seen them all… (Days One, Two, Three & Four, plus our fabulous giveaways!)

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Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a tad obsessed with anything fox related. I even wrote a blogpost about it! So when I saw Amy from Sewn in the Attic‘s teaser photo I was VERY excited! To find out all about her inspiration and to see Amy’s embroidered Mr Fox in all his glory, be sure to read her blogpost here.

I first met Amy at the end of October last year at Sew Brum and I knew right away that I liked her! Living close to where I went to school, Amy and I were able to chat easily and it was nice to be able to talk about sewing (and the joys of a sewing room!) with someone like-minded. Amy has sewn herself the most amazing handmade wardrobe, including this gorgeous Colette Moneta Dress. Amy is the sole reason I have planned to make myself some knit dresses this year!

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Further inspiration today comes from a beautifully illustrated Japanese children’s book, and Emi from Just Add Fabric interprets the watercolours with such sensitivity. For femininity, feathers and flair head over to Emi’s blogpost and marvel over some very pretty pictures!

I love scrolling through Emi’s Instagram feed and blog history. Honestly her Mori Dress from a couple of days ago just blew me away. Her fabric choice was simply stunning and tempted me to stray away from my favourite pastel shades! Another recent make which I need to share with you all is her tester version of the brand new pattern from Rock the Stitch: the Trinity tee. From the teal and cream colour scheme, to the most adorable bunting-clad woodland print, Emi’s version is perfect. Remember that this new pattern is part of the Giveaway 1 package!

Monday 29th February||  Dobbin’s Bobbins  |   While she was sleeping
Tuesday 1st March ||  Fairies, Bubbles & Co.  |  Sew Shelly Sew
Wednesday 2nd March ||  Sewing With Kate  |  Call Ajaire
Thursday 3rd March ||  As It Seams  |  Bel’Etoile
Friday 4th March  ||  Sewn In The Attic   |  Just Add Fabric
Saturday 5th March ||  English Girl At Home |  Made by Sara  |  Paisley Roots
Sunday 6th March ||  MinnieMie | Sew Country Chick  |  Dobbin’s Bobbins
Don’t forget about our FOUR incredible giveaways!

Giveaway #1: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Brooklyn Pattern Co.
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Coffee & Thread
  • Tinny pdf pattern from Straightgrain
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Welcome to the Mousehouse
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Pienkel
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Compagnie-M
  • NEW Trinity Tee pdf pattern from Rock the Stitch

Giveaway #2: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Sew Much Ado
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Coffee & Thread
  • Tinny pdf pattern from Straightgrain
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Welcome to the Mousehouse
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Nell Patterns
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from LBG Studio

Winner #3 (UK Only): a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Pop-up edition of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
  • Belle & Boo: S is for Sewing
  • My Sewing Machine by Jane Bull
  • Stitch by Stitch by Jane Bull
  • Creative Craft With Kids
  • Mollie Makes magazine

Winner #4 (UK Only): a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric
  • The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
  • Merchant & Mills Workbook
  • Sew Japanese
  • Mollie Makes magazine

Good Luck & Happy Sewing!

World Book Day Blog Tour: Day Four!

 

Day Four of the World Book Day Blog Tour is an abundance of girly prettiness.

What are little girls made of?

Sugar and spice and all things nice

That’s what little girls are made of.

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I’m so pleased to be able to introduce Victoria from As It Seams today. She’s such a trooper. And her post is chock full will loveliness! For SO many more illustration-inpired creations head on over to As It Seams and indulge in a literary trip through time.

Victoria reminds me a lot of myself, her mind brimming with creative ideas, with not enough time to share them all with the world! I love reading her blog, and seeing her creative interpretations of the latest pattern designs. Knits can often seem scary to newbie sewers, so I think it’s really important to highlight Victoria’s gorgeous little panda tunic, her first attempt at knits, which I’m sure you’ll agree was a huge success! As was her Aster Cardigan, which was just as adorable as her outfit sketches!

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It’s Tinny time! I’d recognise that collar anywhere, and I’m hopping with excitement to read all about Isabel from Bel’Etoile‘s inspiration from her favourite childhood book! Plus, how precious are those little mint shoes?!!?

I only recently discovered Bel’Etoile, but I was so pleased when I did. Her recent ‘Princess Dress’, named by her daughter (how sweet?) and designed by Isabel herself, was stunning in a coral and gold Michael Miller fabric. However, the dress that initially caught my eye on Instagram and introduced me to the world of Isabel’s creative imagination was this amazing Hot Air Balloon Tinny dress. I love the way it evokes a sense of fun and memories of summertime.

Monday 29th February||  Dobbin’s Bobbins  |   While she was sleeping
Tuesday 1st March ||  Fairies, Bubbles & Co.  |  As It Seams
Wednesday 2nd March ||  Sewing With Kate  |  Call Ajaire
Thursday 3rd March ||  Sew Shelly Sew   |  Bel’Etoile
Friday 4th March  ||  Sewn In The Attic   |  Just Add Fabric
Saturday 5th March ||  English Girl At Home |  Made by Sara  |  Paisley Roots
Sunday 6th March ||  MinnieMie | Sew Country Chick  |  Dobbin’s Bobbins
Don’t forget about our FOUR incredible giveaways!

Giveaway #1: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Brooklyn Pattern Co.
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Coffee & Thread
  • Tinny pdf pattern from Straightgrain
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Welcome to the Mousehouse
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Pienkel
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Compagnie-M
  • NEW Trinity Tee pdf pattern from Rock the Stitch

Giveaway #2: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Sew Much Ado
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Coffee & Thread
  • Tinny pdf pattern from Straightgrain
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Welcome to the Mousehouse
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Nell Patterns
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from LBG Studio

Winner #3 (UK Only): a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Pop-up edition of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
  • Belle & Boo: S is for Sewing
  • My Sewing Machine by Jane Bull
  • Stitch by Stitch by Jane Bull
  • Creative Craft With Kids
  • Mollie Makes magazine

Winner #4 (UK Only): a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric
  • The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
  • Merchant & Mills Workbook
  • Sew Japanese
  • Mollie Makes magazine

Good Luck & Happy Sewing!

World Book Day Blog Tour: Day Three!

Can you believe it is Day Three already?? If you missed Day One & Two, then be sure to check them out. They’re worth it! As is the Giveaway which you can find links to at the bottom of this post!

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First up today is Kate from Sewing With Kate with her AMAZING upcycled, storybook creation. Every last detail (down the hidden bias binding) has been thoughtfully considered and I am in awe! To find out more (ah, that rhymed!), head on over to Kate’s post. She even has a crafty surprise extra for you all to admire too!

I first came across Kate as a fellow tester of Brooklyn Pattern Company’s Henry Dress. Kate creates THE coolest clothes for herself and family members. Her black and bronze raglan dress inspired me to download a couple of new shift dress patterns to have a go at. And her Henry Dress Hack=Henry Skirt was just utter genius!! Honestly, I thoroughly encourage you to give it a go!

Our second participant of the day is Ajaire from Call Ajaire, and she will be posting her creation very soon, so be sure to check that out. I can’t wait to see it, the anticipation is killing me!

I am completely in love with Coffee & Thread’s new Eleena Dress and Ajaire’s version is no exception. I love her choice of fabric and the subtle difference in shade between the collar and main fabric is so effective. Another wonderful interpretation of a favourite design was Ajaire’s Antalya Dress. Who knew mustard could look so pretty?!

Monday 29th February||  Dobbin’s Bobbins  |   While she was sleeping
Tuesday 1st March ||  Fairies, Bubbles & Co.  |  Sew Shelly Sew
Wednesday 2nd March ||  Sewing With Kate  |  Call Ajaire
Thursday 3rd March ||   As It Seams  |  Bel’Etoile
Friday 4th March  ||  Sewn In The Attic   |  Just Add Fabric
Saturday 5th March ||  English Girl At Home |  Made by Sara  |  Paisley Roots
Sunday 6th March ||  MinnieMie | Sew Country Chick  |  Dobbin’s Bobbins
Don’t forget about our FOUR incredible giveaways! Please note you can enter all four (no need to pick just one!) and if you follow me already on social media you have automatic easy entry!

Giveaway #1: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Brooklyn Pattern Co.
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Coffee & Thread
  • Tinny pdf pattern from Straightgrain
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Welcome to the Mousehouse
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Pienkel
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Compagnie-M
  • NEW Trinity Tee pdf pattern from Rock the Stitch

Giveaway #2: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Sew Much Ado
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Coffee & Thread
  • Tinny pdf pattern from Straightgrain
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Welcome to the Mousehouse
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Nell Patterns
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from LBG Studio

Winner #3 (UK Only): a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Pop-up edition of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
  • Belle & Boo: S is for Sewing
  • My Sewing Machine by Jane Bull
  • Stitch by Stitch by Jane Bull
  • Creative Craft With Kids
  • Mollie Makes magazine

Winner #4 (UK Only): a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric
  • The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
  • Merchant & Mills Workbook
  • Sew Japanese
  • Mollie Makes magazine

Good Luck & Happy Sewing!

World Book Day Blog Tour: Day Two!

It’s Day Two! Welcome back to the World Book Day Blog Tour and boy have I got some prettiness to tease you with today!?

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How sweet is that little collar?

When I first became a part of the online sewing community, one of the first bloggers I followed on social media was Maria from Fairies, Bubbles & Co. Therefore I was ecstatic when she agreed to take part in the World Book Day Blog Tour.

Maria creates the most beautiful vintage-inspired garments in timeless fabrics. I absolutely love her wintry plaid ‘robe taille basse’ dress and the Japanese summer top she made for her daughter during KCW Summer 2015. I love the way Maria uses Liberty-style fabrics as subtle design details on so many of her pieces. She has a distinctive style that I just adore!

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You may notice we’ve had a slight re-jig of the line-up, and I’m so pleased to be introducing Shelly from Sew Shelly Sew on Day Two! When Shelly sent me the photos from her shoot, I knew you’d all love what she made, and now you get to see her ‘Secret Garden’ dress a few days earlier. Yay!

Shelly makes the sweetest clothes for her children and I particularly love all of her recent versions of the Coffee & Thread Eleena Dress (she also made one in a knit, which worked SO well!). On a side note, Coffee & Thread have kindly donated a pattern of choice for both Giveaway 1 & 2, so be sure to enter them both. Anyway, back to Shelly! Perhaps one of the cutest sews I’ve seen over the last few months was her gorgeous Wild Things Coat. I mean who doesn’t love bear ears on a garment?! Head on over to her blog to find out more about her amazing World Book Day Dress as well as a heap of other cute sews!

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Monday 29th February||  Dobbin’s Bobbins  |   While she was sleeping
Tuesday 1st March ||  Fairies, Bubbles & Co.  |  Sew Shelly Sew
Wednesday 2nd March ||  Sewing With Kate  |  Call Ajaire
Thursday 3rd March ||  As It Seams  |  Bel’Etoile
Friday 4th March  ||  Sewn In The Attic   |  Just Add Fabric
Saturday 5th March ||  English Girl At Home |  Made by Sara  |  Paisley Roots
Sunday 6th March ||  MinnieMie | Sew Country Chick  |  Dobbin’s Bobbins
Don’t forget about our FOUR incredible giveaways! You have to be in it to win it!

Giveaway #1: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Brooklyn Pattern Co.
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Coffee & Thread
  • Tinny pdf pattern from Straightgrain
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Welcome to the Mousehouse
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Pienkel
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Compagnie-M
  • NEW Trinity Tee pdf pattern from Rock the Stitch

Giveaway #2: a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Sew Much Ado
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Coffee & Thread
  • Tinny pdf pattern from Straightgrain
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Welcome to the Mousehouse
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from Nell Patterns
  • 1 pdf pattern of choice from LBG Studio

Winner #3 (UK Only): a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Pop-up edition of We’re Going On A Bear Hunt
  • Belle & Boo: S is for Sewing
  • My Sewing Machine by Jane Bull
  • Stitch by Stitch by Jane Bull
  • Creative Craft With Kids
  • Mollie Makes magazine

Winner #4 (UK Only): a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric
  • The Liberty Book of Home Sewing
  • Merchant & Mills Workbook
  • Sew Japanese
  • Mollie Makes magazine

Good Luck & Happy Sewing!

World Book Day Blog Tour: My Creation!

When I was considering which book to use as inspiration for this blog tour, I was spoiled for choice. I was surrounded by literature and was always a keen reader as a child and had many ‘favourites’ along the way! I made my way through the family photo albums and was reminded of one of my favourite Christmas presents: my dollshouse. Funnily enough, I added it to the top of my list to Santa after being inspired by a book my Mum used to read to me. Inside The Dollshouse: A Miniature Tale is a wonderful story about two little dolls who watch as their dollshouse is built for them.

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I was fascinated by the idea of toys coming to life (this was years before I ever watched Toy Story!) and of their secret life behind closed doors. I would spend hours acting out scenes from the story in my own dollshouse and would create soft furnishings out of scraps of fabric. It was with this in mind, and KCW’s wonderful Winter Theme of Toys, that I decided to create a Dollshouse Skirt.

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First I sewed a simple skirt using Tilda’s Jean Teal Quilting Cotton, a ditsy vintage-inspired pink floral and teal print. I bought this a while ago from The Little Sewing Company, and it was a dream to sew with.

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For the pockets themselves I used this wonderful cross-print quilting cotton from Cotton+Steel which I bought from The Village Haberdashery. In fact, all the fabrics I used for this skirt were from my stash because I wanted to continue the ‘scrap fabric’ tradition from when I was a child.

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The pockets open up to reveal the dollshouse itself. I appliquéd traditional furniture in coordinating fabrics. I chose to sew the pockets ‘upside down’ so that they would serve as ‘fabric books’ when the wearer sits down and opens them on her lap. Perfect for long journeys or boring waiting rooms!

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And of course, the pockets themselves are fully functional and can hold all those treasures a little girl wants to carry around with her!

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I made the little doll herself with a popper on her back so that she can be moved around the dolllshouse and interact with the various items of furniture. The dress she is wearing is also removable with a popper which can be attached inside the wardrobe, meaning she can have a change of clothes!

I am so happy with how the skirt turned out and I cannot wait to give it as a gift to a very lucky little 4 year old very soon!

Reading sparks the imagination. Imagination sparks creativity. I certainly wouldn’t be the creative person I am today, with all the dreams and ideas I have, without books. I have a lot to thank books for, so I really enjoyed looking back and being inspired by one of my old favourites to create this skirt.

Don’t forget to check out While she was sleeping‘s blogpost today featuring the most adorable Satya Romper, as well as all the other participants throughout the rest of the week! Also remember to enter the FOUR giveaways I am running alongside this blog tour (read all about the prizes and how to enter here).

Happy Sewing & Reading!