World Book Day Blog Tour: Day One!

It’s official, the World Book Day Blog Tour has begun and we’re kicking off with two adorable literary inspired creations (if I do say so myself!).

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I thought I’d kick off the week’s proceedings with a little something I was busy sewing throughout last week’s Kid’s Clothes Week. The theme was ‘Toys’ so something tells me those pockets might be hiding something exciting… Head on over to my blog post to find out!

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I-Spy a Satya! Spring is in the air with this pretty pastel romper!

The first of our participants is Jenya from While she was sleeping. Jenya is a wonderful blogger and an equally talented seamstress. I love her version of the Louisa Dress, as well as the Tiny Mice Dress. (Although I have to say it was difficult picking out favourites as I love them all!)

Head on over to While she was sleeping to see more photos and to discover which childhood book inspired this cute little romper.

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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!

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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!

Announcing the World Book Day Blog Tour!

This year World Book Day falls on Thursday 3rd March and to mark the occasion a selection of incredibly talented sewing bloggers from around the globe are coming together online for a literary themed Blog Tour!

The tour will run throughout this week (Mon-Sun), with bloggers posting creations inspired by their favourite childhood book each day. I will be uploading daily blogposts featuring teaser photos and links to the participants blogs where you’ll be able to find out much much more about their creations! And if that’s not enough, be sure to check out #wbdblogtour on Instagram & Twitter for exclusive sneak peeks.

I am ridiculously excited to be hosting and I cannot wait to share with you the wonderful things that the participants have come up with. Here’s the line up…

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Alongside the blog tour, I’m also running four (yes four!) giveaways!

All you have to do to win is enter the Rafflecopters below. You have until 12th March (12am, GMT). Winners will be drawn randomly by Rafflecopter. (You must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway void where prohibited by law. Giveaways 3&4 are open to UK Only due to postal costs.)

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

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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

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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

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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

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I want to say a massive thank you to the talented pattern designers who donated their patterns for this giveaway! Thanks also to the wonderful folks at Quadrille, DK, Walker, Pavilion & Mollie Makes for sponsoring the giveaway with such incredible literary donations. Your generosity was overwhelming and the winners are incredibly lucky. I’m only sad I couldn’t enter myself!

 

On a final note, if you are feeling charitable, please please please click here to donate to Book Aid, an incredible charity who work in partnership with World Book Day. They raise money to support libraries across Africa, changing the lives of so many children, inspiring new readers and helping their education flourish. So often we take the joy a book can bring for granted. Why not spread the joy?

Throwback Thursday: Happy Valentine’s!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Okay, so I know I’m a bit early, but I thought we would take a look at some beautiful vintage girls clothes that could inspire a touch of Valentine’s sewing for our favourite little ones.

50s McCall’s 2157 Girls Party Dress with Heart-shaped Embroidered Pockets.

If you don’t have time between now and Valentine’s Day to create an entire garment, these appliqué pockets could be the perfect solution. Use scraps of your favourite fabrics to make embroidered hearts trimmed with lace and then stitch onto a ready made skirt.

Left: Butterick 7667 Vintage 50s Toddler Heart Sunsuit & Dress. Right: Advance Pattern 1940s Toddler Girl's Back Button Dress 4249 with Puff or Cap Sleeves &Heart Pockets.

Left: Butterick 7667 Vintage 50s Toddler Heart Sunsuit & Dress.
Right: Advance Pattern 1940s Toddler Girl’s Back Button Dress 4249 with Puff or Cap Sleeves &Heart Pockets.

1950s McCall Sewing Pattern 1181 Childs Sunsuit.

If your time allows for the creation of one of these gorgeous sunsuits or dresses, team them with a long sleeved top and tights (it’s only February after all!) and make them with a bit of growing room to ensure they see the sunshine in the summer!

Left: Marian Martin 9061 Girls 1950s Sundress, Jacket  & Bonnet with Applique Hearts. Right: 1940s Marian Martin Mail Order Pattern 9100, Little Girl’s Romper with Heart Shaped Pocket.

Left: Marian Martin 9061 Girls 1950s Sundress, Jacket & Bonnet with Applique Hearts.
Right: 1940s Marian Martin Mail Order Pattern 9100, Little Girl’s Romper with Heart Shaped Pocket.

I love the extra detailing of these Marian Martin patterns. The scalloped seaming on the dress balances the appliquéd hearts perfectly and the waist ties on the romper create a fitted effect.

Vintage 1960 Butterick 9717 Sewing Pattern Girls’ Dress and Coat.

If you’re not a big fan of hearts, but want to create a garment that still has that Valentine’s feel, stick with red. I love the fabric choice for the design above- it would make the perfect Valentine’s outfit!

Alternatively, be inspired by modern sewers’ interpretation of the trend! I love the way the retro silhouette has been updated with this heart-shaped open back. It’s a subtle and girly twist that would be perfect all year round.

I’d love to hear from you if you have any Valentine’s sewing planned, or if you’ve already whipped up something struck by Cupid’s arrow- just comment or leave a link below! Happy Valentine’s sewing!

Secret Project Revealed!

It’s official, I am a costume student once again and the uni project I’ve been dreaming up for the past eight months or so has finally begun. And I’m very excited about it!

Did anyone recognise the quote/clue I gave in my New Years post? Well I can now reveal that it was a line from the song ‘Be Optimistic’ from the film Little Miss Broadway(1938) performed by the one and only, Shirley Temple.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that I absolutely love the clothes the famous child star wore throughout the height of her career in the 1930s. So what is this dream project of mine? It is, as I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, to recreate a collection of garments once worn by “America’s Little Darling” herself. Inspiring children’s fashion around the world, Shirley’s wardrobe was truly remarkable.

Exactly which designs I’ll be replicating is still being debated and I’m open to suggestions. Do you have a favourite that you’d like to see me make?

(All images sourced from Pinterest)

 

Happy New Year!

Too often it’s easy to focus on everything you didn’t achieve rather than everything that you did. I’m sure when I look back in 10 years time 2015 will have been an incredibly important year. I bravely took a step away from uni to take the time to work out my own aspirations and dreams, rather than continuing along the treadmill in sync with everyone around me. In creating Dobbin’s Bobbins, I took the first steps to achieving those dreams, and put positive goals in place.

2016 won’t all be plain sailing. There will be highs and lows. But I’m going into it with belief, hope and courage. With a fresh and new found energy, I’ll continue to focus on goals that inspire and excite my creative mind, leaving any baggage to one side. So what can you expect from Dobbin’s Bobbins in 2016?

First things first, I’m heading back to uni (to my Costume degree) and I have an amazing project up my sleeve. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time and I hope you will all love it too. I’ll be blogging as I go as well as sharing some tips and tricks I learn along the way. I don’t want to give away too much just yet, but here’s a little clue (and something I’ll live by as I do it!)…

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Even though uni will be keeping me incredibly busy, I’m going to make a real effort to find the time to sew for pleasure too. Although I’m sure new pattern releases will be too enticing to resist, here’s a few that I can’t wait to sew during 2016.

Obviously Straight-Grain’s Tinny dress had to be on my list! I love the story behind the design (it was based on a story-book character’s dress) so of course I bought the pattern when it was re-released and I’ve been desperate to give it a go since. Another pattern that I’d love to sew is the Norah dress by Mouse House Creations. It’s been on my radar ever since it popped up on my Pinterest feed years ago. It’s a beautiful vintage-inspired design which I’ve just never quite got round to. Finally, I wanted to mention the Cocoon dress by Heidi&Finn. Although a completely different shape and style than I would ordinarily choose, I fell in love with it as soon as I spotted the incredible results of it’s pattern testing on Instagram.

On a different note, I had such an incredible time at this year’s Sew Brum which took place at the end of October in Birmingham. As it was my first meet-up I was obviously very nervous before going, but I’m so glad I did! It was amazing to meet so many other sewers, as well as putting faces to blog names and accents to profile pictures! I love being part of such a welcoming and friendly community, and I know that I will definitely be attending more sewing meet ups in 2016!

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Finally, 2016 will be the year (if all goes to plan!) that Dobbin’s Bobbins will release it’s first ever sewing pattern. Eek! I’m incredibly excited for this next chapter in the Dobbin’s Bobbins journey and I hope you will be too! So stay tuned!

What sewing plans have you got for the new year? Or have you got any sewing resolutions instead? I’d love to hear from you! Anyway, Happy Sewing and a Happy New Year!