The Pilar Bear Pattern Share

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This month I took part in a wonderful sewing community activity started by Pilar Bear over on Instagram.

What is a pattern share?

Self-confessed sewing addict Pilar generously posted 7 sewing patterns from her stash to a fellow stitcher with the idea that the next person would select a pattern from the bundle and replace it with one of their own from their stash. The bundle would then be posted on to the next person and the same process repeated. Being a sewing addict myself and let’s say curator (as opposed to hoarder) of sewing patterns I leapt at the chance when I spotted the post on Caroline’s Instagram.

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Lucky me, my name was pulled out of the hat and I soon found myself unwrapping a lovely package of stitching fun. Caroline had taken the time to include some rockin’ fabric scraps for me (hurrah for skulls!) and a handwritten note which made the parcel even more awesome having that personal touch. She had definitely taken the time to browse through my photos and see what I like which I really appreciated.

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I selected the Anouk pattern from the bundle because the decorative front placket immediately caught my eye as a technique that I’d like to try. It is also labelled as an Intermediate level pattern and I’m not one to shy away from a challenge! I think this pattern will be one of those that you take your time with, reading through the instructions a few times and then tackling the steps a little each evening. The perfect winter sewing project!

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The Anouk was swapped with the Lisette Traveler Dress pattern. I had two of these in my pattern stash in the same size range and I thought that this modern take on the classic shirtwaist dress was aptly named for the pattern share. I look forward to following the bundle on its adventures and seeing where my pattern ends up!

The journey so far

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The pattern sharing chain is growing with the bundle having travelled from Spain to Scotland, then down to me in Cheshire, up the road a few miles to Faye (we unexpectedly live the next town over from each other) and then onto southeast Asia where Mylene lives. It really is great to see the bundle travelling worldwide!

Getting social with sewing

The one thing I love about social media is that it allows me to connect with others who share my passion for sewing and all the paraphernalia that comes with it. Those bookcases crammed with fabric and multiple boxes of patterns hidden under the bed don’t seem so bad when you see others are doing the same!

The sewing community on Instagram is worldwide and you are instantly rewarded with a new perspective at the tap of a follow button. This pattern sharing activity wasn’t just a chance to expand my sewing pattern stash, it was a chance to meet other stitchers from around the world and follow what they are creating. By adding a pattern from my sewing stash and adding a few stitching treats the pattern share became a personal investment that I eagerly follow from one Instagram account to another. As Pilar noted in her letter to Caroline and in turn, Caroline quoted to me:

I think it makes a difference when you do things with care and love.

The Pilar Bear Pattern Share is a fine example of this.

How to join

Would you like to get involved in the Pilar Bear Pattern Share? Then head over to the pattern share’s Instagram for details of the latest keeper of the bundle and how you can pop your name down to be included as the next recipient.

Follow the progress of my Anouk stitching over on my Instagram and feel free to say hello or offer any tips if you’ve made the top or dress from this pattern before.

Until next time, happy stitching!

Time for a craft room spring clean!

It’s a job I’ve been putting off for ages. A spring clean of the craft pit, err I mean my craft room. Join me on my quest to discover the ever elusive Clean Craft Room!

 

With the long Easter weekend upon us, it’s with a determined sigh that I log off Pinterest, put down my Kindle, and tidy up my craft room before I sew another stitch. No longer will an arm sweep of my desk suffice – the sunlight from the window is being hindered by a mound of craft paraphernalia! If you decide to take up the feather duster this weekend and tackle a crafty tidy up then check out some craft room inspiration here.

Happy crafting!

Black Friday Sewing Sales

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With the work’s Christmas party in a couple of weeks I’m on the lookout for patterns, fabrics and haberdashery for a handmade outfit.

Here are some of my favourite independent pattern retailers with offers on this week thanks to the Black Friday sales:

Ahh, choices, choices! My urgency to stitch prompted me to go for my favourites in PDF. Time to put that printer to work!

Have any sewing sales caught your eye? What are your favourite go to patterns for the party season?

How to Choose a Sewing Teacher

Wendy Ward

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Have you been thinking about learning to sew but been a bit daunted and put off by the choice of sewing schools and teachers available?

Maybe you’ve felt intimidated by going back to learning, thinking it might be a bit like school?  Perhaps you thought you wouldn’t be good enough or creative enough to join a sewing class, that everyone else would be much better?  You might even have been put off by the thought of a strict / lazy / patronising / old fashioned / clueless teacher or simply a teacher you wouldn’t be able to get along with.  Have you been wondering how to choose between the many people that are now offering to teach you how to sew?

Here are a few tips that I hope might help you to reach the right decision (these are the criteria I would personally would apply to choosing any kind…

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Cultivate Blog Tour!

Cultivate Blog Tour  Cultivate Fabrics

Hello, I’m jumping back on the blog today for my turn on

Bonnie Christine’s Cultivate Blog Tour! Woohoo!

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This new range of fabrics designed by Bonnie were inspired by her love of gardening. Being a green fingered type myself I fell for the designs the moment I saw them so I jumped at the opportunity to stitch up something special.

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With a yard of fabric to play with I had in mind to stitch a nice summer top. After rifling through my vintage sewing patterns and then my modern pattern stash I eventually settled on doing a mini pattern hack with By Hand London’s Holly Jumpsuit.

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Taking just the bodice part I stitched up a cute sleeveless crop top, perfect with lightweight trousers or shorts. It was also the perfect opportunity to dive into my vintage button collection. Oooh my pretties!

I love the print as I feel like there’s a bit of a vintage vibe to it so I’m thinking of making the playsuit version as well using Flower Field Mist again for the top and navy fabric for the shorts.

Fingers crossed the summer weather doesn’t disappear on me so I can wear it!

In the meantime here are the out takes from today’s photo shoot courtesy of the Little Man after being bribed with a chocolate croissant!

With the four year old in charge

With the four year old in charge

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Say DUCK Mummy!

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Can I have my chocolate croissant now?

You can find the Cultivate range at your local awesome fabric shop but here in the UK I spotted it at one of my favourite online retailers Plush Addict.

Be sure to check out the full Cultivate Blog Tour and visit (another) Bonnie from Fishsticks Designs for her gorgeous project from last Friday.

Next up on the tour is Jenn from Quilted Thimble Cottage. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with!

Happy stitching!

Annie