Archive for May, 2013

Roly-Poly Pinafore Blog Tour & Giveaway

Today it’s my turn on the blog tour for Imagine Gnats ( also known as the lovely Rachael) fab new pattern – The Roly Poly Pinafore.

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I know why the hell would I be making a pretty little girls dress? For any new visitors I should explain I am a happy mother or two, two boys that is. So why would I jump at this chance for a spot on Rachael’s blog tour? Well I keep saying that this year I’m going to try and stretch myself, step out of my comfort zone and attempt to make more clothes. I really want to learn new skills. Then a few weeks ago I was noseying (that’s a word right?) around on Instagram and I saw the cutest little pinafore that Rose & Dahlia (Joanne) had made. I don’t know why but I just knew I had to make it, so I asked her where she got the pattern and started mentally listing all the little girls I knew trying to decide who to make it for.

Luckily I have a lovely friend who happens to have an equally lovely little girl who would look adorable in a new pinafore. That afternoon I told my friend the plan and bought the pattern. A few days later I chose some fabric and got to work.

Here’s the finished pinafore, I opted for AMH Field Study and some plain pink cotton. I think the bright pink buttons are just right don’t you?

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I really enjoyed this project. The pattern was great and simple to follow, you have the option of adding pockets, which on this one I didn’t but when I make it for an older child I would. The pattern covers ages 6 months to 10 years so you can definitely get your money’s worth! My favourite feature on this pinafore is that it’s reversible, lets be honest when kids are little they are always spilling something so at least if you’re out you can always turn it round and nobody will ever know.

I think it’s really versatile, it’s just as cute on its own for summer as it is with a long sleeve T-shirt and leggings for those chilly days.

Now here’s the really exciting bit, not only is this the first time I’ve been involved in a blog tour but its also my first ever giveaway! That’s right, thanks to the generosity of Rachael I have one copy of the Roly Poly Pinafore PDF pattern to giveaway!! All you need to do to enter is follow me in one of the following ways

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then come back and leave a comment to let me know you’ve done it. If you already follow me then just comment below saying so. Simple as that.

If you do all of the above make sure you comment for each separately, that way you’ll have more chance of winning. Please remember to leave an email address as without this I won’t be able to contact the winner. No email = no prize. This giveaway is open internationally, I will announce the winner a week from today, Good Luck!

The Ladies Wot Stitch’s Newest Recruit

This is just a quick post to officially introduce you to Chester, our newest recruit.

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How friggin cute is he!!!!

Chester asked his lovely mummy very nicely if he could come and sew last night, at only 10 days old I think that’s some amazing dedication.

We all enjoyed lots of cuddles and can’t wait to see him again next week, oh and it goes without saying that it was great to see his mum Hayley too.

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She looks amazing and so chilled considering she gave birth less than two weeks ago.

The Craft Bug. Watch Out It’s Highly Contagious

This is a public safety announcement. Please be warned there is a pandemic spreading like wild fire. It is commonly known as the craft bug.

I’ve had this bug for a while now and I have to be honest I LOVE IT! Do you know what’s better than having the bug yourself? Spreading it.

Last summer I started a sewing group and really had no idea how popular it was going to be. Well a year on and we are good friends, meeting up once a week to work on our projects and have a giggle. We have two new members and we have all agreed to try new crafts and teach each other new skills. Last Monday one of the gang, Tracey, gave us a crochet master class.

It was great learning a new craft, look at us all concentrating.

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I can promise you there was plenty of laughing once we started to get the hang of it.

Here’s Meg, mine and my mum’s finished granny squares. Not bad for a first attempt huh?

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Since The Great British Sewing Bee aired in the UK I’ve noticed that more people are taking an interest in what I do. I’ve had more people enquiring about The Ladies What Stitch, friends and family have been asking me about my current WIPs, even other mums on the school run have started asking me about the sorts of things I make. Until now very few people understood why I enjoyed it so much, but suddenly they’re interested, two of my friends from the school run have asked me to help them make quilts! I mean how amazing is that, I’ve really enjoyed talking them through the basics and helping them choose fabrics. What they don’t know is I plan on showing you guys some photos of their finished projects.

Lisa, a good friend of mine posted this on Instagram a few weeks ago and it made me feel really proud.

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Since posting this photo she hasn’t stopped knitting, her and her mum Jacki are teaching themselves to crochet too.

How great are the phone case Lisa made and Jacki’s little flowers
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It makes me so happy to know my friends have finally caught the bug and it’s thanks to me spreading it!

Roly-Poly Along

Exciting News! I’m taking part in a blog tour for the first time!

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The super talent behind Imagine Gnats, Rachael, is organising a blog tour to celebrate her new pattern – The Roly-Poly Pinafore. Rachael very kindly offered me a spot, I’ll be posting on 31st May, so make sure you pop by and if your really nice to me I might even have a little giveaway (that’ll be another first for me!!)

Here are the blog tour stops. I recommend visiting as many as possible to see all the lovely variations and I’m sure a few other bloggers will be running giveaways too 🙂

May 13th Jill Made with Moxie / Stephanie The Crafty Kitty
May 14th Stephanie NeurosesGalore / Cherie you & mie
May 15th Ari Max California / Caila Caila Made
May 16th Veronica SewVery / Tara Girl like the sea
May 17th Nancy owen’s olivia / Adrianna Crafterhours

May 20th Ajaire Call ajaire / Sarah EmmylouBeeDoo
May 21th Laura Craftstorming / Jessica a little gray
May 22nd Frances Miss Matatabi / Nicke kiss kiss quilt
May 23rd Amy formwork design / Kat Sew Chibi
May 24th Joanne Rose & Dahlia / Amanda Kitschy Coo

May 27th Celina Petit a Petit and family / Delia Delia Creates
May 28th Christy a.Amelia handmade / Carolyn Fake It While You Make It
May 29th Bonnie Fishsticks Designs / Maria La Inglesita
May 30th Jane Buzzmills / Kate Things for Charlie
May 31st Polly Jak & GeeGee / Molly Rose & Odin

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