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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!

A week of WIPs

I don’t know about you but I find myself sewing all the time yet rarely make anything for myself/hubby/house. I make gifts for extended friends and family, complete orders but somehow last year I didn’t really make much for myself. I did start a few projects but they just got shelved, waiting for a spare few minutes of my time (when does that ever happen?!). I guess it’s the same as builders/plumbers or other trades, they do brilliant work for everyone else but their house is always last on the list.

Well I’m trying really hard to change this habit and actually finish some “me” projects. I love sewing for fun as well as work, it’s nice for there
to be no deadline, on the other had these WIPs need finishing!

So far I’ve completed two projects, the first was a simple Liberty print jersey skirt that I just had to put elastic in the waist band.

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It’s nothing too fancy or complicated but they are so comfy. I adapted the pattern from this tutorial to make it.

The next finished WIP I’m really pleased with. You might remember back in October last year I went to the Knitting and Stitching show with my mum and picked up some AMH Field Study from The Village Haberdashery stand. I’d planned to make it into this great AMH bag, to use as my new day bag, Christmas soon arrived and so the bag got put to one side.

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It is finally done!!! What do you think? I finished the lining at our Ladies Wot Stitch evening last night with the help of my mum and friend, Tracey. The pattern was pretty straight forward to follow, although a little wordy for my liking, a few more diagrams would have made life a little easier but I would definitely make it again.

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The only niggly thing I found was when sewing in the lining pocket walls the pattern left raw edges showing inside the pockets. I really didn’t like the idea of this so mum and Tracey suggested adding some binding to the raw edge and putting the pocket walls in upside down.

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I think it looks great like this, it gives a nice tidy finish to the pockets and adds a little flash of the leopard print to the inside. I love the way the bag turned out and have already filled it with all my crap!

It feels so good to start ticking things off my make list ( I do love a list) so the next WIPs to finish are –

Scrappy Trip Along quilt for Hubby
EPP cushion for my living room
Top secret gift project ( I will reveal all soonish)
Architextures quilt for me

Technically the Architextures quilt isn’t a WIP as the fabric hasn’t arrived yet and I haven’t even decided on a design but I’m just really excited for it to arrive so I can play with it!

Have you looked at your pile of WIPs lately? If you’re on Instagram why not show us what you’ve finished by using #finishit2013 you can find me on Instagram or Twitter @jakandgeegee, I’d loved to see you projects so feel free to tag me or say hi.

My Two Favourite Things – Sewing & Shopping

I’m not sure whether you know but this weekend has been the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. It’s a great place to go for inspiration and even better, shopping!

Saturday morning, bright and early mum and I hopped in the car and took a road trip to Alli Palli. It’s the second year we have been so I had a bit of a game plan, I had a shopping list and I was NOT allowed to stray from it. I’m pleased to say I was a good girl and stuck to it.

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I desperately needed a new square ruler so went for a 9 1/2 inch, I’ve not had a yellow one before so we will see how I get on with it.

I needed some buttons for making tree decorations, I made some last year to sell on my stall and they were a big hit so I will have these done and in my shop soon. I got the buttons from the lovely ladies at Eternal Maker and The Button Company. They sell loads of beautiful fabrics and a wide selection of buttons, ribbons and haberdashery items. I would say 90% of my buttons come from here (the rest are from my nans collection!). I also picked up some fab “Where’s my ‘stache?” from Alexander Henry and some “Snowflakes in Red” from Laurie Wisbrun’s collection Brrr! for Robert Kaufman. I also grabbed some antique brass D rings for my Art Student Tote.

Next stop was Pin it and Stitch where I grabbed a bit of Summersville Weave in teal that I plan on using for my next Hexie project.

Last but not least my final purchase was………drum roll please…………..Field Study! You know that stupidily hot animal print fabric I keep raving about, yup I bought some for my Art Student Tote and for the straps and lining some floral from the collection. I got these over at Village Haberdashery another shop I would highly recommend, all the ladies on the stall were really friendly and helpful. They asked to see a photo of my bag when it’s done so fingers crossed it’s a success!

By now I had spent plenty, so mum and I stopped for lunch with our friend Chris who was there for the day to do a workshop (and some shopping too). We soon said goodbye to Chris and made our way to the exhibition that was on display. There was some amazing work but this in particular caught my eye

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I can’t imagine how long it took but I just love it, all the detail involved, the colours, everything about it is just fun.

Another great day at the Knitting and Stitching show, I can’t wait for next year!

New project and this time it’s for me!

I’ve just ordered this Anna Maria Horner pattern, called the Art Student Tote.

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I’ve been moaning for ages that I want a new day bag to cart all my crap round in, you know with two kids a handbag is actually a portable life support system. Anyway I couldn’t find one I liked (that didn’t cost a bajillion pounds) so I decided to make one and this is what I’ve chosen. I’m a little nervous as I haven’t made a bag this detailed before, it has lots of straps and pockets, I normally work with simpler patterns but I need to be brave and just get on with it. I can’t wait for the pattern to arrive, promise I will update you as I go along, even if I do make a hash of it!

I’m thinking about using some super yummy animal print from Anna’s new collection Field Study for parts of the bag, what do you think?

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The lady in the know, Katy (over at I’m a Ginger Monkey), introduced me to this amazing collection from Anna, if you like animal print as much as I do then this line is for you! The colours look great, it comes in three palettes,

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Gypsy
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And Patina
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Along with the animal print (did I mention the animal print?!) there are beautiful butterflies, peacock feathers and plenty of florals, I think I may be in love!

 

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