Well, my spring sewing swap parcel arrived yesterday and, after a really stressful few days, I nearly hugged the post woman when I was she had the parcel of joy for me. My swap partner was Andrea Winterflood, Sew Actually on Facebook. She doesn’t yet have a blog, but I know she’s planning on launching one soon, so keep your eyes open. Andrea runs local sewing classes and enjoys upcycling.
Now, the budget was £15 or local equivalent and I think Andrea has somehow stepped into a time where money was worth at least twice what it is now, because I received an amazing parcel.
I’ve been eyeing up this Simplicity pattern since Gertie made a few versions this time last year. Have a look here, here and a post on the scalloped collar option here. Andrea has great instincts on patterns for others. I’m sure I’ll have fun adding to my summer wardrobe with this beauty. I’ve wanted to try self-covered buttons for ages so I was pleased when I saw those. The brown ribbon has a cute tape measure markings on it.
Andrea read on my blog that I applied for series three of the Great British sewing Bee and so she thought she’d set me a challenge and I received this interesting piece of leather which, I’ll admit now, I currently have no idea what to do with, but I’m sure something will come to me. Maybe now isn’t the bet time to disclose that I had a telephone interview for the Sewing Bee after I submitted my application but sadly they never got back to me after that, so you wont be seeing me on next year’s series. I love the flip-flop fabric, again not sure how it’s going to be used, but I’m sure it will be.
I nearly swooned when I saw this delicious floral print. It’s bloody gorgeous and, on Twitter, I told Andrea that I was considering eloping with it, I love it so much. Now, the question is, what do I make with it?? I’ve got about two metres and I want something that shows off the wonderful drape and fluidity of the fabric. I’ve browsed through my old Burda Style mags from the last year and haven’t spotted anything quite right yet, but I’ll keep looking. If you’ve got any suggestions give me a holler in the comments.
Now I think poor Andrea got the shitty end of the stick in this sewing swap, as I tend to raid charity shops etc. for all of my sewing finds, so I’m feeling a tad guilty now my beautiful package has arrived. Here’s a big thank you to Andrea and to Kerry at Kestrel Makes for organising this brilliant swap. I’ve loved it, and getting to know new people in the Sewing Community. He any of you taken part in the swap? Did you get any gems?