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Monday, June 10, 2013

Goodies in the Mail!

I've been getting lots of fun goodies in the mail the last couple of weeks! I've used some of my gift cards from the Laurel Contest to order some amazing sewing stuff. Here's what I picked out so far:




I ordered these six beautiful patterns from Colette Patterns: Ceylon, Rooibos, Parfait, Jasmine, Beignet, and Sencha. They arrived amazingly soon after I ordered them. Yay for super fast shipping! 

I met fellow blogger and (sorta) neighbor Erin yesterday for a little sewing session and I and cut out the fabric to make a Sencha blouse. I can't wait to see how it turns out!

The second package I got was from Pins and Needles. I ordered two pieces of fun modern fabric (which I have no idea what to make with yet) and two issues of Mollie Makes magazine. I always drool over them in the craft stores but I'm always too cheap to buy them for myself, so I was really excited to add two more issues to my collection!



My package came all cute and bundled in twine with a couple of fun little extra pieces (perfect for appliques or maybe a little coin purse!). They also enclosed this nice card:



How awesome is that? I feel so special!


My third package from SewboxUK came all the way from England. I ordered the Sewaholic Cambie dress pattern and some gorgeous Liberty of London fabric to make it with. I have to admit I'm a little afraid to cut it!


Here's a closeup of the fabric. Isn't it pretty?


I'm saving my last gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics for when I need a little fabric pick-me-up (you know what I mean?). Right now I'm flying high on the thrill of these ones! Thanks so much to Colette Patterns and all of the companies who donated the prizes- you've made my month!




 PS: I spent a large chunk of my weekend re-organizing my post archives and making clickable thumbnail pictures under each category below my blog header (Sewing, Thrifting, DIY, Life, and Vintage). Check 'em out and let me know what you think!

15 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS! Such lovely goodies. And that Liberty fabric is so beautiful!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I'm so excited about that fabric! I'm debating if it would look better in the A-line or gathered skirt. What do you think?

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  2. Lucky Girl! I'm in love with the Liberty fabric you picked. :)

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    1. Thanks Sue! I'm in love with it too- it's going to be hard to cut into that one!

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  3. Can't wait to see how all your patterns turn out. Congratulations!! I was inspired by your French Dress that you sewed in Tonga. I am going to try that pattern. It was lovely. Happy sewing.

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    1. Thanks Nancy! Those New Look patterns are so inexpensive they're great to try things out on. I'd love to see what you come up with!

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  4. I love that fabric on the right from pins & needles. I think it would make an awesome 60s style shift dress.

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    1. That's kinda what I was thinking! That or a sundress.

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  5. I just found your blog yesterday and spent quite a while going through each of your tabs - of course I didn't know you had reorganized your blog and I found your tabs easy to navigate. The thumbnail pics were helpful! Good work!

    I have fallen in love with your blog, especially the AMAZING dresses you sew.
    You have inspired me to start thrifting more seriously, and I'm considering sewing! My grandmother taught me to sew almost a decade ago, and I made simple A-line skirts, and pillowcases. I wouldn't know where to start on my own since I no longer live near my grandma. Do you have any tips for a beginner? Also, do you feel that sewing your dresses saves you any money? Designing clothes exactly how you want them is priceless, but I'm curious about hard costs. Thanks! : )

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    1. Thanks Eva! I'm glad you found the tabs easy to navigate and thanks for your kind words on my blog!

      As for learning to sew, I'm kind of a hands-on learner, so I would suggest taking a class, maybe at a community college or fabric store. I think it's easier to have questions answered in person than try to find the answer in a book. As for saving money, I would say that since you can get clothes so inexpensively nowadays and since quality fabric can be expensive, in general you don't really save money by making your own clothes (unless maybe you normally wear designer stuff!). But if you were dedicated to buying only secondhand/sale fabric, patterns, and supplies I'm sure you could.

      I think, at least for me, sewing is more about the satisfaction of making something myself, being able to customize it exactly as I like, and knowing that I'll have something completely unique! Also, as someone who loves vintage fashion, it's a way for me to wear those styles I love without having to find and pay for actual vintage garments.

      These are great questions, I'll have to pose them to other readers and see what they have to say!

      -Melissa

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  6. I can't wait to see what you do with all your goodies!

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    1. Thanks! I'll be posting them for sure!

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  7. Hi!
    Your blog looks great :) I'm just in the process of doing mine up too... what a faff, but yours is an inspiration!
    And congrats, again, on the Laurel comp, see - I said you were a hot contender in my post?!! I should go into talent spotting, very pleased with my prediction, ha ha!
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with your goodies, you really deserved to win x
    Gema
    www.gemasmusingsandmakings.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Gemma! I'm in the process of designing a new header and everything, hopefully it'll be up next week!

      I appreciate your faith in me for the Laurel contest- I was totally shocked and surprised that I won but so happy! It's really made me excited and inspired to sew more and improve my skills!

      Thanks again Gemma!

      PS: Following you!

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  8. How is the blouse going? I can't wait to see it!

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