Month: March 2018

Spring 10×10 Challenge 2018

This is a bit of a milestone for me, as I am taking part in the now famous 10×10 Challenge for the first time this year. You might have heard Helen and Caroline talking about it on the Love to Sew podcast a while ago. Or you might even have done it yourself.

As someone who has tried and failed repeatedly to a) build a capsule wardrobe and b) complete any styling exercise ever, I am curious how this is going to go for me. I am definitely a minimalist at heart, and getting even more so as I progress through my style journey. So being limited to 10 items over 10 days does not seem daunting at all. I’m actually enjoying the idea of not having to make too many choices when dressing in the morning.

Or I might get ultra fed up and give up half-way through.

Shall I tell you about my choices?

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Geometric print shift dress |Burda Style

Well, you can’t say I didn’t give this whole print thing an honest go! I used to think that it’s because I just hadn’t found the right print but when I did, I’ll fall in love.

So what better way to find that perfect print than a print on demand service, right? You might already be familiar with Spoonflower, as many people in the sewing community use them. I never tried them, but recently I was contacted by a company called Cotton Bee to give their print on demand service a go.

This little number was the result of this collaboration.

So, did it make me fall in love with prints?

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Mademoiselle Gus PM patterns

Mademoiselle chante le Gus | Pm-Patterns blog tour

There is nothing wrong with my spelling, in case you were wondering, just a bit of French.  It’s also a little nod to a song that sends me back to my childhood (I’ll add the video at the end) and I thought it made for a cute pun – keep on reading to see where I’m coming from.

So why am I turning Francophone on you all of a sudden?

Well, it’s because I am taking part in my second ever blog tour (the activewear one a few weeks ago was the first) for a new to me French pattern company, called Pm-Patterns. I have waxed lyrical about how much I love Indie French patterns and so when I saw the call for the blog tour, I jumped right on it. I was very pleased to be chosen, so here I am sharing my make with you.

So let me tell you more about Pm-patterns… (and make sure you read until the end for a Giveaway!!)

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#FabricShoppingOnTour Project | March Update

Hello from snowy Milan! Here I am living and breathing the ethos of the #FabricShoppingOnTour project. I absolutely loved that all I need to do was to check the Milan entry in the Alphabetical City Index and I had all the information I needed at my fingertips.

If you are wondering what this project is all about, here’s a quick summary. Launched in December 2017, I decided to make my small contribution to the sewing community. So I started cataloguing existing fabric shopping guides written by fellow sewers that were already published (no commercial directories allowed, only genuine sewing people), with the link to the original blog and the year it was created. I am also contacting local sewists to ask them to contribute a post on their blog writing about the city they live in.

At the beginning of every month, I publish the latest contributions from the previous month, so we can grow the directory and help travelling sewists to find the best fabric souvenirs while ‘on tour’.

So here are the March updates.

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