Saturday, 10 August 2013

Sew Weekly Reunion Swap

I haven't really made any cards since I finished all the wedding
stationery, I enjoyed making this one, the break did me good!

Sorry, sorry - I've been meaning to post about this for days.  Things are totally manic and I've been a rubbish blogger.  I've failed to achieve much at work or home either with everything going on - not sure if that makes it better or not!  I've not sewn a thing this month, not a scrap.

I am so excited to be taking part in the Sew Weekly Reunion and the first part of it was to join in the swap.  The idea is you send one pattern and 3 notions to another participant, it's a round robin swap, you don't receive a parcel from the person you send one too. 

If possible, I think we're to try and use something we receive in the garment we make for the challenge.  It'll be really interesting to see how many of us manage to do that.

I'm going to start with the parcel I sent, because it's supposed to be better to give than to receive and I don't want you to think I'm entirely selfish - although it may very well be true!

I love taking part in swaps, you end up 'meeting' bloggers you might not know about.  That was particularly the case with my swap partner because she hadn't started her blog when she decided to join in. 

Samantha is now up and running, and her sewing story is lovely, and she has some really exciting things going on so please pop over and visit her at her shiny, new blog here.

I didn't know very much about Samantha except she very generously sews for her girls and she loves red, this is what I sent ...


I know you're supposed to send 1 pattern but Samantha
so generously sews for her girls I didn't think that one really counted!

I thought the McCall's sundress would be lovely for Samantha's gorgeous daughters.
The vintage pattern is a beauty, passed onto me by the lady who bought
and made it when it was new.  Unfortunately it's not my size and I don't think I realistically have the skills to re-grade it.  Samantha obviously does, she's very talented - I'd rather she enjoyed it than it sat, unused, on my shelf.

It was lucky I was planning a trip to Goldhawk Road with my brother - we had a fab time and I'll blog about that another day.  I was really pleased with the ric rac, gingham bias binding and buttons I found in Samantha's favourite colour.  Hopefully there's enough of each to be useful.  She has a plan for them already.

Who doesn't need ginham bias binding and buttons?

An excuse to use the 'pin' washi tape I bought in Tokyo - it's available
in the UK now if you look online, I might need some more!

I am in love with this wrapping paper - I stocked up!


I really enjoyed making the parcel up for Samantha and am so glad to have found her new blog.  Isn't the online sewing community just fab?



  1. It looks as though you are getting back into the swing of things nicely now though the swap sounds exciting. Have fun with your reunion :)

  2. I don't think I'm going to be able to match stash used in July but I'm determined to make some useful wardrobe pieces for the cooler weather :)

  3. I'm reading backwards in my blogs, and now I see how the swap works. Fun!!

  4. OH what lovely patterns ..the whole package including paper is adorable. Have fun with the Sew weekly reunion.


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