Tilly Book Winners! (And a new winner for The Magic Pattern Book!)

October 28, 2014

I am back from Quilt Market and had an incredible time! I am officially taking today off, but there are a few items of business to take care of. First up, I am super happy to announce the winners of the giveaway of Tilly's lovely book Love At First Stitch!


Congratulations to JTKnitter San and blancapate who both declared love for their irons in their comments, to which I completely agree as one of my own favorite tools as well! I drew these at random as usual, but this time I videotaped it, which you can check out on Instagram if you so wish!

I also have drawn a new winner for The Magic Pattern Book giveaway, as it's been a week and I've heard nothing from the winner. Just of note, I always say you have a week to get back to me, but if there's someway for me to email you through your comment, I will try that too, but if your name doesn't link to any clear way for me to reach you, I simply have to wait for you to reach out to me, and if you do not do so in a week as stated in the giveaway, I will choose someone else. Sorry!

So, as I hadn't heard anything from the winner and had no way to email them, I drew another winner! The congratulations go to Megan! There were many Megan's that entered, so be sure to see the entry below to see if it's you :)


Congratulations to all the winners! Please contact me with your mailing address so you can get your awesome new books! And as per usual, you have a week to get to me, or a new winner will be picked!

Okay, resuming day off... ;)

Quilt Market Bound

October 23, 2014


I am off today to Houston for Quilt Market, so things will be quiet here until I return. Want to keep up with all the market fun? Be sure to follow me on Instagram! And if you're going to be there, find me! I'll be there with Cotton + Steel and will be lending a hand at the Green Bee Patterns booth too, as needed. I have my Wildwood Emery Dress ready to go, as well as two other Emery Dresses made up in brand new Cotton + Steel fabrics! So excited to bust them out!

Meanwhile, don't forget to enter my giveaway for Tilly's book, Love at First Stitch, and I'll see you back here on Tuesday when I draw two winners!

Love at First Stitch Giveaway + My Lilou Dress

October 22, 2014


Remember the rave review I gave Tilly's new book,  Love at First Stitch, back when I bought it in London in June? Well, for those of you reading this in the states, I have great news! Love at First Stitch is now available in the US! Yay!

After my review, the publishers of the US edition contacted me and asked if I wanted to do a giveaway when the book was released here. Of course I said yes, because then one of you will get to win a copy! And what's even better, is that I have TWO copies to give away! Yep, two winners! Yahoo!


Since my initial review, I have made up the Lilou Dress from the book. It is a classic sleeveless fit and flare silhouette. The book's version has a lovely pleated skirt, but I didn't have enough fabric for that, so I added my Emery Dress skirt and pockets to Tilly's Lilou bodice. I did make a muslin and found that I only had to make a few minor changes. I made my usual short waist adjustment and shortened the bodice front and back by an inch.


After trying the muslin on, I also removed an inch total from the straps to shorten them to keep them from falling off my shoulders, but then I really didn't think about how the shoulder adjustment plus the short waist adjustment would make it overall a bit too short. Ideally I should have just shortened the straps and left the rest, but I didn't think of this until it was too late. No worries, I don't mind that it's a little bit high in the waist, but know that it's not really supposed to be that way. That was my bad!


I also have a bit too much room in the bust, but it really isn't bad and I'll just reserve this dress for my fullest bra. I am really happy that the one issue I usually have with sleeveless dresses is the straps falling off my shoulders, and the fit in the straps and shoulder area is perfection.


The fabric I used is a black cotton lawn with small white organic shapes and a small navy blue dot in the center. I picked this up at La Droguerie on my last trip to Paris. I find it so hard to cut into my trip fabric, and though this dress isn't absolute perfection, I found it really liberating to just cut it and use it, perfect or not. I have loads of other nice fabrics, and I'll be back in Paris again soon, so more fabric can be had. There's no sense in buying nice fabrics if it's only just going to sit in my stash!


Next up for sure are the pajama bottoms, as it's finally fall-like here in Los Angeles and I could really use a cozy pair of pj's!

So, want to win a copy of Love at First Stitch? The publishers sent a copy for me and one to give to you, but since I already bought myself a copy, I have two copies to give away! To win, leave a comment below telling me about your favorite sewing tool and why you like it best!

The giveaway is open until end of day on Monday, October 27th. Two winners will be chosen at random and will posted here on Tuesday, October 28th. If a winner has not contacted me within a week of the drawing, a new winner will be chosen. The giveaway is open to anyone in the world! Best of luck!


Magic Pattern Book Giveaway Winner!

October 20, 2014


Thanks so everyone who entered the giveaway for The Magic Pattern Book! I loved reading what pattern you all were most excited about. No surprise with winter on the way, many said the cardigan and the coat projects.

I randomly chose a winner and congratulations go to Regina who left the following comment:

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I live in Massachusetts and with the cold weather coming I'll challenge myself with the coat pattern and work on my tailoring skills. With the easy summer sewing over for now (at least until the spring) it's time to come outta my comfort zone and do some detail work and up my tailoring skills.
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Congratulations Regina! Please contact me with your mailing address and the publisher will send you a copy of the book! And thanks to Workman Publishing for providing the book for the giveaway! 

Stay tuned for another awesome book giveaway Tuesday!

Reminder: PDF Emery Sale Ends Tonight!

October 19, 2014


WOW! I am simply BLOWN AWAY by the response so far to my Emery Dress PDF pattern! If you are interested in picking it up, today's the day! It's currently on sale for 30% off until end of day tonight, so the clock is ticking!

Thanks to everyone who has already grabbed it! You all made my weekend!