Tuesday, September 14, 2010

100 Posts + GIVEAWAY + Festival Report

and sew it seams that this is my 100th Post!!

It's been a great little journey so far - I've "met" some great sewing gals and have enjoyed sharing my sewing adventures and learning about yours.

Before I announce a most fabulous giveaway to celebrate this momentous occasion, I'll fill you in on the Living Smart Festival from last weekend.

What did I wear?

I still had quite a few of the pant bits and pieces from this project, and I added fabric from daughter's outgrown Pumpkin Patch pants, I also used her satin belt for a strip within the other gores.

I made a Simplicity 2364 top from a superfine knit from Martin & Savage. I cut a 10 for the top as others had noted it was on the bigger side. It's a nice top, but next time round I would bring the front fold up a little higher. I'm not crazy about the skirt - it was a fun quick project for this whole recycling theme .....

Here is my friend Nicole, who was a fantastic help and a PR whizz! Here is our open air workshop area ....
Situated right behind us was the stage ... yes ... live music .... yes ... bongo drums ... I didn't know whether to talk about sewing or to teach a Zumba class!
The music was certainly loud and very distracting, but I had a small interested crowd .... the overall atmosphere of the festival was great!
Here is another quick project I didn't get the chance to blog about previously ... take one old cardi ....
and make a beret .... too easy!
Well, you've been a very patient audience and without further ado... it is my pleasure to announce a giveaway in conjunction with those at the Festival who entered on the day, you all have a chance to win this......
  • The latest Threads mag (I accidentally received 2)
  • A Nicole Mallalieu Day Bag Pattern - very versatile - very easy - very good!
  • A Project Runway Brand Spanking New Sewing Case
  • 2 pkts quality interfacing - one is a woven lightweight the other a lovely Soft Lite Weft
  • 1 pkt Jeans needles - size 80 - not easy to buy - yet a versatile everyday needle (as recommended by Bernina)
  • and finally a cute as a button PINK tape measure in a cute as a button little tin
Phew! Open to everyone - a GLOBAL GIVEAWAY!!!

I'll draw the winner NEXT Tuesday 21st September. Just leave on comment on this post - anything you like - and if you win you'll need to email me quick smart or I'll re draw!
Good Luck!


  1. Lucky first comment! :-)
    Love the skirt you did a great job!
    First time reading your blog..Now off to read your other blog posts!!


  2. Ooh, I haven't seen/touched some of those goodies.

    I just love reading your blog and seeing what great creations you come up with. Your refashioning with jeans has had me looking at some of my old ones with a new purpose LOL.

  3. Hi Gail
    I love your blog and look almost daily for your inspiration!!
    The festival looks like it was fab
    wendy (with no blog - I just read others and LOVE it!!)

  4. Very clever refashion, especially incorporating the embroidered rose and pocket. I wouldn't say no to the threads magazine.

  5. Oh, that beret looks really fab. I have a pile of old clothes that I keep to upcycle one day but didn't think hats!

  6. You looked very casually chic' and love the eggplant color on you. I have that pattern and really like the cardigan refashion and will definitely check out Nicole's site.

  7. And I like also the bags. Clever skirt!
    The Threads Magazine looks very interesting.
    B.r., Ruta

  8. You just left a comment on my blog so I had to pop over for a visit. :-) LOVE your skirt and the beret is adorable. I've always wanted to have the sort of head that looks good in a beret, sigh.

  9. Hi, thanks for your sweet comment!
    I love your recycled skirt! Great job with keeping that pretty embroidered flower, that is a real cute touch.

  10. Congratulations on 100 posts. I would have loved to have seen you zumba...

  11. I have only recently discovered your blog and visit regularly to see your new creations. You have lots of fabulous ideas.

  12. Glad the festival went well - love all your ideas for repurposing clothing. The beret is my absolute favourite!

    Congrats on 100 posts! Looking forward to the next 100.

  13. Just found your blog and have been enjoying looking through your old entries! Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. I'm glad the festival went well - sounds like a rockin' good time. ;)


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