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!

The Magic Pattern Book Giveaway!

October 17, 2014

I'm honored to be part of The Magic Pattern Book blog tour today! You might have seen my post earlier this week, where I made the Cecelia Dress from the book. Well today, I'm going to talk more about the book itself, and then give a copy to one of you! Yay!

As I mentioned in my previous post, the book has six base patterns that are used to make multiple variations. There's a skirt, cardigan, dress, tank top, coat, and a chapter on accessories. All of these block patterns are broken down into six variations, making a total of 36 different styles that you can make. Here is a look at each chapter:

The Tank Top

The Skirt

The Dress

The Cardigan

The Coat

The Accessory
grid images above by Workman Publishing

Unlike other similar books that give you the main pattern, followed by instructions on how you can redraft the pattern for the additional variations, author Amy Barickman gives you all the variations in the patterns! Once I knew that there were items in the book I wanted to make, this was the best news ever. All the work is done for you!

The patterns are downloadable PDFs, or you can print them from a CD that is included in the back of the book. It's nice that both options are available, as I know many new laptops don't come with disc drives anymore (which makes me feel really old since I remember using floppy discs!).

If you consider the price of the book, which is $22.95 in the United States, then divide that by the 36 patterns included, that equals $0.64 per pattern. Yeah, that's kinda hard to argue with and is seriously a good deal! Really, most of us in the indie scene will pay $10-20 per pattern, so to be able to get a whole book full of patterns for the price of 1-2 patterns is fantastic.

To be fair, I am not interested in every variation included, but that's to be expected. No book will appeal to me 100%, because if it did, then it focused too narrow a scope and it's really better to cast a slightly wider net to reach a more broad audience. But there are many in here that will get my attention.

The instructions are clear and well illustrated, and I found the language to be very understandable. Is this perfect for an absolute beginner? Maybe not... probably best suited for an advanced beginner, or someone who has worked with a pattern or two in the past. But I did find that everything was easy to understand and logical.

Okay, ready to win your own copy? Check out the gallery of items above and let me know which base pattern you're most excited to work with in the comments below! I will choose a winner at random end of day Sunday, October 19th and will post the winner here on the blog on Monday, October 20th, so be sure to check back to see if you won! If the winner does not contact me within a week of the drawing, a new winner will be chosen. Sorry, but this giveaway is only open to residents in the United States. Best of luck!

Check out the other posts on the blog tour at the lovely sites below:

October 6            AMYBARICKMAN.COM
October 7            WINDY LOU
October 8            MELLY SEWS
October 9            CRAFT GOSSIP
October 10          SEW MAMA SEW
October 13          ADVENTURES OF A DIY MOM
October 14          LILACS & LACE
October 15          FOUR SQUARE WALLS
October 16          PINK CHALK STUDIO
October 20          CUT OUT & KEEP
October 21          HE SOWED, SHE SEWED
October 22          CHIC STEALS
October 23          THREADS
October 24          INDYGO JUNCTION

*A copy of The Magic Pattern Book was provided to me for free by Workman Publishing for my participation in the blog tour. All opinions are my own!*

New Emery Dress PDF Pattern + It's 30% Off!

October 15, 2014

I am so excited to announce that my popular Emery Dress pattern is now available as a print-at-home PDF pattern! And to celebrate, it's 30% off!!! The sale only runs until end of day Sunday, so don't hesitate! Regularly priced at $14, the sale brings it down to a sweet $9.80! Wowza!

The Emery Dress PDF has two files, one for instructions and one with the pattern. The pattern is 40 pages in total, which isn't too bad for a full-sized dress pattern, and the instructions are 20 pages long. I know many people don't print the instructions, but if you choose to, there is only color on the first and last pages, making it very printer-friendly, as most of it is simple black & white ink.

Also, the instructions and pattern pages have been formatted to fit both US and international pages, so it should work just fine for everyone. Yay!

In addition to the Emery Dress PDF, you might notice that there are all new photos up on the site too! Remember that photo shoot I did a bit ago for the upcoming Marianne Dress? Well, I also made all-new versions of all my older patterns and shot them too! I really wanted a consistent look and my model pals Liz and Tessa agreed to spend the day modeling for me, giving each pattern a needed refresh. I hope you like them!

Soon my Derby Dress and Chelsea Dress patterns will also be available as PDF patterns too, but in the meantime, go and check out the Emery Dress PDF pattern before it goes back to full price!

Thanks everyone!