Sunday, 14 April 2013

Odds and ends, including a Birmingham Meetup!

No finished garments to show I'm afraid. The dress I've been beavering away on is finally completed but can't be blogged about just yet as it's a pattern test for a brand new company so I have to keep my lips sealed....

However, lots more in the pipeline. First of all, I'm doing:

I, Sabs of, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '13. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade/self-stitched garment at least 3 times a week (sometimes under a boilersuit...) for the duration of May 2013

Ok, I need to explain the boliersuit part, don't I? Well, for two weeks in May, we were supposed to be having demolition/construction work done in our kitchen. Mr Sabs and I were going to do the said work ourselves with the help of my in-laws. Wearing pretty dresses while knocking down walls didn't really seem like a good idea so initially I wasn't going to sign up for MMM13. But I couldn't bear not to, as I'd been looking forward to it for months so instead of making the full "I'll wear me-made every day of the month" I knocked it back to three times a week and thought that at least some of my tops could be worn under a boilersuit while I was working. It now turns out that our plans will be probably be put on hold which means that I can commit to more!

Are any of you taking part? It's so popular, there're loads of pledges all over the blogosphere already! More details can be found at So Zo...

I've been really lucky to win one of Krafty Kat's blogiversary giveaway lots, the jersey fabric. Need lots of practice with jersey so really happy! Thanks Kat!

And then there's this:

Birmingham Meetup
Saturday 15 June 2013

Oh I can't wait! The lovely Kat (Krafty Kat), Marie (A Stitching Odyssey) and Claire (Sew Incidentally) are organising this - thanks gals! I was gutted I missed the last one in November so I'm really excited. There's going to be sew much fun hanging out at the Rag Market and Barry's and, of course, lots of buying and swapping of fabric. Full details on any of the three blogs (click on links above). Who else is up for this? See you there!

And lastly, here's a sneak peek of the fabric for my next project, the Washi Dress, which I've been a bit obsessed with for a while. Look, the colour matches the bottom of the pattern packaging!

*Edited to add: I didn't win the Pattern Review Fitted Blouse Contest but thank you to everyone who voted for me. I had fun making it and just being in a competition was cool!*


  1. Everything in this post is exciting! I love the colour of the fabric you have chosen for your Washi dress. I've been wanting to sign up for MMM for the last few years but don't think I have enough me-made garments to do a whole week. I don't know why I never thought to do 3 days only - this may be doable. You've definately got me thinking...

    1. I don't think I have enough clothes for every day yet anyway but 3 days is doable. Go on, do it! You know you want to!

  2. Can't wait to see what you make with that jersey! And I agree with Kat, that fabric for the Washi dress is a lovely colour!

    Looking forward to seeing you at the Meetup!

    1. Thanks Helen. I think I know what I'll make with the jersey but it's not one of the recommendations on the back of the pattern so a bit scared.... I'm really excited about the meetup too!

  3. Aww I really want to go to this meet up but it's the weekend before my wedding – I've got a feeling I'll be drowning in last minute details!

    I love the washi dress pattern – excited to see how yours turns out!

    1. Oh wow, how exciting for you! Yes, completely understand, last minute details really do get the better of you. I was running around the night before my wedding with my parents trying to find a whole new outfit for my dad as the tailor had ruined his! Hopefully yours will go nice and smooth. You'll just have to come along to the next meetup as a Mrs...


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