And now we're sharing the sewing love with a Mega Giveaway across all 14 blogs!
It's your chance to share some of the Paris fun, thanks to our generous sponsors!
All of the Paris Sew Social bloggers are running a giveaway, starting today, offering a bonanza of free patterns.
Hop across all the Paris Sew Social blogs today to discover a bucket-load of goodies...
And now back to my Paris memories....
And, apart from a lots of wonderful fabric, I have two lasting souvenirs...
Firstly, I've discovered the colour mustard.
Secondly I've discovered the joys of sewing with knits.
We left Paris with heaps of fabric, and lots of sewing patterns, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. I was full of ideas and plans - and sketched out this little outfit before I even started cutting - a rarity for me.
My sewing is usually 'feet first'.
But I had some gorgeous organic mustard jersey, a gift from Nosh.
Now mustard, or ANY yellow, is a new thing for me. I always think that brunettes with olive toned skin can't wear yellow.
But I spent three days in Paris with An of Straightgrain, and her love of gold must have rubbed off... And...What do you think? I love it! It looks like little Missy is wearing a ray of sunshine!
Now this little cardigan was a real 'first' for me. This is only the second time I've sewn knits - and it's my first ever blog post of a knit creation! And it's really not a perfect sew..Expert eyes, please don't look too closely - this is babysteps ok?
This is the Aster Cardigan by LBG Studio, and I have wanted this pattern for a long time, and it was Vanessa's of LBG's kind sponsorship that made me take the plunge and sew up knits.
The Nosh jersey and the Aster cardigan are a match made in heaven - in fact I've seen a few other mustard Aster cardigans around blogs recently. Mine has a teal blue contrast collar, cut from an old t-shirt. This is the Aster cardigan's clever trick - faux-piping. I love piping, but the idea of piping knits is terrifying - except Vanessa has devised this beautifully drawn pattern trick to create a 'piped' collar. And I think the teal blue really lifts the mustard gold.
For a novice knit-sewer, the Aster cardigan was straightforward. It's a slim fit, this is size seven on my five-year-old.
Missy called it her Rainbow Blouse, and wanted me to make a dress but I only had 50cm of this double gauze.
But I just about managed to eek out a 'pin-tucked blouse' from Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids, by Tuttle publishing, also a gift from our sponsor.
This was a fabric-cutting challenge!. I made the sleeves much shorter than the pattern, and one of the sleeves is actually pieced together with two pieces!
I also love the subtle pleat detail on this blouse pattern.
It's the type of easy piece that Missy will wear a lot this summer - in fact I could only take one picture before she ran off - to play her favourite game, Hide and Seek, (or hide and sneak as she calls it)...
I was going to make a full outfit - I wanted to pair this with Compagnie M's Charles Pants. In fact they are cut out and ready to sew... but I've run out of spare hours...
And now, thanks to the generosity of LBG Studio , there's the chance to win the pattern of your choice from her lovely collection. There's the cute Aster cardigan - but also the Senna tote bag looks amazing!
Just Click on the raffle copter below to enter the LBG Studio giveaway (Thank you Vanessa).
And look ! These are the stunning creations made by all the Paris Sew Social bloggers - and everyone has a different giveaway today. Click on the pix to discover the links, and some great prizes. Open until July 10
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