Paris Sew Social Giveaway!

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Back in April, our gathering of 14 bloggers in Paris was  wonderful way to meet  dear online friends in real life.
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. 



 I've paired it with a little blouse, made from this stunning double gauze, a sponsorship gift from Nutta. Missy adored this  fabric, and sketched out her own outfit vision






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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47 comments :

  1. Hi! :) I am inspired to see because I can create all the little details that make a garment sweet/cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. I'm inspired by all the wonderful creations on so many blogs- sometimes a bit intimidated, too :).
      donnalee1953 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  3. Really pretty. I especially like your drawing!
    Love, Kate
    harvardstudentin(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. I love to sew cute clothes for my kids, and as an outlet! I've recently started to sew for myself...I think I'm liking it's!

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  5. The sketches are beautiful! And the outfit is so pretty. Missy looks very pretty and cute in it :)

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  6. Hello! What inspires me to sew? My kids and memories of sewing with my mom.

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  7. My inspiration for my sewing are mainly my childhood memories, surrounded by fabrics, trims, and excellent seamstresses!

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  8. I usually get inspired by fabric or by a request from my little girl. This year she has turned into quite the little designer with requests for a peplum top and a dress with scalloped hem! Thanks- Ssarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  9. Not only do I love what you made but your illustrations are brilliant. Such talent Victoria. And I'm so glad you've overcome your fear of knit. Imagine how many new patterns there are out there for you to discover.

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  10. Love the outfit - absolutely gorgeous! The colors are perfect on your little girl. Glad you enjoyed the pattern :)

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  11. This is such a gorgeous outfit Victoria! Love it!
    And your sketches are amazing. Great work!

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  12. Hadn't found out about your blog until now and I already suspect I will get a lot of inspiration & motivation from it!

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  13. This is such a beautiful outfit! I love that cardigan.

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  14. I´m inspired by all of you wonderful sewists out there!

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  15. The outfit is gorgeous! Mustard looks fab on Missy. And I can only imagine how nice her rainbow top feels on!

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  16. Great drawing! You are very talented. And great inspiration for sewing with knits - I haven't ever and I would love to but am a bit apprehensive about it!

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  17. Hello there! I am inspired by what I see on blogs like yours. I just wish I had a little one to sew for! Your little Missy is adorable in her yellow jacket and gauze blouse. You're very clever to get a full sleeve from 2 pieces! Bravo!

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  18. Simplelyme06 at gmail dot com...
    I am inspired to sew by blogs, my children (especially my daughter) and in an effort to discover my creative side....

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  19. Congrats on taking the plunge to sewing with knits - you'll love it - so much more forgiving that sewing woven :)

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  20. I love the mustard too--your combination here looks so great on your little one! And sewing with knits gets easier the more you do it :)

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  21. Love the colour combinations. I always think bright colours are very flattering. What inspires me to sew? My little 2.5 year old daughter.

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  22. I sew for my daughter. Sometimes it's the fabric that inspires, or it is just that perfect pattern.

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  23. What a beautiful cardigan, I totally love the colour! I hope you can sew the pants later, I would love to see your combination.

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  24. Beautiful outfit! I love that rainbow fabric (and wish I could draw like you).

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  25. Darling little outfit! And model! ;) Thanks for the inspiration!

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  26. I'm really starting to appreciate little jackets and cardigans. They keep you warm and add a layer of cuteness at the same time!

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  27. Thanks for the lovely giveaway - I love browsing pinterest for inspiration if I'm stuck x

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  28. Love it all Victoria! But especially your beautiful water colors. Wish I had that kind of talent!

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  29. I love the outfit! I've never liked yellow for myself or daughters with our blonde hair, but I feel like mustard works on pretty much everyone. It looks terrific on your daughter!

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  30. Love the mustard color as well.

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  31. Hi, what an adorable outfit. I am a newbie sewer and am loving it!
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  32. That outfit is super adorable. Love the caridgan, but the blouse is even more beautiful. You really found the perfect pattern for Nutta's fabric! And, oh my - you're an amazing artist ;) Love your sketches!

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  33. Hi, never having to pay a tailor!

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  34. My children inspire me to sew! I love making things that are my style.

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  35. Hello! Love mustard and sunshine yellow for my kids too! Nice paintings :)

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  36. My mum inspires me to sew as she made so many beautiful things for me when I was growing up and I would love to be able to do the same got my kids.

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  37. my daughter inspired me to start sewing again. She's two and I loved making her a few clothes. Looking forward to many more.

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  38. I always loved sewing. When i was little i sewed for my dolls, and now i sew for my girls.

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  39. I love the pattern and color combos. I need to bust out my japanese sewing books again!

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  40. I've sewn since I was about 8 years old, but sewing really faded to the background of my life until I had my daughter 4 years ago. She inspires my sewing and she is always so thrilled when something is made just for her.

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  41. I love it! I have a slight olive toned skin and I can assure you, yellow and mustard look great! But your cardigan already proves that! Great job on your first knit fabric garment :)

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  42. Once you start sewing with knits, there is no turning back!! Lovely Aster!

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  43. My Mum :-) She has just bought me a machine and I cannot wait to get started x

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Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I love hearing from you, and try to reply as often as I can, either here or by email. All views, tips, gratefully received...
Victoria

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