Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Notions

I just got the most lovely package in the mail all the way from Australia from Amanda over at the Sewing Circle:
There was a group of us on the Sewing Circle that were so inspired by the Common Thread Project.  For those who may not have seen it, Mena over at Sew Weekly started the Common Thread Project by sending 5 yards of lace to 8 amazing seamstresses to see how they used it!  Check out their projects: there is the totally adorable pajamas made by Mena, the wonderful and awe-inspiring 1930's blouse made by Lauren, the awesome secretary blouse made by Sarai, the elegant and romantic 1918 blouse made by Casey, the va-va-voom beautiful dress made by Sunni, the fun and sunny dress made by Tasia, and the feminine and beautiful 1940's dress made by Charlotte.

So a few of us wanted in on the fun when Kat who blogs over at Macskakat had the lovely idea of organising our own travelling notions swap!  Anyone who wanted to participate just sent Kat their address and she randomly selected someone for each of us to send a packet full of notions to!  It was SO MUCH FUN!  It's really nice receiving something in the mail from across the world!  Our project now is to incorporate these new notions into our upcoming projects and document it!

Well, Amanda went beyond that and sent me two bonus goodies: the 1940's home notes magazine and this lovely pattern:
Isn't that so beautiful!  Amanda wrote a sweet letter to accompany the package that really touched my heart! Thanks so much Amanda!!

Oh and check out these buttons...I LOVE these tiny thistle buttons:

If you haven't already, definitely check out the Sewing Circle. It's so much fun and allows for much more interaction with fellow sewers than blogging usually allows.

Speaking of interaction, I'm also gearing up for the biggest UK sewing blogger meet-up that will be in London in the middle of May.  A big group from the Sewing Circle (from around the UK) will be meeting and going to the V&A exhibit AND we are planning to meet up with Karen from Did you Make That and more sewing bloggers for a The Goldhawk Road Fabric Fandango!  Ack! So much excitement!  No idea how many of us there will be but it will be big!  Plus, the ladies from the Sewing Circle are all planning on making outfits for the meet-up in the colours of red, white and blue (not necessarily all three together) for the occasion.  These are definitely my kind of people--we are going to have sooooo much fun! 

Lastly, a tiny (and I mean tiny because this picture is small! haha) sneak peek into what I've been working on this week for the 'Television' challenge over at the Sew Weekly.  I've coincided this week's Sew Weekly challenge with filling the gap for 1932 in my Sewing Through the Decades goal:
And that's the back of a dress (I know it might look like something else but I'm not that creative or daring, yet)!  :)


  1. Oh how fun! Very pretty things, who wouldn't like a package like that.

  2. Oh I am going to check that out!! That sewing circle sounds positively delightful!

  3. Yay! Can't wait to meet up. My cup is in danger of brimmeth-ing over.

  4. Lovely items, the pattern...whew its a winner for sure! Just beautiful.

  5. Wow that sounds like fun! Looking forward to what you do with the pattern from Amanda as well as your current project.

  6. Wow, those are great gifts! And how fun with that pattern. I'm so intrigued by your sneak peak, can't wait to see it on the SW! Also, I'm sad I don't live in the UK - you ladies are always having meet-ups :) The U.S. is too darn big for that.

  7. your envelope is just lovely, really fitting. Can not wait to see what you make up with it on SW. x x x

  8. Wow, what a cool package. And I'll have to check out that fabric fandango. Living in London I should be ashamed if I miss it!

  9. Fantastic! The pattern is just lovely :)


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