#StitchingSanta and #SewMyStyle

Hey there! I hope you all had a very lovely Thanksgiving. We headed up to Vancouver and it didn’t occur to me for a while that of course it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving up there (silly European that I am) but we had a great time pottering around and enjoying the city. As far as sewing goes, I’m right in the middle of lots of pre-Christmas projects that I rather annoyingly can’t blog, but it would spoil any surprises that I do actually manage to finish in time.


A cool café in Vancouver where you can play with and adopt cats


I foolishly believed that since the dark nights have settled in I’d have more time to sew, but I’ve actually somehow had less. I forgot how the lack of light limits my hours for certain tasks that are best in daylight and how taking photos is a near impossibility during the week. Oh well, I’ll get into the swing of it I guess, but for now a couple of random pieces of news:


Image from Sewchet website

One thing I should have blogged about already, but which didn’t occur to me to do so, is the fact that I’m taking part in #stitchingsanta this year, which is a sewing or knitting/crochet-based Secret Santa swap. It’s organized by Sewchet and what a great idea it is! I always enjoyed Secret Santa swaps at work or in the family and it’s great to do it with someone else who enjoys your hobby. The idea, just incase you’re not familiar with it, is to receive the name and address of a fellow sewer, stalk their blog for a little while (!) and then send them some surprise gifts for Christmas. The actual monetary spend is very low ($15) but you can top that up with homemade makes or stash gifts, as you prefer.


I received my own Stitching Santa gifts the other day and was very excited! I’m almost done with mine and it did take me a little head scratching initially, but I don’t want the person in question to guess it’s them, so I won’t say too much.


One thing I’m still working on for a few people are the Petal Pouches from Noodlehead. I’m a fan of Anna Graham’s patterns anyway, and this new pattern seemed like the perfect little present. When I saw Carolyn‘s versions, that sold me on the idea, so I’m making up quite a few!


The other piece of news, which is also a handy hashtag, is that I’m taking part in the 2017 #SewMyStyle project. This is set up by Alex from BlueBird Fabrics, although I saw it on Emily from Self Assembly Required’s blog (she is also involved), and is a year-long programme of sewing one garment a month. They have set this up in conjunction with Named Clothing (yay!), Megan Nielsen, By Hand London (all of whom I’m familiar with) as well as Sew House 7 and Cali Faye who I don’t know as well. The aim is multifold, but includes the promotion of slow fashion, as well as giving people a chance to work together on building a capsule wardrobe.


Image from Self Assembly Required website

You don’t pay anything for it, so there’s no obligation to sew all the patterns, but the thing that drew me to the project was the fact that I really like the patterns they’ve chosen. They’re a good variety, a few were on my list anyway and I like this sort of challenge to keep my nose to the grindstone. Oh, and you get a decent discount off the patterns: so far 25%, which can’t be sniffed at. That being said, I was very surprised to see on Instagram that over 800 people have signed up in just a couple of days!! I guess I’m not the only one who likes the pattern schedule. It sounds great and I think it will be a lot of fun. If it sounds like something you might enjoy, you can sign up here.

Here’s a look at the sewing schedule as well, which I lifted from the Bluebird Fabrics website.

January- Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater 2

February – Named Clothing Saunio Cardigan

March- Megan Nielsen Virginia Leggings

April- Sew House 7 Bridgetown Dress

May- Cali faye Collection Pocket Skirt

June- Megan Nielsen Briar Tee and Sweater

July- Cali Faye Collection Valley Blouse

August- Megan Nielsen Darling Ranges Dress

September- Named Clothing Yona Wrap Coat

October- Cali Faye Hampshire Trouser

November- By Hand London Anna Dress

December- Named Clothing AW17 New Collection (TBC)

Anyway, that’s it for now. Enjoy the Christmas run-up everyone!




9 thoughts on “#StitchingSanta and #SewMyStyle

  1. Ooh nice challenge! I need to set myself something similar — preferably with patterns I already have and some stash fabrics 🙂

    I’m looking forward to seeing what you make! Lovely fabrics, too.

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    1. Yes indeed! I am intending to use stash fabrics for all these. Absolutely! I already have a few of the patterns and I like the look of most of them. There are just a couple I’m not sure about, so I may skip those, or maybe I could make them for someone else – let’s see!

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    1. So the girl that runs it is actually based in Belfast I believe. I think she tried to match up UK with UK and US with US, etc. to save on postage. I should have posted it earlier and you could have joined in. 😦 Next year?

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  2. You should have told me you were coming up to Vancouver. I could have told you about a few fabric shops. Did you visit Granville Island? I love that CaliFaye Valley blouse. Just haven’t been able to bring myself to pay the cost of the pattern yet. I hate paying full price 🙂

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    1. I don’t know how but I only just saw this comment! I’m sorry Felicia – I hope you had a great Christmas! Oooh, that is useful knowledge indeed! I have a cousin in Vancouver, so we will definitely be back. We reckon we’re going to go in summer as we’ve only been in the winter months and I’m sure it doesn’t do Vancouver justice. It must be gorgeous in summer. As it turned out, my wee boy was pretty sick, so we didn’t do too much, but I would definitely like to check out shops next time. I will ask your advice! We did got to Granville Island the first time we visited and I absolutely loved it. I wasn’t sewing then – do they have fabric shops there? Have a great NY.


      1. hi Belle, yes Vancouver is gorgeous when it’s sunny and warm. That’s never guaranteed though. There are three stores on Granville Island that sell fabrics, although only one is exclusively dedicated to fabrics. They all have unusual and beautiful specialty types of fabric. Let me know next time you come and I can give you more info, or even have a brief meet-up if you’re inclined 🙂


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