Camp Stitchalot

I am excited to announce that I am going to be teaching at a fun weekend sewing retreat this spring and I would love for you to come !!

Camp Stitchalot will be held the weekend of May 3-5, 2013 right here in Michigan (about an hour west of Ann Arbor, just north of Jackson). The retreat is hosted by my friend Brenda of Pink Castle Fabrics, who has also lined up designers Melody Miller (you’ve seen me drool over her Quilt Market booths here and here), Rashida Coleman-Hale (designer of the famous washi tape fabric…hellooo?)  and quilting extraordinaire Katy Jones as “counselors” as well! We are taking our jobs very seriously. I for one plan to hand out badges. I’m so excited this is going to be the MOST FUN EVER in one weekend!!!

You can read more about the weekend here on Pink Castle’s website, and register of course. Because it is going to be THE MOST FUN EVER!  There are twin rooms and queen rooms available; all rooms are shared but you may purchase two queen spots if you’d prefer a room to yourself. There’s also the option of coming on Thursday, May 2, if you’d like an extra day of sewing time; a bunch of folks will be hanging around on Thursday too so that’s sure to be fun.

The weekend is designed to be a relaxed bring-your-machine bring-your-projects getaway for you to sew your socks off and meet other fun people who also love to sew. Brunch and dinners are included in the (very reasonable) cost; you can definitely bring snacks and drinks to share as well. Melody, Rashida, Katy and I will also be offering classes, but if you’d rather just sew your own projects that is perfectly fine too; there’s no pressure to participate if you aren’t interested in the project. I’ll be showing how to make the amazingly versatile Lickety Split Bag; Melody and Rashida will be showing us how to make a circle skirt made to measure and talking fabric design (woot!), and Katy will be showing us how to make an adorable clasp pouch. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Extra bonus: I think I can safely say that Michigan is at its most beautiful in May. You really should come and see this lovely state if you’ve never been here before!

See the full weekend schedule and register here.

Hope you can make it! Yippee!!!

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On the Seventh Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

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On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

….and Rae gave to me a Flashback Skinny Tee for Big Kids sewing pattern! Today’s giveaway is just for the “Big Kid” pattern PDF, which includes sizes 6-14.

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I love how the kids in these pictures really seem to be embracing their new tees!  It’s such fun to be able to sew completely one-of-a-kind pieces and let kids choose the fabric they want to wear.

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1. skinny tee , 2. space tee, 3. her dress, 4. k roxy

(All photos from the Flashback Skinny Tee Photo Pool on Flickr)

Leave one comment on this post before 9 pm EST tonight for your chance to win this awesome tee sewing pattern. The winner will be randomly selected, contacted via email, and will receive a PDF copy of the Flashback Skinny Tee Sewing Pattern in sizes 6-14; all winners will be posted at the end of this series as well. Void where prohibited by law.

On the Sixth Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

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On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

….and Rae gave to me a Flashback Skinny Tee Pattern!  Today’s giveaway is for the 12 month – 5T size (You can probably guess without thinking too hard what tomorrow’s giveaway will be!).

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This is a go-to pattern on so many levels.  Not only is it a great way to practice sewing with knit fabrics; it’s proven to be even more versatile than what I imagined.  You’ve made it into pj’s, costumes, dresses, cardigans… the list goes on. You can practice your embroidery and applique skills on it, and it’s a great pattern to upcycle adult shirts into little person shirts and dresses!  Here’s a little inspiration:

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1. magic trick , 2. t-shirt reconstruction, 3. gathered, 4. shirt dress

(All photos are from the Flashback Photo Pool on Flickr)

Remember to leave one comment on this post before 9 pm EST tonight for your chance to win the pdf of this awesome tee pattern. We’ll randomly select and contact the winner who will receive a PDF copy of the Flashback Skinny Tee Sewing Pattern in sizes 12mo-5T by email; all winners will be posted at the end of this series. Void where prohibited by law.

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Six more days of Christmas pattern giveaways left…so see you tomorrow!!

On the Fifth Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

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On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….five golden rings, four colly birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

….and Rae gave to me a Showoff Bag sewing pattern!

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I love all of the fantastic fabric combinations here:

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1. pears, 2. zigzag, 3. aqua with washi

(See more in the Showoff Bag Photo Pool on Flickr).  

For today’s giveaway we are giving away one copy of the Showoff Bag Sewing Pattern PDF. This versatile bag is nice and roomy, features inside pockets, and comes in two different lengths! To enter to win, just leave a comment by 9 PM tonight (EST). One comment per person; void where prohibited by law. I’ll pick a winner using the random number generator and notify the winner by email; we’ll also post a list of all of the winners at the end of the series to make sure we don’t miss anyone. This prize will be emailed to the winner as a PDF.

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There’s still plenty of Christmas pattern giveaways left — seven more, to be exact — so come back tomorrow for another one!

On the Fourth Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

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On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….four colly* birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

….and Rae gave to me a Charlie Tunic sewing pattern!

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As you can see, there is no shortage of cute going on here:

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1. red & gold, 2. ugly duckling, 3. pink buttons, 4. brown with short sleeves

Check out the Charlie Tunic Photo Pool on Flickr HERE.

The tunic looks just as adorable as a dress, which is easily done using the Charlie Dress Add-on, an extra option for the Charlie Tunic. Both the tunic AND the dress add-on will make up the prize for today’s giveaway.

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To enter to win a copy of both the Charlie Tunic sewing pattern and Charlie Dress Add-on, just leave a comment by 9 PM tonight (EST). One comment per person; void where prohibited by law. I’ll pick a winner using the random number generator and notify the winner by email; we’ll also post a list of all of the winners at the end of the series to make sure we don’t miss anyone. This prize will be emailed to the winner as a PDF.

*OK. Now we need to talk about this “colly” bird thing, right? I have always sung the song “four calling birds,” but when we looked up the lyrics it was “colly” nearly everywhere, I tell you. As best I can tell, “calling” is actually an American mispronounciation of the original “colly” birds, which apparently are blackbirds. Who knew?

Geranium Top (with Bunnies)

I would be remiss not to mention the bunnies, since that is what she loves the most about this top, but personally I love the foxes and triangles on this print (one of my favorite prints in Lizzy House‘s Outfoxed line from last year. Her new line, Constellations, is just arriving in shops now. This ex-science teacher, for one, is very excited! Phases of the MOON, y’all!!!)

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I made this little top to test out the new Geranium Dress pattern, just released last week. The top view is included for all of the sizes in the pattern. Eagle-eyed readers might notice a slight difference in fit between this top and the pink dress I posted last weekend; that’s because the dress is a size 4 and this one is a size 3. Since her birthday is in July, she’s right between the two sizes right now, though I like how both fit.

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One other thing: I didn’t fold up the entire inch hem allowance on this one so it’s a teensy bit longer in these pictures than the actual pattern. If you do like this length though, just fold up 1/4″ twice instead of the full inch when hemming.

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Post-photo cookie, yum!

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On the Third Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

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On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

….and Rae gave to me a Bonsai Bag sewing pattern!

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It’s day three of our twelve days of Christmas giveaways, and today we’re giving away one copy of the Bonsai Bag Sewing Pattern PDF. I’ve always loved the adorable pleats, tied handles, and the way it so nicely frames whatever you put in the center, if I do say so myself. Enter to win and join the ranks of creative folks making all these classy versions of this bag:

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1. roller derby, 2. green/seafoam flowers, 3. grey with red, 4. black with pink

You can see more in the Bonsai Bag Photo Pool on Flickr right here.

To enter to win a copy of the Bonsai Bag Pattern, just leave a comment by 9 PM tonight (EST). One comment per person; void where prohibited by law. I’ll pick a winner using the random number generator and notify the winner by email; we’ll also post a list of all of the winners at the end of the series to make sure we don’t miss anyone. This prize will be emailed to the winner as a PDF.

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And, I’ll be giving away a different pattern tomorrow, so come back then for another chance to win!!!

On the Second Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

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On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

and Rae gave to me…

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…a pattern for the adorable Peekaboo Bonnet!

That’s right, it’s day two of our twelve days of Christmas giveaways, and today we’re giving away one copy of the Peekaboo Bonnet Sewing Pattern PDF.

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Here are some gorgeous specimens from seasons past:

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1. left, 2. center, 3. right

And this from Buzzmills posted in the Rae Made Me Do It Flickr pool last Easter:

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To enter to win a copy of the Peekaboo Bonnet, just leave a comment by 9 pm EST tonight. One comment per person; void where prohibited by law. I’ll pick a winner using the random number generator and notify the winner by email; we’ll also post a list of all of the winners at the end of the series to make sure we don’t miss anyone. This prize will be emailed to the winner as a PDF.

I’ll be giving away a different pattern tomorrow, so come back then for another chance to win!!!

Twelve Days of Christmas from Rae

I have a special surprise. Since I didn’t have time to make all of you presents for Christmas, I thought you might enjoy twelve days of pattern giveaways instead!

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Starting on Christmas Day, I’ll be giving away a free copy of one of my sewing patterns each day for twelve days until January 5th, 2013.

Come back tomorrow to find out which pattern will be first and to throw your name in the hat. Merry Christmas everyone!