Blog Anniversary & A Giveaway

2nd blog anniversary

Woah! My blog turns two today! Has it really only been two years?

It feels like it is such a long time ago that I sat on my bed with a cup of coffee, laptop on my knees, setting up this blog. Much has changed in these two years and the blog has become quite a big part of my life. It has fuelled my sewing fever ever since I blogged about my first make. The first year had its ups and downs and I even thought about quitting at times, because uni (and later my job) were keeping me so busy.

A very autumnal Malvarosa Dress

Malvarosa Dress by thisblogisnotforyou.comHi ya, fellows! Hope you had a great week so far. After a few very stressful shifts at work this week and last weekend I am now even more happy about having a week and a bit off – my first official annual leave since I started my new job. My best friend is coming to visit me here in London (whoop, whoop!) and I hope to get loads of sewing WIPs done, as well.

The Blog Hop!

I was nominated by the lovely Lara of Dreaming of Avonlea to keep the blog hop tour going. She a very talented seamstress and I adore her style! If you haven’t done so yet, please hop over and check out her blog!

Nobody really seems to know where and when the blog hop started. If you have any idea – please share! The only thing that is known is when taking part in the blog hop, you answer four questions before nominating two other bloggers to keep the blog hop alive. And this is exactly what I’ll do! So here we go.

September is National Sewing Month! Sewing vs. Throw-Away-Fashion

Hi ya! In case you haven’t heard it yet: It’s National Sewing Month in the States and although I’m in Europe I will surely celebrate that with…sewing! (Duh!)

I love how sewing has become popular again and bookstores are full of craft and sewing related stuff, there are sewing shows on TV and it’s not too awkward to say “Um, I made that myself!” when people ask you where you bought your clothing (although it sometimes still is!).

Sewing has become bigger and bigger (yay!) and when you’re part of the online or IRL sewing community, The Great British Sewing Bee, Me-Made-May or OWOP are as exciting and fun as the Worldcup or McDonald’s Monopoly are for others.

Another Hepburn Dress: georgette and a satin lining

Hepburn Dress by thisblogisnotforyou.com

By now you probably know that I’m a sucker for chiffon and georgette fabrics, although they are difficult to cut out and shit to sew. For some reason I always end up buying at least one chiffon/georgette when I go fabric shopping and this might be due to the fact that these kinds of fabric are usually quite cheap :D

A Hepburn Skirt and bold colour choices

Hepburn Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comA little while ago, I noticed that I often go very safe in terms of fabric choices. For some reason I never go with the bold prints and colours (with the exception of bright red, I guess) and usually grab all the plain colours, especially navy blue. Since the Hepburn Skirt is perfect for colour-blocking, I decided to go with bolder colours, the ones that I didn’t have in my wardrobe yet but could see myself wearing. Well, here you can see the result!Hepburn Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comI made the knee-length variation of the Hepburn Skirt and chose to use a different for the front and back side panels. The Hepburn Skirt by thisblogisnotforyou.comHepburn Skirt Front and Back View

The Hepburn Dress and an army of horses!

The Hepburn Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.com
After weeks of working my bum off to finally get to the point of releasing my patterns, guess how I spent my first “day off”? Yes, hemming, taking pictures, editing pictures and preparing blog posts. At least I managed to re-watch the second part of Season 1 Game of Thrones while I did that. Phew!

So here it is (and yes, I feel a bit like a proud mum!) – Lady Hepburn, made with a navy polyester fabric with a horse print bought on Goldhawk Road. The fabric almost looks almost black in the pictures, but it’s acutally a really dark navy. The pictures are a bit crap today as I had to make to with tripod and self-timer inside the flat instead of shooting outside with the Mr.The Hepburn Dress by Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hello audrey&me patterns!

The Hepburn Dress by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I have something super exciting to share with you! After months of work my new patterns are now finally up on le blog and ready for you to download as Print-at-home PDF patterns.

The Hepburn Collection is the first pattern collection of my new pattern company called audrey & me Patterns. The Hepburns consist of a dress and a separate skirt pattern. Both patterns are drafted to fit perfectly together so that you can combine them easily into a chic fitted dress. Depending on the fabric and bodice & skirt options you choose you can make it into a sundress, a dress fit for work or a glamorous dress for going out and sipping cocktails.

New pattern, new collaboration, new sewing equipment!

new pattern by thisblogisnotforyou.comOver the past couple of weeks it’s been very quiet over here. It was not quite a deliberate blogging break, but necessary in order to sort out a few things. I’m excited to share some news with you!

Blog Team

First of all, I’m super happy to annouce that I’m now part of the White Tree Fabrics blogging team. I’m looking forward to working together and trying out some of the wonderful fabrics you can find in their online shop! You can check out my profile on their blogging team page by clicking on the picture below.White tree fabric blogging team

Jersey Cowl Neck Top

Jersey Cowl Neck Top by thisblogisnotforyou.com
A little while ago, my mum gave me one of her favourite tops which had started to look a bit shabby and asked me whether I could make her a similar top, because she loved the cut of it so much. (If it’s family that asks I can somehow never say ‘no’ to odd sewing favours.) Her birthday was this week and just in the nick of time I managed to come up with this little navy number, which was drafted and sewn last weekend. It fits her beautifully and she was super happy with her new ‘old’ top.Jersey Cowl Neck Top by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Paper Ball Decor: Recycling Book Paper

book paper ball decor by thisblogisnotforyou.combook paper ball decor by thisblogisnotforyou.comToday I thought I’d share a sewing-related craft project which is super easy to make. You can make these paper balls from different sorts of paper and in whatever size you fancy. They are very quick to make and perfect for parties or home decor.

book paper ball decor by thisblogisnotforyou.combook paper ball decor by thisblogisnotforyou.com1. For the book paper balls get some old book from the flea market or your own shelves. Draw a circle onto the paper using a glass/jar/cup and tracing it with a pencil.

Lottie Blouse #2: Hacking the Pattern

Lottie Blouse #2 by thisblogisnotforyou.comI promised there would be more Lottie blouses! This one is actually my third, but I still didn’t get around to taking pictures of the first one (which is still my favourite).

Except for the alterations I made to the pattern this time, there isn’t much new to say about the pattern (I wrote a review here). This blouse came together veeery quickly. I decided to skip the sleeves this time, so the actual sewing took no longer than 1.5 hours.

Say Hello to Average Pony DIY!

Maren Wilcyk Average Pony on Thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hello lovelies! Today I want to introduce my awesome new sponsor: Maren from Average Pony DIY!

Maren Wilcyk Average Pony

Maren and I actually met at university a few years ago. Back then she used to sell very cute jewellery and accessories on Dawanda (which is basically the German answer to Etsy). In April this year she expanded her business and created “Average Pony DIY”, now selling materials for making your own jewellery and accessories. The shop is still growing and at the moment also includes the cutest washi tape I’ve ever seen, covered buttons and hand-stamped labels for your handmade makes. All products are absolutely swoon-worthy and come at very affordable prices. You can make your own personalised (and very professional looking) jewellery for no more than 1-2€.

Make Your Own Soap!

Make your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.comAhhh, our flat smells heavenly! One of the many benefits of making your own soap. I love making soap because you can create the perfect soap bar with your favourite fragrances and ingredients. And, believe me, picking up the finished soap bar for the first time and smelling it is such a bliss!

You can make soap-making as easy or hard as you want. I decided to go the easy way, inspired by the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess and bought a goat’s milk soap base. If you want to make soap the hardcore way you can create your own base; there are some fab recipes out there. But it’s much more complicated and you will need a lot more ingredients. If you are trying to make soap for the first time, I would recommend starting with a melt-and-pour soap base. Make your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.comMake your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.comMake your own soap by thisblogisnotforyou.com

The Lottie Blouse & Elephants!

The Lottie Blouse by thisblogisnotforyou.comMay I present to you – the Lottie blouse! Probably my new favourite pattern. It hasn’t been featured too much in the online sewing community, though, perhaps because the only chance to get hold of it is by buying the latest issue of Love Sewing Magazine. I didn’t like the magazine too much (it’s only their second issue) and mainly bought it because of the Lottie pattern set (skirt and blouse) and the cute tape measure that came with it.

I’m pretty sure you can still get it in stores (I’ve seen it at WHS, Sainsbury’s etc) and the pattern makes it totally worth buying.

Baby clothes! Part 1

sewing baby clothes by thisblogisnotforyou.com

I am going to become an auntie this summer and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed sewing baby clothes so far. The first big pile of cute mini clothes was already sent home, so it’s time to share some pictures!

I decided to make a bunch of reversible pinafores as these are super practical. First of all, they’re made from 100% cotton and can be washed at 40-60°C. Secondly, they’re reversible! If the one side gets dirty while you are out and about you can simply switch sides. What I also really love is that these pinafores sort of grow with your child. A lot of baby clothes get too small too quickly. I’ve made this pinafore for a 6-months old and also for a 18-months old. Both looked super cute in it.

BHL Polly Top – Separates here I come!

BHL Polly Top by thisblogisnotforyou.comHeeeelllo! It’s been a while (well, not too long actually) since my last garment post as I am about to start a new job which is keeping me quite busy at the moment. But nevertheless, I have been sewing like a maniac. I just simply couldn’t get around to take pics for the blog because of a) nightshifts and b) everything always being in the laundry (because I love wearing it so much).

Christine Haynes at Ray-Stitch

Christine Haynes at Ray-Stitch by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Hey everyone! Just a super quick post with a couple of pics from last Friday. The lovely Christine Haynes was paying London a visit over the weekend and the awesome people over at Ray-Stitch were throwing a party! It was great to meet Christine and some other ladies in person as well seeing some familiar faces.Christine Haynes at Ray-Stitch by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Elisalex and Victoria, two-thirds of the By Hand London ladies, were there, too. These ladies are absolutely amazing and so fun to have around! Christine Haynes at Ray-Stitch by thisblogisnotforyou.com

Tilly was there, too, as well as many other familiar faces and, of course, the Spoolettes.