Goobye London! & Walthamstow meet-up next week!

JL SEWING_015Helloooo my lovelies!

I’ve got exciting news, although they’re not “new” as I’ve known for a long time now. After a couple of years in Londontown me and the Mr are finally moving back to Germany!

I’ve been waiting for this to happen for a while and now that there’s less than a month left I’ve realised how much I will miss London and the incredibly busy sewing community. I will miss fabric shopping loads (as far as I now there’s nothing like Goldhawk Road or Walthamstow where I’m moving to) and, of course, all the fun sewing events happening across town. Not that there isn’t anything like that in good old Germany, but I’m sulking a bit and will have to get used to the German sewing community which I have ignored for most of the time so far (sorry German folks!).

Of course, most of the blogger friendships live on on the interwebs, but I’m gutted about all the meet-ups I will miss this summer.

This Blog Is Not For You will stay the same apart from a changing back drop maybe 🙂

Sooo, in case you haven’t made any plans for next Saturday (30th May) yet: Daniela and I are hitting the fabric shops in Walthamstow in the afternoon and if you want to join us, please give me a shout!

I would love to see you there!

(I promise it will involve an abundance of lovely fabrics and cake!)

xxx

Charlie

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The Knitting & Stitching Show Giveaway Winners!

Win tickets to The Knitting and Stitching Show

Whoop, whoop! We have five lucky winners who will each get two complimentary tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show!

In order to enter the giveaway I asked you guys to leave me a comment saying what you’d like to see on this blog in the future. My task was to pick my favourites from your suggestions – which was much harder than I thought it would be!

Thank you guys!! Your suggestions were all brilliant and I’ve made a long To Do list for the blog, trying to take as many of your ideas on board as possible! Anyway, I also had to narrow it down to my five favourites which took some time, hard thinking and two cups of coffee, but here they are:

Sabrina suggested sharing more in-process pieces and info on what going on “behind the scenes”. I’d love to do that! I often forget to take in-progress pics although I always enjoy seeing those on other people’s blogs. Good to know that you are nosy enough to be interested in the behind the scenes stuff. I sometimes feel silly writing about things like that, but as long as people are interested I’m happy to share bits and pieces 🙂 (Do let me know when I need to stop!)

Jan’s fabulous idea was it to share more sewing bloomers – my fails and things that go wrong (happens all the time) and how it fixed them. I think as bloggers we often only want to show a near-to-perfect end results and I know from my own experience that it can be really frustrating to see all those perfect garments on blogs when you yourself feel everything goes wrong whenever you try to make something. But that’s just because we compare our behind-the-scenes messes with a picked handful of edited images from others. Sharing my fails and messes will be a challenge but probably a lot of fun as well!

Daniela had three suggestions which all are great ideas for future posts! She asked me to share my very first makes with you guys. I’d love to do that and I don’t even know why I haven’t done so yet. Most of my very first makes (pre-sewing machine times, folks!) are still alive and only need to be photographed. My sewing skills were ridiculous back then, but I’d love to show you anyway. Daniela also asked about sharing my inspiration for my Hepburn Dress pattern (will do!) and sewing more stuff from Tilly Walnes’ book, which I have promised a while ago (shame on me!), so I’ll better get started on those Mimi blouses!

Lou suggested to find some and review some hidden pattern gems that aren’t commonly posted about, instead of reviewing patterns that are all over the place. She also would love to have an insight into the pattern drafting process and what goes into producing a pattern for release. The last one’s quite a challenge, but I’d love to share some more info about that with you. There’s not much out there, so maybe I can share some insight into the pattern making process with you!

Annett‘s idea made me laugh! She suggested trying to refashion a skirt into a hat! Pretty awesome, no? It would be really exciting to try and make a hat out of a recycled skirt. I love the idea! I’m gonna look into that and try to find out a bit more about hat-making first, though ;D

Well, congrats to you!
And thanks to everybody for their amazing ideas!

All winners will be contacted today, so check your email! I will need your address, so I can send the tickets your way! Please get back to me until Friday 3rd October, so that there’s enough time to get them posted to you!

Please note these tickets are only valid all day Wednesday, Thursday 3-7pm and all day Sunday. The Knitting & Stitching Show takes place from 8th – 12th October in Alexandra Palace, London.

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K&S_LOGO RGBWin tickets to The Knitting and Stitching ShowIt’s time for another giveaway, people! (Ermahgerd! Again!?) Yes! The lovely people at The Knitting & Stitching Show have given me some free tickets so I can invite some pals (I’ll be sneaking around there, too!)

The Knitting & Stitching Show opens in 2 weeks (from 8th – 12th October) in Alexandra Palace, London (sorry non-UK folks!). Due to popular demand the Show is now open 5 days. It’s one of the largest textiles and craft events in the UK. You can see the list of exhibitors here. The Show has some exciting workshops and lectures to offer as well as a new interactive feature, Stitch-by-Stitch, which offers sessions and demonstrations for beginners and more experienced visitors!

I’m particularly looking forward to browse through fabrics, patterns, sewing books and all sorts of other products for the sewing enthusiast (I might spend a minute looking at knitting stuff as well, I promise!)

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I have 5 pairs of tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show to give away to some of you guys! All you have to do is let me know in the comments what you’d like to see on this blog in the future. This could be sewing, knitting or refashion projects as well as tutorials on specific topics, reviews of certain products or patterns etc.

I’ll pick my favourites from your suggestions and mail the winners their tickets in time for the Show. Deadline for leaving comments is midnight (GMT) Tuesday 30th September 2014.

Please note these tickets are only valid all day Wednesday, Thursday 3-7pm and all day Sunday.

All images in this post are courtesy of The Knitting & Stitching Show.


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Christine Haynes at Ray-Stitch

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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.

Christine Haynes at Ray-Stitch by thisblogisnotforyou.comI loved meeting Sarah, who only started sewing this year and wore her 50th (!) Emery Dress that night! She got a prize for that. Well deserved! I loved the Panda fabric of her dress. She even had matching nails!

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John Lewis Sewing Bee with Lisa Comfort

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Did you know that John Lewis started business in 1864 when john lewis himself opened his first haberdashery shop at 132 Oxford Street?

Well, that was 150 years ago. (Woah, just try to imagine the time. Fighting over the last two metres of silk with Charles Dickens.) And what’s the best way to mark the 150th Anniversary of a department store which started out as a haberdashery shop? Right! A sewing bee!

Me and some amazing fellow sewing bloggers spent the whole Saturday at John Lewis Oxford Street, raiding the haberdashery department and stitching away with the lovely Lisa, sewing expert & founder of ‘Sew Over It‘, who helped us out with some cutting, sewing and fitting.
John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comLeft to right: Freya (who assisted Lisa during the day), Lisa, Fiona (Diary of a Chain Stitcher), Elena (Randomly Happy), Clare (Sew Dixie Lou), moi, some lady without a head, Roisin (Dolly Clackett), Amy (Almond Rock) and Emmie (My Oh Sew Vintage Life).John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comTo celebrate their anniversary, John Lewis brought back heritage fabrics from various decades and we were using these gorgeous John Lewis Commemorative 150th fabrics to make our dresses. Lisa had picked some cotton fabrics and patterns for us to choose from.

I’m in looove with these fabrics! JL sent some fabric samples before the event, but it was still pretty difficult to choose when I stood in front of them. The colours are beautiful and the prints are amazing. The fabric is quite pricey but very good quality, soft and drapey and the different prints and colours all go very well together. I went with the turquoise fabric in the front and Vogue pattern V1102, a backless dress with a massive bow.

Somehow we all managed to choose different fabrics. And I’m pattern twinsies with Amy, who also went for the Vogue pattern.

John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comBeware. There’s a massive amount of pictures coming up…!

John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comSewing Bees are messy. Here’s the evidence.John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.com

But what looks like chaos is actually just seven semi-organised seamstresses sharing a table.John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis Sewing Bee / thisblogisnotforyou.comFiona went for the purple/pink brick/’bacteria’ fabric. John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comRoisin. Probably the fastest sewer in the world. John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comMoi. Am I pinning without even looking? Hmm…John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comEmmie decided to be dress twinsies with Lisa and made a Betty dress from a gorgeous flower print cotton.John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comI don’t know how she did it, but Clare managed to baste all seams first, fitted the dress and still had an almost finished dress by the time we left. And I loved the McCalls dress she wore that day! John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comThis awesome lady, Elena, was just so much fun to have around. I’m loving the shift dress she made!John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis Sewing Bee / thisblogisnotforyou.comAmy chose the same Vogue pattern, but a completely different fabric. I can’t wait to see her finished dress!John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comAnd yes! I was able to try out the Janome overlocker, which I probably fell in love with that day. I’m trying to convince the Mr to come with me on one of the next weekends and pay it a visit (and carry it home!).John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis Sewing Bee / thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comAmazing Lisa was such a great help that day and was so kind to be our fitting buddy. If this woman approaches you armed with scissors or a seamripper, let her. She knows what she’s doing!John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comFreya helped us out cutting fabric, interfacing and pressing while we were still sewing. Thank you, Freya!!John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comFreya and Lisa with the awesome JL team!John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comGuess who was the only one with a dress on the dressform when the photographer came to take pictures? Yep. In Dolly-Clackett manner Roisin whipped up this dress in no time. Pretty impressive, me thinks. Never take part in the GBSB, should this lady be one of the contestants. You will hear her pull up the zip when you’re still cutting out fabric.John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comWe all loved our fabulous pinneys!John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comWe took the group photo on the new rooftop garden. It was pretty amazing up there. They even have a juice bar there!

And I was wearing my brandnew colour-blocked Megan dress, which I finished the morning of the sewing bee. Five minutes before I left I was still sewing in the zip, with the dress half on. Phew!John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comJohn Lewis provided a pretty freaking fantastic sewing box for everyone of us for the sewing bee. And the best part? We got to take it home!
John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comLoads (!!) of goodies in there (sorry, I had to show it off):John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.comI guarded it like a treasure chest on the train home.

Now you’re asking, where’s the dress you were talking about? Wasn’t that the main reason you were there?

Well, you’re right. I didn’t manage to finish the dress on Saturday. We had the most amazing time and there was a lot of chatting away that day! This probably slowed me down quite a bit and honestly, cutting out, fitting and sewing a dress in just a few hours is pretty ambitious. I can’t imagine how they do this on the GBSB. It’s impossible!

Anyway, I finished the dress at home and will hopefully be able to bribe the Mr into taking some pictures this week. I can’t wait to show you this dress!
John Lewis Sewing Bee / thisblogisnotforyou.comSuch happy faces after a whole day of sewing like mad. Sewing really must be good for you!John Lewis 150 Sewing Bee // thisblogisnotforyou.com


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