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Monday, 6 May 2013

Virtual Meet - My turn, plus Giveaway!

Well it's me now - the last to make a contribution.  I think you all know something of me from my 'about me' blurb and my Sew Weekly days plus the couple of meet-ups I've been to.  It's been great to find out bit more about everyone else - made up for the disappointment of not getting to a meet!  I'm still juggling the sewing and knitting - I'm more than half way through my knitting qualification now.  I'm trying to sew, but keep getting put off by things.  I have a terrible cold at the moment (or it might be the onset of hayfever which I get at this time of year).  There's also a lot of training at work, which I'm happy about but will keep me occupied for a lot of the time.  Anyway, I will try!

So, what would I have eaten/drank?  Well, I love Italian food, which is my downfall really for piling on pounds!  I'm trying to be a bit health conscious myself at the moment, but for something special such as a meet maybe a Margharita Pizza or a Lasagne or something a bit more exotic than that.  I'd try and be a bit virtuous and have a Diet Coke or perhaps push the boat out and have a typically English Pimm's and Lemonade!

What would I have worn?  Probably my favourite shirtdress - see picture - sorry it's not a newer photo but I'm full of cold - which I think is the best thing I've made so far.  The pattern just went together so beautifully and fits so well (I was lucky in winning it from Magpie Mimi).

Me and my other favourite occupation!

What have I bought recently?  I treated myself to the Colette Parfait because it looks so versatile in that it can be made into summer and winter garments.


I'm a bit behind everyone else who seem to be making the Laurel.  I've found a summer print to make Parfait with but also plan on a cord or wool version.  I've also bought some wool coating fabric which I already have the pattern for (see below).



I found Parfait and the coating fabric on the same day in London, about 100 yards apart!  The pattern came from Raystitch in Islington and the fabric from a little shop on the same road which was having a retirement sale (it was a big bargain!)   


Raystitch - photo from the Ray-Stitch website, as I forgot to take my camera!
Raystitch has a great cafe by the way with delicious coffee and there's also a teaching room where classes can be booked.

Have I anything to swap?  Well yes, but I'm giving first dibs to all the other Virtual Meet participants.  There are some children's patterns which I know I'll never use.  Then a skirt and a top pattern.  Would anyone like them?  Is there anything you could use Judy in exchange for the pattern of yours that I like?




I also have a giveaway, as I've now exceeded 20,000 hits - all through this series!  I was going to do one at 20,000 anyway but am sooner than I thought.  I have 2 metres of this bird and stripe print fabric - it's a kind of furnishing weight but soft enough to make into garments too.  Just leave a comment and I'll draw someone at random.  Good luck!



Well, all that's left is to say thanks so much to everyone for taking part in the meet.  It turned out to be a better idea than I thought and made me quite emotional sometimes!  Hope you've all enjoyed it equally and maybe there'll be another one next year!



     

15 comments:

  1. I am so glad we get in touch. When we get a chance to meet we for sure finish eating Italian :-) I love pasta, mozzarela, pesto, basil... hmmm it gives such a summer feeling!
    I hope you will get better soon! Take care!
    Beata (Red Point Tailor)

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    1. Thanks Beata - nice to know you too! Look forward to eating Italian!

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  2. Diane,
    thank you for this lovely blog meet up.. Such fun.. I love your shirt waist dress, I have that on my list to make too..[too many sewing wants, ha]
    I would love to have the chidren's pattern simplicity 2171.. I can use for my granddaughters.. The little sailor pattern is adorable too..

    Love the fabric too.. So pretty.. Have a great day. Hugs,

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    1. Hope the patterns and the fabric arrive with you soon Judy - well done for winning it! Hugs to you too.

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  3. Hi Marguerie, knitting is very relaxing isn't it? Nice to find out a bit more about you - and I so love that very English room you are sitting in. And the very English Dress. All very lovely. :)


    I hope you get better soon.

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    1. Knitting can be relaxing ... though it's taken on a more serious issue with me since doing the course ... still love it though! Great to see you here and thanks for taking part.

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  4. Hi Diane! I loved this series, it's been great finding out a bit more about other bloggers. It's over too soon though! I just wish I'd got my back side in gear sooner so I could've taken part. Do sign me up for the next one.
    Gorgeous fabric, perfect print and weight for an Elisalex I reckon. Don't put me in for the giveaway though- I won your Sew Grateful one so in the interests of fairness I think I should sit this one out (and if I won again people might think it's a fix:).)

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    1. Hi Taracat - would be great to have you in next year! Hope to see you soon.

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  5. Thanks for the giveaway! What fun fabric!

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  6. this has been a lovely meet up! Thankyou for hosting and showing us your loveky dress, it looks really summery and comfortable. I'm very envious as I wish I could knit more than a square.

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    1. Hi Charlotte, glad you could take part in among your busy life! It's been great to keep in touch.

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  7. Ooh, the Parfait pattern - looking forward to seeing what you make it into! I've got that pattern as well, it's on my things-to-make list, haha! ;-)

    Thanks again for hosting such a great series - it's been fun reading more about people!

    I'd love to be in the draw for the fabric, please. It's pretty. :-)

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    1. Look forward to seeing what you make of Parfait too Kat! Thanks so much for taking part now that you're so busy!

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  8. Diane, Just caught up with you via SewBlessedMaw..Am enjoying reading about your fiber talents, too. I am a knitter and sew as well. Have several things 'in the loop', and days are now filled with outside things as well. Am interested in joining some knit or sew-alongs, and would love some help with some links? Cold here in Ohio these past days...even a frost...poor plants have needed some coddling, but I refuse to knit little covers for them! D, from homeandharvest-deedy.blogspot.com.

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