And the Kielo wrap dress is completely sold out! But more have been ordered - let me know if you would like me to hold a copy for you.
Thank you all for entering the 3-2-1 giveaway to celebrate the Dresses and Me pattern store merging with Miss Maude. It is such a joy to be able to bring you such lovely sewing patterns, together with the fabrics, haberdashery, kits and vintage finds.
There have been over 300 entries from all corners of the globe! The sewing community is certainly alive and well. I have already been able to chat with some of you via the power of Instagram and Facebook and I look forward to getting to know more of you through your sewing endeavours. In the meantime I am working hard at bringing to you the best little online fabric and sewing store!
So without further delay - the winner is:
Neli. @diodoneli lascositasdeneli.blogspot.com.ar
Neli, you will need to contact me with your choices - three sewing patterns and two metres of fabric. The fabric can be up to four different pieces. And don't forget to let me know your shipping address!
And for the purpose of due process....here is how the winner was picked:
Instagram entries: 1-124 shared with #missmaudegiveaway
Facebook entries: 125-195:shared comments; 196-301:shared posts
Total Entries: 301
Random number generator:
I counted 32 posts down the page of tagged entries at #missmaudegiveaway (excluding the two posts from @missmaudenz promoting the giveaway)
Thank you again for entering!
New to New Zealand from Paris and straight into the pattern shop, is the debut women's pattern range from I Am Patterns. The collection is inspired by Greek Gods, and is aptly named I Am A Goddess. I love this name - it's just what I'm striving for when I sew myself something. Sometimes I achieve it, sometimes I don't. Sometimes it's only in my head! But, hey that's why I sew...
The autumn/winter collection is made up of six pieces - all suitable for either beginner or intermediate sewers. What I love about them is their simplicity. They make for an elegant, timeless wardrobe. Patterns that you can turn to again and again changing the fabrics and colours for the seasons and your taste.
I've already made a couple of Hestia Skirts in cotton batiste fabric plus an Apollon sweater. The skirts are almost on solid rotation with the hot weather - the sweater is waiting for cooler days. On my cutting table is the Artemis coat - I will be making it up in Laundered Linen Denim from the Merchant and Mills fabrics I stock. Autumn chills will need to be kept at bay. It is hot today - but summer will not last forever!
I have already pre-sold a number of these patterns - they are literally flying out the door. So if you are thinking about it....get in soon rather than later. Shop online for I Am Patterns.
The debut sewing pattern range from French indie designer, I Am Patterns, has arrived on the Miss Maude doorstep. A beautiful modern range with classic undertones that will see you through many seasons.
Tomorrow's job is to load them up to the online store. Limited numbers, so contact me if you'd like me to hold a pattern or two for you.
Today six of the best patterns from the Colette Patterns stable arrived on the Miss Maude door step. Three women's and three men's patterns - which can also be easily made up as women's styles. Another thing I love about sewing - such freedom to create what works for you, and not what is dictated by latest fashion.
Colette patterns pride themselves on creating patterns that not only suit a wide variety of body shapes and sizes, but also teach by providing, clear easy to read instructions that walk you through each project. They have even though about how the instructions are presented - they actually lye flat on your sewing table without taking all your space.
Each tissue pattern is housed in an integrated packet at the back of the pattern booklet. Genius.
The Walden by Colette and Colette Patterns now being stocked are the Negroni Shirt, Cooper Bag, Albion Duffle Coat, Pheobe Dress, Moneta Dress and Dahlia Dress.
I'm not entirely sure that this blouse was meant to be. I finished it a couple of days ago, after what felt like everything that could go wrong did! In fact I'm a little surprised that I got to the end with a somewhat wearable piece...
I should point out that the problems I had creating this blouse were mostly mine, and not the pattern - so I am definitely going to try this one again.
My biggest challenge was sewing the placket - this was the first time for sewing a placket using a knit. I struggled attaching it at the centre front and getting it to lay flat**. I ended unpicking it about five times... The instructions calls for stay stitching around the neckline, but not the centre front. Next time, I will stay stitch the centre front before attaching the placket. I am also looking forward to the next step of the Thread Theory Camas Blouse Sewalong which is going to be all about the placket. I'm sure Morgan will have some great tips!
**This was not helped by the fact that I had a burr on my walking foot which made a series of little holes in my fabric before I noticed what was going on, so I had to change to my normal presser foot.
I loved using the Liberty Dufour Jersey for this project. It is silky smooth and has great stretch. Now I have a super comfortable top. If you are using this or a similar weight jersey knit, I recommend interfacing all yolk pieces, hems and of course the placket.
I used a light weight fusible tricot interfacing I picked up at Spotlight in Wellington. This stabilises the fabric but still maintains the gorgeous drape and stretch.
I cut strips of interfacing the width of my hem allowance, fuse these and press the hem allowance before sewing the arms and side seams. I find this makes it a lot easier to get an even hem.
I have tried hemming the Liberty jersey both with and without the knit interfacing. I definitely get a much neater and smoother finish when using the interfacing and the hem maintains it shape wash after wash.
So aside from the walking foot, what else conspired against me for this project?
Miss Maude Made Summary
Pattern: Camas Blouse by Thread Theory Designs
Size: 12, graded down to 8 through torso.
Alterations: took 1.5cm width out of arm to give mores streamlined silhouette
Fabric: Liberty Dufour Jersey - Meadow Rain
Special Equipment: none - both my walking foot and overlocker packed up on me!
Would I make it again? Definitely! I will not let the placket, my walking foot or overlocker beat me! I am also really excited to try it as an oversized woven blouse.
Where will I wear this? I think this is a great top to wear to the office - so, so comfortable and it is easy to dress up. But seeing I currently have no need to be in a corporate office all day, I think I'll just wear it whenever I want to be super comfy and smart.
The latest issue of Seamwork is yet another inspiring read. The focus this month, as the title so clearly states, is nightwear and lingerie - so it's no surprise the two patterns included in this issue are a gorgeous slip, Lisbon, and a luxurious robe, Almada. Each pattern can be sewn together in only two hours.
Along with the patterns, there are some inspiring articles on how to put your scraps to good use making lingerie, tips and tricks for sewing with delicate fabrics and there is even a recipe to make your own divine sounding rose lip scrub!
If you think you've got a spare couple of hours, and would like to try your hand at either the slip or kimono robe, I've got some lovely fabrics in stock that would be just perfect!
Try the Lisbon Slip is one of the Atelier Brunette woven modals. These fabrics have an amazing drape and are so light and silky - perfect for a little bedroom indulgence.
Or how about the Almada Robe in a light as air cotton batiste?
Oh, and they are perfect timing for Valentines day! What do you think?
Seamwork is a monthly online magazine produced by Colette Patterns. A classic range of Colette Patterns will be arriving in the store soon - both women's and men's.
She has a thing for stacks of beautiful fabrics, delights in holding something made to last, and respects good craftsmanship. These are the driving forces behind the Miss Maude shop. And here are her musings.