Tuesday, April 01, 2008


Some interesting things have come in the mail lately - and no NOT fabric! *LOL*

First, after my last post on embellishing, Julie #2 and her boss sent me the following trims! I already have an idea for one of them, which you will see soon!

Then the long awaited pattern and muslin from Debbie Cook arrived! Debbie made this BWOF blouse, reviewed it here on Pattern Review and as she started to work on it, I begged for a copy of the pattern once it was finished. Well actually I started begging when she said she was going to make the blouse and I really wanted one like this! And I didn't want to have to grade up the pattern!!!! Debbie being the generous sewist that she is, sent me not only the pattern but the instructions, her last muslin and a swatch of her fabric! Tres kewl! So I can alter her muslin and the pattern to get my own perfect fit! I am in sewing heaven!!!!

And three new Vogue patterns...I have bought more patterns in the last 4 months (well since joining Club BMV) than I did all of last year! The convenience of picking patterns well in advance of a sale, keeping them in the shopping cart on the site until the next sale, always having my size available and then having them delivered to my mailbox is one of the best $13 investments I've made in a long time!

So in the spirit of "Pay It Forward" I have two new Threads issues that I want to give away. See what happened was...I recently renewed my Threads subscription about 2 years after letting the old one lapse. The newsstand is on my way to work and it is so convenient to pick one up there...however, lately the Threads shows up there about a month after everyone has received it at home! And the conversations surrounding the magazine were wearing me out with anticipation, so to eliminate just one more unnecessary stress in my life - I reupped.

What does this have to do with paying it forward...I am giving the issues away along with free postage to anywhere in the world! The issues are the January 2008 issue with the one easy casual skirt on the front and the March 2008 issue with the little black couture dress on the cover. If you want one or both, just leave a message in the comments section and I will do a random drawing on Saturday...that should give those interested enough time to say something! I will reveal the winners then!

Finally, my friend Summerset (yeah, girl, I think of you as a friend even though I've never met you face to face!) has awarded me the "Excellent Blog" Award!

Thank you so much! It means so much receiving this recognition from such a talented sewist! But I have to admit that I am even more excited that you nominated my girl, Marji, who is a phenomenal yet unsung sewing talent in the online sewing community! I want to do a separate post on my nominations, so look for that tomorrow! Until then...


  1. I love V2900! I have that pattern. You just inspired me to go ahead and pull it out!!

  2. I would love to have the January issue of Threads, so put me in the cookie jar. Oddly, though I already have two of the March issue, for the same reason you do.
    You have more patience with summer than I do. Transitions, whatever. I cut out a skirt and cami this evening for summer dinners, etc. Made a stretch tee last weekend and spent my BMV dollars on shorts patterns.
    BTW, you look SOOO good in pants! Your transition outfit is awesome!

  3. I don't have either of those issues of Threads. Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you for your generosity.

  4. Congratulations, Carolyn. You do have an excellent blog. It is filled with interesting post and photos of beautifully crafted garments. You are much an inspiration and a great teacher as well.

  5. I also don't have either, so I'd love to enter! Thanks!

  6. Hi Carolyn,
    I don't have the January Threads so I'd appreciate being in the drawing. Thanks!

  7. Congratulations! I'm glad I got my nominations in early (lol)- but seriously there are so many great blogs - yours included!!

  8. I'm new to sewing, and have never even cracked open a Threads mag. I know, tar and feather me. ;) I'd love to be entered!

  9. I hope you make you version of that blouse too, I was happy to see it work so well for different body types because of Debbie's.

  10. So which comes first? One of the Vogues or Debbie's blouse? The trims look very pretty.

  11. Congratulations, I know many people really enjoy your blog, certainly I do! I will be interested to see your version of Debbie Cook's gorgeous blouse.

  12. I'm interested in how you plan to use the trims. I'm a total dork when it comes to embellishment and I'm ready to learn.

  13. You're very welcome! You inspire women of all colors and sizes to go beyond mediocrity and straight to chic!

    I have that DKNY dress pattern, too, I just haven't found *the right fabric* for it yet.

  14. Hi Carolyn,

    I would love to have these two issues of Threads. My finances are rather tight at the moment and I don't have a subscription - both issues contain articles that would be helpful to me.

    Looking forward to seeing your version of the blouse.

    With kind regards, Nicky

  15. Please enter me in the drawing too.

  16. I'm new as well, have been reading the blogs since November 2007 and am really appreciative of the generosity in providing all this info.
    My first Threads was the March 2008issue and I've used it already for the handstitching instructions.
    I'd love to be entered for the January issue.

  17. I'm honored that you seconded me for Excellent blog. thank you.

    I think that the DKNY dress pattern will be really good on you. And I love the Guy Larouche. Love It!

    Is there a prize too for guessing which of the trims you're going to use first? :)
    And Last - how fabulous of Debbie Cook to send that pattern on. We know you'll work it too.

  18. Thanks Carolyn...please enter me in the drawing...I would like one or both issues...don't have either one. I really enjoy reading about your sewing adventures. Mary

  19. Hey I have that Guy Laroche pattern, too. I have not made it yet. I call the jacket the mini-trench.

    That you have it makes me feel like I have good taste!

  20. I don't have either one of them so either is fine!!! I've been reading and enjoying your blog for quite some time. You are an inspiration to me. Thanks.

  21. Hmmm...I thought I was the one who sent those trims...

  22. What better person to bestow a lovely award upon. Your blog is a joy to read and very informational.

  23. Congratulations! You deserve it for having one of the best blogs around.
    You have inspired me yet again with your transitional sewing. I realized that I have winter and summer but no intermediate, and we don't just go from cold to hot around here either!(Long Island) I am going to sew the 3 remaining tops for my SWAP long sleeved so that I don't have to wait to wear them!

  24. How nice of Debbie! I understand what you are feeling: just the same way I felt when Paco sent me one of his patterns!! It made my heart sing and I was jumping with joy!

    I am not applying for the Threads mags because I have them already (I subscribed to Threads about an year ago) but I highly recommend these two issues!

    Finally I must congratulate you on your nomination and also want to say that your blog is one of my must read blogs because *it's my kind of blog (you know what I mean)* and also because I believe we are much alike on many aspects of our sewing life! We both ADORE new clothes, we LOVE making them and customizing them to our taste and needs, we take great pleasure of spreading the word about sewing and seeing young people start to enjoy this wonderful and rewarding activity! A big hug to you, Carolyn!


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