Friday, April 18, 2014

Sew Dolly Clackett Sponsor Spotlight: Minerva Crafts

Like all Sew Dolly Clackett sponsors, Minerva Crafts was delighted to be involved.  In fact, Vicki has gifted Roisin with a £50 gift voucher! Lucky girl! I hope she shares what she bought! 

Recently, I saw a gorgeous version of Butterick's Walkaway Dress on Pinterest and have been totally inspired to recreate it for myself.   There is something so cheerful and fun about this version and it definitely needs to be in my wardrobe. If I didn't already have the pattern in my stash, Minerva Crafts has it in stock.


Unfortunately, I only have a photo link to this gorgeous dress.  If it's yours, please let me know so that I may properly credit you!  It goes without saying that polka dots are one of my most favourite patterns, and the fabric used in this dress is quite spectacular! While I was not able to find an exact match, Minerva Crafts does have a lovely selection of alternates.  I especially like this mini check seersucker

Mini Check Yellow Seersucker

Luck was definitely with with me when I perused their selection of  printed bias bindings - it's deciding on what pattern to choose that will make your head spin! I was able to find what an exact match with this cherry print binding.  Isn't it lovely?  As there are close to 9 miles of bias binding in the Walkaway Dress, it's best
 that I love what I'm sewing, no?  LOL!

25mm wide cherry print cotton bias binding.  Also available in blue.

Now all I need to complete the dress are pretty red buttons and, again, Minerva Crafts does not disappoint.  Their button selection is HUGE but, thankfully, relatively easy to search.  You can refine your search by colour, shape, size, and brand.  There were a lot to tempt me; however, I would ultimately choose these deep red rectangular buttons.  I was seriously tempted by these handbag buttons, though!

Loose Dill Rectangular Carved Buttons

Minerva Crafts is an excellent resource for all crafters; sewers, knitters, and quilters.  They have a huge selection that will definitely leave you spoilt for choice and, perhaps, a little mind boggled at trying to decide what to get!  Don't forget to check out their Craft Club and receive exclusive discounts all year!

Near to Darwen, Lancashire?  They don't forget to attend the Minerva Crafts meet-up on June 14, 2014!  I see lots of familiar faces will be attending and how I wish I weren't an ocean away!

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There are now less than 5 days left in the Sew Dolly Clackett contest!  

You may upload your photo(s) to the Sew Dolly Clackett Flickr group with a link to your blog post until April 23, 2014 at 11:59 EST.

Good luck and happy sewing!

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Dolly Clackett Sponsor Spotlight: Harts Fabric

When I was compiling my list of potential Sew Dolly Clackett sponsors, Harts Fabric was one of the first to pop into my mind.  I have had the pleasure of working with Amy and her team during the Peony project of Sew Colette 2.0.  They were unfailingly generous then as they are now.

One lucky Sew Dolly Clackett winner will receive a $75 gift certificate from Harts Fabric!

Harts Fabric is both an online and bricks-and-mortar store, located in Santa Cruz, California.  Their website is a mecca for sewing enthusiasts and offers a staggering array of supplies.  In the spirit of Sew Dolly Clackett, I am going to highlight their amazing selection of quilting cottons.

The website is very user friendly and a snap to find what you're looking for.  You can search by new arrivals, sale cottons, by designer, or by category.  As Roisin's favourite is well known for her many cowgirl dresses, why don't we check out the Hunks and Pin Up Girls section?  If you've ever wanted to make a Clackett-style dress, this is the section for you!  Harts Fabric has always impressed me with their diverse selection of prints and this section does not disappoint! From firemen, to cowgirls, to mermaids, your dream pin up fabric is here!  You can even make your own Blanche Dress!

Alexander Henry Island Girls Pin Ups in Blue

One of my favourite Sew Dolly Clackett entries is this amazing Atomic Dress by Camille Mamie.  She used Butterick 5748 and Michael Miller's Atomic Burst cotton to their best advantage.  Camille, I hope you don't mind if I sew copycat you!

The Atomic Dress by Camille.
There truly is a plethora of fantastic fabric available!  I can personally attest to Harts Fabric's superior service and quality.   Don't forget to check out their blog for tons of creative ideas and DIY. 

A reminder that there are 11 days left in the Sew Dolly Clackett contest!
Good luck and happy sewing!

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Upload your completed Clackett-style dresses here.
Get some Dolly Clackett inspiration here and here.
Remember to use #sewdollyclackett when using social media.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sew Dolly Clackett Sponsor Spotlight: Colette Patterns

I love Colette PatternsReally love them.

I have sewn 1 Meringue skirt, 1 Taffy blouse, 2 Truffle dresses, 2 Pastille dresses, 3 Peony dresses, 3 Laurel dresses, 3 Macaron dresses, 3 Hazel dresses, and 2 Ginger skirts.  I have used elements of each pattern countless times to make custom garments, including my Daphne Doolittle dress

Colette Patterns sew up beautifully and easily lend themselves to reinterpretation. When I was hatching Sew Dolly Clackett, Sarai was the first person I contacted to ask if she would be interested in coming on board as a sponsor.  Of course, she said yes and was more than happy to donate a Colette Pattern of choice to a winner.  Sarai's cool like that.  She is the genuine article and really immerses herself in the online sewing community.  Once I had secured Sarai, I breathed a sigh of happiness.  This contest could really get going now! 

I have had the pleasure of working with Sarai before.  I was lucky enough to be able to review an advanced copy of The Colette Sewing Handbook and fell head-over-heels in love with it.  So much so, that I co-hosted the Sew Colette Sew Along with the super cool Erin, aka Miss Crayola Creepy.

I had so much fun with that one that I came back for Round 2 with Sew Colette 2.0, this time co-hosting with Rochelle of Lucky Lucille.  Sarai's patterns allowed me to create lasting friendships with two bloggers I admire very much.

Sarai and her creative team make classically beautiful patterns with subtle modern twists.  I have an extensive collection, as you can see, and refer back to them often.  They yield beautiful garments with minimal alterations and are always flattering. Of all my handmade items, it's the Colette Patterns makes that receive the most compliments. My newest make is no exception.

The Central Bark dress is made from the Pastille dress pattern available in The Colette Patterns Handbook.  As per usual, I swapped out the skirt for a gathered dirndl and I love it! This is my second of two Pastilles I'm made and I know that there will be more.  That is one of the many things I love about Colette Patterns - the ease of multiples.

Like all Colette Patterns, Pastille has pretty details, such as the sweetheart neckline and cap sleeves.  The bodice darts fit me right out of the envelope with no alterations.  Whoop!

The fabric has been in my stash for at least 5 years (eeek!) and is by Timeless Treasures.  I did examine the selvedge to try to find the print name, but no luck.  The pink poodles and 1950's housewares remind me of a vintage New York apartment across from Central Park, hence the name of this dress. 

I highly recommend Colette Patterns and count them a necessity for any stitcher!