Vintage Pattern Haul

Now and again I will peruse the charity shops for sewing knick knacks. I don’t often find much, sometimes a duvet cover to toile in, occasionally a new zip but this journey I found a plethora of vintage sewing patterns. What is more, these were all in the same shop and there were lots more but I had to restrict myself (somewhat!).

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I’m always interested to see each Tilly and the Buttons pattern release. They are a very good design company and are at the top of their game for a reason. I do sometimes get Tilly fatigue from the sheer volume of versions that pop up in the hours after a release. The Cleo dungaree dress was no different.

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You made that!

Di Kendall of www.sew-it.biz has generously offered to guest post on Penguin and Pear. Today, Di offers tips and tricks to achieve a professionally finished garment

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As I opened my presents on Christmas morning and found a myraid of fabric, I was under instruction to do a fabric haul on my blog. In fact, I have been reminded a few times since… my husband is not an attention seeker at all! So in order to fulfil his wish I am going to show some fabrics he has given me and some I have given myself recently.

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In the three years that I have been sewing I have purchased and used a wide range of notions/toys/gadgets aimed at making my life as a seamstress easier. I have spent a small fortune when you add it up – sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t. Today I want to share with you my top ten best sewing purchases

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In dressmaking there are two ways to get a pattern – either you purchase a paper copy or you download a PDF pattern. There are pro’s and cons to both ways of doing things but it wasn’t until the recent seamstress tag on Youtube that I realised just how many people did not like to download PDFs.

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This past year has been the most influential period of time for my dressmaking. I have been sewing for about 3 years now but it is only really through 2016 that I have honed my skills and worked on developing them. When I think where I was in terms of my sewing skill at the beginning of the year, I have come a long way.

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The Foldline immediately caught my attention with the release of their first pattern The Billie Collection through their new pattern company Tribe Patterns. Not only because the style of the dress was right up my street, but also by the premise of their new venture. The concept is not only simple but generous and giving. Kate and Rachel have decided that they want to help the sewing community to become designers. They will regularly run competitions where sewists enter their own designs and the winner will have their design turned into a pattern by the girls at The Foldline. They have kicked off this venture by asking Rachel Pinheiro to design the first offering and the result is the Billie Collection.

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As winter is setting in and my pattern stash in growing I thought I would write about what are in my sewing plans for the up and coming months, so please keep reading, I hope it inspires you…

Carolyn Pajama Pattern by Closet Case Files

Carolyn Pajama Pattern by Closet Case Files

I was tempted by this pattern after seeing Sarah from Sewsarahsmith make a pair. Nightwear has not really been on my radar until now because… well, because I still havent got enough daytime wear clothes. I have now purchased this pattern and I am looking forward to making them. I bought a king size duvet set the other day with pink flowers, it was half price, and I will use that to make my first Carolyn.

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Clare Coat Sewing Pattern by Closet Case Files

Clare Coat Sewing Pattern by Closet Case Files

This is another Closet Case Files pattern (i love their style). I have had the Clare Coat in my stash for quite a while now. I’ve even bought some wool, but not thinking about the pattern matching I bought a plaid. So now I keep putting off making this. I may invest in a plain colour wool instead so it is a little bit less of a headache. I’ve been really encouraged to get on with this after seeing Lauren Guthrie make one, and SewSheSho embark on hers. I need to grow a pair and get going with a toile as I have the pattern all ready to use.

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Billie Dress by Tribe Patterns

Billie Dress by Tribe Patterns

Tribe patterns is a new collaboration between The Foldline and the sewing community. They will be holding regular competitions asking the sewing community to design some clothes and the winner will have their imaginations bought to life by Tribe Patterns. The first offering from them, in collab with Rachel Pinheiro is the Billie Collection. This is the dress from that collection. I really love this. It is stylish and will flatter most shapes. I really love that the sizing goes up further than most other indie patterns so I wont need to grade the pattern (hurrah!). I have cut out a toile and am in the process of making this and it is a very simple beginner friendly pattern.

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Billie Top by Tribe Patterns

Billie Top by Tribe Patterns

This is the blouse from the Tribe Patterns Billie Collection. I havent always been a fan of the peplum because I don’t see how it can flatter the fuller figure but the shaping in this is lovely. I will make up a toile and see – if it doesnt work I will take off the peplum and extend the length. I really love the zip feature on this top and can’t wait to make this.

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Sabrina Slims by Love Notions

Sabrina Slims by Love Notions

I first found Love Notions a couple of weeks ago and have since made 4 versions of their LDT pattern. They are great patterns to follow. I was really encouraged by them going up into my size so no grading needed. This was fantastic, I was going through a meh moment with sewing after attempting the Colette Rue, feeling like I was rubbish at alterations and so this pattern company helped me to fall back in love with sewing. I don’t currently have any trousers in my wardrobe and with winter coming I thought a staple like these would be a great addition. I have some stretch sateen that would be perfect for these!

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Negroni Shirt Pattern by Colette

Negroni Shirt Pattern by Colette

I have to admit to having this pattern in my stash for ages. I have been meaning to make a shirt for my husband for some time but selfish sewing has gotten in the way. I was planning on making a Halloween shirt with black cat fabric but I have missed that boat. I have some bees fabric from Sew Over It but he says its too loud. I will not be deterred though, I will find the perfect fabric and make this up. This will be my first man’s shirt I have ever made…

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Kelly Anorak Jacket Pattern by Closet Case Files

Kelly Anorak Jacket Pattern by Closet Case Files

Yet another CCF pattern… as soon as this was released I knew I had to have it and I’d soon bought the perfect fabric for it – a white floral twill. This is now my second coat pattern so I need to get a move on before winter is over! The feature I love on this the most is that you can place the drawstring where it sits best on you – love it.

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Martha Sewing Pattern by Tilly & the Buttons

Martha Sewing Pattern by Tilly & the Buttons

I’ve had this dress for a while and have made up a toile. It was a nice make but slightly too small. Once I have made the necessary adjustments I think its going to be a really flattering garment. I am taking part in the Red Dress Challenge that is being set by Running N Style and think it may be my Christmas day make. It is more of a summer dress but made up in a medium weight I think it is appropriate through the winter too. I probably wont have the neck collar though as I dont like anything that far up my neck.

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Coco Dress Pattern by Tilly & the Buttons

Coco Dress Pattern by Tilly & the Buttons

I’ve had this pattern for over a year now and have made it up once before. I want to give this a proper go with some adjustments. I have 1 metre of a Ponte Roma stripey fabric and want to use this, along with some ribbing for the arms, neck and hem areas. I will probably make this as a top though.

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Summer Caye Pants Pattern by Love Notions

Summer Caye Pants Pattern by Love Notions

This is the second pattern by Love Notions. I wanted a few different types of trousers and feel the palazzo pants would be really comfy for sitting down all day at work. I have cut these out but have yet to sew them up. Even though they are in my size I am expecting some adjustments but I am hoping they will be a simple make. If so, there will be lots in my wardrobe.

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Camden Cape Pattern by Seamwork

Camden Cape Pattern by Seamwork

I have wanting to make a cape pattern for a while now and as I have this Seamwork pattern in my stash I thought I would make this. I am expecting this to be a fairly simple make. I might use the plaid wool I bought for the Clare Coat as I think this should be easier to pattern match… but we will see.

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Do you like the look of any of these patterns? Have you made them up? Please tell all in the comments below…

And before you go, Have you entered The Big Giveaway? You can win a sewing machine, fabric and much more. Click here for more details…

The Big Giveaway!

The Big Giveaway is finally here! After lots of negotiation I have managed to source a number of very generous sewing companies who are willing to give gifts to help and encourage you guys with your sewing.

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Here are a list of prizes and the companies that are offering them:

Mini Sewing Machine from Penguin & Pear

Mini Sewing Machine from Penguin & Pear

As a part of this giveaway I will be giving one lucky winner a mini sewing machine from John Lewis! This sewing machine will be a great gift for a child, someone new to sewing, or just a lightweight machine to carry around instead of lugging your main machine. The machine has a worth of £59.99 and comes in four colours.

Penguin and Pear is my blog for sharing my sewing makes, writing tutorials and discussing anything sewing related. Find me on Instagram, Facebook, The Fold Line and Twitter as ‘Penguinandpear’.

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Fabric bundle from Abakhan

Fabric bundle from Abakhan

Abakhan are giving one lucky winner a bundle of fabric, carefully chosen by them for the winner.

Abakhan are a hugely popular fabric shop in the north of England. They have a good range of fabrics on their website at great prices. For more information go to the link below.

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Two PDF dressmaking patterns by Sew Over It

Two PDF dressmaking patterns by Sew Over It

Sew Over It are generously offering 2 PDF patterns from their range of dressmaking designs.

Sew Over It are a hugely popular haberdashery shop (they have two in London) and are known for their pretty vintage style. Go to their website (link below) to see what they have on offer. This offer is open worldwide.

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£50 Fabric bundle by Minervacrafts

£50 Fabric bundle by Minervacrafts

MInervacrafts are generously donating a £50 hamper of fabric to one lucky winner.

MInervacrafts have a massive range of fabrics on their website and are very helpful if you ask for something in particular. To find out more, follow the link below.

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£20 Gift voucher by Fabric Godmother

£20 Gift voucher by Fabric Godmother

Fabric Godmother are offering one lucky winner a £20 gift voucher for their website. You might like to buy a pattern, fabric or notions with this!

Josie from Fabric Godmother has a wide range of fabrics and other products on her website and is well worth a look. Follow the link below to find out more.

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Maker's Workbook by Creative Industry

Maker's Workbook by Creative Industry

Claire from Creative Industry is offering one lucky winner her Maker’s Workbook. This is a great prize where you can organise your projects, plan new ones and have as a reference for the future.

Clare also sells Swedish tracing paper and ‘made by hand’ labels. Her products are a very high quality and great additions to your sewing stash. To find out more, follow the link below.

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Jean's Kit by SEWN Bristol

Jean's Kit by SEWN Bristol

Marie from SEWN BRISTOL is offering a jeans kit comprising of a metal zip, jeans buttons and a rivet kit. A must have if you are making jeans this autumn.

Marie owns SEWN BRISTOL, a haberdashery shop in the south-west of England. If you are close by, I highly recommend you pop in. Otherwise they also have an online shop which gorgeous fabrics, notions and more. Follow the link below.

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Spool holder by Laura ter Kuile

Spool holder by Laura ter Kuile

Laura ter Kuile makes handmade spool holders and she is offering one lucky winner the chance to own a small version of her one-of-a-kind designs.

Laura is an independent maker and you can check out all of her products by following the link below.

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To Enter:

To enter, go to the Sewing and Dressmaking Blogger Network on Facebook and request to join. Once you have been accepted you will see a post pinned to the top of the group page that will give you instructions on how to join and explain the rules.

The competition closes on 23/11/16 at 1pm GMT.

Good luck!

Disclaimer: Comments on this blogpost will not be considered entries. You must join the group to be eligible.

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