Tuesday, 25 June 2013

New Look 6149 top, a coat revamp and a Giveaway.

Three years ago as a late birthday gift to myself I started this blog.

I knew a bit about sewing, I loved writing and I had learnt to photograph my projects with a digital camera  in order to post them over at Pattern Review. I remember how even doing that used to send me into palpitations and my first attempts at blogging were clumsy until I got into the swing of it.

Keeping an online journal was good for charting my own progress but the best part was getting to know other bloggers online and sometimes getting the chance to meet in real life. Some bloggers have said that we are all too nice, we rarely criticize one another but on reflection, this is a good thing. This is our happy place. Advice, if it is asked for, is given. Anything remotely negative is too easily taken the wrong way. There have been some fabulous bun fights on a variety of sites but this is not really what it is about. We are here to share our passions, yes?

In honour of my third Blogaversary I will be holding a giveaway, but more about that later.

What have I been up to? A top, from stash knit of course, using New Look 6149 link that has raglan seams that actually sit in the right place, and a collar taken from Kwik Sew 3032 link.

This cleverly curved drapey cowl fits onto a rounded v-neck. I raised the New Look neckline by 2.5 cm  at CF to get a good match. 

 On other matters, winter has finally hit here with cooler weather and rain, rain and more rain.  This is a land of droughts and flooding rain for sure. Jackets won't do, time to get the coats out. I had a lovely coat that I had made form Burda magazine 11-07-115 way back in 2008, reviewed here.

It had golden zippers with round gold ring pulls that I loved at the time but now had to go. I unpicked them and hand stitched the pocket seams. No more scratchy cold feeling when I put my hands in.

I love this coat but boy could I make it a lot better now. You can't see it's faults in photos but I know where they are :)

Anyway back to the giveaway. Here it is, never unfolded, never used, XS to XL in the envelope.
If you would like to be in the draw, totally random out of the hat, please leave a comment saying you want it. Drawn on 29th June. I'll ship it anywhere. 

In a break in the rain, some bright visitors to my balcony.

Lastly for all the photographers:  Instead of a supermoon on Saturday evening all we got here was this..

Drizzly rain and heavy mist, but I noticed lockets on the fence. I'm sure they weren't there before. Sweet.

Thank you for reading
xx Val.


  1. Happy third blogaversary Val - your blog is great, and I am full of admiration for your sewing. I know you could teach me a thing or two.. I agree totally that the blogsphere is our happy place, it certainly is for me. There is quite enough negativity in the world, it is good to have a pleasant spot to go to.
    Veeerrry nice new top; and of course, I'd love to be in the draw for the pattern. x

  2. Happy blogiversary! I would love to have visitors like you had, how pretty!

    Add my name to the draw for this pattern, I have wanted to try one of her patterns for a while now.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  3. Happy Blogaversary! I agree, the online sewing community is wonderful. If I could find some sewists in real life, I would become ridiculously giddy.

    I would love to enter your giveaway. Thanks!

  4. The online sewing community has encouraged me to try a lot more things that I wouldn't have even thought I could do and that includes outside of sewing. Before discovering sewing blogs I wouldn't have even thought of making my own sporty outerwear, bras, outdoor clothing and many other things. Even if I haven't made it yet! Congratulations on your blogversary... I'd love to be in the draw for the pattern, and I love the stripy tops you made a few weeks back!

  5. Congratulations! Confetti, balloons and scrumptious cupcakes to you!!! Please toss my name into the hat for this generous giveaway.

  6. Happy Blogaversary! Please enter me in the drawing for the giveaway.

  7. Happy blogaversary! I think we've been reading each others blogs since the beginning ;) You've always had such excellent advice and suggestions for me, and I thank you for that! That top looks like it would be perfect for nursing, so enter me please.

  8. Congratulations! Three years is a long time in blogland, I suppose. I am only a new member to the the sewing bloggers community, but I find it very inspirational. And I think you are right: It is nice that by and large we are all being nice. There is enough nastiness in real life, we don't want to mess up our hobbies with that, do me?

    Please enter me in the draw as well - the patterns look right up my street :-)

  9. Congratulations - three years and still going strong. I think your last post of the "onesy" will stay with me for a while, because I laughed and laughed (in a good natured way of course!)

    Blog bun fights? Love 'em, but not on my blog, when I was writing one. Yep, I welcome collusion over cold truth any day.

    Enter me in the draw - who knows? I might get lucky twice.

  10. Happy Blogoversary Valerie!
    Three years is quite an achievement. Blogs often fizzle out but yours has stayed strong, supported by the strong community you've built up, the friends you've made and great projects/posts such as the Onesie with Poo Hatch Parts 1 and 2!!

    Do point me in the way of bun and cat fights.... it can get a bit dull here sometimes but please don't enter me in the draw though as I have quite a backlog.

    Here's to the next year!

  11. Congrats on your 3 yr blog anniversary... Love that coat. and your blouse is so pretty. Happy sewing.

  12. Congrats on your blogoversary!

    I love the coat - this is the first winter in Melbourne in a long time that I have thought about the need for a winter coat! Great inspiration!

  13. Great top - love that fabric. And I bet that jacket is coming in handy in this horrible weather we are having. No draw for the pattern for me - just dropping by to say - nice work and happy birthday / anniversary!

  14. Congratulations! (I`m Your steady reader around a year).
    And the coat just looks fine. As also Your blouse.
    Thank You for the giveaway, please, count me in.

  15. Happy blogversary. Both top and coat look very good.

    PS: don't count me in for the draw, I already have too many patterns that are not made up.

  16. happy anniversary, yours is one of my favourite blogs. I would love to go into the draw for the pattern as it is one that I have admired for ages.

  17. Your coat is beautiful, as are the rainbow lorikeets. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  18. Happy blogaversary, Valerie! Love your pics of birds, mist, lockets... I missed the super moon as well, I was somewhere it could not be seen, so next year.

    Not in the draw (I already have my gift from you).

  19. Thank you ladies for your friendship, comments and support.
    The draw will be held at 6pm tonight, Sydney time. If I can figure out the internet random generator thingy I'll use that but I suspect you'll see shots of me with my hand in the hat.
    p.s The draw is open to anyone that wants it, regardless of previous giveaways.