First up today I’m zipper over to Ohio to visit my friend Ellen Gormley. Ellen is a talented crochet designer who I’ve been working with for years – she has a new crochet book out and she writes a great blog, Go Crochet. Ellen and I have been talking a lot of sewing lately, though, because it turns out that this summer, Ellen’s project with her ten-year-old daughter was for them both to learn to sew. So they bought a sewing machine and started stitching away. For Ellen’s stop on my blog tour, she reviewed Sewing in a Straight Line from the perspective of herself and her daughter — and to test out the book, they made a project from it! The photos above are ten-year-old “Chickee” cutting, sewing and modeling the Easy Breezy Blouse from my book. HOW AWESOME IS THAT??
I really can’t explain how happy it makes me to see Chickee successfully sewing this blouse! I love to see a young girl learning to sew, and I LOVE that she was ambitious enough to make her own garment. And out of chiffon, no less, which can be really tricky to sew. AND with French seams! This girl is amazing. I also love that Chickee proved that the garments in my book can be made in children’s sizes – because the instructions are all written so that you make the garments to your own body measurements, which means they can be made for any size person.
Well I could go on and on gushing about this, so I’ll stop for now and just say GOOD JOB to Chickee, and keep up the great sewing! Be sure to visit Ellen’s blog to read all about their process of making this top. Thanks Ellen and Chickee for being part of my blog tour!
Next up, I’m winging over to San Francisco by way of Portland, Oregon for a visit with Diane from CraftZine. Diane is sharing a free downloadable pattern from my book – the 15-Minute Shams! That’s right, you can make these sweet little shams in just minutes each, and the pattern is free for the taking over at CraftZine. So head over there to get your copy. Thanks, Diane, for being part of my blog tour!
Finally, it’s giveaway time! Today I’m sharing another great Simplicity product — the Simplicity Deluxe Sidewinder!
Don’t you just hate it when you’re sewing along, all nice and neat, feeling so pleased with yourself because your project is turning out so well…. when all of a sudden you realize that you’re not sewing anything at all because your bobbin ran out way back when, and all you’re doing is poking holes in your fabric with your needle? And then cursing ensues? I hate that too. Well, the Simplicity Deluxe Sidewinder takes (some of) the pain out of bobbins running out, because it allows you to rewind your bobbins separately from your machine, so you don’t have to stop, unthread, and rethread your sewing machine. It’s also great for pre-winding bobbins, and is especially great for winding specialty threads because it allows you to control the tension and speed as you wind. All in all, the Sidewinder is a great little tool! And I’ve got one to give away! (Retail value $99.)
To enter to win, leave a comment on this post and tell me if YOU’VE ever taught a child to sew. (It’s okay if you haven’t – there are no wrong answers!) A winner will be chosen by random number generator. Thank you for playing! THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED; SEE CURRENT POSTS FOR CURRENT GIVEAWAYS.
Thank you Simplicity for sponsoring this giveaway!