Sewing Suprises inspiration and ideas

(this isnt my image - ive stolen it from the internet)

(this isn’t my image – ive stolen it from the internet)

Ideas to help you along the way…

March matches have been made and emails have been sent!

i thought id give you some ideas as to what you could send in your package…


Sewing bits and bobs (buttons, zips, embellishments, bias, ribbon, snaps etc)

Homemade CD you can sew to

Sewing patterns

A personalised tutorial

The items can be yours/bought/thrifted/hand-made/vintage

It’s amazing that your partner could find inspiration from the tiniest little detail you give so get chatty! Don’t be afraid to ask questions but remember if there’s something you really want it may not be possible for your partner to provide it.

The whole idea of the swap is that you get a nice surprise.. And possibly things you wouldn’t pick up in the store or maybe even have easy access to in your country.

For example (if it was me..)

things you love other than sewing? I snail mail, love to cook, read and travel.

A list of favourites for me its owls, Paris, New York, skulls, butterflies, black, pink, vintage, Stars, Autumn

My sewing wish list – to sew my own dresses and actually wear them!

It could be stuff you collect, places you want to see, books you want to read, favourite quotes etc

As well as swapping a packages your creating a new friendship so go share.

***please remember where you are posting to when choosing the items you are sending***


Seriously I thought basting was something you did to a turkey…

My first clothing attempt … Burda (8155) skirt.

Falling lucky with the fabric which was found on a remnant stall and purchased for £1 I decided I was feeling brave and I was going to attempt and conquer the pencil skirt pattern which was recommended to me by someone on twitter.

I’m seriously loving the encouragement I get from social networking – I wish these lovely ladies where my neighbours! I would bake them cakes and everything!

So the beginning part…

I decided to trace the pattern, thinking in the future when I am a sewing goddess I could make different sizes for friends and relatives. Tracing the pattern was easier than I expected – some greaseproof paper, weights (house ornaments) a pencil and 30 minutes later I had my pattern pieces.

I started out with good intentions reading the instructions and following them with military precision….then I got to the zip and it may as well have been written in French – as I mention in the blog title I had to baste the zip (cue googling until I found the sewing meaning of the word!) but by this point the damage was done and my oh this is going well I am a sewing genius attitude took a knock! So I made up my own instructions on how to sew a zip! AND it actually looks ok, whoop!

So now I’m onto the final part which is the waistband, I swapped the order of sewing as I felt more comfortable doing something’s first then got around to the others. I discovered a possible problem…the waistband didn’t fit my waist even though I cut it to exact pattern size!!! So I’ve decided to re-cut it to fit me and ‘make it work’ with the rest of the skirt as the skirt fits just fine….for now!

I’m hoping after a little buttonhole googling the skirt will be finished for this weekend!

So fingers crossed the next post is titled – ‘ta-da’ my sparkly new pencil skirt (that I’m actually going to wear) and there is a million pretty pictures to show you all my efforts.

But for now here’s a sneaky peak of ‘work in progress’…


Thank you for reading and for all of your lovely comments… I can’t believe I’m on the verge of completing my first piece of clothing when last year I doubted if I could even sew a straight line!