Ok so it’s already 4th January and I still haven’t blogged my 2013 plans – or even my Christmas presents – or my Lonsdale – or my just-finished MacCalls 6611 jacket – or the cardigan I finished knitting – or the lounge cushions I made… if you follow me on Twitter (I’m SewBusyLizzy – yes go figure) you might have seen some of my excessive creative output in the last month. Yes I’ve been SewBusy – although it didn’t feel that way!! Weird.
Good things come to those who wait! Blog posts to come on all of the above.
Today it shall just be my considerable Christmas pile.
First up – the most exciting box under the tree! All the way from New York and from GingerMakes herself!
Yes I had to lie down and fan myself… and get up and stroke the fabric again. Awwww this is going to make such a pretty girly dress!! It’s a deep navy background and a cotton sateen – a fabric I just adore – it’s so agreeable and friendly. I think in fabric store beauty contests it wins Miss Congeniality every time. Some grosgrain ribbon (this stuff feels beautiful – it must be the real stuff), thread, zippers (invisible and ‘normal’ – talk about thoughtful!) AND a vintage pattern. And if you want to see what I sent Ginger Makes – check it out here (don’t get too jealous about the rayon – it was Christmas)… I’m actually seriously tempted to go back and get some of that graphic print sateen for myself… but would that be blog-stalky weird??
A huge round of applause to the beautiful Vicki Kate behind the Very Merry Christmas Swap idea.
Then from the beloved ELH himself….
Yes, yes, we all love ELH don’t we? That’s the Couture Sewing handbook and the Papercut Watson Jacket pattern (which says an expert level of sewing competence is required. eeek). Once I figure out a way to clone ELH, I’m setting up an Etsy shop and I’ll post a link here ASAP, I promise.
And then from my parents-in-law…
Black/purple weave wool for a Basic Design Vogue jacket (I’ve got some deep purple lining for this jacket waiting) I like this jacket, it’s simple & classic. Plus more of double faced Marc Jacobs knit – this time in pink/fawn. Not sure if it will be another hoodie… perhaps a waterfall casual cardie instead… I’ll wait til the fabric lets me know its thoughts. These fabrics are from The Fabric Store in Sydney… oh how I love that shop, such a lovely space – even ELH was impressed.
Then I got a $30 Spotlight voucher. I’m trying to decide to get some sateen for a work dress or some fabric for my Watson jacket (hopefully a wearable muslin). Such momentous decisions!
Then the week before Christmas the delightful Anne of Pretty Grievances sent me a surprise pack with not one but two patterns in it. I knew one was coming but she popped this one in…
I’m not sure how she knew I strike those poses at work regularly – but there you go! I have fabric already to go. I just love it when someone suggests something for me to try – sewing isn’t just about sewing things I know I like but trying things I think I might like – or I’ve never tried. It’s a journey. Thank you Anne! (pssst I’m going to take part in Jungle January – another new thing for me – animal print!!)
Then on Christmas Eve – I know it’s been as season of decadence (I’m not a big festive eater so I have to bulge in other areas) – there was a package from the gorgeous Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow waiting for me at the post office! A bag and cutest wreath you have ever seen (made by Gillian herself – she is so clever!) AND a needle case. And the bag is in that groovy washi fabric! AND that’s some silk organza as well – the fabric of legend that I cannot buy in my town! Thank you xox.
I have packages for both these ladies but need some time to get to the post office. I had to send Scruffy Badger’s Pattern Pyramid package off this week and OMG how expensive is postage to the UK?? It’s not expensive – it’s obscene!! Does the Queen herself deliver the UK mail? That would take a long time as her car is veeeerrrry slow and then there is all that genteel waving to do – but perhaps Prince Phillip could chip in and toss the parcels out of the window as they go? So I’ll save my pennies for my next overseas post soon, I promise!
Thank you to everyone for your kind comments and wishes over the last few weeks – I luff you all 😉
Stacks of things to blog over the next couple of weeks – watch this space.
Oh you are too lucky!
Just two typos I noticed:
zippers (invisible and invisible – thoughtful!) AND a vintage pattern. And if you want to see what I sent Ginger Makes – check it out here (don’t get tto jealous about the rayon – it was Christmas)…
I’m assuming you got a visible and invisible zipper, and I’ll try not to be too jealous 😛
that’s me writing blog posts at night, blow-drying my hair and getting dinner ready. SewBusy! Thank you!
I lurve that additional surprise mccalls pattern – what awesome pleating detail on the skirt! You were obviously a very, very good girl in 2012 🙂
Yes I was awesomely good… better than I knew! I can’t decide between the sleeveless or the sleeved version for my work dress. Sleeveless probably more practical for me…
Ooooh, Papercut Watson – can’t wait to see you make that one! It’s an intriguing pattern, and I can see you rocking it!
I’m a little bit scared! Might have to go slow and ‘think’ – now that’s a challenge for me 😉
So. Much. Awesome.
Am loving the GingerMakes parcel!
’twas awesome. Requires an awesome dress!
Wowzers, what a loot!!! And yes actually, the Queen does deliver our mail…don’t be jealous ;o)
I’m impressed – she earns her keep!
Our mail seems to be delivered by one of Andrews kids- it’s not very timely or consistent! I knew you’d been a good girl last year- look at that loot!
Well at least Andrew’s kids are in fashion (as questionable as it may be). Almost all my pressies were sewing related – I think having an obsession makes for easy gift purchasing for everyone else 🙂 I’m very excited about both patterns! Can’t decide whether to make the sleeveless in black or the sleeved in red of the McCalls…
I just thought that bodice really suited you- I always love red, myself!
I’m so amazed at your thoughtfulness. It’s very me. I’ve got red fabric for it too! Just have to deal with the cheetah on the dining table first 🙂 it’s purring my name.
As they are want to do!
Great gifts! Can’t wait to see the Papercut Watson jacket. Just wish those shoes came with the McCalls pattern!
I’m pretty exicted about the Watson jacket – although a little nervous – there doesn’t seem to be too many of them being blogged about…
What a fabulous haul – no other word for it! That sateen is delicious. Can’t wait to see it all made up!
I think present giving is easy for people if you sew! And I might have helped out with a cheeky wish list on my blog…
What a bountiful sewing-related Christmas! I have a little New Year gift which I promised you long ago. Would you mind emailing your address to me once more? 🙂
Anyone would think I was obsessed with sewing – wonder where they would get that idea??
I am sew jealous of all of your loot and sewing friends! I have been following your blog for awhile.
This Christmas started early with the Sure-Fut Designs three kit combo from my beloved. A fabric gift card from my daughter, and a drive 40 minutes from her home to a different fabric store to spend my gift card.
We are back in La Paz and I have to start sewing and blogging.
I enjoy your blog.
I think that two old fisherman on a stubborn and slow burro deliver mail here.
Happy New Year!
It’s easy for family to think up presents when you are a stitcher isn’t it? That sure-fit designs package looks great – that will keep you busy for a while!
I have so many plans for 2013 for sewing – there are so many things to make and blog about. Happy New Year – and may be be filled with lots of fabulous sewing 🙂
I’m so glad you liked the parcel! The fabric seemed very “you”! And OMG I can’t wait to see what you do with the Watson jacket!!!!!
It is very ‘me’ 🙂 I’m trying to find some fabric to make the Watson. I want to do a test run before I get some ‘nice’ fabric to make it – I’m a little scared of it!!
Oh, and you should totally get some of that graphic sateen! Blog twinsies!
LOL that would be funny
I was admiring the Watson jacket as well. Father Christmas musn’t have got my message.
He sometimes gets busy with the kiddies I guess *sigh*
Ooo!! That cotton sateen is gorgeous!! I shall look forward to see it’s make.
It’s soooo pretty. I’m going to muslin the vintage bodice and see if it’s too big. If not I’m going to make it. So classy & girly!
That Fabric Store wool is delicious!
I can’t wait to make that up. Need to find some trim next. Praying spotlights selection is not too horrendous.
I”m so happy that my little package for you arrived just in time for Christmas! 🙂
You’ve got so many good projects ahead of you – Which to do first?
Oh it’s a big decision! It makes my head hurt thinking about it 🙂
I’m making a Pendrell at the moment… I’m not sure about it. I feel like a flying leopard…
Love those vintage patterns, did I tell you I bought one…I just keep looking at it and enjoying the artwork.
Isn’t the price of mail outrages these days? From Canada to everywhere…it’s bananas. You made me laugh anyways.
Vintage patterns are gorgeous, I’ve been seduced by envelope art many times!
You’ve been Sew Busy indeed. I’m also smitten by quite a few of those projects and the fabric, but the gift from your in-laws caught my eye (for all sorts of reasons). They must love having you as a daughter-in-law: very easy and rewarding to buy for! Look forward reading about all of these makes in due course, as well as the Busy work you did over the Christmas break.
I have lovely parents-in-law and extended family indeed. One thing I did leave off that SewBusy list was an apron I made for my mother-in-law this Christmas – she loved it!
Hello, so lovely to catch up on what you’ve been doing. I’ve been very quiet but I have continued to follow my favourite bloggers (that includes you!). Just wanted to say happy New Year and thank you for keeping me inspired xx
You have been very quiet, I was wondering about you this week and here you are 🙂
I’m coming over to London in April and Rachel of House of Pinheiro is organising a meet-up on 20 April (isn’t she lovely!) – love to see you there!!
Happy New Year – I’ve got lots of sewing planned…
Ooh there’s a reason to get sewing if ever I needed one! That would be lovely, how exciting!
There will be more details close to the time! I’m so excited. Can’t wait!
You HAVE been good! And what a great family you have as well – brilliant gift givers! And look forward to another package coming your way later this month…
I think it’s easy to find perfect gifts when you are buying for an obsessive hobbyist – but yes, all perfect gifts! I have so many ideas bubbling around in my head I don’t know what to sew first!!
awww such a great sewing xmas for you! 😀 so nice to get presents from all around the world!
It was indeed – I have been incredibly spoilt. Best Christmas ever!
Ooh, do tell all about the McCalls 6611 jacket. It is next in line at Sew Brunswick!! I am scheming while waiting for a day off. Excellent haul of gifts too!
It’s an awesome little jacket! I just need to take some pictures, I’m thrilled with mine.