Fashionary contacted me several weeks ago and asked me if I would like to review their products. I was super excited because I really do love these products,they are great quality, simple to use, thoughtfully produced and useful resources.
I said yes because I already owned a Fashionary A5 Sketchbook and I love it. My sister-in-law gave it to me for my birthday, purchased from Stitch 56.
I’m more than happy to sing the praises of their products and share them with you. The A5 sketchbook is a hardcover book, lovely paper, three lightly printed figures per page and they also have oodles of useful information (reference book lists; websites; catwalk calendar, illustrations and names for a vast range of jackets, lapels, hats and more; as well as fabric type descriptions and common prints).
If you can’t draw – you can with a Fashionary. Thanks to the very faint figures on every page, you can get the proportions bang on every time. Seriously, you will feel like Leonardo Da Vinci (with ears). Some bloggers do amazing watercolours, colour and add prints to their designs (just check out Handmade by Carolyn who used this concept to document her paper doll project). Me? I’m a line drawing kinda gal. I’m that person who pretty much only looks at the line drawings on pattern websites. I love design details and that’s what inspires me, seamlines, darts, pleats etc – design possibilities based on the bare bones of a garment. But if you like to colour in, paint and whatnot – knock yourself out I say!
Really if you don’t have one – invest. They are brilliant. I have a BIG handbag (it’s from Madrid and I love love love it) so I carry it around for doodling when I feel like it.
What is Fashionary?
From their website: “Fashionary project started in 2009 – targets to bring efficiency to professional fashion designers and fellow fashionistas. Fashionary grew from a person’s vision to a fashion sketchbook line. Fashionary is an on-going project and it will keep improving with trends and customer feedbacks.”
Fashionary sent me…
The new Fashion Tape… it’s… “the World 1st tape marked with advanced body measurements. 30 Womens Measurements and 27 Mens Measurements are precisely marked on the white and black side of tape respectively with womens size: 38(EU), 10(UK), 6(US) and mens size: 48(EU), 38(UK, US).” I’ve never seen anything quite like this tape so for those pattern drafters and prospective pattern designers out there I think this could be right up your alley! Or you could just love collecting sewing notions (yup, guilty as charged) and want to add to your stash.
If you are not sure how you might use this… check our their website, they have some great resources including a little video…
and they also sent…
A set of mini Neon Fashionary booklets… I am going to give away all three – to three winners. I figure this way more people get a taste of the fun of Fashionary… and you’ve got more of a chance of winning!
These are little Fashionary notebooks – and apart from their disco covers which makes me feel like dancin’ – they are seriously cool. They are pint-sized, perfect for throwing into your handbag, each page is perforated so you can tear out your sketches and they also have several reference pages covering fabric types, measurements etc.
and these fabulous, fabulous postcards which shall be used to decorate the renovated Sew Busy Lizzy ‘Sewing Treehouse’ (it’s not really a treehouse but I look out into the trees…). I’m going to frame these and put them up as a series in my room – and yes I will share that with you once I’m done. It’s a huge job so it’s going to be awhile yet! It took a whole weekend to sort and fold my fabric stash!
Seriously how cute are they? And they even have shoes, accessories and men’s clothing!
I love inspiration – and these are perfect to surround me in the sewing room. It’s a bit like being surrounded by Pinterest… (I spend too much time there online so I need a bit of reality!).
I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading the Fashionary site and it’s well worth a visit… and there are more products that tempt me… particularly the tiger print Fashionaries… (hello Anne), and custom made Fashionaries!
ummmm and did I mention shipping is free… worldwide… hmmmm…
What to do in the giveaway draw?
So if you would like to win either the Fashionary Tape, a Neon Lite – or both – please complete
this online form via Survey Monkey (competition now over).
Your responses are completely confidential. I just realised that I could, and should, be using Survey Monkey to collect simple information for giveaways – so much faster, easier for you and me!
And if you just want to chat (or for some reason the form freaks you out) – comment in the WordPress fields below. Mwah.
Giveaway closes Thursday 31 August 2014. Winners will be selected via random draw.
I love the tape measure. Never seen anything like it before – I guess they are very useful for fashion design students. I’m going to the Fashionary website right now 🙂
By the way, I think Leonardo Da Vinci had ears – are you thinking of Van Gogh who cut off his own ear?
Doh! Of course. That will teach me to write after midnight!
I had no idea these note books existed. Obviously I desperately need one now! 😉
I hope this isn’t a double post.
I love the Fashionary items. The postcards are fabulous. If the notebook came in a leopard print, I’d be over the moon. Please toss my name into the hat for this fantastic giveaway.
How smart to use survey monkey for your giveaway! And thank you!
Do you think they are helpful or just cute? I am not sure I am much of a planner when it comes to sewing, whatever works is welcomed! 🙂
I think they are both. I love the reference pages which tell you the name of all the lapel styles, jacket types and so on. I also like the fabric description as I often see fabrics in Burba and wonder what the hell they are.
I’m also an inspiration stitcher but I love being able to scribble down an idea or an outfit that I’ve seen that I liked.
eheh, burda-confusion, guilty as well 😀
These look lovely. I use a plain notebook only because I didn’t know these existed. Thank you for showing us.
I’ve put my name into survey monkey and will keep my fingers/ bobbins crossed.
Those Neon versions are amazing. I certainly can’t draw, but I’d love to think Fashionary can change all that!
pick me pick me pick me!!!! One call out for each of the neon lites so they don’t feel unloved 😉 I have the red whippet series A5 fashionairy and it’s SO much fun, but I really want to dance the light fantastic with one that can live in my handbag all the time and is designed to be pulled apart & pinned to my sewing space! 😉
Oh you are too funny! Did you fill in the Survey Monkey form?
I loooooove my A5 Fashionary (perfect handbag size) and have jumped on your bandwagon for the Fashionary tape. I have also bought the Fashionary as gifts for my sewist friends, well those who hadn’t been converted by my preaching 😉
Yes please. I’ve been ogling over these for ages, but because I can’t draw to save myself I’ve been putting it off. Like you I go straight to the line drawings of the pattern and get frustrated quickly if I have to hunt for them. But you may have just changed my mind about needing one!
I just need the tape
hahaha-if the form freaks you out! I really do hate survey monkey because my boss sends out a survey about work drama at least once a week! hahaha i have PTSD from the form! 🙂
LOL does he send a form because he’s too scared to face down the drama?
I like both the Tape and Neon Light.