Looking forward and a GIVEAWAY


Cappuccino Pattern Giveaway  Behind the Hedgerow

Happy Monday!  Well, we’ve all survived another Kid’s Clothes Week.  How much do you have to show for the last week of sewing?  For me it’s only one Celestial tee, one Hanami Dress and a handful of upcycled tees that I haven’t bothered to blog about.  Not my most productive KCW but hey-ho, onwards and upwards….

Now that our children are all accounted for in the clothing department (or at least that’s the idea!) we can happily turn our attention to selfish sewing.  There are two events coming up in the next month that I can’t wait to get involved in…and I hope you will too.

The first is Selfish Sewing Week and runs from 28 April – 3 May.  It is organised and run by Rachael of Imagine Gnats and this year, for the first time, will be hosted on Kollabora (as opposed to on Flickr).

Do you know Kollabora?  It’s a great place to share your makes and gather inspiration from others and aims to “unite makers, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts of all skill levels to get inspired, share projects, buy and sell PDF patterns, and connect with each other and their favorite brands.”  If you have a moment why don’t you get familiar with it before SSW gets underway?  You can see all my makes here and you can follow along with all the Selfish Sewing Week projects here.

If you’re familiar with adding your projects to Kollabora the only thing extra you need to do is add Selfish Sewing Week to the Inspired by box.  It will look something like this:

How to add your sewing projects to the Selfish Sewing Week group on Kollabora

I’ll be posting over at imagine gnats that week as one of the featured stitchers.  I’m going to be sewing and reviewing the Julia Cardigan from Mouse House Creations.  I love the look of this pattern and I can’t wait to get started on it!

You can also get lots of inspiration from the Selfish Sewing Week Pinterest board.

Once all that selfish sewing is complete, you’ll want to start wearing it, right?  Well, why not get involved with Me-Made-May 2014??  It’s hosted by So, Zo…What do you Know? and is a one-month long personal challenge of wearing your handmade duds.  You don’t need to have a blog, you don’t even need to sew anything in particular – you simply take the pledge and set yourself a personal challenge of wearing your handmade clothes for a certain proportion of the month.  For example, I have pledged to wear at least one item of handmade clothing a day for the month of May as well as having at least one handmade item on at least one of my kids each day.  You can read all about it and sign up by clicking the image below.

I also love this initiative because it gives us all pause for thought over the clothes we wear and ties in nicely with Fashion Revolution Day taking place NEXT WEEK on 24th April.  Sorry for repeating myself for those of you that already know, but Fashion Revolution Day is a wonderful opportunity for all us home sewists to stand together the help shape and change the future of the fashion industry on the one year anniversary of the Rana Plaza textile factory collapse in Bangladesh.  I would love for you to take a moment to read about it and sign up to wear something handmade inside out (#insideout #handmadeinsideout) on the 24th and share on social media.  Over 120 people have taken the pledge so far!  You don’t want to miss out!!

Now for the juicy bit…

The Giveaway!!

To help get you ready for these two events and to kick-start your sewing mo-jo, I’m hosting a giveaway of Liesl & Co’s new Cappuccino Dress and Tunic Pattern!  GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.

A while ago I wrote a Top 10 for Tuesday list of patterns similar to the Lisette Portfolio Dress (Simplicity 2245).  It’s this pattern that I used to sew the orange dress you see on my profile picture up there on the right.  Sadly this pattern has been discontinued but Liesl Gibson has updated and re-released the pattern as the Cappuccino Dress and Tunic under the Liesl & Co brand!!  Lucky for all us sewists!!  You can read all about the pattern here.

Liesl has kindly offered a copy of this PDF pattern to one lucky reader!  What a great way to kick off Selfish Sewing Week and Me-Made-May!

To enter all you have to do is leave a comment and tell me something fun!  The giveaway will be open until midnight on Monday 21st April (CET).  What fabric would you use for the Cappuccino dress?  How do you think the pattern compares to the original?  Do you have other specific plans for Selfish Sewing Week or Me-Made-May?  Have you signed up for Fashion Revolution Day??  I would LOVE to see some more names on the sign up!!  You don’t have to have a blog to participate.  To make it easy, all you have to do is click on the image below to take part:

Fashion Revolution Day. #insideout #handmadeinsideout

Thanks for reading and good luck to everyone with the giveaway!
Laura x

51 thoughts on “Looking forward and a GIVEAWAY

  1. Angela

    I would make it as a mod crazy beach coverup at least once, and maybe a somber dark hue too. I feel like this one would be a tried and true remake.

  2. Angela

    I love this pattern and would use a linen fabric for our super hot Texas summers. I’ve just started sewing garments for myself and would love to add this to my list of summer staples.

  3. Kristi

    So happy selfish sewing follows KCW. I’ve got fabric for two Lady Skater Dresses (that I’m dying to wear, now that the weather is warm), and an Archer Button Down.

    I’ve been lusting after a chambray Portfolio dress on Pinterest. Would love to add that to my long list of things to sew.

  4. Becki

    I’m new to sewing, having just made a couple of items I would very much love the opportunity to try out this pattern, it looks like it could become a summer essential!!

  5. nobutterfly

    I’m a selfish sewer most of the time I admit it, and I don’t feel any guilt about it. It’s my yoga time and it’s me wearing the “not so perfect” clothing “because I’m still learning it”. but I’m not always very good at finishing clothing. I love this dress, it’s very versatile and the V gives it a nice twist. I have different colour fabrics with prints in my stash, I could combine it with something plain. But I would also make one in a single color, maybe all red, to flash out this summer.
    By the way I have signed up for the pledge, but my name doesn’t appear among the bloggers, even after a few days.

    And now on my way to discover that new site, is it really helpful?

  6. Nicki

    Love, love, LOVE this pattern, it is on my wanty list! I’d like to make it in a cotton/silk blend. Also on that list is the Julia cardi, so I am super excited to see your version and hear your thoughts. Pleased you mentioned Fashion Revolution day as I signed up for it but with the Easter holidays in full swing it completely slipped my mind. I will add it to my calendar right now!

  7. Katie

    I think this would make a perfect wear-with-anything chambray dress!

    I’m definitely planning to participate in Me-Made May, but blogger hates me so I haven’t been able to “officially” sign up. I really hope to be able to participate in Sew-For-Myself Week (I’ve personally sworn off the term “selfish sewing”), but that’s the week before I’m scheduled to be in trial, so we’ll see!

  8. Janet Clark

    I love this pattern. I would sew it up in a lightweight cotton that looks a little like an African type print. I have plans for an indigo fabric – Merchant and Mills – and finally, I have started a cute jacket from a striped seersucker.

  9. Mary

    This pattern is on my wish list already. I’m currently sewing up lots of tops for Me Made May, so this would fit nicely in!

  10. mary

    I would use a lovely border print I bought years ago in Barcelona for the dress. I’m kind of scared to cut it, but this pattern would totally be worth it!

  11. Hannah

    Ooh, selfish sewing is such fun, can’t wait! I would definitely sew up the cappuccino dress in a dark coloured linen first then an awesome fun print!

  12. tracy

    Love the look of this pattern. I can totally see it in some true colors – something subtle – or in a bit of a wild floral for a bathing suit cover up this summer.

  13. julieourcheznous

    I rarely sew for myself (not because I don’t want to!) and definitely looking forward to selfish sewing week (planning on participating this time around!!!)…oh….and something fun?! I looooove brie! haha

  14. Christine

    Wonderful giveaway!!!! I really want to start sewing for myself. I love the pattern. I have no idea what fabric I would use. I probably would buy something new, blue, and floral.

  15. Kate

    I think Liberty lawn would have beautiful drape for this pattern, It is coming into winter here and I can see it with tights and boots.

  16. Meg

    I actually just finished my first garment I’ve ever made for myself, the tiny pocket tank. Fast, simple, and wearable!!!
    The portfolio is definitely one I’ve been eyeing–but maybe not for make #2…

  17. Lisa

    I have been dreaming about this pattern for a few weeks now. I think I’d try a denim with it, just to see how it turns out. Thanks so much for the chance to win! 🙂

  18. Mandi

    oooh – great dress & tunic! This weekend, I wore a purple 1-piece ski suit, hiked to the top of a mountain, skied down said mountain, and then danced for hours in the same outfit — it that fun, or what!?!?

  19. marisa

    I’d love to give this pattern a try. I have no idea what fabric I’d use, but I know I’d really enjoy shopping for exactly the right one!

  20. Mary

    Great giveaway! Something fun? My new guitar my hubby bought me for my birthday! A gorgeous 3/4 size 1958 Supro guitar—same age as me! (Too bad I can’t play 🙂

  21. shirley cree

    the patterns always look great in the pix…… in the mirror, not so much….. maybe, this next time…..

  22. kat

    I love the re release of this pattern, the v-neck is really cute! As for something fun… this weekend just gone I went to a garden show and spent an hour talking to members of the Australian Carnivorous Plant Society (for fans of Venus’s Flytraps, Pitcher Plants and other carnivorous plants). I had such a great time talking about these weird and amazing plants and made a bunch of new friends!

  23. HelenC19

    Hmmm. Something fun? A joke? One that’ll have you in stitches? Nope, can’t think of any…. However, I do have my eye on some of the new Mormor, and wonder how that would work with the new neckline.

  24. Becky

    Love this pattern, I have a Japanese crane print fabric that I would use. Also up for fashion revolution day to atone for my historical Primary sins…..I was young and feckless what can I say!

  25. Allison

    Would love to win the pattern–thanks for the giveaway. For fun: What is a pirate’s favorite restaurant? Arrrrby’s, of course!!

  26. Melwyk

    So glad that the Cappuccino is now available as I missed the first iteration! I’ve just signed up for MeMadeMay, but hadn’t heard of Selfish Sewing Week or Fashion Revolution Day… or for that matter, I didn’t know of Kollabora either! Something fun is how much there is to discover on other sewist’s blogs 🙂

  27. Annika

    Oh Laura, what a great giveaway. I’d love to sew that dress. I’ll also participate in all three events though my pledge for me made may will be to just wear self made items 2 days a week. I only recently started to sew for myself so I don’t have enough self made stuff to wear all the days…

  28. J in NY

    I just had baby #8 and am SOOOO ready to get out of maternity clothes, but not quite “ready” for my prepreg stuff. This tunic looks perfect to hide a little post-baby fluff!

  29. Max

    I love the cappuccino dress. I don’t have the Portfolio patter, but I do like the cute square at the centre neck. Overall I think Cappuccino will flatter more figure types and I am willing to give it a try because I read that this neck is easier to make!

  30. Ellen

    Thank you for the giveaway, it looks like a lovely pattern (great neckline) and I’d really like to give it a go. This year, I ‘m thinking of joining me made may for the first time! I don’t have a blog, so I am actually thinking if I should start one, or just participate through instagram… I do have some extra sewing to do though, to make sure I make it through.. But hey, that’s just extra motivation!

  31. Kitty

    I think this version of the pattern is much, much more successful for those of us with fuller busts. I have been meaning to order it, though winning a copy would be even better! My goal for this spring is to sew up a bunch of summer tops to replace the tshirts that are starting to get holey. I would love to make my own this year instead of heading to Target. I have some nice rayons and silk/cotton blends that I think would work wonderfully.

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