I actually had time to have a go with a new gadget I acquired this week-end. This was a treat to myself from John Lewis. A kit for adding poppers/eyelets etc. In the past I have always had to hammer on poppers which is really frustrating as I usually end up finishing things late at night and have to go on a hunt for the hammer! Its also noisy and generally inconvenient. Well not any more! Now I use my fancy new tool and with one squeeze, the popper is attached. I love it already.
The kit also lets you attach eyelets. The last time I tried to put in an eyelet I broke the tool and it was a complete disaster. This time it worked perfectly at the first attempt. I am so excited!
Izzy was also very excited as she managed to sew on a button all by herself. She even threaded the needle herself and didn't have any help at all with the button. I was so proud of her!
I went to a vintage flea market this morning with my friend Debi. I wasn't sure what to expect but it was great. I was quite restrained but couldn't resist this lovely piece of fabric. Its so pretty. Its much more blue than in the photo and I think I might make a skirt for Izzy out of it.
Some lovely ribbon
Some bias binding for dresses
Some doilies. If you look at my Pinterest page you will see why!
Some old postcards for a project Izzy is doing on Isambard Kingdom Brunel
and a lovely skirt which I thought was really old and vintage until I looked at the label and it said Per Una!! It was only £3.50 though so I bought it anyway. Its really pretty
Some lovely new pillowcase dresses arrived this week. The third parcel of dresses from the very kind Pauline. 20 dresses all as pretty as ever in a range of sizes and colours. Gorgeous!
and another 40 dresses from Jo who has sent literally hundreds of dresses. I don't know how she does it!! Again all of the dresses are absolutely beautiful with lovely pockets and little details. Such a treat opening these two parcels. I have learnt so much too from all your different ideas. You can find Jo's blog here
Don't forget you can still enter my giveaway here to win £50 of Experience Day vouchers to spend as you choose and if you like my blog please can you vote for me for Sewing Blog of the year here. A chance to win some fabric to make more dresses!!
Forgot to mention that 250 dresses were collected today to start their journey to Malawi. I'm going in to a local college soon to talk to the textiles students about getting involved in making dresses and I'm having my first pillowcase dress workshop with the #Pinaddicts team in March. Exciting times ahead!!