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Spring Sewing Swap …

Getting a parcel in the post is very exciting, especially if you know it’s going to be a sewing related one. If you know it’s going to be a sewing related one from Kathryn of Yes I Like That, then all the better! Low and behold, I came home last Friday to a lovely squidgy package oozing with sewing goodness.


I left it on the kitchen table (so restrained) while I did my hellos, checked the days exam situations, praised, soothed and hugged, supplied Jaffa cakes and drinks before settling down with a cup of tea and my parcel. What’s all this about? Did I mention Kerry’s Sewing Swap? Ooh, it’s great: You say “yes please Kerry, I’m in” and she pairs you up with another willing participant and basically you have a really thorough nose at their blog and make up a parcel of sewing goodies that you sincerely hope they will like.

I met Kathryn at the epic meet up in London where we had briefly spoken about her brogues … I greatly admired the way she stood at the edge of the room when the swap began with the seasoned others, while I tried hard to look nonchalant when actually I was chomping at the bit to get to the fabrics! She is absolutely lovely and has, amongst her great makes, a very thought provoking blog (but you probably know that already!). Look at what she gave me …

IMG_3040Look at these patterns (and gorgeous moth card)! A shirt dress with a pretty yoke and a sophisticated yet “very easy” (I like that bit) dress with a bateau neckline that will be great in the autumn. Then as if that’s not enough, a robe (or is it a dress?) with a hood. I can see myself in this on a summer evening with a G&T in the garden, very Margo Leadbetter (only without the poshness), I love it!

IMG_3042Fabrics galore, including some jersey polka dot! I love the blue and beige piece and that African wax print is gorgeous.


Ooh and that pink bit at the top, yes that’s for me too! Everything was wrapped in pretty ribbons and I thought I’d come to the end when I saw a polka dot paper bag hiding a gorgeous lace collar and a yoke insert that a certain young lady immediately held up and oohed over, so I think I know what I’ll be doing with that!

IMG_3041Thank you so much to Kathryn for a brilliant parcel and also thank you to Kerry for organising!

PS  It’s my birthday today, so parcels galore!


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