Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Floral Asphalt Voile Maternity Washi Dress

If that title isn't a mouthful I don't know what is!

So the lovely Sara from Sew Sweetness sent me some Floral Asphalt in Voile from her new fabric line, Jungle Avenue.

I've never used voile before (apart from curtain voile which is completely different!) and I was amazed at how something so soft and buttery feeling, so lightweight could still be 100% cotton and sturdy enough to cut and sew with...without it being a pain in the neck! Let me tell you, this voile achieves all of that and more besides, the pattern printed on it is kinda cute too!

Here's what I made with it, a maternity Washi dress using the same edits as when I made my curtain Washi dress. I just made the nursing version with hidden invisible zip under the neckline bow.


I'm currently 32.5 weeks pregnant, 7.5 weeks to go!

I love everything about this dress, it's comfortable, keeps me cool and is so very soft to wear! The print is way brighter than anything I'd usually wear, but I love that it pushed me out of my comfort zone and I got so many compliments the first time I wore it, I'm sold on the fun, bright print!!

Without even trying I managed to get a big hot pink flower front and centre of my bump...how's that for hidden talent?

Yes, I do feel wide, why do you ask?
I'm so chuffed with this dress and so thankful to Sara for sending me some of this voile, I would recommend it to anyone! I've got a fair few scraps left and don't know what to do with them. If you can think of something, please comment below and I'll post them to you to carry on the Jungle Ave fever!

Oh, and in closing, here's how this dress makes me feel.....CRAZY!!


What would you be able to make with my scraps? They're not massive but there's some not too bad sized pieces.

Table is 150cm x 120cm (59" x 47")


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Elephant Skyline Peanut Swaddler

As if by magic, two fabulous things happened to me this last few months. Firstly I was sent some of the softest knit ever in an incredibly cute design, and secondly I stumbled across Sugar Tart Crafts Peanut Swaddler tutorial.

Cue choirs singing, light shining from behind the clouds etc...match made in heaven!


I bought a pink double zip because I'm still too much of a doofus to give making my own a go!

Unfortunately we're still at least two months away from having a real life model for this swaddler....enter creepy childhood doll in Jesus pose!


My nan knitted this little outfit for my dolly when I was a child, I remember having a lemon & pink one too but that's long since been lost in the mists of time.


With the double zip you can easily gain access to change the baby's nappy without having to completely un-swaddle and risk waking them (Apparently...I'll let you know how that goes when I try it for real!)


I'm hoping a real baby won't look quite so odd because she'll have her arms tucked in nicely rather than trying to do the Jesus pose.

I'm totally in love with this Elephant Skyline knit from Sara at Sew Sweetness' Jungle Ave line of fabric. It's a special edition by Art gallery fabrics so I don't think it'll be around forever. The print is really fun and I've got a large chunk left. I wonder if I can squeeze an adult size T shirt out of what I've got left....?

Thank you so much Sara for sending me some of this knit, it's gorgeous and I know baby Elvis is going to love her new swaddler! It's lightweight enough to not over-heat her but cosy enough to comfort her.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Back to school Bookbag Backpack deal

Lovely friends, our schools here have literally just broken up this week....however, I'm aware that in many parts of the world the schools are going back next month!

If this is you and you want to make a new bookbag backpack for your darling to take back to school with them (or yourself!) then count this as your lucky week!



I've reduced the Bookbag backpack PDF sewing pattern in my Etsy store by 20% to just £4. That's less than $7 (at last conversion!).

Here are some examples of Bookbags that have been made to tempt you!


Made by Dee

Made by Maria

Made by Maria
There's no discount code needed, just pop over to my Etsy store and add the Bookbag backpack pattern at the new reduced price!

Monday, 21 July 2014

Me & You blocks

I finally finished the 'Me' and 'You' blocks for Thomas Knauer and sent them off last week!


He's still accepting submissions and hopefully the quilt will be featured in his next book. I'm a total rookie at paper piecing but it was nice to have a go!

Just for the record, here's a bonus pic of me this time last week with just under 10 weeks to go!

Yes, I'm sure it's not twins....





Bag of the Month club winners!

Thank you so much to all of you that have joined the Bag of the Month Club for 2013.

We have all enjoyed, with much anticipation, waiting to see what new pattern will be sent to us on the first of each month. Even if you haven't made one yet, these are such great patterns to have in your collection.

This has also been a great learning experience for all of us working on the planning and organization of the club. It has been a great success! Watch for next year's club, in Jan of 2015, it's going to be a lot of fun!

On To The Prizes:

There were so very many gorgeous bags entered on the flickr group, and it was a large task for the designers to judge them. We all had a difficult time narrowing the winners down to two. The ladies in the club have entered bags in such a high caliber, and you should all be very proud of your work!

Thank you and appreciation goes to our sponsors, who have generously contributed these prizes for us!

And now for the winners: If you are chosen to be winner in any of the categories below, please email Janelle MacKay at janelle@emmalinebags.com.

 1st Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Pink Castle Fabrics
20£ Gift Certificate from Minerva Crafts
3 PDF Sewing Patterns of the Winners choice from Sew Sweetness
4 Spools of Aurifil Thread

2nd Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics

 1st Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Pink Castle Fabrics
20£ Gift Certificate from Minerva Crafts
3 PDF Sewing Patterns of the Winners choice from Emmaline Bags
4 Spools of Aurifil Thread

2nd Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics

 1st Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Southern Fabrics
20£ Gift Certificate from Minerva Crafts
3 PDF Sewing Patterns of the Winners choice from Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H.
4 Spools of Aurifil Thread

2nd Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics

1st Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Online Fabric Store
20£ Gift Certificate from Village Haberdashery
3 PDF Sewing Patterns of the Winners choice from Betz White
4 Spools of Aurifil Thread

2nd Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics

 1st Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Online Fabric Store
20£ Gift Certificate from Village Haberdashery
3 PDF Sewing Patterns of the Winners choice from Noodlehead
4 Spools of Aurifil Thread

2nd Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics

 1st Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Crimsontate Fabrics
20£ Gift Certificate from Village Haberdashery
3 PDF Sewing Patterns of the Winners choice from Chris W. Designs
4 Spools of Aurifil Thread

2nd Prize:
25$ Gift Certificate from Pink Chalk Fabrics


1st Prize:
50$ Gift Certificate Fat Quarter Shop
12 Spools of Aurifil Thread

2nd Prize:
50$ Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop
4 Spools of Aurifil Thread

To buy the individual patterns please see each designer's store.

January: Sew Sweetness (pattern not available yet individually)
February: Emmaline Bags
March: Sewing patterns by Mrs H
April: Betz White (pattern not available yet individually)
May: Noodlehead
June: Chris W Designs


Congratulations to all of the winners!
From Sara, Janelle, Samantha, Anna, Betz, & Christine

p.s. I apologise for the delay posting this, auto-post failed me, I thought it would go on Friday!