Truth be told...I like presents....no, I LOVE presents. Big or small, home made or purchased... I absolutely love receiving gifts. I have family (especially my sister) to thank for that....I was spoiled, so receiving gifts is definitely my love language. It's a big world and when someone takes the time to show little ole' me that they care, it means so much too me. o:-)
Now imagine my delight that during this month, my birth month, I received a bevy of wonderful gifts from even more wonderful people!!
Marsha from Textile Studio Patterns was gracious enough to donate gift certificates for the winners of the Pattern Review RTW Contest. I PROMPTLY reedeem my prize with a this handsome load of fabric. It just came in yesterday....aren't they GAW-JUS!!! I definitely recommend her taste in fabric!!!
All That Jazz Jersey Knit
Nicole Miller Ivory Eyelet
Nicole Miller Metallic Brown Novelty
Another White Shirting
Secret Pocket gave me a great gift...she put me on to the vintage DRTIZ bound buttonhole maker. Once she posted the tutorial on how to use it...I HAD to have one....(..I think I'm becoming a notion-aholic!) Luckily there happened to be one on Ebay at the same time! I stalked that little puppy for the last 3 minutes of the auction until it was all mine. It came with the instruction sheet (let me know if you need a copy if it) and assorted notions from the 50's. Thanks for sharing Dawn!!
While on the hunt for a dress for my party I *accidentally* found myself in the garment district and inside of Sil Thread....my favorite place to shop for notions. They carry a large inventory of Clover products which I actually favor over Dritz because Clover tends to focus on modernizing classic notions by making them even easier to use...and cuter :-) Case in point. They are, however, slightly pricer that Dritz, but worth it in my eyes because they offer quality products.
I picked up 3 Chalk powder dispensing pens. Classic white, blue and for kicks-pink! If you still use tailors chalk, or a chalk pencil PLEASE do yourself the favor and get a powder dispenser! Why you ask? For one, solid chalk will force your draaaggg your fabric while your marking which affect the fabric position and grain line for loose wovens. Not to mention you may have drag your chalk over and over to get a decent mark. The dispenser lays trail of chalk power on to the fabric via the pinwheel at the tip. The Clover pen is tapered that top so that you can mark with pen like accuracy. Neat, no?
I also picked up a double tracing wheel since I am now a BWOF convert. Here are Cidell's thoughts on tracing BWOF patterns.
I got a Clover 1/2" Bias tape maker (they also have 1/4", 3/4", 1", and 2") because I can never find bias tape in the right colors. I haven't used it yet but it has great review on JoAnn's website. Also a Clover buttonhole cutter made its way in my cart, because it only takes ONE time for me to accidentally snip into my freshly sewn buttonhole for me realize I need one. I just need to figure out what goes below the buttonhole when using the cutter.....thoughts?
Lastly I picked up this Combicut tweezer - seam ripper combo. Slide left to rip seams - slide right to tweeze hard to reach stragglers. Now I don't need to run to by cosmetic drawer!
It's been about a year and 1/2 since I started S-Factor and every minute has it been amazing. Not only has it helped me maintain my girlish figure but I have a great time with my fellow S-girls. Now thanks to my Honnie, I can get my S on at home!!! (Yes...its a pole, lol)
Till next time..Smooches!!