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Thank you, Secret Santa!

This is a special post! A post full of wonderful surprises! All surprises thanks to Minerva and Love Notions. Listen here:

About a month ago Tami and Tessa from Love Notions announced they wanted to thank us for all the hard work as an ambassador and this by organizing a ‘Secret Santa’ swap. All would be paid by Love Notions! We chose fabric for another ambassador, Love Notions placed the order and the linked ambassador would not know who the package came from. Who would not want to join in something fun!

Choosing fabric for someone else wasn’t so easy! Of course we know each other a bit through Facebook, but still.

We were allowed to communicate our preferences and I indicated that I had never made a Serenity Sweater or otherwise I also wanted to sew a Sabrina Slims or Willow top.

With a few preferences to pass on, I hoped it would not be very difficult to choose fabrics for me. On the other hand, my linked person did not specify preferences, I had carte blanche! That was exciting! 

I still remember my package arrived on Friday. The Floral Print Plaid Dress Fabric was so gorgeous and because it had just a tiny bit of stretch I decided to make a Cadence instead of Sabrina Slims. On the website I only saw so far summery versions so it was time to make a fall example! I think it’s a very female dress. The bust darts giving it the perfect shape and as you know me I’m a fan of the ruffle sleeves!

More features:

·       the Cadence is a shift-style dress & top meant for woven

·       darts at the bust give the dress shaping, while the ease through the waist and hips give you a comfortable, easy to wear fit

·       the neckline and arms are finished with facings for easy construction

·       three lengths are included: shirt, knee length dress and maxi dress

·       five sleeve options are included: tank, short, 3/4, flare & bishop

·        two neckline options are also included: scoop or notched scoop

I also made a belt from the same fabric to accentuate my waist more. This way I can choose how I want to wear it.

A few days later I got another package, how on earth was it possible! Another two fabrics! Hello Serenity Sweater and Sabrina Slims! Because of the good conditions from Minerva Crafts, my Secret Santa could even order three fabrics with the given budget, wow! Thank you so much!

The Textured Knitted Stretch Jersey in Mocha for the Serenity Sweater was a great additional on my wardrobe and great to match with the rest. The medium weight fabric drapes and hangs beautifully! I matched it with rtw pants; but it would also match good with the Classic Pants. Simple but so stylish!

The Serenity Sweater is a great layering piece when it’s cooling down. You can adjust the crossover front with a simple button to bring it up or down if you want to. There are two lengths included: hip length (hits at full hip) and the cropped length (hits just below the natural waist). The hip length can sewn with a straight hem at the back or a longer, curved hem. The cropped length has a straight back hem. I made the hip length with the longer curved hem and this with long sleeves.

The Black & White ponte plaid was a dream to sew with and the fit (it’s my second Sabrina Slims!) even better. Last time I made it in a stretch jeans, but this ponte is so soft to wear and give me the suitable wearing comfort.

The Sabrina Slims were inspired by the 1950’s ‘cigarette’ style pants and it features a wide contoured waistband that sits just below the navel. It has a slim fit through the waist and hips and straight from the knees down to ankle. Instructions are included if you want to lengthen.

Next time I have to match my print more precisely. I matched it with an rtw top but a black or red Forte would also be great with it.

When all posts are live I will finally know who picked my stuff! And I hope that the person I chose fabric for is happy with my fabric choice and chosen pattern.

I hope you enjoyed reading my adventure. Thank you so much Tami and Tessa from Love Notions and Minerva <3

Thanks for stopping by,

Ilse from @sewsewilse

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Nicole Cnoops said:

What a great job you did and every piece is so much you, your Santa picked well. · 22nd Nov 2019 08:34am