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Aislinn – the finished garment and a giveaway!

At last…my Aislinn is finished and ready to be worn.  It seems to have been a very long journey since I decided to knit this cardigan.


But my timing is uncharacteristically perfect.  Over the last week the weather has started to hint at Autumn and yesterday, as we headed to the park for the last time before school starts again tomorrow, it was cool enough to wear her and snatch a few photos.


I’ll admit to not liking a single one of these photos, but even so I think these photos show what a beautiful cardigan this is and, more importantly, how well it fits.  You’ll find my review about the knitting/fitting process here.


The yarn is Rown Tweed and whilst it is very pretty and very soft (although it has a whisper of scratchiness that means I’ll always wear this over a sleeve), I’m slightly wishful that I’d picked a crisper yarn with better stitch definition.

Aislin_harebell_pigtailStill…I’ve worn this a couple of times over the last week and each time someone has commented on how lovely it is.  It’s a dream to wear…as you’d imagine from a garment that actually fits…and is perfect to throw on as a jacket replacement when playing in the park.  I do love it!

I can’t wait to make my next CustomFit garment.  I’m not sure what it will be…I’ve lots of knitting and sewing ideas in my head at the moment.  But I’m off to Yarndale at the end of the month so you know I’ll be buying some yarn there!

In the meantime, Amy and her lovely team have very kindly offered one lucky reader the chance to give CustomFit a try for themselves.  Just enter below and keep your fingers crossed!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Impromptu giveaway – a new winner

Sadly Erin hasn’t come forward to collect the pattern so I asked Mr Random.org to pick another winner.

He said “2”….so that’s you Annette Tirette.  Congratulations.

Please email me (hello at pendlestitches dot com) with your address and I’ll get this in the post to you.


Spring Showers Jacket Giveaway

I’ve had so many lovely comments about my first version of the Spring Showers Jacket, I thought you’d like to know that Heidi is hosting a giveaway on her blog.

Spring Showers Jacket 9

There are 3 copies of the pattern up for grabs.  The giveaway ends in about 13 hours according to her Rafflecopter widget.  Off you go…good luck!

Vintage sewing pattern giveaway at The Vintage Home Sewist

Do you feel like snagging yourself a whole bundle of vintage sewing patterns?

scan-1504I thought that might get your attention! 😉

Well, Bessie from The Vintage Home Sewist has a giveaway running at the moment with a prize of not one, not two, but three $50 credits to her vintage pattern store.


I know…it’s a fabulous giveaway, right?

Why not hop right over there, right now, and throw your hat in the ring.

All images are shamelessly pilfered from The Vintage Home Sewist.  I cannot tell you how much I love that bottom pattern, even if I would have to grade the bejeezus out of it!

Another winner

Sadly I’ve not been contacted by Jackien and although I tried to contact her by email, it bounced back to me.

So…I’ve asked Mr Random.org to pick me another winner for the Simplicity pattern giveaway and he said:

Chica Andaluza


Chica…send me your address and I’ll get your pattern organised for you.

Simplicity giveaway…the winners

I’m really thrilled with the response to my review and giveaway on Simplicity 1886.

I’ve been wearing that top to death, and can only recommend it even more after having done so.  I LOVE it!

But enough about me…you’re here to find out who one the Simplicity pattern of their choice.

Drumroll please

The winners are:


Sewing Princess

Scruffy Badger

Congratulations ladies.  I can’t wait to see your creations.

Could you email me your address details and I’ll arrange for Simplicity to send the patterns directly to you.

3 simple ways to blow your sewing budget

Life chez Stitches hasn’t reached the point of routine yet.  Between odd school hours and trying to catch up on six weeks of abandoning the house in favour of family time, I’ve been so busy and tired I have hardly knit a stitch this week, let alone do any sewing.

I have however had time sitting around waiting for kids when I’ve been able to browse the interwebs and have found some new lovelies that I thought I’d share.

First up is a new indie pattern company, Named,

a Finnish clothing pattern label founded by sisters Saara and Laura Huhta…Named garments are a combination of Scandinavian clean-lined simplicity and interesting details. The aim of the collections is to bring a new perspective to making one’s own clothes and to support ethical and ecological consuming in contrast to a clothing industry focused on fast fashion.

The clothes are really cool…crisp, clean, modern lines.  Although I’m not sewing much for myself at the moment whilst the CrossFit does it’s work, I do have some Named patterns in my crosshairs:

Just click on any image for a bigger picture.

Named has also put out a full Fall/Winter collection of patterns which is a great idea, I think.  It’s a cohesive collection too. I’m happy that there is a slightly edgier pattern company out there.  I love retro styling, but I’d also like some more modern pieces in my wardrobe too, something that has been lacking for home sewists.

Saying that I like retro styling, thanks to the gorgeous Roisin (who got engaged to her handsome man last week…congratulations!) I’ve discovered another new pattern line, Pauline Alice.  Her first pattern, a vintagey shirt dress, is gorgeous.

Cami dress

Cami dress

Roisin has made a really cute version (you’d expect nothing less):

Picture shameless pilfered from Dolly Clacket

Picture shameless pilfered from Dolly Clacket

I am all over shirtdresses at the moment. This one’s on my list too!

It’s fabulous that the indie pattern scene is so healthy.  Not only does it give designers, who are usually women, an opportunity to express their creativity and support themselves outside of the normal corporate template, but it gives home sewists an every growing and increasingly diverse range of styles to choose from.  It’s just a “win-win” for everyone.  Long may it continue.

Up till now, however, this opportunity has really been limited to pattern designers, but at last, we have an indie fabric designer too…20th Century Cloth:

the home of new retro inspired fabrics…designed in London and printed in the UK


At £14 per half metre these are not cheap…but you are paying for the craftsmanship that goes into these amazing designs and, I’m hoping, a good quality fabric.  Although, really, you need a couple of metres for a dress, plus notions, so you’re still a damn site cheaper than some nasty High Street tat that’s made in a sweat shop in Bangladesh.

To be fair, though, you won’t need need to justify a purchase…just look at these gorgeous fabrics:

konabambusa_crimp-400x400I would so love this as a wiggle dress for Christmas parties (I know, I said the C word, but I did buy my first C present this week…).

modestonoir_crimp-400x400And I know I swore off black, but really, I think I could make a happy exception for this.

And whilst we’re heading into autumn here in the UK, this print is perfect for you southern hemisphere gals, just heading into spring.


Now that I’ve encouraged you to bust the sewing budget this month, don’t forget that my lovely Simplicity giveaway closes tonight.  Free patterns…woot.

I’ve got a crazy busy weekend (lots of activities with kids and dog, I need to clear the sewing room ready for my next project…box cushions for Lara Croft’s ma…and the pattern to set on the front of Aislinn). So if I don’t get to pick the winners until Monday, please don’t worry…I won’t forget.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend too.

Simplicity 1609 winner

One man’s meat is another man’s poison, or so they say. The same can be said of sewing patterns, no?

Simplicity 1609

Although Simplicity 1609 is not a style I could ever carry off, it’s proved a popular giveaway, and all of you had very stylish plans for this pattern.

Thank you all for entering, but, sadly, on this occasion there can be only one winner, and that, according to Random.org is……


who is planning to make it up in a lightweight wool for winter.  It think it will look gorgeous.

So congratulations Debby.  Please let me have your postal details and I’ll get this pattern out to you.

And don’t forget, I’ll have another pattern giveaway very soon.

Simplicity 1609 – Jiffy shift dress – Giveaway

I was recently thrilled to be approached by Simplicity to try some of their patterns, post a review, and host a giveaway.  I think it would have been foolish churlish to refuse.

So I didn’t. Tra la laaaaaaaa!

I’m currently working on the top I’m going to review, so the proper giveaway will come when I’ve finished that and can share it with you.

You know how it is with school holidays…sewing is the last thing you get to do! 😉

However, when I received my patterns I found that I had been sent 1609 by mistake and in the wrong size (it’s a 6 – 14), so the lovely folks at Simplicity are sending me the right pattern (woot!) and have said that I can share 1609 with you.

Simplicity 1609

Thanks, Simplicity.  It’s so kind of you.

So, whilst this dress isn’t my thing, it’s certainly an adorable pattern.  The wonderful Gertie has made 5, yes five!, versions of this.  That’s one hell of an endorsement.


image from www.blogforbettersewing.com

Check out Gertie’s blog for the other versions…they are all really cute. Although you wouldn’t expect anything less, would you?

To win this pattern just leave me a comment on this post before midnight GMT on Sunday 18th August.  I’d love to hear what fabric you’d make this up in.

I’ll be happy to post this anywhere in the world.

Bonne chance, mes amies!

Elegance & Elephants Bubble Pocket Shorts Giveaway

Heidi has done it again…

bpsThese are too fricking cute and super easy to make…ask me how I know…

I’ll be posting pics of Button in hers very soon, but in the meantime you can get your mitts on a copy of the pattern in Heidi’s pre-launch giveaway.

Trust me, you want this pattern…so why are you still here?  Go!  Enter!