Excitement reached fever pitch in my house this morning when I took possession of my swap parcel from Cindy at Cation Designs. I had the very good fortune of being partnered with Cindy as part of Kerry's Summer Sewing Swap. I don't get out much, so the glamour of a parcel with a San Francisco postmark almost tipped me over the edge! Here's what was inside:-
A pretty floral thrifted sheet. Making beautiful dresses from thrifted sheets has become Cindy's signature sewing style, this one being my favourite. With perfect timing, she's just written this guest post, which includes tips on sewing with them. Hoorah. Cindy even washed the sheet and trimmed the elastic edges off before she sent it to me. How's that for devotion to duty?!
Very fine, polka dot cotton lawn. Oh, I can do so much with this.... Cindy's clearly been reading my blog!
A darling, mid 1960's dress pattern. I think I'll go for view B as I like a short sleeve. There was even a little note included to say that the Chinese character on the front says 'flower', meaning florals are OK for this pattern. I love little personal details like that.
A bunch of vintage bias binding and, wait for it...rayon seam binding. Stateside bloggers will probably be shaking their heads in bemusement reading this, but after seeing it on so many of their fabulous creations, I've always wanted to try it out and it's just not available over here. Well now I can.
Really pretty royal blue and gold flower buttons.
She also chucked in a couple of extras from the "couldn't resist" category:
Coffee shop transfers - I'll be adding these to everything that moves thank you very much.
A union jack guitar patch....in sequins! How cool is that? I know one 10 year old boy who'll be claiming this as his own the minute he gets home from school....
The rules of the swap advised us to read our partner's blog and correspond with them to find out their likes and dislikes. This was one of the aspects of the swap I enjoyed the most. Cindy's blog was new to me, so it was fascinating to find out about her this way. It was good advice too, as I loved every single thing in my swap parcel. Thanks Cindy for being a fab swap partner and a total sweetheart as well, and thanks to Kerry for organising such a fun project.
Want to find out what I sent Cindy? Read all about it here. x