Hello friends! I hope you're all enjoying this holiday season. I've been busy busy with company, food, festivities and growing a human being in my belly, but not really doing much sewing, which is why I'm SO SO SO excited to have something to share with you today! I've teamed up with two other new designers and a slew of stellar sewist bloggers to bring you the Holiday Debut Blog Tour.
The Holiday Debut Blog Tour celebrates the end of their debut year for three new designers: Saskia Smith of The Wolf and the Tree, Gabriela Longfish of Chalk and Notch, and Holli Coats of Hello Holli. Patterns from each of the three designers are featured in holiday themed looks for girls, with an all star line up of bloggers sharing their fabulous makes. The tour will run from December 7-12, with bloggers each day sharing the holiday looks they've created from these patterns.
Monday, Dec 7th: Willow & Stitch | East & Eden | In a manner of sewing | Climbing the Willow Tuesday, Dec 8th: Kaleidothought | Feathers Flights | Connected by a Thread | Call Ajaire Wednesday, Dec 9th: Rebel & Malice | Free Notion | The Whole Sh-Bang | House of Estrela Thursday, Dec 10th: Candice Ayala | Cindy Parrett | Hi and Hello | Made by Toya Friday, Dec 11th: Just Add Fabric | Conversas de Hermanas | Glitter+Wit | Sew Starly Saturday, Dec 12th: Paisley Roots | Petit a Petit + family | Life With Zeke | Made by Sara
And since I've teamed up with two other new designers, we thought we'd take this opportunity before the tour starts to introduce ourselves to those who may not know us yet. Make sure you go read Gabriela and Saskia's intro so you can get to know these amazing designers as well!
A little about me...
I've been sewing for 20 of my 28 years on this earth. My mom enrolled me in a neighborhood sewing class after I started using her fabric scraps to fashion clothes for my Barbies. My love for sewing has always been a part of my life, but when I was pregnant with my first daughter 5 years ago my love became more of an addiction. I've been sewing non stop these past 5 years, mostly things for my children. I love to refashion and upcycle and I learned a lot about construction and fit by trial and error, taking things apart stitch by stitch and reimagining them as something else or altering the fit to suit my needs. In early 2015 my birthday came around and I asked for peace and quiet, haha! My husband was set to book a hotel for me for a night, but then I quickly changed my mind and asked to be enrolled in Lauren Dahl's Pattern Workshop course instead. I haven't regretted that for a second. I spent the first part of the year pouring over drafting books and learning the ins and outs of illustrator and digital drafting, and in June I released my first pattern, the Blue Ridge Dress. I'm delighted to be on this pattern making journey and I have more in store!
Along with some amazing inspiration coming your way, we've got an awesome giveaway lined up thanks to the support of many fellow designers and fabric shops. The online sewing community is full of the best kind of people, and this is proof- Over $300 worth of prizes being offered to one lucky winner, all generously donated by our sponsors to help make this blog tour a success. Make sure you check out the posts throughout the tour to enter the giveaway via rafflecopter. The winner will be chosen at random and announced at the end of the tour.
Fabric Shops Gift Certificates: $50 BWD Fabrics & Supplies | $50 Imagine Gnats | 20 EU Girl Charlee UK Sewing Patterns: Hello Holli-Blue Ridge Dress | The Wolf and the Tree-choice of pattern | Chalk and Notch-Fishtail Kimono | Baste+Gather-Copy of all patterns | True Bias-Men’s Hudson Pants | Jennuine Design-choice of pattern | Sew Sweetness-choice of pattern | Radiant Home Studios-Highland House Pattern | Paisley Roots- copy of all patterns | Atelier Louise-Silver Sans Sandal pattern | Tinman Pattern-choice of pattern | Pattern Pieces-Fun Tee Pattern | Lorelei Jayne-Tech Pouch pattern | Designs by Call Ajaire-choice of pattern | The Ruffled Stitch-Flower Stripe Top/Dress pattern | Petit a Petit Family-choice of 2 patterns Gifts: $25 Sew Sew Rachel
Are you excited!? I am! You can check back here throughout the week for updates and links to each featured blogger of the day. In addition to the giveaway, I'll be giving away copies of my pattern via Instagram throughout the week, so be sure to follow me there and follow Gabriela and Saskia for more chances to win, too! Use the hashtag #holidaydebutblogtour to see some sneak peeks and follow what everyone is sharing!