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Liebster Blog Award

May 5, 2013 · 17 comments

I love the online sewing community, everyone is just so darn nice! As a consequence of all this niceness I have somehow managed to be nominated for the Leibster Blog Award by no less than five different lovely ladies.

I have also been super slow at actually posting about this and answering your questions- so sorry about my terrible rudeness girls! I think the probable cause of this is that I’m pretty rubbish at answering questions about myself hehe!

So anyway a massive thank you to Rachel of Raywuwei, Fiona of Diary of a Chainstitcher, Thimble and Cork, Katy of Sleek Silhouette and Claire of I Want to be a Turtle. I am so chuffed that you like my blog enough to nominate me.

In order to avoid having a really long and rambling post I thought the best thing to do was to pick a good selection of the questions that you were all kind enough to ask me.  Here they are:

What is your favourite part of sewing?

For me the best part of sewing is the initial inspiration stage. I LOVE seeing something and knowing that I can recreate it- and then drafting or finding a pattern and the fabric. So much fun! I also really love hand finishing techniques as I find them really therapeutic.

Is there anything challenging that you haven’t made yet but would like to ? (mine would be tailoring a jacket)

Oooo yes I really want to make some structured lingerie- I actually recently bought a little kit from Etsy that has all the bits and pieces you need to make a bra! Unfortunately underwear and nightwear always ends up lower down my list than clothing so I haven’t got round to this yet.

What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for something you’ve made?

Since starting my blog I have been blown away by the all the lovely, lovely comments, compliments and ideas that I have received from readers I don’t think I could possibly pick just one.

Do you have any aspirations for taking your sewing further, such as starting up a pattern label, opening a shop?

Yes I would absolutely LOVE to have a little pattern label, sewing school or shop.

Are you a perfectionist or a ‘get it done’ sewist?

I’m afraid that I might be the biggest perfectionist EVER! I am currently working on my Deer and Doe Reglisse dress and in order to match up the teeny little stripes on my fabric I ended up sewing all the seams by hand. Oh dear.


Do you do most of your fabric shopping in local stores or online? If online, do you have a favorite website? (I’m always on the hunt for good fabric stores online!)

I’d say its pretty much 50/50 for me.I love Truro Fabrics, Stone Fabrics and MacCulloch and Wallis which are all good UK online sewing stores. Truro and Stone carry a wide range of fabrics along with some interesting and unusual materials which can really make a project. I got my camel coating for my recent Vintage Vogue Coat from Truro and the lovely blue wool for my Colette Pastille dress came from Stone Fabrics. MacCulloch and Wallis has an excellent haberdashery and well as a very wide selection of good quality staple fabrics. In terms of local stores I have the good fortune to live in London where we are pretty spoilt for choice regarding Fabric shops. Goldhawk road in Shepherds bush has an entire street of fabric shops where you can always find something new to work with. Goldhawk road is my go to for great value cotton for linings and lightweight toiles. They also carry an excellent selection of silks. Fabrics Galore in Clapham is probably the closest fabric shop to me and they carry a good selection of furnishing fabrics as well as fashion fabrics including quite a good selection of Liberty Tana Lawns. Finally if I happen to be in central London its always worth a trip to MacCulloch and Wallis, The Silk Society, Cloth House and of course Liberty. This selection of shops clustered round Oxford Street can often surprise with some unique fabric choices if you are prepared to pay for the privilege and Liberty needs no further introduction – I LOVE their Tana Lawns! I could continue but Im starting to feel that this topic should be added to my ever growing list of future blog posts.

Do you remember the first sewing blogger that made an impact on you? (Mine is Gertie – I stumbled upon her horsehair braid tutorial while Googling sewing techniques. Hers was the first sewing blog I ever read, and I’m so thankful for it because it introduced me to this amazing community.)

The first sewing blog I fell in love with was Casey’s Elegant Musings and I still read it religiously now- how cute is her baby btw! Oddly enough I actually found it through one of her vintage hair tutorials rather than anything sewing related. I was very late to get involved with the online sewing community and now I am just so so glad I have.

In three words only, how would you describe the style of garments that you’ve sewn?

Classic, vintage and girly.

In three words only, how would you describe the style of garments that you’ve purchased?
It will be interesting to see if these are the same three words as questions #5 for everyone! (For me they’re not…that might be a post in the future…)

Classic, practical and everyday!- obviously these are the bits I am less inspired to sew! Hehe!

Is there a movie or TV show that you think has particularly inspiring costumes?

There are sooooooo many!! I have mentioned on my blog that I am a TV series addict- here are the ones which I think have amazing wardrobes:

Pam Am: it is still a sore subject for me that they cancelled that show *sniff
Mad Men: the slightly earlier seasons- season 5 was getting a little MOD for my personal tastes.
Ghost Whisperer: Melinda Gordon can I just be you!? That girl has some seriously beautiful vintage dresses. No to mention some seriously beautiful curves to show off in them!
Glee: Emma Pillsbury seems to be pretty much sponsored by Kate Spade which is my idea of heaven!
Hart of Dixie: Zoe Hart appeals to my more funky/ dressed down tastes as she still incorporates a classic twist and sorry this is a bit of an admission but I sometimes quite like what Lemon wears! Hehe!
Little Paris Kitchen: Rachel Khoo has such a beautiful vintage dress sense- I loved all her clothes on this program and possibly watched it more for that than the yummy French cooking I think!
Glorious 39: Romola Garai wears some beautiful and elegant late 30s fashions in this film- it’s also a great watch if you love a bit of a dark mystery movie.
The Help: Celia Celia Celia! I just love everything about her.
Hahaha- told you! ADDICT!


Who’s closet would you most like to raid? (Celebrity? Blogger? Friend? Anyone)

I think Melinda Gordon’s would be at the top of my list because of the number of stunning vintage dresses she has!

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I would love to live in Paris! I love the language, atmosphere, lifestyle and the Parisian taste for beauty in all things whether it be the architecture, food or fashion.

What essentials could you not leave your house without?

Lipstick, a book or my knitting if I’m going on the train, oh and my phone!

What is your most visited website?

I think these days it is rapidly becoming Pinterest! It’s my latest new addiction.

What is the background on your desktop/phone home screen?

Gatsby, my little dog!


Do you prefer working with stretch or woven fabrics?

Oh I am a wovens girl all the way!

Who, or what, is your biggest inspiration?

Wow- this is a really tricky question! I would probably have to say the fashions of the 50s and 60s, they are always a huge inspiration to me.

Why did you start blogging?

The main reason I started to blog was really to keep a record of all the things I made and to gradually produce some kind of portfolio. Before I began I couldn’t really imagine anyone reading it so I had no idea how connected with the sewing community it would make me feel. I think now that’s the reason I keep blogging!

Name one thing that is on your bucket list.

To learn to speak French. I actually start classes next week!

Cats or dogs?

Dogs Dogs Dogs! I have a Cavalier Spring Charles spaniel who is basically my baby. Hehe.


Well that’s my little Q&A complete. I want to nominate back all the bloggers who nominated me but realise that seems a little redundant because obviously that have all already been nominated! They all have such wonderful blogs so be absolutely sure to check them out!

In addition to those five  here are five blogs I am nominating:

Erin from I Heart Fabric– Erin makes gorgeous dresses and soo many of them! She always gets the most out of her patterns by making more than one version and she picks really bright and cheerful fabrics that I think reflect her lovely sunny personality.

Gail of Todays Agenda– I love Gails blog, the stuff she sews and knits is fantastic!Plus her blog is such a great giggle- she always makes me laugh out loud!

Haylee Atkinson of Threaded– Haylee has such an amzing style and I love everything she makes. Plus she is just so unbelievably talented considering how young she is!

Thats Sew Amy– Amy has such an awesome style- check out her recent Gertie dress it’s gorgeous! Plus she has wicked red hair and the cutest little dog ever!

Dr Julie-Ann of Grandma’s Sewing Cabinet– Julie’s was one of the first blogs I ever read and I have listened to every one of her hilarious and chatty podcasts.]

*EDIT- whilst commenting on Andrea’s blog Mouse in my pocket today it occurred me I totally should have added her to this list. Check out her recent eyelet dress- she is always making stuff from beautiful and interesting fabrics 🙂

any thanks again to everyone who nominated me. Sorry that I lumped you all together and that I haven’t 100% complied with all the rules but from looking into it the point of the Liebster seems to be to pass on some appreciation and recognition to newer bloggers out there so I hope that everyone reading this will take the time to look at some of the great blogs mentioned in this post.

Who are your favourite sewing bloggers? Do you have any hidden gems to recommend?

Until next time!

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Louise May 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

It’s lovely to read about your inspiration Ami and I’ll certainly be checking out your favourite blogs.
I confess that your blog was the first I started reading thanks to the powers of Twitter.
ps just love your Reglisse!
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amelialowden May 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Thanks Louise! So glad to see you have recently started blogging! Hope your little one’s teacher is okay now.
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Krista May 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Great post, Ami! I’ll come right out and say that I love MOST of what Lemon wears on Hart of Dixie (more so in the first season)! 😉 Great nominations as well–have taken a peek at their blogs and am thoroughly impressed.

Hand sewing that Reglisse… amazing! Can’t wait to see the finished product!


amelialowden May 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm

Aw thanks Krista!- glad I’m not alone! Hehe! 🙂
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Gail May 5, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Thanks for the nomination, Ami! Your little baby is so adorable!

And I think you should try out for the next season of GBSB!
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amelialowden May 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm

Thanks Gail 🙂 Hehe! He is, isn’t he! 😉
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Nicole May 6, 2013 at 4:46 am

Ami your puppy is just gorgeous!
Have you got a walking foot for your sewing machine? I always use mine for any projects I have to match stripes, it keeps the fabric from slipping and always does the trick for me! 🙂
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amelialowden May 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Aw thanks Nicole 🙂 He’s quite a bit bigger than that now but still stupidly cute! Hehe.
Thanks so much for that idea! I was actually having to do the hand stitches instead of pinning to get the stripes aligned before machine sewing BUT the machine still managed to push things a bit out of alignment so I will absolutely attach my walking foot for the rest of the seams! THANK YOU! It’s crazy how you forget about these amazing machine attachments when you haven’t used them in a while isn’t it! 🙂
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Erin May 6, 2013 at 5:22 am

Thanks for the nomination missy!! Your so sweet. What a great background into your world and what inspires you. Amazing you are hand sewing your deer and doe dress its going to be beautiful! Can’t wait to see it. So glad I joined twitter and found your blog its so gorgeous and you make the best outfits your award is highly deserved!!
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amelialowden May 6, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Thanks Erin and you’re welcome! 🙂
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Andrea T May 6, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Congratulations for your nomination. I’d never heard of the Leibster Award before. I’ll have to take a look at all of the nominees.
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amelialowden May 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Thanks Andrea! I added you to my nominations above earlier because when I was commenting on your Melani inspired dress it occurred to me that you should have been on my list! 🙂
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Haylee May 7, 2013 at 5:40 am

I know I already said thank you for this but I have to tell you again because it made my freaking day, week, month. ha thank you so much!!!
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Rachel Marie May 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm

OMG you are TOTALLY Emma Pillsbury! Hehe, especially with that insanely perfect stripe matching. That is some dedication! And I bet it will turn out looking devine 🙂


Ginger May 8, 2013 at 3:06 am

Wow, what a fun post! It’s so nice to learn more about you! 🙂
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Andrea May 18, 2013 at 12:23 am

I was just re-reading this for a little inspiration and saw that you added me to your list. It’s awesome to be mentioned by such an amazing sewist (I prefer ‘sewist’ to ‘sewer’ – it’s harder to confuse) as you.
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Amy May 29, 2013 at 3:18 am

So, I’m forever late… I totally thought I commented.. may I did and I didn’t hit submit? LOL … maybe you should have added I’m absent minded! 😉 Thanks so much btw! And Guinness said thanks <3
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