sew liberated, the book ... project giveaway!

Dapper Day Bag

Photo and bag by Karla

I get pretty giddy when I see a picture of something someone has made from my book. It's what I wrote it for, after all - so you could create your own designs from those ideas I had floating around in my head. Karla's Dapper Day Bag is particularly stunning. I can't tell if the main fabric is brown or plum in the photo, but man, I want it! I also love that the bag doesn't have an appliqued element - it highlights the piping so well. Which brings up something I wanted to mention: all of the project samples in the book sport some little bit of applique, but all of them (with the exception of the clock) can be made without the applique, with wonderful results. Here's another example of a project sans applique, a bohemian woman's Blossom Blouse made with a vintage duvet cover, via Harmony and Rosie:


Photo and blouse by Harmony and Rosie

A word about the child's Blossom Blouse. Since the blouse isn't modeled on a child in the book (it's on a hanger) and since it says that the blouse shown is a size Medium (4-5), I thought I'd show you a pic of that very same, size "Medium" shirt on a two year-old.


I think this is an oops. When making the shirt, keep in mind that the Medium was made to be a size 2-3, which would make the Large a 4-5 and the Extra Large a 6-6x. Better to err on the big side and have something that your little one can grown into than to have a shirt that's too short!

(And can I just say that I lOVE the above photo? It was taken in my last week of living in Mexico, as a June thunderstorm was approaching. The model was the little sister of one of my students, and we had so much fun running around the field for this shoot. Sweet memories.)

There is one little correction for the book: the notches were left off the bodice piece of the Teacup Corset Apron. You can print out the corrected piece on Interweave's site here, or you could just add them in by hand following the instructions here. (Any future errata will be posted to the Flickr group, too - although let's hope that's it!)

Now to business. Giveaway business! I have a stack of fabric and supplies on my studio table - everything you need to make your own Little Chef Hat and Apron set! The apron is sized to fit 2-5 year-olds and 6-8 year-olds. It's a design that I perfected on my students in Mexico - it's quite easy for the little ones to put it on and take it off all by themselves, as the Velcro straps overlap in the front.


The fabric that I have on hand is a Japanese print with German words that I saw one day (purchased) and haven't seen since! The accent fabric is a chocolate brown linen.

little chef apron book project giveaway

Also included is lightweight fusible interfacing, coordinating thread, and Velcro ... and a copy of the book, of course!

little chef apron book project giveaway

Leave a comment to enter - I'll draw a winner on Sunday evening, February 7th. Good luck!

blog tour in search of groupies

blog tour

I'm taking this show on the road without having to change out of my pajamas - care to join me? Interweave Press has organized a fabulous blog tour to launch Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist! What's more, I won't be alone on this journey - I'm so excited to be touring with the super-awesome and amazingly talented Rashida Coleman-Hale, author of I Love Patchwork. The press release is below - read on to find out how you can win a copy of my book and host the final tour stop on your blog!

The Sew Liberated and I Love Patchwork Double-the-Fun Blog Tour:  2 Fabulous Sewing Authors, 2 New Books, 2 Weeks ‘til Christmas!

Interweave is thrilled to announce the publication of two new contemporary sewing books: Rashida Coleman-Hale’s I LOVE PATCHWORK: 21 IRRESISTABLE ZAKKA PROJECTS TO SEW and Meg McElwee’s SEW LIBERATED: 20 STYLISH PROJECTS FOR THE MODERN SEWIST. To celebrate in style, Meg and Rashida are hitting the Internet highway on a double-author blog tour. Follow the schedule and see gorgeous pictures from their books, learn more about their design personalities, gain a chance to win free copies, and more!  During the tour they’ll also be giving us a glimpse of their home studios and creative environment on the Studios blog, and at the end they’ll wrap it up with a designer-to-designer conversation with each other on their personal blogs, and If you’re not already following their blogs, bookmark them now and visit often. We can’t wait for you to get to know them better.

Want to be a part of the tour? Here’s a fun giveaway open to all bloggers! Leave a comment ON THIS POST with your blog address on Rashida’s blog or Meg’s blog on Friday, Dec.11.  On Monday, Dec. 14 at Noon EST each author will randomly draw one person from the comments to receive a complimentary copy of their book, which Interweave will air mail out. The winners will then have the opportunity to interview Rashida or Meg and post their interviews on January 4, 2010 as the capstone post of the tour.


Follow The Sew Liberated and I Love Patchwork Double-the-Fun Blog Tour at:


Friday, Dec. 11:                 Meg on (interview)

Saturday, Dec. 12:            Rashida on “In the Studio with Cate” (studio tour)

Sunday, Dec. 13:               Meg on “In the Studio with Cate” (studio tour)

Monday, Dec. 14:             Rashida on (interview)

Tuesday, Dec. 15:             Meg on (interview)

Wednesday, Dec. 16:     Rashida on Fabric Shop Network blog (interview)

Thursday, Dec. 17:           Meg on Grosgrain Fabulous (book review and giveaway)

Friday, Dec. 18:                 Rashida Twitter event – Noon EST on Twitter with @iheartlinen

Friday, Dec. 18                   Meg on Living Life as Art (interview, review, and project)

Saturday, Dec. 19:           Meg on  (book review)

Sunday, Dec. 20:               Rashida on Zakka Life (book review)

Monday, Dec. 21:            Meg on Craftsanity (podcast interview)

Monday, Dec. 21:             Rashida on Craft Critique (interview and book review)

Tuesday, Dec. 22:             Rashida on all buttoned up (interview)

Wednesday, Dec. 23:     Meg on maya*made (interview)

Thursday, Dec. 24:          Designer-to-Designer: Rashida and Meg interview each other on and

Monday, Jan. 4, 2010:    Blog Tour Winners’ Posts - to be announced


That's all for today! My Mom (Finn's Mima) and my Aunt Pat arrive this evening to kick off a week of merry making, cookie baking, Christmas music listening, and last minute gift knitting and sewing! Throughout the blog tour I'll still be posting here regularly. Now? I had this crazy urge, in the midst of the book launch, to make a whole slew of pants for Finn.  My serger is still reeling. More on that on Monday. Here's wishing you a jolly weekend!

more cooking fun (and a giveaway)

cooking fun - the book

As if we haven't had enough cookbook craze here in the past week ... (Which reminds me - make sure you send me an email at [email protected] if you want to be my Tastebook friend. I've had a good number of people email me at my normal address, which is really hard to keep track of.)

I'm so excited to be in cahoots with the talented Rae Grant - mama, blogger, and author of two children's books: Cooking Fun and Crafting Fun . Stop by Rae's inspiring blog, My Little Hen: Simple Ideas for Childhood Fun, and peruse her archives when you have the chance - you won't be disappointed!

cooking fun - the book

Rae sent me copies of her books, and let me tell you - they just make me smile. Both Cooking Fun and Crafting Fun are replete with vintage recipes and crafts, and would make excellent gifts for the reading child on your holiday gift list. I've had a lot of fun going through the drink recipes, and have become especially enamored with this milk/orange juice/vanilla combo. It's frothy. It's yummy. And it simply belongs in both my recycled jam jar glasses and in my stomach.

Since nothing goes better with a kid's vintage-inspired cookbook than a vintage-inspired apron, Rae is hosting a giveaway of Cooking Fun and I'm chipping in two Lola Apron patterns! Go over to My Little Hen and leave a comment to enter!


P.S. Did you know the Lola Apron won first place at the Iowa State Fair? How cool is that?

223/365 State Fair Apron

photo and apron by letterwoman

Back tomorrow with some photos of my nature table and an update on the Holiday Traditions Exchange - Design Fridays will be back next week!

sponsor giveaway :: wonderfluff fabric

I'm super excited to have Liz Scott, the creative mind behind the fabric shop, WonderFluff, on as a sponsor. I have a few of Liz's fabrics, and they're awesome. I especially love my sample of organic cotton interlock knit. Liz draws her designs by hand, colors them digitally, then has them printed off at Spoonflower. Read on to learn more, and check out the giveaway and discount info below!


From Liz:

I was born and raised in Michigan, and now I reside in Los Angeles. I'm a 32 year old Capricorn living with my husband and one gray cat named Zipper. I am a graphic designer by day and a free-form stuff maker by night. Whenever I see a fabric swatch from the late sixties or vintage Scandinavian cookware, my heart beats a bit faster. I love to paint, draw, sew and constantly rework the look and feel of all the rooms in my apartment. I've always made stuff and I always will because it gives me peace and energy at the same time. 

I make what I like and what I enjoy making. I strive for expression in my work, not perfection (that part is hard sometimes). I am consistently drawn to all that is bold and graphic. I love rambunctious color palettes, optical illusions, repetition and insane amounts of detail. I’ve been like this for as long as I can remember.

Here is some additional info about the fabric:

All fabric designs are available in the following fabric types:

-Quilting weight cotton
-Upholstery weight cotton
-Organic Cotton Sateen
-Organic Cotton Interlock Knit
-Bamboo Cotton Rayon

All fabrics are available in sample size, fat quarter, half yard, and full yard increments up to five yards per continuous piece.

If you would like a certain design in a different fabric or a different amount than listed in the shop, please convo or email me and I can create a custom listing. Special orders do take approximately 2 weeks for delivery from time of order depending on your location.


Email: liz{at}lizscott{dot}com


Liz is giving away a bundle of four fat quarters from her Mod series (pictured above). The names of the fabrics are Mod Flowers, Mod Buds, Mod Trees and Mod Leaves. Leave a comment by Sunday, September 20th at 8 p.m. EST and a winner will be chosen at random. In addition, Liz is offering a 15% discount to Sew Liberated readers on any item in her store, WonderFluff, from now until the end of September. Enter SewLiberated in the notes to seller box at checkout, she will refund your money via PayPal right away.

Thanks, Liz, and good luck!


Congratulations to Cinnamon, who won the stack of Mod fat quarters! Remember that Liz is offering 15% off of all items in her store to Sew Liberated readers for the rest of September. Thanks again, Liz!