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WIN your choice of This Lil Piggy Shoes made-to-order just for YOU!!

This month ran away so quickly I didn’t have a chance to run my regular monthly ‘naming rights‘ competition. April has been such a great month for This Lil Piggy at work and at play – I have been super busy with orders and my darling first born became a make-up artist and created her own facebook page to showcase her work: Matison Ellen Make-Up Artist.

SOOOoooo by way of celebrating Matison’s achievements, to test drive the Rafflecopter, AND to say a big thank you for everyone’s ongoing support I thought it timely we did a give-away the good old fashioned way – a raffle. The winner will be drawn randomly using Rafflecopter and will have their pick of This Lil Piggy shoes made-to-order.

This prize includes FREE shipping costs Worldwide so you’ve got nothing to loose – get on and ride this pony!

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TO ENTER GIVEAWAY: https://www.facebook.com/ThisLilPiggyShoes?sk=app_228910107186452

Vinyl is a Five Letter Word

Vinyl is a Five Letter Word

Off I trot yesterday, during my lunch hour, to a local leather distributor. I explained to the woman there that I was new to leather work and that I make little fabric baby shoes. I explained that in the size 5 shoes (12 to 18 months) I had been using vinyl for the sole… she quickly interjected and whispered to me “vinyl is a 5 letter word we don’t use around here… once you use leather you’ll never go back”. Well, she was right.

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A Day in the Sewing Room

This week my WONDERFUL family gave me, as part of my birthday present (which was a new sewing space – eeeek!) granted me with one whole day in the sewing room. I came out periodically to fix tea and put out the odd bush fire that only a mummy can – but all in all, it was ONE WHOLE DAY in the sewing room from mid-morning til midnight!

Sewing Room

Happy Birthday to me… minus the hideous curtain

I commenced a few new projects I have been meaning to get to and I finalised a few that had been parked due to shoe priorities. Firstly I completed a custom order for a multi-coloured pair of soft soled baby shoes for a client to take to a rainbow themed (gay pridebaby shower! I think they turned out well and the client says she and mums-to-be were very happy… what more can I ask!

Custom Order – Multicoloured soft soled shoes for rainbow themed baby shower. Shoe inspired by Cameron Sneaker by ithinksew.

I also got back to my Colette Pastille Dress which I desperately wanted to wear my first day back to work after the holidays. The fabric is so summery and bright I was certain it would keep the holiday lingering despite my bland office surrounds. Funny thing is I posted my picture on facebook through Instagram and had received some lovely feedback. After work I dashed quickly through my front door and started picking up my son’s toys when I felt a little breeze in the back… I thought “oh, no have I broken the zip?” only to find I had not actually finished the zip from the waist down… oh the horror if my tacking had of come undone to expose my ass to my colleagues! Seems I was so pleased to have finalised my hip fit (which I find challenging because I have only have little hips, so the big curves in the pattern need to be slashed out) I pressed and went on with my day… the holiday could have really come to an abrupt end (pardon the pun) – sewing lesson learnt!

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Patille Dress

The other little project I finished up was my contribution to the Handmade Cooperative’s Great Pillowcase Challenge for the charity, Pillowcases 4 Oncology Kids.  But I think I will add this under a separate post… so watch this space. To be involved you don’t need to know how to sew – you can simply decorate a purchased pillowcase. Submission must be received by the Handmade Cooperative before 10 February 2013 – see their website (linked above) for details. 

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The Handmade Cooperative Great Pillowcase Challenge for Pillowcases 4 Oncology Kids

So the new projects I will post in the very near future (now that I have written it I am committed!!) are my new sewing room curtains (practical and a little boring I know, but wait until you see the fabric… oh, so beautiful). This is a great project for me because even though rod pocket curtains are notoriously easy, I have always allowed mum to take the lead there… well, no longer – I must do them myself. You really should sew your own sewing room curtains or you don’t deserve a sewing room.

My other little fun project is the Portrait Blouse from Gertie’s Book for Better Sewing (which I also got for Christmas) – I did roll my eyes a little at the thought of  hand-rolled hems but it was surprisingly very therapeutic and the effort is worth the result.  So I have one more arm to hem and a zip to FINISH… (remember FINISH, FINISH, FINISH) and I will share the final product… sneak peak below

Portrait Blouse in Progress – hand rolled hems like a pro!

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