Ok…I know…enough with the alliteration already!  I just couldn’t resist but I will do better next time!

This post verges on showing off, but I’m so lucky and so thrilled I just had to share.

First up…my in-laws bought me Colette’s Anise jacket pattern as a congratulations for my exam results.

1023-cover-large-1468376a12321e0c4bde022efa4bcc16I have some stunningly beautiful Scottish tweed that my friend Liz gifted to me that will be perfect for this.  I would share a photo of the fabric but it’s hidden under a pile of Christmas gifts at the moment.  The sewing room is the acknowledged hiding place for presents pre-Christmas as it’s out of bounds for the kids unless I’m with them!

The fabric is about 20 years old and in pristine condition…and is the colour of Scottish meadows.  It’s so beautiful and I knew as soon as I saw it that the only jacket I wanted to make with it was Anise.

So you can imagine the squealing that ensued Chez Stitches when the postman brought me a lovely package from The Village Haberdashery last week with this pattern in it.

It will be my first foray into tailoring of any sort, but I do have the Anise companion booklet, so I think I’m in safe hands.  I just need to hunt down some lovely lining fabric to make the whole thing pop!

As if that wasn’t enough…the lovely Andrea over at Stitch Parade recently held a very generous giveaway and I won the Miz Mozelle Dress pattern by Jamie Christina!


I can’t tell you how delighted I am.

I’m planning to sew a whole raft of dresses next year and this is definitely on the list.   Isn’t it so pretty!  I think so far I’ve got half a dozen dress patterns that I’m simply itching to sew.  I’m sure I can push it to seven to make a whole weeks worth.

So I just wanted to say a very heartfelt thank you to my in-laws and to Andrea for their kindness and generosity.  I’m one very happy seamstress.