One of the perks of working in a BIG company as an admin (actually promoted to technical assistant, thank you very much) is that I get free stuff. The printing company housed in our building gave a presentation and gave us some free notebooks. I was expecting the usual lined pages, whatever… I was thrilled to see graph pages faced opposite a page with lines AND a window for sketching. Right away I thought, “Perfect for planning my sewing!”
You can see a couple of my planned projects. The Butterick Retro dress with a green African cotton that I bought in Toronto last year. Also, the tweed skirt and jacket, and black and white blouse, both made with fabric that I bought in London from The Fabric Shop and the Man Outside Sainbury in Walthamstow Market.
Isn’t it great?! Room for the fabric sample, sketches, and notes. I have a few other projects in there as I’m finding it helpful to be able to physically see my plans and add notes. Fabric on the shelf and patterns in the box don’t necessarily help with inspiration or planning ideas.
Guess what? I checked with a few of the other assistants at work and I have one to give away! It is 7.5″ by 10″ and about 50 pages. Leave a comment and I will draw a winner on April 1st (no April Fools). Let me know how you plan your projects. Open to anyone, anywhere in the world.
it is exactly what i am looking for my sewing ideas. i’d een buy one. it is lovely of you to share with your readers.
I thought they made it just for me!
Well, right now my projects are kind of a mess so I would LOVE a notebook to record everything in. Currently it’s a list. A boring old list with no sketches or anything!… lol
I had plans in my head but didn’t actually write things out. If I didn’t write in my blog I forgot what I did! I hope this is a good record.
It would be an improvement to my dollar store notebooks I currently use!
Whatever works, right? But it has been really useful.
I’m currently using an Eeyore notebook, this looks much more suitable!
We can always make do but how much better to have the correct tool. This from someone who uses a butter knife as a screwdriver…
That’s a great idea! I see many people properly organising their sewing plans, & I wish I could too, but it seems it’s against my nature! 🙂 I’d be more likely to use it as a “look what I’ve made & what fabric I used” sort of a book.
I wanted something portable for planning but also a way to look back and see what changes I made. (Did I add length, take it in, etc.)
What is this “planning” you speak of? 😛 In all seriousness, I’m looking to kickstart my sewing after a recent interstate move and, as a normally very list-driven person, I like the idea of bringing more organization to my crafty endeavors. Thanks for sharing your good fortune finding a fabulous notebook. And for those who don’t win, is there any chance you could share the name of the company that makes the notebook so we could look into picking up one of these ourselves?
It’s your basic printing service place. They were basically showing us what they could do. It’s very Canadian and likely Western Canadian.
I have seen sewing project notebooks advertised. Drop me an email if you want more details. 🙂
That is very cool. I like sewing, my sister likes designing things for me to sew. If we had a book like this there would be no stopping us! Haha, Thanks for the giveaway!
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