Sunday, 12 July 2015

I Say a Little Prayer plus a Patrones Magazine Giveaway

Ola, la gente guapa! I have been away in Spain. Not on holiday though, with work, but it was great. I was genuinely spoiled by my very gracious hosts and am always delighted and humbled by the friendliness and generosity of the Spanish people.


The weather there was really, REALLY hot, in the mid 30's, and my poor blue-white Scottish skin turned into bright tomato red after just a wee while in the sun.


Ribes Y Casals, next door sells lots of knits, then the Humana charity shop. What a great street!

 On the way there from the airport I had a couple of hours in Barcelona before travelling again to have a wander and watch the city from the cafe on the top floor of El Corte Ingles department store (apologies for not adding the "acute" but I don't know how to on this laptop). You get a cracking view from up there.




First port of call off the airport bus was, surprise, surprise, Carrer Roger de Lluria to go visit Ribes Y Casals. I had been here the year before and was kicking myself that I didn't buy some of the coloured lace to finish my dip-dyed corset as it was very expensive. You can imagine how happy I was when I rocked up to find not only did they have a big sign "Rebaixes" (Sale) in the window but on the remnant table I found the fabric of my dreams in the two colours that I had been dithering over,  plus another few besides. So doing what any decent happy shopper would I bought the lot, *cough* eleven bits *cough, cough*.



I am completely over the moon. I can now finish something that has been laying around for 2 years (2 years!!!!) plus I have a whole heap of pretty to keep me amused until the next trip. Keep your eyes peeled for my lingerie sewing posts coming soon!


To say thank you to the Sewing Gods for my good fortune I would like to pass it on and have brought back a copy of this months Patrones magazine to give away.



For those of you that are not familiar, Patrones is a bit like Burda Style but with many styles by actual brands/designers and is almost impossible to get hold of in the UK.



It is quite fashion forward, even the plus-sized offerings in this one are worth sewing.  It also has some styles for the little people in your life.


The giveaway is open world-wide and will run until Friday 31st July.
 Please leave a comment below including an obvious way for me to contact you if you win.

So have you found any brilliant buys on your travels? Or scooped a brilliant but unexpected fabric haul or vintage gem? Comment and tell all! 

Good luck and as always happy sewing!
Kxx





20 comments:

  1. Ooh, a trip to Spain sounds good, despite the heat! And I'm so pleased you scooped up lots of lovely lace, how very fortuitous.
    Hmm, I haven't been doing much shopping. Or traveling. Or sewing, for that matter. No time! So I won't enter your giveaway, it would be wasted on me at the moment, and better placed with someone with more time for making. xx

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    1. Juggling life is a bit difficult isn't it? I find it hard to keep up with everything too, especially dusting. Quentin Crisp was right about that. :) Hope that the new job is all that you hoped it would be. Xx

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  2. How amazing that the very fabric you wanted was on the remnant table! WIN! I can't wait to see what you do with it!
    I haven't done any traveling for years (since I moved back from Japan, actually - I miss being paid to live abroad!) The closest I've done lately is going to checking out various branches of the big chain store in cities other than my own! :P Somehow though, fabric always seems to follow me home!
    (And obvs, I'll throw my hat in the ring for Patrones - I've never tried sewing from a magazine!)

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    1. I know. I was gobsmacked. It will just go nicely with my lingerie sewing and I might even be on time for the end of July. Fabric shopping on location sounds great, do the stores carry very different things? I would love to go to Japan (fabric! J-Horror!) but probably not now that it is a bit radioactive. Seems like such a fabulous place. You must have some amazing memories. Xx

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  3. Your photos are gorgeous. Its been years since I went to Spain but I love the place.
    That magazine looks fabulous. Why are foreign language mags so much more appealing and exotic than ours? That fringed top is a stunner. I'd love to enter.
    The shopping sounds like it was too good to miss. I've spent the last 5 days in a field and haven't spent a penny! xxx

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    1. Me too. The people are so welcoming and the food and wine, especially the wine, is amazing. I know even German Burda has tons more in it. I saw that top and thought of you. It would be fab made up in silk scarves. Sounds brilliant. Great festival weather this year. Xx

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  4. How exciting that you got what you needed....plus a few extra goodies to boot! It's forever since I've been to Spain but whenever I travel abroad I always make a point to hunt out the magazine and book stores. Last time I was in France I scored some amazing embroidery books at great prices. Happy days!

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    1. I do too. Each trip is planned with almost military precision so that I know if I have enough time to visit the fabric shops for an hour, or at the very least what mags are available. The embroidery mags sound brilliant. I am off the France with the same project in September. I will look out for them there although I will be in the middle of nowhere. :) xx

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  5. I love Barcelona! My husband's nephew lives near there so maybe we should take another trip to visit him and his family:) Love your lace haul and can't wait to see what you do with it! I'd love to enter for the magazine, it looks lovely!

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    1. HI Linda, thanks for your comment. How lucky to live near such a lovely place. I have been round a few places in Catalonia now and would live there in a heartbeat. Good luck! Xx

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  6. Clearly you were meant to have that lace. I tend not to buy too much on my travels, but we do try to bring home one thing that's handmade and really special. I'm still kicking myself for not buying any fabric in Burma, though.

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    1. Hi Mim, yes I was really lucky. Probably a wise choice only bringing back one thing. I have broken lots of suitcases in the last year by stuffing them to the gunwales. I bet that they have some corking fabric in Burma. I would be kicking myself too. Xx

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    2. The stuff I saw was properly low-tech - as in, pre-industrial revolution manual looms. That probably explains why different ethnic groups have particular colours/patterns, because the traditional techniques and dyes get passed on, though that's less prevalent in the cities. We also got to see demos of lotus threads being prepared for spinning. I was fascinated to see how they dyed the ikat-style patterns. (Here's a shot my husband took of a lady weaving: http://www.gettins-images.co.uk/Where/Burma/i-xkQHjz6/A)

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    3. What a beautiful, evocative shot. It makes you feel like you are in the same room. :)
      I know someone who hand-looms fabric and it is so labour-intensive and time consuming. I love that these old traditions are being kept alive. I didn't know that they made fabric from lotus. Xx

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  7. We were in Barcelona last October, such a stunning city. I can't wait to see what clever creations you use the lace for xx

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    1. Thanks Josie. it would be a nice temperature then. I was a bit sad that I only had a couple of hours this time but t was too hot for a proper wander. I really like the Gothic Quarter and Las Ramblas. Lots of great buildings. Xx

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  8. My goodness that is some major luck in play there! Ah, I miss Ribes I Casals! Glad you had an ace trip xx

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    1. Thanks Zoe, I know I couldn't believe it. It is such a great shop. Their sales are fabulous and so.much.choice. They had way too many things I wanted but I had to be a bit restrained as I only had hand luggage. There's always next time. :) Xx

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  9. Somehow I missed your last post, and almost missed this one... you seem to have vanished off my list. I shall correct that forthwith. Love the lace... oh to be a seamstress.... looking forward to seeing how you use it. And thanks for popping by the blog.

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    1. No worries Edwina. Glad that you are okay. Yes, I am in love with this lace. Just wish I had some time to sew with it at the moment. Xx

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