I have the opportunity to work with the loveliest ladies around as part of the Love Notions team. This year, Tami and Tessa created the most fun exchange for all of the Love Notions Ambassadors and today is the big reveal!
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Ready for all the details?! Tami and Tessa arranged a ‘Secret Sewist’ gift exchange. Each member was given the name of another ambassador and a fabric budget to shop for them. We got to pick out fabric and recommend a pattern for them to sew up. This part of the exchange was soooo stressful! I stalked my partner to try to get a feel for her likes and recent makes. My partner lives in a totally different part of the globe so it was fun to see what works for her and her environment. I had to pick fabric from a site in a foreign language which added another layer of trickiness (I feel like I barely know fabric terms in English, lol!). Our Secret Sewists are being revealed over on the Love Notions blog today and I can’t wait to see what she thinks and to find out mine too!
My fabric from my Secret Sewist arrived so quickly! Those Sly Fox girls are fast! I received 3 yards of this pretty floral double brushed poly with a note to sew up a Willow Wrap dress. I had just sewn up this maxi Willow Wrap that very day and was already wanting another one! I was ecstatic with her pattern recommendation!
This time I used Katie’s maxi tutorial on the Love Notions blog to add a gathered maxi skirt to the bodice. I also fully lined the bodice to give it a little more weight. This is the plain bodice with short sleeves in a size small.
This fabric was so perfect for this pattern. Little did my secret sewist know but we are headed to the islands after the holidays (if you know me in real life shhhh! It’s a surprise for the kiddos!). It’s become somewhat of a tradition to gift our kid’s experiences or trips for Christmas instead of more toys and gadgets that will inevitably get lost or forgotten. This year we’re headed somewhere tropical and this fabric was just meant for it!
I can’t wait to wear this out sightseeing or to a night out. I live in dresses on vacation and this maxi version will be so comfy! I didn’t want to take it off after these pics even if I did look a little ridiculous at the grocery store in near-freezing temps, lol!
I’m already pretending I’m on a beach somewhere drinking a mock-mojito! I can’t wait for a little bit of sunshine and sand!
I feel so lucky to be a part of the Love Notions team. Tami, Tessa, and Kelly are the most encouraging, thoughtful gals and I’m so grateful I get to work with them. The Ambassador team is a group of the most talented, kind, and inspiring women on the internet. It’s amazing to watch the behind the scenes as they cheer each other on and support each other and their creative makes. The internet is a crazy place that can bring together makers from all over the world and the Ambassador team is a great example of that. What a privilege it is to be a part of this community! Make sure you head on over to check out the first batch of makes and to hear all about our Secret Sewist experience.