Cool Surprises in the Mail!

Yay- I received 2 packages of goodies in the mail yesterday! It was a very happy day. This was after checking my post office box almost every day for 2 weeks and finding either nothing or junk mail.

I had signed up for the The Perfect Nose’s “One Cool Thing, One Strange Thing” sewing swap. TJ organized the swap and randomized the participant list so you did not know who would be sending you cool/strange stuff. I sent my package early on but did not know who I would be getting a package from. Since there are participants from all over the world, I imagine the logistics of this swap can be somewhat daunting. It is possible that due to shipping delays, some people are still waiting for their swap packages. I hope that everyone receives their goodies soon.

My first package was from Kirsty of Rocket Sews. Check out her package of lovelies below.

Cool Goodies from Rocket Sew

Her “cool” item was this beautiful hand-printed aboriginal design fabric. I am intrigued about learning more of its history. Perhaps some fabric research is in order. I am also excited about the challenge in transforming this fabric to a wearable garment. I will work on this after all my exams are done in a few weeks.

“Cool” print from Rocket Sews

Her “strange” item was this braid trim from her grandmother with a girly pattern yet boyish color. Hmmm…. another challenge! I am going to try make something with this and post it later. It will be strange but hopefully good.

“Strange” trim from Rocket Sews

Kirsty also threw in a couple of extra goodies: grey sheer fabric, a pretty grey butterfly scarf and grey pearlescent buttons. All the goodies came in these charming star embossed sheer bags. Clever!

I was also a lucky winner of one of TJ’s extra cool/strange thing combo packages! I received this delightful goodie package from her yesterday:

Bonus Goodies from Perfect Nose

TJ’s “cool” item was the Japanese pattern book “My One and Only”. I have wanted a pattern book like this for a while so I was ecstatic to get this!

Japanese Book “My One and Only”

Here is a peek at a few of the “cool” outfits in the book:

“My One and Only”, Jumper Skirt #2

“My One and Only”, One-piece dress #3 and 4

“My One and Only”, Pants Suit + Blouse #5, 6, & 7

“My One and Only”, One-piece dress #9

I love all the outfits in this book. It will be definitely challenging for me to make something from the book. I am excited at the thought! Need to do some research on using Japanese patterns though…..

TJ’s “strange” item was this light reddish violet silk remnant. It is actually Indian shot-silk and called light-shade because of the contrasting colors. Very pretty! Luckily, I’m petite so I can probably make a top or even a skirt out of this.

Indian Shot-Silk from Perfect Nose

TJ also threw is some extra goodies – a few fabulous tailored suit patterns and easy knits. Wow! I have enough projects to keep me busy for the year. Maybe even a couple of years!

Thank you so much Kirsty and TJ for your soul-lifting goodies! I hope to post some projects using these lovelies (in a couple months though when things quiet down for me).

I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s swap packages and projects too.

About Javie

I am a scientist by training but an artist at heart. Currently going to grad school for more 'practical' training. I love to sew, cook and craft so this is my journal of my more artistic experiments.
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20 Responses to Cool Surprises in the Mail!

  1. Aw that’s awesome, I’m so happy to see these packages arriving at their destinations, that trim is awesome – cool for a seventies style blouse/ skirt maybe?

  2. Also the Aboriginal print is cool. When I was in Broome, WA with Carl last year we stopped by the local womens’ co-op cause we’d heard they made and sold block printed Aboriginal fabrics like that but the place was closed because they were either shutting down/ moving. It looks a bit like African wax print fabric, it’ll cool to see what you make with it. All the best for your exams =D

    • Javie says:

      Thanks for the best wishes TJ! It does look like a African wax print doesn’t it? I hesitated to state as such because I am so ignorant of the background of ethnic prints like these. I am going have to scour my pattern library for the perfect fit for this.

      • Shirt dress maybe? I actually own an (ancient) RTW spring coat with cotton lining that has a similar print – it looks totally unexpected and people always give it a second look when it comes off😄

      • Javie says:

        Hmmm- I like the idea of a graphic lining. Or a dress of some type. This might be a good candidate for a photoshop croquis that other bloggers do to model different looks. I want to avoid ending up with a muumuu-looking dress.

  3. prttynpnk says:

    Ooh lovely! I got mine recently and have a 1st reveal coming up later today…this is so fun!

  4. Anne W says:

    Wow, you got some cool stuff! And a bonus package, excellent!

  5. Jeyco says:

    Hello Javie,
    You’ve got two cool surprises! Lucky you! Everyone who has received One/One things seems happy with them. So I think One/One swap is working in good way. I’m also looking forward to see what everyone makes🙂

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  7. auntychacha says:

    Ummm…loving the Japanese sewing book!

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