Category: cancer charity fundraising

#aweekofturias Final Week – The Auction!

My #aweekofturias cancer charity sewing challenge is over! Seven pairs of Turia dungarees are completed and the final lace pair are READY TO BUY!

#aweekofturias Charity Sewing Challenge finished! Seven pairs of Turia dungarees - one for every day of the week!
#aweekofturias Charity Sewing Challenge finished! Seven pairs of Turia dungarees – one for every day of the week!

PLUS

Don’t miss out on two very special collectors items kindly donated by Lladybird!!!!

Where will your money go?

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to #teamirfon Irfon William’s charity at JustGiving.com to support the mental health of cancer patients.

For Sale

1) A pair of ramie lace and linen dungarees in European size 38.

Turia Dungarees - pattern by Pauline Alice Patterns in Italian ramie lace and Italian linen.
Turia Dungarees – pattern by Pauline Alice Patterns in Italian ramie lace and Italian linen.
Lace turia dungarees.
Lace turia dungarees.

2) Two unique pieces of sewing blogging history! Original sketches by Lauren of Lladybird.com! Collectors items for sure!!

These are for sale individually so please make sure to say which one you’d like to have in your bid – Lady in Grey or Lady in Red Coat.

Lady in Grey - Original sketch by Lauren of Lladybird.com.
Lady in Grey – Original sketch by Lauren of Lladybird.com.
Lady in Red Coat - Original sketch by Lauren from Lladybird.com blog.
Lady in Red Coat – Original sketch by Lauren from Lladybird.com blog.

How to Make a Bid

Bidding is easy, just make your bid and leave a contact email in the comments below. If you have any problems, please shoot me an email at yosamicontact.com or leave me a comment on @yosamicontact on Instagram.

The Deadline

This auction will be live for one week. I’ll announce the winners at 09.00 CET on Monday 9th March 2015.

The Winners

Once the winners have been contacted, please make the payment to #teamirfon at JustGiving.com and leave a message stating it’s for the Turia auction and which item you’re buying and once this is confirmed, I’ll contact you by email to organise shipping payment via Paypal.

I’ll post the details of making the lace dungarees in my next post.

Irfon Williams Update

This has been a challenging four weeks for me and my sewing for this is now over but Irfon’s fight continues! He’s been denied the drugs that he needs by the Health Authority in Wales because the National Health Service in Wales doesn’t have a cancer drugs fund. His story has now been picked up by the Welsh BBC national media and is being discussed in the Welsh government so hopefully this problem that affects many cancer patients in Wales can be addressed.

In the meantime Irfon is moving to England in the hopes of getting the treatment he needs there. Characteristically of Irfon, he’s still positive and hopeful and has been posting his favourite tunes on Facebook. Here’s one of my personal favourites – Our House by Madness!

Irfon, rock on my friend, we’re all behind you!!

GOOD LUCK and HAPPY BIDDING!!!

Christine x

This auction is now CLOSED. 

Thanks to all the bidders and congratulations to Tom, the dungarees are now yours for 65 euros and Aubrey has the fashion sketch ‘Lady in Grey’ for 20 dollars.

Would you both now please pay at justgiving.com – you can click the link on ‘pay’. Please leave a comment with your donation and say that it’s for this auction and once that is processed, we’ll organise shipping.

Thanks again to all those who took part and good luck to Irfon and his family – we’re rooting for you!

#aweekofturias Cancer Charity Challenge Week Three: How to Resize the Turia Dungaree Pattern for Children.

I’m almost done with the #aweekofturias challenge!

#aweekofturias Week Three Six pairs of Turia dungarees finished.
#aweekofturias Six pairs of Turia dungarees finished.

It’s my final week of the #aweekofturias challenge to raise money for the #teamirfon cancer charity appeal on justgiving.com. Please sponsor me here.

I’ve now made six pairs of the Turia dungaree pattern by Pauline Alice and last week I made a discovery – by reducing the size of the digital pattern printouts, I could also make dungarees for my young daughters!

I enjoyed some unselfish sewing and my daughters were also pleased to get some new clothes. They literally ripped the finished dungarees out of my hands, they couldn’t wait to wear them! A rare happening!

Turia dungarees pattern printed smaller for children.
Turia dungarees pattern printed smaller for children.

Resizing the digital pattern by reducing the print out size isn’t a perfect science as the proportions of a women’s body and a child’s body are different. However by calculating what proportion of the length of my torso my daughter’s torsos are and printing the patterns that size, the dungarees worked out fine. The fit’s good on both children. The gentle curvature of the hips of the Turia pattern isn’t that noticeable on my children and besides, in this relaxed style of pants, a little extra room in the body is welcomed by active kids.

For my almost-seven-year old daughter, I printed the pattern at 75% and cutting out size 38.

Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice in Liberty Art Fabrics babycord.
Turia Dungarees by Pauline Alice in Liberty Art Fabrics babycord.

I used Liberty Art Fabrics baby cord for both pairs of dungarees. It was very easy to work with and the fabric’s so soft, it’s perfect to make comfortable clothing for children. The busy fabric pattern is also handy for disguising sewing mishaps such as not-as-neat-as-they-should-be topstitched seams and spills etc. when children are wearing it!

mika turias

It was my younger daughter’s fourth birthday last week so we all wore our Turias for her party – that’s her in the above photo waiting for her party guests to arrive.

Topstitching on the Liberty baby cord Turia dungarees.
Topstitching on the Liberty baby cord Turia dungarees.

One of the main features of the Turia dungaree pattern, is the flat-felled seams and lots of topstitching. I used the same light grey topstitching thread on both of these dungarees. I chose not to use contrasting topstitching thread on my last denim pair of Turias, because I didn’t want to distract from the exposed denim selvedges.

For my four year old’s dungarees, I printed the pattern out at 67% and cut out size 40. I reduced the seam allowances to about one centimetre instead of following the one and half centimetre seam allowance in the pattern, in accordance with the pattern resizing.

This final week of the #aweekofturias challenge, I’m making the pair of dungarees that I’ll be auctioning, so stay tuned.

Here’s a sneak peek of the fabric.

Italian ramie lace and Italian linen.
Italian ramie lace and Italian linen.

These’ll be my most challenging-to-make pair yet in but I’m hoping they’ll be unique and worthy of your bid!

Please go to justgiving.com, #teamirfon and sponsor me if you haven’t already done so. I’d also like to thank the people who have sponsored me, I know Irfon will be happy!

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As always, enjoy your week and happy sewing,

Christine

 

The #aweekofturias Charity Challenge: Will You Help Me?

I want to raise money for my friend’s cancer charity and I need your help!

3 Pairs of Turia dungarees - pattern by Pauline Alice Patterns.
3 Pairs of Turia dungarees – pattern by Pauline Alice Patterns.

I’ve been making the Turia Dungarees pattern by Pauline Alice Patterns recently – it was a natural progression from all my jumpsuit making!

Leopard print Turias - you can see how my Turias are getting a little crazier as the weeks go on! And I'm wearing them with snake skin shoes - scandalous!
Leopard print Turias – my Turias are getting a little crazier as the weeks go on LOL! And I’m wearing them with snake skin shoes – scandalous! Well it was Jungle January!

Anyway, I’ve been wearing my Turias a lot and following the posting of a pic of my third pair on Instagram, a bit of online banter with Kirsty (who’s as ‘top notch’ in person as her blog name BTW) made me decide, it’d be fun to make a pair for every day of the week.

Then I thought, it’d be even better if I could turn my Turia challenge into a fundraising drive for my friend Irfon Williams, who’s being treated for cancer, and his charity to support the mental health of cancer patients.

So the plan was hatched.

The #aweekofturias Challenge

The plan is simple. I’ve already made three pairs of Turias and I’m pledging to make four more by February 28th. I’ve made on average, a pair per week so far, so hopefully this is manageable.

I’ll post the completed pairs on the blog each week as I finish them and I’ll put some progress pics on Instagram – you can find me @yosamicontact.

On Monday March 2nd, I’ll hold an online auction of the final pair on Instagram (more details nearer the time) – don’t worry if you’re not on there, you can also leave a bid in the comments section of the blog post. The Turias will be in Pauline Alice Patterns size 38 and will be in a yet-to-be-determined style and fabric – I’ll try to keep them as interesting as I possibly can!

How Can You Help?

You can help to spur me onto the finish line by donating to the #teamirfon registered charity on the JustGiving website and by joining the online bidding for the final pair.

I’d also love to have company making Turias, so let me know if you’d like to join me in the comments below. Also if you’d like to donate some unloved makes or surplus sewing supplies to the online auction, that’d be awesome too.

I thank you in advance for your help, it’s so appreciated and I know that it’ll make Irfon happy!

Now let the Turia making begin!

Happy sewing,

Christine

 

 

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