Category: Pauline Alice Patterns

#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!


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


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 – 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 Two – Turia Shorts Review

‘If you have hope you have everything’.

(Irfon and Becky’s Motto – Quote taken from Becky Williams, Irfon’s wife’s Facebook page.)

This week I finished my fourth pair of Turia dungarees by Pauline Alice Patterns. I pledged just before World Cancer Day to sew #aweekofturias, seven pairs by the end of February 2015 to raise 250 euros for my friend, Irfon William’s cancer charity. I’ll be auctioning the final pair at the end and donating the proceeds to the charity, so stay tuned.

Before I share the pattern deets, let me tell you a little about my friend Irfon and why I want to help him.

Irfon and I worked together many years ago during our Group Study Exchange trip from the UK to the USA with Rotary International. The exchange programme enables professionals to travel abroad and teach and learn more about their field of expertise.

Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team 2001
Rotary International Group Study Exchange Team 2002

We were a group of five – four non-Rotarians and one Rotarian. The month long trip was intensive. We visited many places – ranging from prisons to funeral parlours, disused coal pits, court houses, even the United Nations on our whistle-stop tour. It was a cultural eyeopener and we were generously welcomed into the homes of many host families and escorted around and treated like royalty. We attended countless meetings and gave many presentations but most of all, we had a lot of fun.

Our group gelled from the get-go and we shared many belly-laughs – you know the ones that make your sides hurt! It was often Irfon who set us off giggling, he’s such a warm, funny guy.

I have many fond memories of that trip and the time we spent together when we got back to the UK – lifelong friendships were borne. The exchange was one of those ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunities that I feel very grateful and richer for doing.

The motto of Rotary is ‘Service Above Self’ and Irfon embodies this. He’s a trained mental health nurse and an involved father to his five children. When Irfon got bowel cancer, him and his wife Becky, set up the #teamirfon charity because Irfon was inspired by the other cancer patients and he wanted to raise funds ‘to create good times and to thank the staff on the Alaw cancer unit of their hospital who support the cancer patients during the bad times’.

It’s heartbreaking to think of him sick. We’re the same age and the youngest two of his children are about the same age as mine but Irfon’s attitude is – ‘let the good times roll’ – and his zest for life is contagious!

Irfon’s and Becky’s positivity has inspired over 1,100 folks to join #teamirfon on Facebook – that’s the equivalent of 8% of the entire population of the Welsh town that they live in! They’ve raised over 65,000 British pounds, smashing the original target of 20,000 pounds and the money’s still coming in! It’s an incredible achievement and testament to Irfon and Becky’s amazing characters!

Please help and honour my friend and go to #teamirfon at now and make a donation – it’ll make Irfon’s day!

My Sewing Challenges!

It may not seem much of a hardship to sew seven pairs of dungarees but this week it was so cold here, my hands dried out and my skin cracked and my knuckles were bleeding while I was sewing!

Check out these cracked hands!
Check out these cracked hands!

It’s carnival here now as well and I’d promised my two little daughters that I’d make them costumes but I won’t have time because I want to make these pants to help Irfon. My daughters understood and didn’t create any fuss. They said they’re happy to wear the costumes they’ve already got! They’re only three and six years old – it was a very proud-mummy moment!

The Turia Dungaree Pattern Deets

For these shorts I used up the leftover denim from my first Turias and a little of the leopard print from my third pair to face the straps.

The good news is, I managed to squeeze a regular pair and a pair of shorts out of just two metres of denim! I had to get creative though to maximise my usage and used the denim selvedge as a design feature on the pockets.

Denim selvedge pocket detail.
Denim selvedge pocket detail.

I enlarged the back pockets by printing the back pocket pattern piece (page 16) at 125%. I then cut the pocket pattern piece into thirds because I didn’t have enough fabric to cut two out whole. Again I tried to turn this into a design feature, which I find happens so often in garment sewing.

Patchwork pockets.
Patchwork pockets.

I only used one side zip which seems a standard Turia pattern edit, but other than these minor alterations, I followed the pattern completely.

I’m so excited about the final pair that I’ll be auctioning! I hope I haven’t bitten off more than I can technically chew – my fabric choice is challenging to say the least! I’ll be revealing some sneak peaks on Instagram so go to @yosamicontact #aweekofturias to follow along.

I’d love for you to join in the Turias making fun! I’m already in fine company – Kirsty from Top Notch is on board and so is Kelly from Cut Cut Sew. Come and join us, use the #aweekofturias tag!

‘If you have hope you have everything’.

I’ll be back soon with my fifth pair of Turias. This was a long post! Thank you for sticking with it!

Happy sewing,





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,




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