I wonder if you know the lovely world of Gudrun Sjoden? I’m a big fan and regular customer at their lovely online shop (good news, they have a real shop in London now too!). Today, by complete coincidence, I’m wearing a cosy & very flattering velour top I bought there, and tomorrow, when I go up to London, I will be wearing my gorgeous Gudrun dress – my go-to outfit when I want to feel comfy, confident but not too much one-of-the-crowd.
One of the reasons that I have chosen to buy from them is that I strongly identify with Gudrun Sjoden’s environmentally conscious aim to create clothes that have long-lasting quality and style. I like to try and buy quality and keep longer. I also ADORE the fact that the company uses women of all sizes and ages to model the clothes – it makes them feel like clothes for real people! But, most of all, it’s because I can’t resist the gorgeous colours and the folky style of the designs.
I was so delighted when Rachel, from the Gudrun PR team, got in touch to see if I would like some of their beautiful fabrics to work with and write about, because I have also long desired some of the beautiful, colourful, fabric and home textiles that they sell.
You’ll spot Gudrun’s twin design influences – nature, and Scandinavian traditions.
As soon as I saw these gorgeous grey home dec weight fabrics which Rachel sent, I thought I’d like to use them to make a bag. The grey chevrons (so fabulous) were crying out to be paired with this fantastic grey/black/teal floral:
The bag is based on this fab pattern at Skip to my Lou, but I have given it lots of extra structure with some fusible fleece, and added a teal-trimmed slip pocket on the outside, and a zip pocket on the inside. The bag is lined with the wonderful chevron patterned fabric, which I also wanted to show off on the slip pocket and the fastening tab.
I wanted to share my free-fabric good fortune with you lovely readers, so, who would like a bag?
Yep, this rather nice bag is up for grabs – just leave a comment on THIS post to say that you’d like it. If you like, you can tell me your favourite piece of clothing of the moment (or favourite EVER if you like), or you can go with the tried and tested ‘pick me!!’. I will do the draw for the winner next Thursday 21 February, so get your comment on the blog by late Wednesday… The giveaway is open to all, and I am very happy to post overseas….
And while you’re here… I hope you don’t mind if I direct your attention to this page please? Gretel is a hugely talented craftsperson who is much in need of support just now… I wouldn’t normally include something like this in a frivolous giveaway post, but I wanted lots of people to see it….