Friday, 4 March 2016

Girl Charlee UK & Europe: Knitriffic Blogs (Portia Lawrie/Makery) plus New Fabrics!

This month we are proud to feature the wonderful Portia Lawrie and her blog Makery: Random Acts of Creativity
Portia started blogging in 2009 under the moniker Miss P but as the site grew, 'Miss P' (Portia says the name started to sound like a dodgy dominatrix!) gave way to 'Makery' (n. the use of materials to create something, the art, practice, or skill of making stuff) and she hasn't looked back since, with the blog tripling in readers in the past year alone.  Now operating from 'shedquarters' (her beautiful summerhouse/craft room) in Essex, Portia spends her spare time (when not looking after her partner and children) sewing, blogging, listening to Spotify and drinking way too much coffee! 

The blog has so many amazing tutorials, useful hints and tips and the very popular Refashioners Challenge.  As if that wasn't enough, she also writes for Simply Sewing magazine, featuring on many of their covers. 

Her blog concentrates on sewing but also encompasses Home & Garden, Jewellery & Accessories, and Yarn Crafts, so there is something for everyone.  Contrary to popular belief, Portia's design aesthetic is not confined to neutrals, muted tones and stripes and she says this year we will hopefully see a little more colour in her wardrobe.

Where Portia really excels is in her Refashion blogs and Patternless and Self Drafted makes.  Here you can see just how talented and imaginative she is. Girl Charlee are lucky to have had our fabrics featured in several of these blogs (click a picture to take you directly to each project/fabric) - 
Portia is also the genius behind the "Refashioners Challenge".  Started in 2011, the challenge involves Portia & other amazing bloggers receiving a mystery package which they have to refashion into something new and share their creations (like the men's shirt below into a beautiful Kimono top).  There is also a community element with the chance for readers to win an amazing prize for their refashioners challenge.  Keep an eye out for details of Refashioners 2016!
If you haven't already visited Makery make sure you check it out, her blog is funny, informative, creative and great for sewers of any level.  We may even see some Portia Lawrie patterns in the future!
Today we have 5 fabulous new fabrics available on the site - 

1.  A really stunning black and white swirl patterned Cotton Jersey.  Shades of Edvard Munch's Scream for all you Expressionist fans!  Perfect for dresses, tops, or for hanging in your art gallery!
2.  A really soft navy blue Cotton Jersey with ivory vintage broken chevron pattern.
3.  A bold bright gradient rainbow strip Cotton Spandex in blues and oranges, you're sure to get noticed with this print! Perfect for some summer leggings.
4.  A pretty rainbow heather space dyed Hacci Sweater Knit in natural white, a perfect neutral tone for layers like cardigans, loose sweaters etc.
5.  A gorgeous designer Ponte De Roma in black with pretty Calico Floral pattern in red, orange, brown and white. 

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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

1 comment:

  1. Aw! Thank you Mark & The Girl Charlee Team!! Proud to be included in your Knitriffic Feature. What a lovely bunch you are :)