Sewaholic’s 300 Follower Giveaway!

Thanks for all the awesome birthday wishes!! You guys are the best. I had no idea I’d get so many thoughtful comments! Thanks for all the kind thoughts and reassurance that the best is yet to come as I get closer to my thirties. (I knew it!)

Yesterday was about me, but today’s about YOU. I’m sharing the love with a fun giveaway!

We’re celebrating a few milestones at once here, and not just the fact that I’m inching closer to 30.  I recently reached 300 followers, I passed my one-year blogoversary over a week ago, and I started the Self-Employment program! Lots of exciting things happening in my world. Let’s celebrate!

Here’s what I’m giving away:

  • A copy of the Pendrell Blouse Pattern, including free shipping to anywhere in the world. Best of all, you’ll have all of the Pendrell Sew-Along posts for reference when you’re ready to sew your blouse! (Click the image below for more info on the blouse pattern.)
  • Fabric for the Pendrell Blouse! Two and a half metres (2 3/4  yards) of printed polyester in a pretty teal print.

  • Matching, all-purpose thread: one spool of Gutermann thread. I’ll find you a nice, coordinating dark blue-green to sew up your blouse.

It’s essentially a Pendrell Blouse Kit! Once this package arrives in your mailbox, you’ll have everything you need to whip up a beautiful blouse. Isn’t that fun? A couple of people mentioned how much they liked the blouse pattern, but couldn’t afford it at the moment. Well, here’s your chance to win it, plus the fabric and thread to make it up!

Does the fabric look familiar? It’s the same print I made my Sew-Along blouse from! There were several comments from people who loved the fabric, so when I came across more (at a small, random fabric store) I just had to pick some up. It’s 60″ (150cm) wide too, which is more than enough fabric to cover any view, any size!

How to Enter:

Leave a comment ON THIS POST, with your answer to the question of the day: what fabric is your favourite to sew with?

Mine is rayon. It’s special, it’s hard to find, and it feels beautiful and soft. I do love how well-behaved and easily-ironed cotton is, and I love the luxuriousness and durability of wool, so those two would be close behind… but oh, rayon! It’s one of those fabrics that seems like such a treasure to find, especially pretty rayon prints.

Enter by tweeting about the giveaway, by clicking ‘Like’ Sewaholic on Facebook and/or follow with Google Friend Connect. Leave ONE comment for each extra entry, and leave me a comment if you already Like or Follow!

Who can win:

Anyone in the world! Yes, I’ll ship the prize to anywhere in the world. Being in Canada, I like when all countries are included. So you’re ALL eligible to win, no matter where you live.

How the winner will be picked:

Randomly! This giveaway will be open until end of day Wednesday, March 2nd. After that, no more entries! I’ll pick the winner randomly and announce it by the end of the week.

Ok, go! Comment away!

Remember, the question is: what’s your favourite fabric to sew with? I’m looking forward to reading your answers!

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420 Responses to Sewaholic’s 300 Follower Giveaway!

  1. Sara February 23, 2011 at 6:05 am #

    I’ve got to go with lightweight cotton–like voile or lawn. beautiful and comfortable to wear with enough body that it’s not tricksy to sew. i love linen too but it’s not as easy to sew as cotton.

  2. Sara February 23, 2011 at 6:06 am #

    i also became a follower. :-)

  3. Katy Rose February 23, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    My favorite above all others to sew is dupioni silk…..LOVE IT!!!! I also think you should send the pattern to me as I will be teaching beginner sewing classes and would love you have your pattern in the choices I will be offering. :D

  4. TM February 23, 2011 at 6:12 am #

    I’d have to go with cotton. It’s just what I use most. But I love walking around fabric stores (when I have the opportunity) and feel all the different textures. Ps. I’ve been drooling over the pattern since it released, plus that fabric is fab. What a great prize!

  5. Trisha February 23, 2011 at 6:13 am #

    Right now, I’m really into sewing with knits. They are comfy to wear, and pretty forgiving to sew with.

  6. Trisha February 23, 2011 at 6:14 am #

    Also, I’m a follower!

  7. Lisette February 23, 2011 at 6:17 am #

    I “liked” you on facebook :) and joined through google.
    My new favorite fabric to sew with is sheer, loose weave polyester. Shame on me, I know! But it is very forgiving when sewn even if it is difficult to cut and you can put a French seam in any seam, including princess seams!

  8. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    I LOVE sewing with wool, especially Pendleton! Yesterday I bought some Pendelton with stretch and that is even more of a bonus! I don’t even care that it is forest green and goes with nothing in my wardrobe!

  9. Ginnie February 23, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    I must be one of the crazies that really likes sewing knits. But probably only because I love to wear knits! If I’m honest, I like to sew just about any fabric that isn’t super sheer. (Those always give me fits!) And I’ll attempt just about anything!

    I didn’t join in the Pendrell sewalong, but I’ve been contemplating doing one anyway. It’s a gorgeous pattern and so versatile for a work wardrobe. I sure hope I win your ‘kit’! :)

  10. Lizzie February 23, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    I’m really enjoying sewing double knit jersey at the moment. Mainly because I’ve read so many horror stories about sewing with jersey- when I finally built up the courage it wasn’t so bad after all

  11. Ginnie February 23, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    Already a follower, too!

  12. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    I also am a follower! Your blog is one of my favorites to visit!

  13. Bettina February 23, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    Congratulation to so many followers!!
    My favorit fabric is cotton. I like flowers, dots, strips and vintage.
    Greetings from cold germany!
    Bettina BeAu*tiful

  14. nikole February 23, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    I love anything cotton. I live in a tropical climate so anything nartural

  15. Christine February 23, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    Hiya! I’m a pretty new follower to your blog. I love your Pendrell pattern, although I don’t have it yet, and I can’t wait to see more! Let’s see, my favorite fabric to sew with…I haven’t actually done that much sewing yet…I’ve been working on my wedding gown for almost a year, and before that pretty much all I’d done were a few pillows and ottomans. So I’ve sewn with upholstery fabrics, silk crepe de chine, silk charmeuse, silk organza, cotton muslin, cotton broadcloth, and tulle! My favorite of those was silk charmeuse. I think about food when I sew it, I’ll figure out why one of these days.

  16. Mia February 23, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    I love cotton, it’s easy to sew and wear! Happy Birthday!

  17. Sonja February 23, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    I love to sew with silk at the moment, so wonderful soft :) !

  18. Novita February 23, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    The pattern has just arrived today, can’t wait to start! But I want to enter anyway for the beautiful fabric :)
    My favorite is cotton, especially Japanese double-gauze cotton. They’re soft, fluffy, and so comfortable!
    I’m also a Facebook fan!

  19. Amanda February 23, 2011 at 6:33 am #

    I love cotton, but I find wool fun to work with, as long as it isn’t too ravelly.

  20. Amy February 23, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    Jersey made with any natural fiber. Silk, wool, cotton, love them!

  21. Cathy February 23, 2011 at 6:36 am #

    My favourite fabric to sew with is cotton, pre-washed of course. Almost daily I search online fabric shops for cotton lawns and voiles.

  22. Amy February 23, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I liked you on Facebook, too

    BTW the second search result was “sexaholic.” For the sake of my sanity and the family on my facebook, i’m so glad I didn’t accidentally click that one

  23. Tricia February 23, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    I am still a beginner so I like the simplicity of cotton.

  24. Rebecca February 23, 2011 at 6:40 am #

    I think my all-time favorite is good old cotton! So versatile and easy to work with.

    And I follow already with Google connect.

  25. maranda February 23, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    cotton! i love to wear it and i’m not a great sewer (yet!) so it’s usually what i gravitate towards :)

  26. Seersucker Sally February 23, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    Great giveaway! My favorite is rayon, too. It drapes so nicely. I’m one of your “Fabulous Followers.”

  27. Kelly February 23, 2011 at 6:45 am #

    Though I find knits frustrating to cut out, I love that they don’t ravel and are incredibly forgiving. Quite flattering, too, depending on the pattern. I also like [cheap] suiting, because it’s pretty easy to use and often wrinkle-resistant, but most of it frays like crazy, and it doesn’t usually come in patterns/colors that are “pretty” – functional and basic, yes, but pretty? no.

  28. CGCouture February 23, 2011 at 6:46 am #

    My favorite fabric is rayon jersey. That’s the only kind of rayon I’ve (knowingly) sewn, but I love the drapiness, the softness, and how nicely it sews up. Second would be wool and shirting cottons.

    I retweeted your tweet. :-) That sounds so weird to say. :-P

  29. Steph February 23, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    I actually think cotton is my favourite! It’s easy to sew with, easy to find and you can get some great designs and patterns on it! The best way to make a project truly unique!

    Great giveaway! I love that fabric!


  30. amy February 23, 2011 at 6:47 am #

    Congrats, Tasia!

    My favorite thing to sew is quiling weight cotton. The prints are so cheerful and it’s so easy to work with it basically sews itself!

  31. Carly February 23, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    Ooh I have been coveting this blouse pattern for a while now, have seen so many pretty versions! What a lovely giveaway, I’d love to win! I follow your blog and like on Facebook!

    I’m still a novice stitcher, so my favourite has to be cotton because it’s so easy to work with. I’ve recently sewn with gabardine which feels beautiful to wear but I found much slippier to work with than cotton.


  32. Ashley February 23, 2011 at 6:50 am #

    I been a follower for a while and just “liked” you on facebook. I love your blog!

    It’s a toss up between cotton lawn and silk for me. Silk is always amazing and luxe to wear, but lawn is easier to work with and much cheaper (usually, depending on the brand). It really just depends on the pattern and how I want the fabric to “act” once the garment is finished. Both are incredibly comfortable to wear.

  33. Sara February 23, 2011 at 6:51 am #

    I like to sew with cotton. But the next fabric that I want to sew with is brocade, there is a beautiful collection that I drool over every time I’m in my local fabric store.

  34. Mary February 23, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    I love sewing with nice knits, any fiber content. I love the drape and ease of sewing up with a serger and coverstitch.

  35. Steph February 23, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    I now like you on facebook too! x

  36. Sula February 23, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    Your answer reminded me about the time I randomly ran across a rayon knit, so I’ll say that is my favorite. It was soft, light, had a wonderful drape, and although it probably had limited uses, I’d buy more if I ever found it again.

  37. Clare February 23, 2011 at 6:58 am #

    My favourite fabric to work with is cotton lawn, preferably something with a beautiful print on it!

  38. Sarah February 23, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    My favorites are knits (rayon, cotton, or wool). But, I really like woven rayons too.

  39. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 7:01 am #

    I love sewing with cotton best as it is so easy to cut as it stays put on the cutting mat. It’s easy to stitch and it takes a heavy dose of pressing with the steam iron . I can’t wait to see the new patterns you have in line.

  40. Sharon February 23, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is cotton! I love sewing with rayon, wool and linen too though. : )

    Love and appreciate your blog and your tutorials.

  41. Ashley0107 February 23, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    I like simple cotton. I find it nice and easy to sew and nice to wear :) though I’m currently working on a Sencha blouse using silk crepe, which is devine and such a nice luxury :)
    Ashley x

  42. Lauren February 23, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    oh! don’t make me choose! i have soo many favorites!!
    i really like working with natural fibers… not only do they feel luxurious against the skin, not to mention wash & handle well… but, ehhh i’ll confess, i’m a maniac with my rowenta & i can’t stand a fabric that won’t let me abuse the shit out of it with high heat and steam :) i love love love cottons – crepes & lawns & voiles & sateens. i love seersucker & i love ginham. i love wools, especially wool crepe. i love silk dupioni even though i can’t afford it. i also love stretch knit fabrics, especially really fine, really slinky jersey.

    my absolute favorite fabric to play with is silk organza. i love that it has so many useful attributes, that you can use it as a stabilizer or an interlining or to make a petticoat! it makes a great press cloth & kind of makes you feel rich doing so (well, mine does anyway… silk organza is $25/yard at my local fabric store o_O). even the name sounds fancy! yay silk organza!

  43. Ashley0107 February 23, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I’m also a follower! xxx

  44. Ashley0107 February 23, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    I liked you on facebook too! :) can you tell I really want a copy of the lovely pendrell blouse? :) xxx

  45. Nicole February 23, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    I love to sew with wool. There are so many really nice types.

  46. shivani February 23, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    I love sewing with cotton lawn (though I’m just a newbie, and a wonderful world of fabrics lies ahead of me!). I’m already a follower, and now “like” you on facebook too! Thanks for all the blogs and tutes!

  47. Dora February 23, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    I’m currently obsessed with silk dupioni, so I would say it’s my favorite to sew with, my favorite to wear, and my favorite to get married to and/or have sex with.

    Naturally, I have absolutely no piece of clothing in dupioni — just length of the stuff that I am too afraid to cut into! But summer’s coming and I’m getting braver and braver.

  48. Grace February 23, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    I love sewing with crisp cottons and cotton blends that press nicely and hold their shape. Though I enjoy the look and feel of more luxurious fabrics, it’s very satisfying to work with well behaved materials!

  49. StitchBrawl February 23, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    I haven’t actually sewn all that much yet…I wish I had more time…so it’s hard to pick a favorite fabric. Cotton might be up there right now since it is easy to work with. I enjoy trying out different kind of fabrics and learning as I go. I would love to sew up a Pendrell blouse with that lovely fabric.

  50. StitchBrawl February 23, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I also started following your blog. Congrats on so many milestones. :-)

  51. StitchBrawl February 23, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    …and I “Like” you on Facebook

  52. Stefanie February 23, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    Congratulations on your successful pendrell blouse pattern! My favorite fabric to sew with has got to be jersey cotton.

  53. Laurel February 23, 2011 at 7:18 am #

    I’d have to say wool. It’s not so much the sewing as the pressing. So satisfying.

  54. Laurel February 23, 2011 at 7:19 am #

    Also, I already like Sewaholic on Facebook.

  55. Jane February 23, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    Cotton for sure. I love the way silk looks & feels but it is a pain to sew.

  56. Portia February 23, 2011 at 7:21 am #

    My favourite fabrics to sew with are vintage linens and curtains that I find on my thrifting adventures. I truly am obsessed with things that have a history and imagining the people who used them. To then turn them into something completely new, and carry those lovely imaginings with you every time you wear it, is such a buzz.

  57. Kerry February 23, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    I’ve always liked to sew a good quality cotton because I like the way it responds when it’s pressed. I love the drape of rayon, but haven’t sewn it in years just because my focus has been more on home decor. Now that I’m revisiting clothing, I’m sure rayons will be on the cutting table this spring, the prints are just irresistable!

  58. Farah February 23, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    I like rayon too but my absolute favorite is cotton voile. It’s so smooth, and crisp at the same time. it drapes beautifully, but has body, and sometimes a bit of sheen. And its is soo easy to sew with!

  59. Alison Pattern February 23, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    I love cotton. I love how well behaved it is, especially when I’m ironing. I find as a new sewer, it’s the easiest to work with :)

  60. Greta February 23, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    cotton weave, of course! But I must say I love cotton corduroy. It can be challengingly bulky, especially wide wale, but anything made out of corduroy seems to say “love” or enhance the expression of love that is put into a handmade garment.

  61. Forrest February 23, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    My favorite thing to sew with is cotton because it does what I want it to and presses well, however, I most often sew with silks and satins because I love the way they look, even if they’re a nightmare!

  62. K2 February 23, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    Right now, quilter’s cotton. But that is because I’m still getting over my fear of sewing more than a straight line.

  63. Stephenie February 23, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    I love sewing with flannel. It never slides, it’s warm and soft to the touch, and so cozy when you are done!

  64. Bellieshaker February 23, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    Follower and Facebook Liker!!!

    I love sewing with Cotton, and silk but my fave is Jersey Knits, for skirts and dresses, the fabric is so forgiving, very flattering, falls so nicely and my Favourite part.. doesnt crease!!! :) :) :)

  65. Stephenie February 23, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    Also liked on facebook!

  66. Mav February 23, 2011 at 7:31 am #

    I hope I win!! :) My favourite fabric to sew with would be cotton because I’m a beginner and it doesn’t slip. I have sewn with printed polyester too and I liked the drape of it.

  67. lynn February 23, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    My favorite to sew with is cotton, but my favorite to wear is a cotton blend. btw, I love your blog!

  68. Lady Jenn February 23, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    I love sewing with wool and silk! Wow – they are amazing – they stitch beautifully, press nicely and just wonderful while sewing!

  69. Bonnie February 23, 2011 at 7:34 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is vintage sheets. I love how soft they are & it makes me feel good to recycle too!

  70. Priz February 23, 2011 at 7:35 am #

    What a wonderful giveaway! I’d have to say (since I’m a total sewing beginner) my favorite fabric to sew with is cotton. its forgiving and inexpensive so I dont feel as bad when I screw up =P

    thank you for the chance to win n_n

  71. julie s February 23, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    What a great giveaway! I remember loving that fabric when I was following your Pendrell sewalong posts, so I’m very excited at the possibility of being able to sew my very own Pendrell in it!! My favourite fabric to sew with is cotton because generally it’s so well behaved!

  72. nikole February 23, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    I already follow

  73. Jessica February 23, 2011 at 7:41 am #

    This is a really good question as I am just learning how to sew! I suppose then I should say cotton, but so far, I haven’t had much practice. What I do sew a lot more are my hand knits (ends, joins, pieces together…) and do repairs by hand to my clothes. I hope with a good pattern I can learn how to sew and then make some really stunning things. Keep up the good work as I really enjoy your blog!

  74. Audie February 23, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    My fabric fabric to sew with is muslin…my muslins always seem to go together so much quicker (and sometimes better) than when I use the actual fabric!

  75. nicke February 23, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    I love love love looooooove to sew with cotton. I also love knits and i am starting to be adventurous with other fabrics like voile and cotton lawn!

  76. dani February 23, 2011 at 7:43 am #

    My favorite fabric to work with is any print that inspires me! Once I fall in love with a fabric print I will find a pattern that will suit that particular type of fabric and sew away!

  77. nicke February 23, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    i already follow you! on my google reader! i love it!

  78. Kati February 23, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is flannel! I’ve made two flannel blouses and some flannel projects before I started blogging. Its what my mom taught me to sew with (probably because it doesn’t slip) and Its so versatile, I can make a nice winter blouse or pjs and it always looks nice.

  79. Corinna February 23, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    I love wool and cotton because they press so well.

  80. Lori February 23, 2011 at 7:46 am #

    Cotton. I am fairly new to sewing so like the way cotton always behaves itself! I also like on facebook. :-)

  81. Elizabeth February 23, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    Sorry that I have been MIA from commenting lately. I just wanted to drop by and wish you happy birthday and to let you know how excited I am about your patterns. I can’t wait to see what you publish next! good luck!!!

  82. Liz T February 23, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Congratulations on your success! I love this pattern: It seems like the perfect shirt pattern.
    I love sewing with cotton, especially anything striped. I also like sewing with suede, but I don’t have many occasions to use it.

  83. karen February 23, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Now that I have a serger I love sewing knits :)

  84. Rachel February 23, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is knits. Happy Belated Birthday!!

  85. Leslie February 23, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    Oooh I am getting ideas from everybody’s flannel suggestions…my favorite has to have been linen so far in my sewing career- it stays where I put it and looks so professional when I’m done! Until it wrinkles.

  86. Scruffy Badger February 23, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thank you! I have SO admired the Pendrell blouse.

    I’d have to say my favorite is cotton lawn – it’s light & crisp & encourages me to be my most neat, meaning that when it’s finished it definitely feels special.

  87. shanna February 23, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    Mine is not actually something I have ever seen as a single piece of fabric, but it’s the fabric one of my favourite dresses is made of: a viscose blend with a soft textured (almost seersucker) feel to it. It crinkles like linnen, which looks great, it’s light for summer but still chic enough for parties…If I’d ever come across it, I’d buy a bolt!

  88. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) February 23, 2011 at 8:01 am #

    Favorite fabric to sew is wool, love the flexibility and I like tailoring. but to wear, cotton for sure :)

  89. Clare February 23, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Lovely! Sign me up as another rayon fan (except I call it viscose) – I love the drape of it, but I agree, it’s so hard to find! I’m a fan of it in jersey form too, perfect for sleek yet comfy dresses!

  90. Gerwerken February 23, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    Congrats on 300 followers!

    My favorite fabric to machine sew with is plain cotton (although not necessarily my favorite to wear), and my favorite to hand sew with is jersey cotton.

  91. LindsayBobindsay February 23, 2011 at 8:10 am #

    Congrats on so many followers! I already follow you, so count me as 1/300th of your fanbase!

    I haven’t tried too many fabrics, but I think my favorite is cotton. I recently sewed with linen and the sewing was great, I just know the wearing will include lots o’ wrinkles…

  92. LindsayBobindsay February 23, 2011 at 8:11 am #

    I also liked you on Facebook! Hooraaay!

  93. Morgan February 23, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    You’re so generous with these giveaways!
    My favorite fabric to sew is cotton lawn. It has a great drape and it does exactly what I want it to do. And it feels lovely when worn, even more important!

  94. Kristen February 23, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    First off, Happy late birthday!!!

    My favorite is definitely wool! I love how it responds to copious amounts of burning steam and of course the intoxicating smell that results. It can be thick to work with and some loose weaves require lots of seam finishing attention, but I just love the result.

    Oh and yes, I already have a Pendrell pattern, but I would love to win another to give as a gift to my friend in Florida who is a beginning sewist. She commented on my Pendrell post that she liked it and I think she’d really enjoy the pattern and would look great in it too!


  95. Something in the Way She Sews February 23, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    My favourite fabric to work with is cotton jersey, it’s so soft and easy to sew, but before I tried I had been so worried about sewing with knits! Congratulations on having 300 followers, it look like you’ll have 400 soon.

  96. Something in the Way She Sews February 23, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    I also follow you with google friend connect.

  97. Amy February 23, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    Ooo, I love boiled wool. I made a dress with it for my friend Frances’ wedding last year and it was so easy to sew, it didn’t fray, it hung nicely and it was warm enough for an April wedding, without leaving me too hot for the dancing later on in the evening. All round perfect!

  98. Amy February 23, 2011 at 8:22 am #

    P.S. I already ‘like’ you on facebook!

  99. Amy February 23, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    P.P.S. I already follow you on Google Friend Connect :-)

  100. GretchenH February 23, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    A really high quality linen. Crisp and great to iron, but with a beautiful drape to it when done in classic styles (skirts, shirt dresses, etc.). Plus, it always makes me think of warm weather and sunshine, which we don’t get nearly enough of here in Portland, OR.

  101. Amy February 23, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    P.P.P.S. (are you allowed that many ‘P’s?!) I just tweeted about your giveaway, I’m ‘secondfiddleUK’ on twitter!

  102. Red February 23, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    It has been and probably always will be wool! I love how maleable wool is–if you know how to work with it, you can get an absolutely beautiful result because it’s so easy to manipulate.

  103. Ashlee February 23, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is jersey. I looooooove that it doesn’t fray, love the soft, luxurious, drapey look and feel it has, and best of all, it’s stretchy and can hug your curves or flow away from them! Multi-function.

  104. Sabrina Clementine February 23, 2011 at 8:30 am #

    Yes please!!!! I’d love to win the pattern! (And I just loved that fabric when I saw it in your posts!) Either way….I love working with cotton. No other fabric behaves quite like it. However since I can’t make much apparel out of it, I still have to work with other fabrics (preferably non-slippery stuff). I found it surprisingly nice to work with knit, so I’m hoping to experiment with them more in the near future.

  105. Carla February 23, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    As a newbie to sewing, I find that cotton is a less scary fabric to start with. It’s familiar, forgiving, and easy to care for. I am almost finished with my first dress made with 100% cotton and I am excited to see how I did.

  106. Jessica H. February 23, 2011 at 8:38 am #

    Mmmm…I’d have to say cotton or wool, for pretty much the same reasons that everyone is saying. It’s so easy to work with, especially in the ironing department. If it doesn’t iron well, it’s that much harder to make it look good.

  107. Eilane February 23, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    Hello, I followed your Sew along very carefully, very precisely shows with you throughout the process, congratulations and thanks.
    My favorite is still woven cotton, and soon after satin or taffeta. Like most cotton because you can make skirts for me since the dress for my daughter and besides, I do not have many options here.
    Would love to win the pattern, it would be like having a treasure because it is not a gift it is so far to me as a dream that can not be realized.


    Eilane – Brazil

    ( I hope to be meaningful, rsssss not speak their language and am using a google translator.)

    Olá, acompanhei seu Sew along com muita atenção, você demosntra com muita precisão todo o processo, parabéns.
    Meu tecido favorito para ainda é o algodão, e logo após cetim ou tafetá. Gosto mais do algodão porque dá para fazer desde saias para mim a vestido para minha filhinha e alem do mais aqui não tenho muitas opções.
    Amaria ganhar o padr√£o, seria como ter um tesouro, porque se n√£o for um presente ele esta t√£o longe para mim quanto um sonho que n√£o pode ser realizado.


    Eilane – Brasil

  108. Phoebe February 23, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is cotton. I know, I am so boring, but I get stressed out by fabrics I don’t understand, and I’m worried I will ruin anything else. I have sewn with linen and wool, and I love them both, but I am afraid of anything slinky or slippery. If I win your contest, though, I will definitely give the slippery fabric a try. I love the Pendrell blouse!

  109. Tara February 23, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    Cotton!!!!!!!!!! because it is easy, airy and comes in lots of floral prints!

  110. Ammy Belle February 23, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    Cotton – probably because it is cheap enough that when I screw up (note: when not if) I can fix it easier. Thanks! :)

  111. Erika February 23, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    My favorite fabric is without a doubt wool. In any thickness and for any purpose. It’s so easy to handle and drapes so gorgeously.

    Congratualations on your 300th follower!

  112. Valerie February 23, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    I love wool suiting for jackets — I have one that I made up from a designer remainder that makes me feel posh just to wear it.

    Congratulations on all of the milestones!

  113. Judie February 23, 2011 at 9:00 am #

    I just discovered your blog and I’m so excited!

    I started sewing just a few years ago and I’ve found that some fabrics can be VERY difficult to work with! .. like the ones that FLOAT away as you try to cut them out!

    Consequently I probably like to work with cotton the best, but actually I don’t wear too many cotton clothes, so this could be a problem as I try to build my wardrobe with my handmade projects!

  114. ALICIA February 23, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    I like to sew cottons- preferably plaid ones. I have this strange love for matching plaids that is very therapeutic for me. Love the giveaway and really like the looks of the Pendrell blouse.

    I follow via my google reader.

  115. Peggy February 23, 2011 at 9:10 am #

    I have lots of favorite fabrics, but I love the look and feel of wool crepe–it is also easy to sew! Thank you for the opportunity to win the Pendrell kit! ~ Peggy

  116. Leslie February 23, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    Cotton because it is inexpensive and easy to sew on. I became a follower too.

  117. Shannon February 23, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I’m a cotton girl. I can find it cheaply and care for it easily.

  118. Melissa February 23, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I love wool. I blame my knitting background.

  119. Julie C February 23, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    I would say silk: not so much for the sewing process but for the end result!

  120. Julie C February 23, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I “like” you on Facebook!!!

  121. Julie C February 23, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    And I’m a follower!

  122. Montana February 23, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    I love love love your blog! I have been learning so much from you, and even bought my first vintage pattern inspired by you. I haven’t worked with many different types of fabric yet, but I know I love working with cotton. I just started my first adventure with linen and think that it’ll will also be wonderful to work with. I’ve been wanting your pendrell blouse so bad!

  123. Montana February 23, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    P.S. I just “liked” your facebook page. Didn’t know that you had one. :)

  124. Steph February 23, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I’m new to sewing and have only tried a few types of fabrics: cotton, linen, blends, and polyester. So far I like the ease of cotton but I love the feel and flowyness of 100% linen.

    I’m a public follower, and love the colors and print of the fabric pictured above!

    Thank you!

  125. Nicole Runde February 23, 2011 at 9:41 am #

    LOVE your site. Took your survey. LOVE your patterns. LOVE your tutortials. Have followed Sewaholic through my feed reader for a long time, but now I’m following through Google Friend Connect.

  126. Nicole Runde February 23, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    AND I followed you on Facebook!

  127. Em February 23, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    I like wool and cotton. They are easy to work with, and I’m quite a natural material snob. I especially like to dress in my new wool clothes and feel luxuries and warm. :)

  128. Nicole Runde February 23, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    AND my favorite fabric is also rayon, I love the drapeyness that it gives to dresses, blouses, full skirts, etc.

    Thanks for this giveaway!

  129. Cathy February 23, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    PS: I “like” Sewaholic on facebook!

  130. Cathy February 23, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    PPS: I’m also a follower!
    If I don’t win, I’m going to buy the Pendrell pattern anyway as a birthday gift to myself. Along with some lovely cotton lawn to sew it up in.

  131. Tara February 23, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE Jersey! I am a new-ish sewer but have been experimenting and Jersey is the bomb!

    Sew on!

  132. Nikki February 23, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I’d have to say cotton is my favourite but that might be because haven’t tried that many other fabrics. Only recently discovered your site and am loving it.

  133. Nikki February 23, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I’m now a follower :)

  134. Nina Taylor February 23, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    I LOVE taffeta! I sew a lot of wedding and formal dresses and it’s by far the best! Also silk dupioni is great! Both fabrics are easy to work with and flatter any figure!

  135. Nikki February 23, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    I now ‘like’ sewaholic on Facebook too.

  136. Lindsay Tailor February 23, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    I’m still somewhat new to sewing, but I love sewing jersey. It’s so soft, easy to work with, and drapes nicely. It makes great dresses that help keep me cool for the hot summer months in Texas. Jersey also gets bonus points for not wrinkling as badly as other fabrics when travelling. My only complaint about the fabric is there are not as many fun prints available in jersey fabric.

  137. El February 23, 2011 at 10:02 am #

    I love to work with cotton – I can find it easily and in many different patterns!

  138. marissa February 23, 2011 at 10:03 am #

    i think for me it is silk. I love how it feels and the drape. that’s not to say that all of my silk projects have been successful, but it’s still the section i gravitate to first in the fabric store. :)

    btw, I love the pendrell blouse! :)

  139. Maria February 23, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    I love viyela, it´s so soft and cosy

  140. Laura February 23, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    Favorite to sew with – cotton woven, because it’s so easy. Favorite to *wear* – rayon jersey, because it has such a great drape and feel.

  141. Shirley February 23, 2011 at 10:08 am #

    I’m now a follower. I haven’t really sewn much with anything else but cotton. I don’t have a good machine so I don’t often risk other material.

  142. Thistle February 23, 2011 at 10:17 am #

    I’m working on a knit dress at the moment and it’s really making me miss cotton. The cotton dress I made last weekend came together so easily and ironing is a breeze!

  143. Mandy February 23, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    Congrats Tasia! I feel like I’ve been saying that a lot lately… but you totally deserve it! My favorite to sew with is anything that is behaving….

    But seriously, probably a pretty cotton print. I love how cotton presses so nice, and lays so pretty while you sew… I feel like I can accomplish complex geometric pleats with cotton!


  144. Lauren W. February 23, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I’m pretty new to sewing, so I’ve been happiest with my results so far with good ol’ cotton. I’m looking forward to branching out, though! I have some lovely navy silk crepe de chine that is earmarked for a Colette Sencha, when I get up the nerve.

    Added you to my Google Reader. I’m not sure why I haven’t before, I pop by most days to see what you’re up to. :)

  145. Erica L. February 23, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I love wool. Tailored wool jackets and skirts are some of my favorite items of clothing, and there is something really precise feeling about making a perfect seam in a wool jacket.

  146. Erica L. February 23, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I am following you on google now.

  147. Angelina February 23, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Oh, nice giveaway! I’ve had my eye on this pattern for quite some time. I pretty much only quilt, so cotton is my favorite fabric to use. I recently got some liberty of london tana lawn pieces and they are amazingly soft, so I’m looking forward to playing with that in the near future!

    Thanks for the chance to win & happy belated birthday!


  148. Miet February 23, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I don’t really have much experience sewing with anything other than cotton…I once tried some very slippery polyester (I think), and I never finished the project because it got too frustrating. I like my cottons, but now you make me want to try rayon!

  149. Sewingdina February 23, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    My favourite fabric to sew with is denim as it is so easy to work with and stays put while sewing. I haven’t tried rayon, but I want to now. Not sure if it is called something different in the UK as I haven’t seen it much here. I already follow you with Google Friend Connect.

  150. Ella February 23, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Thanks Tasia! I love this gorgeous fabric and it would be amazing to win it! I’m still learning lots about sewing, so I don’t have a favourite fabric yet.

  151. Ella February 23, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    PS- another entry for tweeting about the giveaway, I’m @ellabwong.

  152. Ella February 23, 2011 at 10:43 am #

    PPS- also like you on facebook! my fingers are crossed.

  153. maremelade February 23, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Great to see that the giveaway will be sent anywhere in the world. Hopefully it will be in France to complete my pattern collection.

  154. Lizzy February 23, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    wow!! Too many responses to this give away but however here is my answer and it’s great it’s worldwide!!!
    My favorite fabric to sew with: Well, as I don’t have too much practice sewing I have sewed a lot of poplin and pique, so I have to say I like to sew with that kind of fabric, I mean nothing like rayon, silk, those kind of soft and slipery fabric.

    Well………that’s it, I hope to be the winner

  155. Hannah February 23, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    I did tailoring at university, so I love wool suiting fabrics – they’re so well behaved! I’m not very experienced with slippery girly fabrics so I find them much harder to work with. I’m hoping to get more practise with that though!

  156. Karina February 23, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    Hope to try this new pattern. Just discovered this site and love it!

  157. Virginia February 23, 2011 at 11:06 am #

    hi I follow you trough my google reader!

    My favorite fabric so far cotton sateen I bought this fabric to make a skirt and its beautiful… it will be my very first non practice project. I have been looking at your pattern and drooling for one.

  158. Alejandrina February 23, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    cotton sateen, it feels like butter in my hands.

  159. Lyubasha February 23, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I have only started sewing recently so I have been sticking to basic cottons…but I love to go to the fabric store and pet all the lovely sateens and rayons and wools and things that I will feel brave enough to use someday soon! I am learning so much from your blog – thank you!

  160. Crystal February 23, 2011 at 11:24 am #

    I love sewing with fabric that has some cotton content, usually pretty easy to handle and manipulate. I must win this giveaway as I have decided I really do love this pattern, and the fabric print you have chosen is just beautiful!

  161. Kelly February 23, 2011 at 11:28 am #

    I love sewing with cotton. The variety of prints and finishes is really astounding, and it really is perfectly well-behaved while running through a machine.

  162. Kelly February 23, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    I already follow you on Twitter!

  163. Kelly February 23, 2011 at 11:29 am #

    I already “like” you on Facebook, too!

  164. 1congn1to February 23, 2011 at 11:31 am #

    Wow, now, that’s what I call a give-away! Not that i’ve been blogging for such a long time, but I sure have never seen anything like it. LOVELY! And anywhere in the world… Being someone who lives in Belgian and reads mostly US/canadian blogs, that’s a wonderfull thing too.
    By The way, Love your pendrell blouse and that Picnic dress, how adorable.

    Anyway, let’s get to the point: my answer to your question.
    I adore cotton-linnen blends. They’re ‘breathy’ like linnen, but they won’t ‘crack’ as fast as linnen. But because linnen is a more summery fabric, I mostly use Cotton and other cotton blends. Being a newbie to sewing (I started sewing on my own account this past year) I have’t sewn with a lot of fabrics yet. So, My opinion may change in the future, but so far: cotton-linnen blends!

  165. fangaroni February 23, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway! I like sewing with cotton-silk blends… with no stretch!

  166. Kelly February 23, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    @Kelly: And tweeted about your giveaway, too!

  167. 1congn1to February 23, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    PS: I already ‘Like’ your facebookpage :D

    Oh, and for the previous post, it’s Belgium of course, not Belgian. Mixed two different sentences up.

  168. little betty February 23, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I’m a cotton girl – I love light flowy cottons like good voile or lawn. I love steaming the heck out of it to fix sewing mistakes and I love wearing it, especially during Sydney’s long, hot, humin summers. You make me want to sew rayon though….

  169. Arien February 23, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I’ve always had the easiest time with rayon. Usually it irons well and it seems to hide my many mistakes better than some other fabrics I’ve tried. I also LOVE the feel of the dresses I’ve made out of rayon–they are really comfy!

  170. little betty February 23, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    I already like you on Facebook too.

  171. Mary February 23, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    I, quite unoriginally, like sewing on cotton simply because it is so easy. Raw silk is nice too as it has some good body to it, but its not quite as practical.

  172. Sarahj February 23, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    What an awesome giveaway! I do a lot of refashioning and using old clothes for fabric, so out of those I think my favorite is nice soft shirting, but I also love sewing with ‘ girly’ fabric :)

  173. Sarahj February 23, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Also, here’s another comment because I follow you :)

  174. Mary C February 23, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    I love to sew with wool, but I really enjoy working with plain ole cotton too. Natural fibers tend to be my fave.

  175. Mary C February 23, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    P.S. – I’m already a follower and I’ve liked you on facebook!

  176. jadestar February 23, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    Wow, what a great giveaway. I’d love to win this. Favourite fabric – what a hard choice. I love how easy cotton is to handle and wear. But the drape and prints of the synthetic fabrics such as viscose (rayon to those not in the UK :) Definitely don’t like cheap satins and silks.

  177. Rebecca February 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm #

    Ooh I’d love to win a copy, and that fabric is great! My favorite to sew with is definitely cotton because it’s so easy! Cotton lawn is the best. I also “like” you on Facebook already!

  178. jadestar February 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm #


  179. lakaribane February 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I love cotton above all other fabrics. I makes me want to iron for hours from the wonderful way it takes heat and steam. Linen is wonderful too…until you wear it and you look like a cow chewed you up and regurgitated you, LOL!

  180. JillyB February 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

    I love sewing with a nice cotton sateen or cotton lawn. Expensive cotton is so wonderful to sew with, especially compared with most quilting cottons. I have never sewn with rayon, so your giveaway would give me a chance to try it out! I have been wanting to make a Pendrell blouse, but I haven’t gotten around to ordering the pattern (I blame it on my winter laziness here in Montreal). Thanks for the chance to win!

  181. Hanna Sofia February 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Hard to decide, but I tend to gravitate toward cotton. I have a lovely Liberty print in my fabric stash, just begging to be turned into a Pendrell blouse!

  182. Emily February 23, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    I love sewing with denim the best, because it’s so much fun to topstitch! I follow with Google friend connect.

  183. Janice February 23, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    I love cotton. Not the quilting cotton type but thinner with a good drape.

  184. JillyB February 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    I just “liked” you on facebook! I follow you on RSS but I don’t know if you are counting that…

  185. Gemma February 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I’m so happy things are going well for you and I can’t wait to see what Sewaholic Patterns has in store for us all! Very exciting! What’s my favourite fabric to sew…… I guess cotton but I haven’t really sewn with a huge variety (such as rayon) but I think that if you can learn some good tricks, then any fabric is good to sew. I’ve made a lots of things in rayon jersey which is actually pretty nice to sew …and it’s great because it doesn’t fray (or do you say ravel in Canada?).

  186. Ruth February 23, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    So many fabrics, but I think I’d choose linen. Beautiful crisp seams, no slipping around under the presser foot and perfect for cool, sophisticated summer parties…

  187. Crystal February 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    I just “liked” you on facebook, as well.

  188. punky February 23, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    I love cottons and wool. I need more practice with slippery and stretchy things, they scare me!

  189. Jessie February 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    I like sewing with cotton and linen. It means summer clothes!

  190. Samina February 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    I’m not confident enough to sew with the slipperier fabrics, so my faves right now are cottons & cotton blend fabrics. I have the pendrell pattern already, so I hope you’d let me exchange it for new pattern when that’s released, if I win!

  191. G February 23, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    I love knits, cause they’re so forgiving.

  192. Kat February 23, 2011 at 12:30 pm #


    I just found you on Facebook and clicked “like.” I’ve been following your blog since you guest posted at Casey’s Elegant Musings. Keep up the good work!


  193. Emma February 23, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Cotton for me! I’m still a newbie, so I’m not yet super comfortable sewing with slippery or expensive fabrics.

  194. Tania February 23, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Tasia, what a fantastic giveaway! My favourite fabrics at the moment are cotton prints for sewing light summery dresses (although I probably don’t need too many summer outfits here in the chilly UK…) and warm knits for autumn and winter (which I much more use out of!)

  195. Jennifer February 23, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    I love love love to sew rayon. Its just so buttery to the finger tips. Just finished a rayon blend dress the other day and I was just about as sad to be finished sewing it as I was excited to wear it.

  196. Jennifer February 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    Like you on facebook too!

  197. Brea February 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    I wish I liked wearing linen more, because it is marvelous to sew. I think I’ll have to go with that one.

  198. Jennifer February 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Subscribe to your rss feed. Love reading posts as soon as they are up!

  199. Kate February 23, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    What a great giveaway. I followed all you sew along posts and loved all the pictures people sent in. I’m hoping to get some time in the middle of the year to sew it myself now. My favourite fabric…… I think at the moment it’s lovely light cotton voile (I’ve made a few summer dresses recently).

  200. fiona February 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Tasia!

    As an Australian I also appreciate competitions where everyone is invitedm so thank you for opening yours up to all comers.

    My favourite fabric to sew with is definitely wool…mostly because it is just so malleable – you can sew, steam, stretch, mould and do all kinds of fabric violence to it and get a great result.


  201. Jen February 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Love this pattern!

    My favourite fabric to sew with is cotton voile, not the see through one but the thicker type, like the Anna Maria Horner ones. I like this one, because it feels silky but behaves itself, which is great for a beginner like me. I’ve never sewn with rayon, but will put it on my fabric radar.

  202. Law February 23, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Heck this giveaway is too good not to enter!

    I have only ever really sewn with cotton, as I’m a relative beginner. However i did recently make a bag lining out of satin. It was horrible to sew with, but i couldn’t stop stroking it once I’d made the bag. It felt so lush! If they could invent a satin that was easy to cut and sew that’d be my favourite (hmm maybe cotton sateen is the way to go).

  203. Claire February 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    My favourite at the moment is silk – so very difficult to sew, but so worth it in the end!

  204. Rachel February 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I already like you on Facebook! My fave fabric is good old cotton – a pleasure to sew and a pleasure to wear.

  205. Claire February 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I also already ‘like’ you on Facebook…

  206. Angela February 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

    One of my absolute favourite fabrics to sew with is poly gabardine. I know, I know. I can hear the groans now. It sews up really well, holds the steam from the iron and wears beautifully. Yes wool gabardine would be ideal the maintenance of it is just more than I want to invest at this stage in my life. With “PG” it’s wash and wear.


  207. Kelsey February 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    My favorite is cotton. It’s easy to work with and nice to wear. Plus I’m a beginner so I haven’t had too much experience with other fabrics!

  208. Lou February 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    Wow, what a fab giveaway! Another vote for cotton sateen here. As has been mentioned – it behaves so well, sits where you want it and stays there, no slippery sliding. I can’t even get hold of rayon (I tried to buy some to make some dresses for my Mother), so the only rayon I’ve ever sewn with has been refashioning jobs. I don’t recall having any problems with it – one thing I do love about rayon is that if you hang it carefully on the line after washing it it looks ironed (one less step to looking good).

  209. maremelade February 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    I forgot the question but my favorite fabric to sew is liberty tana lawn, so soft and silky

  210. Kris February 23, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    My favourite fabric to sew is this silk/linen blend I picked up years and years ago at Jax. Unfortunately, I’m almost out – just have enough for a couple more blouses… :)

  211. Lauren February 23, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    Fun and super generous giveaway! I really love your pattern- especially after seeing Casey’s version :)
    Wow- hard question. I like sewing lots of different fabrics. I guess I’ll have to say wool. I love how it can mold with steam and the texture. Though rayon and silk are tied for second place!

  212. Lauren February 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    I just followed with Google Friend Connect, though I was already reading :)

  213. shellmakeouflip February 23, 2011 at 1:25 pm #

    Sea Island Cotton is my favorite. It’s been very hard to find for me and rather expensive, but it’s the most luxurious fabric I ever encountered for making blouses and shirts. I made a dress shirt for my husband from a white shadow stripe Sea Island Cotton and it’s better than any ready to wear shirt we’ve ever seen!

    It’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer —can’t be beat!

  214. lore February 23, 2011 at 1:30 pm #

    Happy birthday for yesterday ! My favourite fabric ever was a Daisy Janie organic cotton that I recently bought. It was so lovely to handle and the finished item was so beautiful.
    Pick me for the Pendrell blouse !!


  215. Alessa February 23, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    Wow, comment-explosion already… :) Well, it’s a fabulous giveaway, I’ve admired that fabric a lot when you were making you blouse! (The pattern, too!)

    I haven’t sewn with that many fabrics yet, but I think I like cottons best because they don’t slip around and are easy to sew with. Wools are a close second, although it’s more difficult to rip seams if the thread sinks into the fabric…

  216. Tilia February 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

    I find it hard to decide between light wool and light cotton. Fabric that flows and drapes well butt isn’t to slippery.

  217. Tilia February 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Oops, that of course should have been ‘but’. no butt. *red face*

  218. Alessa February 23, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    I tweeted! (My twitter name is alessant.) Also, I follow with bloglovin’, does that count, too?

  219. Alessa February 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Oh and I like you on facebook, too. :)

  220. Annie February 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    Hello! I am from France and I often admire all those beautiful Pendrell blouses.I will adore sewing a pendrell in a ligth swiss cotton.I have one in black and white with a little touch of yellow that will be perfect.

  221. Alexandra Mason February 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm #

    What a wonderful giveaway! My favourite is cotton, so far, but i haven’t sewn with that many different fabrics yet!

  222. Julie Rae February 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    I was afraid of them at first, but now I love sewing with knits! Quick projects that are cute but comfy!

  223. Julie Rae February 23, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    And I’m a Google Friend!

  224. Julie Rae February 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    And I LIKE you on Facebook!

  225. Megan February 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    Because I am a beginner the only fabric I have only sewed with cotton but I’m not afraid to sew with other fabric, BRING IT ON =]

  226. sofia February 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm #

    I love sewing with wools from Italy. Every single dress I’ve made, or pair of trousers has been with fine wools and I swear, after that wedding dress, they are like HEAVEN. I don’t think there’s anything I love more. (except the smell when you steam it – wet sheep, yuck!)

    * I don’t need a pattern, I just wanted to comment!

  227. Suzie February 23, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    Oh wow, what an awesome giveaway!!! Congrats on 300 followers!

    My fav fabric to sew with is probably quilting cotton because its there are just so so many gorgeous prints and its behaves….its just such a shame its not really good for making clothes with!! I love the way rayon drapes so I will have to practise controlling it while sewing – this kit would be perfect!!

    I’m a follower on this blog…and..

  228. Suzie February 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

    ..and I ‘like’ Sewaholic on facebook…and…

  229. Suzie February 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    …I just tweeted about it!!!

  230. gina February 23, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Oh, please I would love to win this! I love rayon too, just made my 2nd swing dress with it. It has a nice look to it also, thanks for having a giveaway!

  231. lizajane February 23, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    What an awesome giveaway!

    I’m a fan of rayon, too. I love the drape but it doesn’t have the same icky feeling that polyester has. I sewed with Tencel recently. It is very similar to rayon. I love linen, too.

  232. raqskie February 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    My favourite for sewing is cotton because it is the best behaved. My favourite for wearing is silk so I sometimes make the extra effort to sew with it.

  233. Claire February 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

    I’m still quite new so haven’t ventured far beyond cotton but just received a package of lace and gabradine, I’ll let you know how I get on this them!

  234. Erin S. February 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm #

    I love a cotton poplin. So many pretty patterns to choose from, and wearing it just feels like summer.

  235. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    I love to sew with wool tweed or gabardine. It’s just so well-behaved.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  236. carmencitab February 23, 2011 at 2:39 pm #

    I love cotton but I am really starting to appreciate wool. It’s like buttah! Happy Birthday and yes I do follow on twitter and FB.

  237. Louise February 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

    I’m still learning different fabrics and have had some disasters with very shiny satiny fabrics and also a fleece so I’m going to have to say boring reliable 100% cotton although I relish the opportunity to sew with your lovely polyester!

  238. Rachel February 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    I think my favourite fabric to sew with is a toss up between rayon (I just love the drape that it has) and a lovely cotton sateen.
    I’m already google follower

  239. Rachel February 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm #

    And i’m already a facebook follower :)

  240. Leah February 23, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    I love wool, especially lightweight wool, because it stays in my hands exactly the way I want it to. But honestly, cotton is the best, even, gasp, quilter’s cotton, because cutting it is just so satisfying for me. Is that weird?

    Thank you for this giveaway!

  241. Chelsea February 23, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    Wow what an awesome giveaway. im a cotton girl at the moment. Im a beginner. Ive tried some other fabrics but while im still learning the art Cotton behaves much better for me.

  242. Kacia February 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

    I was just about to buy this pattern when I saw the giveaway. How serendipitous!

    Anyway, I love sewing with satin. It’s tricky, but if you take your time the results can be so gorgeous! There have been several times when I ended up loving my satin lining better than the fashion fabric, LOL.

  243. Kacia February 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

    …also, already a Facebook follower :)

  244. Lynne February 23, 2011 at 3:21 pm #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is linen! It’s so crisp and holds beautiful pleats, but in blends with rayon or tencel, it has such a lovely drape! Not to mention how beautifully cool it is to wear in the summer.

    I like you on Facebook!

  245. Louise February 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Hi Tasia, love your blog.
    As im just a beginner, my favourite fabric is cotton. Its easy to sew as a beginner. No slipping or need to worry about it when pinning.
    I would like to win your pattern and the fabric you have chosen looks delicious.
    Im following you on google friends

  246. Ellen February 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm #

    I just a beginner too, but I would say cotton. I’ve gotten some inexpensive fabric to try things on so I don’t have to worry so much about “messing up” nicer fabric.

  247. Chetarina February 23, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    I love to sew cotton, cause it’s easy and I’m pretty much a beginner!

  248. Chetarina February 23, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

    I also just tweeted about it! Follow me: Chetarina. I’m excited for this! A sewing woman on a budget- so I hope I win!! Congrats on 300 followers!

  249. Kaat February 23, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

    Oh, that’s a chance I cannot let pass!

    I am completely new at sewing, so I like cotton best. It’s not slippery, not thick and it doesn’t stretch in directions you do not want your fabric to go in. As soon as I’ve worked up the confidence I’ll start exploring other fabric options as well, of course!

  250. Susan - Knitters Delight February 23, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    I already “like” you on FB. My favorite fabric has to be knit fabric. I think silk knit is to live for, but knits in general. They are forgiving of my figure, reduce the need for FBAs on many tops and dress patterns, and packs well.

  251. Renay February 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    Oh wowser. What a giveaway!!
    I already have the pattern but would love love the fabrik.
    As for what I love to sew with?
    Hmm…. I love cotton sateen, it just glides along beautifully.
    And also any vintage pretty fabrics that I don’t get sick of looking at, especially drapey ones. So lovely!

    Thanks Tasia ( AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! ox)
    good luck everyone :-)

  252. Nadia February 23, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Its gotta be any sort of jersey knit :D So forgiving to sew with and the end product is usually super comfortable. Which is great for a beginner like me ;)

  253. Madli February 23, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    I have to say that although i love the drape and feel of all silky kind of materials, when it comes to sewing, I prefer a nice natural and easy to manipulate cotton / cotton sateen :)
    Best wishes for your b-day, and keep up the great work!

  254. Charlotte Nielsen February 23, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

    Hello, Favorite fabric to sew with, has to be cotton. So easy! But, wool is my very, very close second. I have some vintage rayon that I will be making summer dresses with, so looking forward to seeing how this fabric sews up.

  255. Mel February 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm #

    Well what an AWESOME giveaway Tasia!! I only discovered your fantastic blog after you started the Pendrell blouse sew-along… and I was so disappointed because it looked like a great project for a beginner sewer like me! Maybe here’s my second chance to win the pattern and that gorgeous fabric!

    As I said, I haven’t been sewing for long (I recently inherited my mother-in-law’s 1964 Husqvarna sewing machine) but so far, I can’t go past cotton as my favourite fabric to sew with… it just behaves so well and doesn’t do anything too crazy which is great for me!


  256. A Sewn Wardrobe February 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    Yes please! I love that fabric. My favorite is wool. It always makes a project look RTW.

  257. Shalyn February 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I’m going to go with wool. I’m always so cold and pretty rough on my clothes, so a sturdy, cozy new garment to strut around in is usually the most exciting to me.

  258. Shannon February 23, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    I would love to try this shirt pattern and have not picked it up YET:)

  259. PetitePear February 23, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Favourite to sew with is definitely cotton, but I don’t like wearing it nearly as much as I do rayon.

  260. Kirsten February 23, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    I love cotton voile. Just gorgeous. Irons beautifully, hangs wonderfully. Hmmmm….

  261. Elizabeth February 23, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Cotton or wool for behaviour but silk charmeuse for luxuary feel and satisfaction

  262. Kirsten February 23, 2011 at 5:52 pm #

    Liked your facebook page, wonder why I haven’t done that before!

  263. Kirsten February 23, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    following with google friend connect

  264. Amelia February 23, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Hello! This is the first time I’ve ever commented on your blog. As someone who’s only recently started sewing anything more than a new hem on a skirt, cotton has to be my favorite. Though possible only because I haven’t been brave enough to try anything more.

  265. Linnea February 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

    Yay! Awesome giveaway. My favorite fabric to sew with is cotton. Haha. It’s easy to press, not fiddly in the least, and feels nice in my hands. Can’t say it’s my favorite fabric to wear but sew with, defs!

  266. shelagh February 23, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    Favourite fabric: right now it’s boiled wool finished with a serger.

  267. Terrill February 23, 2011 at 6:55 pm #

    After being a quilter for years, I’m fond of cotton. . .but I’m trying to branch out.

  268. Liz February 23, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Cotton voile! I love it!!

  269. Melissanne February 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Hi! I’ve been silently following your blog for a while and I’m very happy about your new pattern line, I wish you all the success with it! And I’d love to try out the Pendrell blouse, this fabric is gorgeous!
    Back to the question, my favorite to sew is plain cotton, I know it’s easy and boring, but I think it’s the best! And I love the feeling of it when I wear it.

  270. B @ Sweet Limes February 23, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

    I can not give up a chance to win this! My fav. to sew with is the same as yours, rayon. I love how it feels when it’s done, it’s sort of elegant but not too much because you can still pull it off on just the average day.

  271. Andrea February 23, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Great giveaway!!! I’ve been wanting to do the Pendrell!

    I LOVE working with 100% cotton! I don’t know what it is about taking a crease, but when that fabric creases so easily it is so satisfying!

  272. Krysta February 23, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Cotton :P I’m a noob, what can I say. Fancy fabrics still kind of scare me.

  273. Krysta February 23, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Also I like you on facebook :)

  274. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Probably linen, it’s got great texture, and even if it shrinks a bit, it still is great for making dresses and skirts :)

  275. Lisa February 23, 2011 at 8:41 pm #

    Probably linen- it has a great texture to make cute dresses with :)

  276. Annie grumbles. February 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    I would have to say that I love sewing with cotton. There’s just something about those natural fibers and the ability to use steam! However, I’m always tempted by cute quilting cottons that don’t sew up well as garments. :)
    I love your blog and appreciate your informative posts!

  277. Tania February 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    My favorite fabric has to be voile! It is so well behaved to sew and it’s so light and cooling to wear in hot humid climate such as Singapore.

  278. Kristie February 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    What a generous give-away! You’re so sweet

  279. kaitui-kiwi February 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Ohh I love this pattern, one of my sewing friends just made her first Pendrell and I love it on her. Cotton is an easy choice, especially Cotton Sateen, I love how easy it is to work with but I just started a new project in this beautiful Italian silk and I know everyone say show hard silk is to sew but I love it and I can’t wait to wear what I am making.

  280. Jacinta February 23, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    It has to be the cotton! go the cotton! I like to find a nice thick one which means no slipping, but if you can get a cotton silk blend i get super excited because you get the soft luxurious feeling with a tactile quality and it’s a bit easier to sew than 100% silk!
    What a fantastic giveaway I will be keeping my fingers crossed downunder!

  281. Jali February 23, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    I love your pattern Tasia, and will be getting it in future anyway even if I don’t win the giveaway. I do not need the fabric, as pretty as it is, as I have a fabric earmarked for your pattern.

    Love working with plain cotton twill/drill as it was my first and still favorite fabric to work with. Its easy to sew with, a really great multi-purpose fabric, durable, comes in plenty of colors and I do not have to line it.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  282. Maggie February 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    My favorite fabric to sew with would have to be linen right now. Even though it can be a pain and you have to buy way more fabric due to shrinkage, I still love it. Thanks for the giveaway, you are too generous! :)

  283. Emilee February 23, 2011 at 11:29 pm #

    My favorite is a close tie between double knit or linen. i love how knit doesnt fray and i love how linen drapes so luciously!
    Awesome giveaway!

  284. Samantha February 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm #

    Hey Tasia! What an awesome give away! This might be a little boring but I love to sew with cotton. I love natural fibers at the moment and I really like how predictable cotton is as a fabric. Easy on my hands and no where near as tricky as some other fabrics :-) Sam xox

  285. Samantha February 23, 2011 at 11:40 pm #

    Hey Tasia! What an awesome give away! This might be a little boring but I love to sew with cotton. I love natural fibers at the moment and I really like how predictable cotton is as a fabric. Easy on my hands and no where near as tricky as some other fabrics :-) Sam xox (ps this is my FB ‘like’ entry).

  286. Rhia February 23, 2011 at 11:49 pm #

    Awesome giveaway, Tasia! My favourite fabric to sew is probably very fine, lightweight wool (or woolmix, especially touch of silk with wool is lovely). It feels nice, hangs lovely and is easy to handle. Because of the natural stretch on wool it is very adjustible incase of any irregularities while cutting. Gatherings go nicely on it and little bit of steam from the iron helps to disguise any puckering or other errors. And if you happen to break your needle it doesn’t make any marks on the fabric. In satin or silk that would show immediately.

  287. Rhia February 23, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    PS. I also follow your blog with Google friend connect.

  288. Leana February 24, 2011 at 12:13 am #

    I’ve just started sewing about 3 weeks ago, so my experience is quite limited, but I do enjoy working with cotton (easy to manage), denim (easy to undo mistakes without leaving marks) and polar fleece (very forgiving, can’t really see the stiches between the fleece ‘hairs’).

    Thanks for making the giveaway open to everyone. Living outside the US, I’m often excluded from such competitions. Would love to own the pattern – I can see tons of office-ready blouses that are just waiting to be made with it. Starting with that gorgeous fabric!

  289. Irene February 24, 2011 at 12:40 am #

    Oooh, cool giveaway!

    My favourite fabric is my new discovery: silicon cotton. It has all the good properties of cotton, no fuss, washable and easy to iron fabric. Yet it has a silky, shiny, soft texture that I love. And it comes in all colours of the rainbow! I’m going to be churning out summer dresses with this fabric as soon as I rethread my serger with white thread.

  290. Erin February 24, 2011 at 12:42 am #

    My favorite fabric to work with is by far a silk/cotton blend. It is completely washable, has the strength of cotton, and yet displays the gorgeous sheen and feel of silk. I buy it whenever I can!

  291. Erin February 24, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    I am also a google friend follower. :)

  292. Sue February 24, 2011 at 1:06 am #

    I tend to sew with stretch fabrics a lot so I would probably have to say that is my favorite. I have become a follower (do you need to know that?). Thanks for the great giveaway – I have been coveting this pattern.

  293. Leah Taylor February 24, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    I know it’s a boring answer, but for me it has to be cotton. It’s just so easy and quick, and the pressing / washing is easy too. I’m all about time-saving!!

  294. Cassandra February 24, 2011 at 1:15 am #

    I’d have to say my fav fabric to sew with is: stretch cotton shirting. It sews up like a dream: grips without sliding, isn’t bulky… and the little bit of stretch in it means that whatever you make with it will probably fit when it could have been too tight made up in a straight cotton!

    I’m not a Twitter or Facebook kind of girl, but I’ve been subscribing to your RSS feed for ages – hopefully that counts me as one of your followers!

  295. Megan February 24, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    I love to sew summer dresses-so any lightweight fabric with a nice drape that breathes well is my favourite! I have a fantastic light linen in a beautiful teal print that I’m saving for my summer dress this season (maybe I’ll start sewing when the snow melts here!). I love your blog, and I have it linked to mine ( I also subscribe to the mailing list, and I was so thrilled to see the new pattern coming out soon!

  296. Sewing Princess February 24, 2011 at 1:43 am #

    Wool and linen are my favorites… but recently I bought a serger so knits hopefully will become my friends too. Thanks for this amazing giveaway, I would love to buy the pattern but shipping costs are killing me :o(

  297. Miriana February 24, 2011 at 1:49 am #

    I’ve only ever made one thing, so am plumping for cotton at the moment, but keep thinking about wool.

  298. Katie February 24, 2011 at 2:26 am #

    Wow! What an amazing giveaway!!! My favorite fabric to sew with right now is the jersey knits I got from I have made 2 tops from them and I just love how they feel :) Congrats on getting up to 300 followers!!

  299. Rennai February 24, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    I liked on facebook.

  300. Rennai February 24, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    I am now a follower.

  301. Rennai February 24, 2011 at 2:54 am #

    I love knits soft and flowing or slippery its not a bother to me. I never check the fiber content only the feel of them which is why I worry about buying them online.

  302. Betty February 24, 2011 at 3:18 am #

    What a great giveaway! I always like going back to a nice simple cotton. I love how well a poplin presses but for clothes i think a cotton lawn wins as it’s less rigid. I’ve also had some great sewing experiences with wool jersey. I have a feeling a silk cotton blend would be just dreamy too but i can’t seem to find any here.

  303. Deanne February 24, 2011 at 3:38 am #

    I love to sew with cotton. so easy to cut, sew and press!

  304. Gina R P February 24, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    What a great idea for a giveaway; You just made the whole process effortless! Thanks!I am enamored with natural fibers in general, but currently silk, especially. The quality, drape, and feel of the garment are worth any adjustments you may need to make on the types of silks that may move a little.

  305. Andrea K February 24, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    What a great giveaway! I really like cotton and linen. They just do what you want them to.

  306. AnnieV February 24, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    Thank you for this fabulous giveaway! I reaaly love your fabric choice! My favorite fabric to sew with is linen, though I really love rayon too. My all-time favorite was a linen-rayon blend in what I sewed a dress last summer. It is so soft and cool!

  307. Laura February 24, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    What an awesome giveaway! I watched the sew along with considerably envy (too much crochet to sew right now, eep!) so I’m going to have to enter :)

    Although it can be tricky and awkward, I love sewing with denim. I love that you don’t have to interface it, that it holds its shape well for bags, but drapes well for clothes as well, and that it’s tough enough to take anything I can throw at it!

  308. JY February 24, 2011 at 6:10 am #

    This giveaway is fantastic, I think the Pendrell blouse is lovely.

    I’m still pretty new to sewing, but I’d have to say my favorite fabric to sew with is cotton. Its easy, its ubiquitous, and I wear it more than any other fabric.

  309. Lindsay February 24, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is still cotton. It’s so easy to work with and I love how nicely it presses. Perhaps I will change my mind once I get more garment sewing under my belt!

  310. Meg February 24, 2011 at 6:32 am #

    My favourite is rapidly becoming thin-ish cotton twill (as oposed to denim) especially with a bit of a sheen to it. It’s got the stability normal cotton, but somehow looks more luxurious. Therefore you get the polish without the sewing hassle of satin, for example.

    I’m really enjoying watching the evolution of your business by the way. Can’t wait to see the new pattern (I’m not on the mailing list yet!).

    Meg (first-time commenter).

  311. Katharina W. February 24, 2011 at 6:37 am #

    Hi Tasia, what a nice price! My favourite fabric to sew with is wool. it just behaves so nicely, is luxerious and elegant and oh so warm!

  312. bunny February 24, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    i’m a new sewer, so i don’t have much experience to go by. i just made some lounge pants out of cotton flannel and they turned out pretty good, although i did cut the fabric out upside down!

  313. jeanette f February 24, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    I would love to sew the Pendrell blouse!
    My favorite fabric would also be rayon. I am making a beautiful cobalt blue rayon summer dress right now! I love the way rayon feels.
    Thanks for the chance on the pattern and fabric -keeping my fingers crossed.

  314. Lady J February 24, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    Though cottons are the easiest to sew with, right now I’m loving knits becuase they’re more forgiving of my mistakes. The only problem is finding a great knit pattern, hey, like the pendrell! Thanks for the great giveaway and an always entertaining and educational read.

  315. MJ February 24, 2011 at 7:16 am #

    I really love the versatility of the blouse pattern. I can’t wait to buy one and sew away! I particularly appreciate the depth you go into sewing instructions!

  316. Marie-Noëlle February 24, 2011 at 7:17 am #

    Thanks to give us another chance to sew this darling blouse.
    My favourite fabrics to sew is Liberty Tana Lawn. It is so easy to sew and so nice to wear.

  317. Corinna February 24, 2011 at 7:51 am #

    I love sewing with silk dupioni (i hope that’s the right name for it).
    I just love the sound of the needle going through it and the sound of cutting it, for me it’s the sound of luxury, lol.
    unfortunately it’s not the most practical fabric and definitely not for everyday wear, but if i should ever get married and sew my wedding dress myself, it will be silk dupioni.

  318. Melissa February 24, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    I love sewing with linen. Living in the south I can’t wear things that don’t breath. Linen is a nice mix of soft, easy to wear/wash and breathable.

  319. Catherine February 24, 2011 at 8:59 am #

    Ooh what a lovely giveaway!! And it seems I missed your birthday, so happy belated birthday! I am new to sewing so I have to say cotton as I haven’t yet branched out into anything else! This could be my chance! I already follow you on Google Connect, so here is my one entry. Congratulations on your 300+ followers – you deserve every success. x

  320. Amanda February 24, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I’m still pretty much a beginner, so I have to say cotton, though I’m getting ready to branch out!

  321. Wendy February 24, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    I love working with cotton. It’s mostly what I’ve worked with. I ordered my pattern this week and should be getting it anytime now. I can’t wait! I follow you on facebook also. :)

  322. Paula February 24, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Lovely giveaway. I’ve been eyeing the penderell sew along and admiring the wonderful outcomes. So I would be really happy to win the pattern :)
    I love to sew with cotton but that might be mostly due to the fact that its about the only fabric I’ve sewn with (Finland has a quite limited selection of fabrics). I absolutely hate sewing with silk charmeuse, so slippery! And velvet is also a royal PIA.

  323. daiyami February 24, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    I’m going to say silk dupioni, because I’ve sewed it twice and been really happy both times, and the fabric itself is just too beautiful—I love color with texture.

  324. Amy February 24, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    I’ve only been sewing for a year, and the bulk of what I’ve used has been wool. I think I favor natural fibers, and the wools I’ve used have been a pleasure to work with. So, wool it is!

  325. Pootle26 February 24, 2011 at 10:36 am #

    As an inexperienced sewer, cotton and more recently poplin behave well and are good to press but as I’m about to try a stretch jersey next, I may change my mind!

  326. Christina February 24, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Well, I’m new, so far I’ve only sewed with cottons, which I suppose is my favorite, as it is the only fabric I’ve sewn with! I do have a few luscious rayons that will be turned into dresses very soon. :)

  327. Katie February 24, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    I just worked with silk twill for the first time and I loved it! It is easy to sew and oh so luxurious :)

    PS- I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and I absolutely love it. You are so inspirational!

  328. Tegan February 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm #

    I was actually inspired to start sewing lessons stumbling upon your site and seeing your gorgeous Twin Spruce Dress & your amazing Statement Coat.
    So right now my favourite material to sew with is cotton, thanks to its well behaved nature & ease of use!
    I’m not a member of Facebook or Google Friends (living in the social dark ages here :-P), but I’ve recommended your site highly to the girls in my sewing class.
    Happy birthday & all the best with your new business venture. Your site is wonderful. :-)

  329. Tegan February 24, 2011 at 1:47 pm #


    Sorry that should be “I was actually inspired to start sewing lessons *after* stumbling upon your site”

    Too early in the morning here and my brain hasn’t fully woken up yet. :-)

  330. Lex February 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    I too am a big fan of rayon, despite being a brand new sewer and so dealing with all the interesting dilemmas that come with that! Cotton is also my good friend, but rayon has my heart.

    Tasia, can I say as a new sewer, this blog is my bible! The Sewtionary, the tips, the inspiration, it’s all become a necessary part of my morning routine… (at work…. sshhhhh…)

  331. Yvette February 24, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

    I’m a beginner and don’t sew as often as I like, but I love the process when I do get to sew. So my favorite fabric is whatever I’m working with at the time! (Which tends to be cotton.)

  332. Els February 24, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    I like satin the best!

  333. Ange February 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    My favorite fabric is baby cord or 21 wale corduroy, mostly because I use it a lot in sewing for my daughter and nieces. It drapes beautifully and is a heavier weigh than cotton which suits the Irish climate. I have a small stash of it from Hilco and Stenzo, but my favorite pieces are about 4 metres of Liberty Kingly Needlecord.

    I clicked like on Facebook.

  334. Ange February 24, 2011 at 3:24 pm #

    I am also now following you, after “lurking” for quite a while!

    Thanks for a great giveaway.

  335. Annabelle February 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    I am a fan of cottons (lawn, voile, etc) – light weight, throw it in the washer/dryer, works with almost any garment. Although I am starting to also love wool suiting fabrics.

    The more I see of your Pendrell pattern, the more I love – so this would be a sweat win.

  336. Annabelle February 24, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Oops I meant “sweet” win :)

  337. Khristie February 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Cotton, it is so well behaved.

  338. Khristie February 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    As well as following you here, I also like you on facebook.

  339. Kimmie February 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    I’m just learning how to sew. I made an elastic waist skirt out of cotton. So that would have to be my favorite fabric because it’s the only one I’ve ever sewn!

  340. Brumby February 24, 2011 at 5:10 pm #

    I cannot believe you found more of that fabulous fabric, since I am highly unlikely to win this very sweet prize do you think they would ship it internationally, I would dearly, dearly love some!

    On the off chance:
    Silk, sometimes a little bit harder to work with, but I find I always take a little longer, and pay a little more attention to detail when sewing with it, which is only ever a good thing right?

  341. Allie February 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    I love to sew with cotton. I still consider myself an advanced beginner, so I’m trying to venture out into different fabrics! Thank you for the chance at your giveaway. I hope I win! :)

  342. Allie February 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Also, I “like” you on Facebook!

  343. Brenda Cher February 24, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Happy Belated Birthday. Love your blog!


  344. Brenda Cher February 24, 2011 at 7:20 pm #

    I love to sew with Cotton, Rayon and Wool Jersey. Yes, Rayon is hard to come by….

  345. Sarah Allen February 24, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    I follow on Facebook!

  346. Sarah Allen February 24, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    I follow with Google Friend Connect!

  347. Sarah Allen February 24, 2011 at 8:35 pm #

    I’m an intermediate seamstress, but I’ve always used the wrong materials for the pattern, or not followed the directions correctly. Because of these mistakes I’ve made, I’ve gone back to the basics. One fabric I came upon by chance was some vintage Broadcloth. I made a vintage dress from it and I really loved how it came together. Plus, it’s part polyester so shrinkage won’t be a major issue! I’m terrible about pre-washing fabric. :)

  348. Sarah Allen February 24, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Thank you so much for doing a giveaway with your pattern, PLUS fabric and all you need. This has to be the best giveaway I’ve ever entered and I really, really, really hope I win! I love reading your blog. From the “other” Vancouver, Sarah

  349. Amy February 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    As a novice sewer, I love all of the tidbits of advice I find here on your blog. Thank you so much for all of the time and effort you put into it. I would love to make the Pendrell top, so a chance to win the pattern is not to be missed. Here’s my second entry: I tweeted about this contest. I hope it helps to bring more readers!

  350. Angela February 24, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    So far, so good with fabrics. I’ve worked with cotton, rayon and poly…all have gone well. I’ve just started a stretch knit wool. We’ll see how that goes. I like the drape of rayon, but I’m dying to work with a bamboo fabric. I’ve got my eye on a heavy cream bamboo knit for a Pendrell. Hopefully soon!

  351. Stephanie February 25, 2011 at 12:19 am #

    I have become a follower of your blog ! My favorite fabric is something that feels nice on the skin, is soft and flowy and still never needs to be ironed. hmmm…I guess I like to work with rayon and some but not all cottons or cotton blends.

  352. HelenH February 25, 2011 at 1:31 am #

    I love the pendrell blouse – so pretty! I would LOVE to win the pattern, and the fabric.

    Most of what I have sewn to date are bags, which I make from either home dec weight cotton or quilting cottons. And kid’s clothes, which have been cottons and linen. I love the natural look of linen, but it does wrinkle so easily. So I think cotton fabrics are my favourite.

    I recently finished my very first item for myself – the Beignet skirt, in a black suiting fabric (I have no idea what it is – polyester probably, with an acetate lining), and the Penderell would look great with it! I love details, so the pretty sleeves of the Pendrell meant love at first sight!

  353. HelenH February 25, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    And I “liked” you on facebook :)

  354. Angie February 25, 2011 at 4:19 am #

    I would have said cotton, but recently I have been sewing with leather, and it’s soooo nice! Angie x

  355. Pamela February 25, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    I also love rayon because color is very satuated in this fabric and the drape makes it a dream to sew with. I only started sewing knits this winter for tees and turtlenecks and have found a new interest there, because they are so easy to work with and fit issues minimize. When I can get my hands on a beautiful piece of silk, I am both excited and a little scared I’ll screw it up, LOL! But, really, the wonderful aspect of sewing is encountering different fabrics, and exploring the characteristics and potential. Thank you for entering me in the drawing – the fabric has just about every color I love to wear!

  356. Kathi Giumentaro February 25, 2011 at 5:28 am #

    I love this blouse and dream of making it in my favorite fabric. Cotton voile or cotton lawn. Can’t get enough of it. It’s the perfect fabric with wool crepe coming in a close second.
    Thanks for all your post on making this blouse.
    I love it.
    Kathi G

  357. karen February 25, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    I love working with wool, in an ideal world with a cashmere mix. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  358. Emer February 25, 2011 at 6:35 am #

    Wow, what a great giveaway, its very generous. My favorite fabric to sew would have to be cotton, i like the way it creases well and looks crisp. After that Linen, cos its good to iron too. Never sewed with rayon, i will have to look out for it.

  359. Amy February 25, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    Thank you – you have been very inspiring. Not only with your great tutorial posts, but with the fact that you are moving forward on making your dreams into a workable reality. Very admirable.

    I have the most experience working with cotton and I love it – it’s easy to work with and presses nicely, but I most love working with linen. I know it wrinkles, but I love the way it looks and feels – wrinkles and all.

  360. Debra February 25, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    I like sewing with Rayon as well. I love the way it drapes. I also sew a lot of warm weather fabrics like linens, cottons and cotton blends since I’m in southern Florida. I would love the have the Pendrell pattern and fabric. I have watched the sew along from the sidelines with admiration of everyone’s creations.

  361. Paunnet February 25, 2011 at 7:28 am #

    I love to sew cotton! I’d really love to receive this kit :)

  362. Paunnet February 25, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    I also liked you on facebook!

  363. Monica February 25, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    My favorite fabric to work with is stretch cotton twill. Very sturdy, yet easy to work with and is great for jackets, skirts, kids projects and lots more.

    I would love to receive your kit and sew up a matching blouse. ;)

  364. Monica February 25, 2011 at 8:21 am #

    I have been following your blog for a few months too!

  365. MC February 25, 2011 at 8:24 am #

    Love love love this give away! I am a follower!

  366. PatternJunkie February 25, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    I adore rayon, too! The colors and prints are so wonderful!

  367. Claudia February 25, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    Thank you so much for the give away… love the Pendell blouse, and my favorite fabric is rayon as well. ; )

  368. Shannon R. February 25, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    I’ve just finished a corduroy skirt and I really really like it! I may have to make another!

  369. Connie February 25, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    I don’t think I have a favorite! Depends on the project, but for clothes, anything that feels luxurious on the skin!

  370. Erica February 25, 2011 at 11:35 am #

    I like to sew with cotton, I suppose. it’s what I use most anyway. Or maybe quilting cotton.. it’s so lovely and sturdy feeling…

  371. Krust February 25, 2011 at 12:08 pm #

    This giveaway is PERFECT! Great idea.

    My favorite fabric to sew with right now is Duck cloth/ Duck canvas. I make bags and purses, and I LOVE the sturdyness of it!

  372. Marianne February 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    I prefer woven wool. I do live in Norway, so it makes sense to use wool wool and more wool! ;)
    I generally dislike plastic-syntetic – this has a lot to do with my love for wool, and polyester + wool = electric shock each time I touch something!

    For summer I prefer linen and some light cottons. I haven’t tried to sew in knitted fabrics or any synthetics until last week actually, and I don’t know if I like it or not. I guess I’ll just have to keep trying until I get the “feel” for it.

  373. Amy February 25, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    Ahhhhh! This is so great! I would totally *love* to win. :D

  374. Amy February 25, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    whoops, forgot to say i like cotton. It’s so simple and lies nicely.

  375. Nancy Degnan February 25, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    My favorite fabric to sew with so far is cotton, because I can control it. I just scored some linen, though, so that may be my new favorite. Wonder how the Pendrell would come out in light linen?

  376. Helen February 25, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Wool! Easy to sew, great durability.

  377. Melissa February 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm #

    I LOVE the look of the Pendrell blouse and fabric… so pretty! I guess my favorite fabric to sew with is cotton. It’s just so easy! It doesn’t slip around! But, I’m hoping to take a stab at leather sometime this year.

    Oh, and I’ve been following you by RSS for a while. =)

  378. Dilliander February 25, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Great job on the Pendrell blouse and the sew-along. Like you I’m often wary of synthetic fabrics, but sometimes you just see a print or colors that are perfect. My favorite fabrics to sew are those made from natural fibers, yet one of my favorite and most worn tops is one I made in a synthetic knit. I’ve found these fabrics are fine in loose fitting styles, such as the Pendrell blouse, but can be quite hot in a close fitting design,

  379. Sue February 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Viscose, gorgeous and natural…. I’m a follower :)

  380. Marissa February 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    I just finished a dress in wool crepe…it’s now my new favorite. Doubleknits are a close second!

    …and you’ve been on my RSS feed for a few months :)

  381. Holly February 25, 2011 at 8:00 pm #

    I love linen or cottons…they are inexpensive and versitile

  382. Raye Ann February 25, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Rayon spandex knit! Not really the easiest to sew, but so wonderful to wear.

  383. Jane February 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    I love sewing silk- although it can be a PITA to cut and sew, the result at the end is always worth it. And I love thrifted (we call it op shopping here in NZ) silk the most of all.

  384. Natasha February 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    My favorite fabric to sew with are cotton poly blends. They press down nice and don’t slip around, and hardly wrinkle! Unfortunately it’s nearly impossible to find nice cotton blends for a good price in the Vancouver BC area.

  385. Angela February 26, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    Happy belated birthday and happy blog-versary, too! Thanks so much for the giveaway!! I love to sew with natural fibers… more specifically my favorite being cotton. :)

  386. karen mackay February 26, 2011 at 7:14 am #

    hi. i am yet another who likes to work with easy fabrics like wool and cotton as i am a mostly self-taught sewer/seamstress. however, since i discovered online sewing sites i have gained confidence and have tried using slippery fabrics. as i buy by eye not just by being sensible i have reason to be glad of these discoveries! i would love to win this giveaway as i love the pattern and teal is my colour!

  387. Lynz February 26, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    I love sewing with good quality knits, that wash well because when I make something I like I’ll pretty much wear it constantly.
    I’d love to win this competition because I like to make things with special details which are wearable in different situations and the Pendrell blouse certainly fits the bill. I am a new follower but a long term reader.

  388. K I February 26, 2011 at 9:08 am #

    I love rayon too (though I think it’s called viscose here, just from reading the fabric contents on some of my dresses!) It’s my favourite to work with but I love the look of chiffon – a real pain to sew but so pretty!

  389. Natasha February 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    I liked you on facebook! :)

  390. Abby February 26, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    My favorite fabric to work with is wool. I love wearing plaid in the winter!

  391. MJ February 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

    I love cotton – woven or knit. I don’t mind the polyesters, but cotton always feels good and looks good.

  392. Cynthia February 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    I love natural fabrics, especially beautiful cottons :)

  393. Mary Collins February 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    Right now, all things woolly are working for me, but as soon as the frigid temperatures lift, I will be back to sewing all things cotton. I like fabrics that can hold a press well, and that make a simple pattern look like a million bucks.

  394. ShimmyAlley February 26, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    I love rayon. It can be hard to find but is always a pleasure to work with and so nice to wear. Closely followed by wool in any form. It’s just so malleable.

    What a great giveaway. I love the blouse you made in the fabric Tasia, and would love the chance to create my own.

  395. ShimmyAlley February 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    I like and follow you on facebook too!

  396. Sophia February 27, 2011 at 4:42 am #

    I have to say cotton: can’t get any easier!!! Thanks for the give away… we love your blog here in Brazil.

  397. marie February 27, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    Hello Tasia,

    Congratulations on the 300 (merited) followers :-)

    I only buy natural fabrics like cotton or wool, and like that there is no particular difficulty sewing with them.

    I am trying to sew a little pouch with silk, and it is so slippery…

    I would love to learn how to sew knits.

    I am looking forward to seing your skirt sewn, as I always have difficulties picturing a real garment from an image.

  398. Amy February 27, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    I like to use natural fabrics, mostly. Ususally cotton or linen, but I’ll soon be making a coat in wool with a silk lining. I’m looking forward to seeing the new Sewaholic skirt and I really like the Pendrell blouse. It’s on my wish list!

  399. Kerry February 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m still a novice sewer so am still learning about different fabrics and their qualities. I prefer using natural fabrics like cotton or wool.

  400. Charlotte February 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm #

    My favorite fabric to sew is Liberty cotton. It is suh great quality and the prints are always so cute !

  401. Charlotte February 27, 2011 at 12:47 pm #

    And I follow your blog on Bloglovin !

  402. Charlotte February 27, 2011 at 12:48 pm #

    And I like Sewaholic on Facebook :)

  403. carina s. February 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Hi Tasia! Love your blog and your chic creations – pls, count me in for the giveaway!
    I love cotton with a hint of lycra – it improves the touch of cotton and requires not so much ironing as pure cotton – it¬¥s easy to sew and there is nothing better for warm climates…. xoxo Carina

  404. Lauren February 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    Hello Tasia,

    I agree, well behaved dress cotton is great to sew with when you need to scratch a sewing itch and just make something to wear, however if I feel like a challenge, take my time and crepe de chine for tops/dresses and wool for coats/skirts. speaking of skirts, looking forward to the new pattern!

  405. Ruth February 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is knit. I like rayon knits and cotton knits best. I follow you through Google.

    I keep seeing these Pendrell tops everywhere I go online it seems, and I must say that yours is one of the prettiest. How generous of you to give away the pattern and fabric!

  406. Caroline February 28, 2011 at 5:24 am #

    Add me to the list of Pendrell admirers unable to afford it at the moment! As soon as that changes though, it is at the top of my list.

    For ease of sewing, I find cotton poplin is really good. Maybe not the most exciting of fabrics but for something like a simple summer dress I think it’s one of the best options out there – easy to sew, wear and best of all, easy to wash and iron!

  407. Hapa February 28, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    My favorite fabric to sew with is probably knit, because it’s just so easy to work with and the fit is always good. And it is super comfy!
    I’d love to try my hand at the Pendrell blouse. I’ve never been too lucky with these sort of things, but maybe this time the charm.

  408. Hapa February 28, 2011 at 5:47 am #

    Oh, and I’ve been following you in google for quite some time now. Your blog is awsome!!

  409. Victoria February 28, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Thanks for a great blog. I recently have rediscovered the world of sewing. I grew up sewing, but have not done much in the last few years. I know it might be a little boring, but I love sewing with plain old cotton. I like the way it behaves and I love the look of a freashly ironed cotton.

  410. Anotheryarn February 28, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    My favorite fabric to sew with? I don’t know, in the past 15 years or so I’ve only sewn with cotton. I do know I don’t like sewing with knit fabric covered in little glue dots of glitter (that was a prom dress) – actually the sewing was okay, but carefully removing all the glitter from the seam allowances and hem was a pain that had to be done so I could wear the dress without it scratching me.

  411. Jodie February 28, 2011 at 11:34 pm #

    I like cotton the best, but mostly because it’s what I’m most comfortable with and I love the fun prints. I also love linen and most natural fibers. One of my goals for 2011 is to try more fabrics out and expand what I’ve sewed with.

  412. Nimbo March 1, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    I’m a bit of a beginner so I‚Äôd have to say cotton….

    However I have just bought a lovely piece of teal/white patterned viscose because I loved the print so much. No idea what I‚Äôm going to make with it yet…

  413. Belinda March 1, 2011 at 3:26 pm #

    I’m probably too late but my favorite is probably wool. I love the way it presses and feels when I wear it.

  414. Belinda March 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I’ve liked you on FB!

  415. Belinda March 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I already follow you :o) Keep up the awesome work on the blog – I love it!

  416. Sasha March 1, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    What a fun giveaway! My newly discovered favorite to sew with is ponte knit, probably in a cotton blend. I have always loved how comfortable knits are to wear, but had a difficult time sewing with them. Ponte is much more stable and forgiving, and makes it easy to stitch up something fun!

  417. Hannah March 2, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    I would love to win this! My favorite material is probably a cotton/lycra mix.

  418. Hannah March 2, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    I also liked you on fb:)

  419. Traci Oneka March 7, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    I like to work with cotton or wool the best. I am trying to branch out to knits & charmeuse fabric.

  420. Neene March 15, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    I just started following your blog and I love your Pendrell Sew Along and would love to win the kit. Personally I love to sew with 100% cotton since it comes in many prints and color and it feels great on the skin. Keep up the good work.