Sew Grateful Week Give Away(s) Winners!!!

I’ve really enjoyed Debi’s Sew Grateful Week and I’m looking forward to the next one!  I’ve discovered blogs and talented people I may never have come across, and there are a few more feeds in my reader as a result!

So on to the winners of the Yarn, Snood, Burda Pattern and Vintage Pattern!

The winner of the Yarn is:

For the Yarn the Random Gadget Chose...

Comment Number 46!  Congratulations Jeannine, an email is on its way to you…

The winner of the Arthelia’s Attic Snood is:

The Virtual Randomness Generator Chose...

Congratulations Sarah, again an email is on its way…

The winner of the Burda Pattern of Choice is:

The Random Number Thingy-wotsit chose...

Forrest!  Congratulations and an email is on its way to you too!

And last but by no means least we have the winner of Vintage Simplicity 3829 with the starry bias tape:

The Number out of the Electronic Hat Is...

Ashley!  Congratulations and an email is on its way!

Thank you to everyone who has entered and taken the time to read this blog of mine, it means so much to me!  I have at least one more giveaway planned in the next few weeks as I have a series of posts planned about a vintage sewing book I’ve discovered and it will tie in with that…  I also hope to do a Burda Pattern giveaway again too in the not so distant future as it was so so popular!

Please go back to Debi’s blog and check out all her round-up posts, there are some amazing tutorials and patterns being shared (check out Annabelle’s German Pattern Experiment…) as well as so much inspiration, if you’re like me you won’t know where to start!

Sew Grateful

Debi at My Happy Sewing Place is organising her second Sew Grateful week.  Yesterday was the give away posts (her blog has a round up…) and today is the day for thankful posts.  As I’m somewhat tardy, it’s two for the price of one here today!  I’ll have a(nother) give away post up shortly…

Sew Thankful.  The long and the short of it is that I’m thankful for all of you.  The support and knowledge you all so freely give and share has kept me going.  It’s increased my skill as a sewist, inspired me and has helped me out.  You’re all so generous in your time and skills, it’s incredible to be part of this community.  The community has added another dimension to the time I spend at my sewing machine and for that I’ll forever be thankful.

I am also thankful to my family.  Whilst Husband may not understand and certainly enjoys poking a little fun at me from time to time, he doesn’t winge that often!  Boy just finds it all fascinating and loves those enormous sheets of Burda tracing paper…  My parents are so supportive (as they always have been) they helped fund my sewing machine as a joint birthday and Christmas present back in 2010 and this year bought me my amazing Gingher shears and the Fabric Swatch book.  The first has made my least favourite bit of sewing more pleasurable whilst the second has increased my knowledge and understanding of the materials I work with.

So, here’s to the future and the continuing friendships I hope to keep building and making, with the common thread (Da Dum!) of sewing!

And now, to the giveaway:  Debi hopes that it’ll be tutorials and patterns galore today.  I can’t do much in the lines of a tutorial for you all today, so instead I offer this:

This is one of my vintage patterns; Simplicity 3829.  I think it’s late 50s early 60s but I’m not really sure!  I bought it because of the cute collar of view 1 but realistically I’m never going to make it so I’d love it to go to a new home where it will be used!

The pieces are all there as best as I can tell but it has been used and some of the pieces are cut out.  Along with the pattern I offer some bias tape made from this 100% cotton shirting that I also happen to be making my Jasmine blouse from.

The original owner has marked the yardage she needed!

If you’d like the pattern and bias tape, please leave a comment by 23:59 on Sunday 12 February 2012!  This is open to everyone, everywhere as long as you’ve got a postal address!  I’ll draw a winner using the thing on Monday.  Good Luck x

Which Would You Choose?

Tasia of Sewaholic has a beautiful chocolate polka dot shirt dress.  I think it’s such a beautiful elegant but every day dress, so I’ve been pattern trawling on Etsy but so far I’ve been really good and not bought anything…  Here though, are my two favourites: 

Simplicity 2222

 The first has pockets – very useful and I’m really into the turned back sleeve.  The second one, below, has the beautiful asymmetric detailing.  I love them both! 

Butterick 5999

I also found a really sweet little suit (McCall 8234) but it’s missing the piece for the jacket interlining and I’d have no idea how to draft a new pattern piece, so this may have to go into the “I wish I had the skill” basket and maybe I’ll find something similar down the line…

McCall 8234

Ooh, Another New Pattern! Easter Baking, Reading and Royalty…

Good Morning!

Another new (to me) vintage pattern arrived in the post over the weekend!  I love the waist detail on this one, the pointed end to the bodice section is a detail I have always loved and this pattern has it!

Look at the pointy end to the Bodice!

This is Advance 7863 and was bought from this lovely Etsy seller.  $20 this time but I just love the detailing on it!  I’m sure there’s a more technical term for “pointy end to the bodice” but it is at least descriptive?  Not so sure about the tabs on the hips though.

I’ve also done a little more baking.  This time they’re a family tradition for Easter – we call them nest cakes:
Easter Nest Cake

It’s a simple chocolate sponge recipe baked in a muffin tin with piped chocolate butter cream (deliberately messy – it’s great when I don’t have to be precise with icing!) and Cadbury’s mini eggs on top.  Mr loves these, particularly finishing off the bag of mini eggs that are surplus to decorating requirements which is a win double as far as I’m concerned as he’s happy to have chocolate and they’re not lurking in the cupboard so I don’t eat them!

I’m currently reading fit for real people, a book that gets mentioned a lot of places including Gertie’s blog and Tasia’s blog.  I’m finding it really interesting, particularly as it’s got a history section about dress sizes and how the measurements apply to the different sizes and vanity sizing!  If you sew your own clothes, I’d recommend it.

I’ve also pre-ordered the new edition of Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire Shaeffer.  The original edition is recommended by Gertie and I love the knowledge aspect of sewing and learning how to do things better.  It’s not released until May so I’ve a little while to wait for our post lady to deliver it!

In my amazon wish list there’s also Pants for Real People (by the same people who wrote fit for real people) on trouser fitting and Clare Shaeffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide, but those purchases will have to wait a little while.

And this is one of the images in the news today.  I’m not pro-royal and I’m not anti either.  I do wish William and Kate well though, they’re taking a lot on!  I do love this picture though, it feels like the country is being positive and optimistic rather than cynical and dour about something (although there has been a lot to be cynical about!).

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