Friday, 25 March 2011

Beignet pattern giveaway!


 


Friends, I bring good tidings! As a follow up to my week of wearing Beignet skirts, the wonderful Colette Patterns are offering one of my readers a Beignet pattern of their own. To be in with a chance of winning, pray tell - what is your sewing mantra? I think mine might be, "She who bears a seam ripper fears nothing". The giveaway is open until Tuesday 29th March at midnight GMT. Don't forget to leave your email with the comment if it's not linked to your blogger profile so I can contact you if you win. Good luck!

217 comments:

  1. My sewing mantra is 'Waste not, want not'!

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  3. Don't be lazy!!!

    ps. I have wanted a Beignet pattern since you made your first one! I hope I win!

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  4. What a gorgeous skirt, it looks fabulous on you!

    My sewing mantra is "Don't be afraid to experiment"!

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  5. Oh, I'd love to have that pattern! (And you look great in every single one of your Beignets!) My sewing mantra, cheesy as it may be, is "Just do it." If I use the momentum of having an idea/wanting to make something, I can and will pretty much sew anything. If I wait too long, I typically "overthink" it and don't even get started. Also, I think it's best not to worry too much about sewing levels and knowledge. Other have done it, so why don't I "just do it"!

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  6. My sewing matra is "What would Martha do?" (or in short: "WwMd?") I admit that I didn't come up with this myself (it's from the Sew Everything Workshop) but somehow it stuck with me :)

    Thank you for this great giveaway!

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  7. Mine is 'keep calm, take a breath and carry on'. Thanks for the givaway!

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  9. 'Muslin making is not time wasted but time saved!'

    Love the Beignet :)

    isabel[[dot]]pires[[at]]gmail[[dot]]com

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  10. my sewing mantra is: "throw caution to the wind! be brave!"
    thanks for the chance to win, I've been wanting this pattern!

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  11. My sewing mantra at the moment is "Sew Sew, Quick Quick Sew".

    Would love to win that pattern.

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  12. My sewing mantra is "It won't sew itself Michelle so get going" yes i talk to myself alot! Fab pattern x

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  13. I guess it would be 'It'll be better this time!' as my garments don't always turn out as well as I'd hoped,
    I've seen all the Beignet patterns lately and loved them so maybe with this pattern I'll have more success!!

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  14. Love it! My mantra is 'envision it and make it happen'!

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  15. Oooh, the beignet, yay!

    My current manta is "pockets, pockets, pockets!"

    (incase it's not in my profile maiestia@gmail.com)

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  16. Mine is: Take the time to do it properly. I don't always live up to this, but I have tons of things I've sewed that weren't finished properly or won't stand up to washing so I've started trying to make things a bit more durable!

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  17. "Bodge in haste, repent at leisure" or to put it in a more refined manner..
    "only those with the patience to do simple things perfectly, will ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily"
    Go Beignet!!
    Px

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  18. I'm a brand-new sewer (not quite to clothes yet, but working on it!) and right now my mantra is either "take it slow" or "it's okay...don't panic! AH! DON'T PANIIIIICCC!!!" (uh, that's the sound of me panicing...in case that wasn't clear.

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  19. Do I even have one? Well, maybe "Pressing is not optional" which I routinly ignore :-)

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  20. "The right side against the right side" or "Räta mot räta" in swedish.

    It's suprising how often you need to get reminded about that. :)


    queenvanilla at gmail dot com

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  21. I love reading all these mantras, and totally relate to many!
    Mine is "If you don't unpick it now, you'll wish you did later", from my experience of trying to fudge things, and ending up unpicking twice as much as I've sewn!

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  22. My sewing mantra is "One by one"

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  23. What a brilliant giveaway! I love your red Beignet, and have never seen a non-good-looking version, so why am I hesitating? I hope I win...

    My mantra: "The iron is a seamstress' best friend"

    frk.bustad{at}gmail.com

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  24. "There are no mistakes, only lessons learnt"

    This comes from my ability to need to rip out at least one seam per item!!

    Great give away :o)

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  25. Awesome giveaway! My mantra in most crafty pursuits is 'what's the worst that can happen?'. It only gets me into trouble about half of the time...
    theknittingrobot at googlemail dot com

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  26. Mine is: 'elephants can only be eaten in small bites' - which is a reminder to break any project down into smaller steps to avoid panic.

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  27. My mantra is " try and try again" though often ends more like " try, cry, then try again" but I never give up! Loved your post about the one skirt one week, supper cool and slightly retro-esque!! X molly

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  28. I agree with Elise. "Don't Panic" is the perfect mantra. Not just for sewing but life in general as well.

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  29. I think mine is probably 'just make something'! I figure if I'm at least trying then I will come up with a great FO sooner or later, and at least I'll have wearable things along the way!

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  30. Mine is "don't worry, you can always do it again"

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  31. The thing I find myself saying to myself is 'if it's worth doing, it's worth doing properly'. I always seem to need to convince myself to finish seams properly (urgh) and to make a muslin when I just want to rush ahead.
    I think it's time I admitted that I'm turning into my mother.

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  32. Oh! I've wanted that pattern so much since your lovely post! I'm not sure what my mantra would be...perhaps, "If at first you fail, take it all apart and try, try again!" I've only been sewing for about a year, so this definitely embodies the many times I've had to demonstrate that mantra. What an awesome giveaway!

    Caitlin

    from black currant thoughts.

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  33. I would love to win this pattern. Colette Patterns are awesome and I really want a skirt like this in egg yolk yellow.

    My sewing mantra (which also applies to a lot of other things in life)is
    "do it nice or do it twice!"

    Cheers,
    Candy
    Candyajoyce(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

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  34. It must be admitted, my mantra is something along the lines of: "I'll figure out a way to make this wearable... :/" but SHOULD be "TAKE YOUR TIME!!!"

    Oops.

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  35. My sewing mantra is...'you can never have too much pretty fabric...;!! lol!

    Thank you very much for the chance to win this fabulous pattern - you totall rock it! xx

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  36. "Every sewing experience is a learning experience."

    Even if a project goes haywire, I can still learn a ton of valuable info just by doing it.

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  37. So many cool mantras! Mine would be "If you hurry, it will take longer"

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  38. Ooooh, this pattern has been on my 'to buy' list for a little while now, I'd love a copy!
    I have lots of little mantras, mostly the same as everyone else's. I think the one I try to think about most often though is "do it properly the first time". I often try to rush through and botch things together, I'm trying to learn that getting it right the first time, though time consuming, is better all round in the end!

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  39. Ooh I love this pattern, I've been wanting one! Mine is "Take it slowly."

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  40. what a lovely giveaway! - my mantra at the moment is 'just do the FBA, you'll only regret it if you don't!'

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  41. I am a novice sewist and my mantra is "learning by doing". So far I haven't attempted a proper pattern yet, but am just plunging in and trying things. I am refashioning old clothes, following online tutorials (the sewing blosphere is amazing) and just generally mucking about and figuring things out as I go. If I win, the Beignet would be the first pattern I'll have tackled and I suspect my motto would shift rather quickly to "take it slow". :-)

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  42. I've been dreaming about the Beignet especially after seeing your takes on it!

    My sewing mantra is "Patience is a virtue."

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  43. ooh! I'm been so inspired by your Beignets! This is definitely on my (ever-increasing) list of things to sew. My sewing mantra is probably "slow and steady wins the day". Though it should also be "you don't need that fabric - you've got enough for now".

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  44. As a beginner, last year's mantra was "That's good enough!" even though clearly it wasn't. Since I'm trying to sew better this year, my new mantra is "RIP IT!" :)

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  45. ooh, your week of skirts has made me love this pattern!

    and my mantra is probably something like: "read the directions again, self." yeah...

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  46. Perfection is for other people. :)

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  47. Eppp! What a great giveaway! If I don't win, I'm buying this pattern for real this time, because I'm buying fabric for it today! :)

    My mantra is "When in doubt, be BOLD". I'm all about stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things. You'll never learn if you only do what you know. There have been a couple hiccups but I've learned a ton of new stuff.

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  48. DREAM, READ instructions, FIT it, CAREFULLY sew, and IRON!

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  49. My sewing mandra would be "Who sews slowly sews well" ;)

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  50. "A finished garment in hand makes me feel grand!" Love this sweet little pattern and if we all look as good as Tilly in it-bring it on!

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  51. "stay on task!!" I tend to get distracted a lot while sewing.

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  52. My mantra is "Sew, don't buy" - to remind me that making things is more fun and fulfilling than buying things ever will be.

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  53. My sewing mantra is "just an hour" because sometimes I need to talk myself into sewing for a little bit and sometimes I need to talk myself out of sewing all night!

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  54. Judge your sewing, not your body.

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  55. As you sew, so shall you seam rip.

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  56. What Would Great-Grandma McLuhan Do? (WWGGMcD?) She was a ladies' tailor by profession and believed the inside should look just as good as the exterior. She made fully details pea jackets for all the great-grand children, even after losing her sight. A true force to be reckoned with!

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  57. Lovely giveaway! Thanks so much to you Colette Patterns for offering it!

    My Sewing Mantra is, "If I make it, they will come."

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  58. Never underestimate the power of the stitch.

    I actually heard someone say that on NPR recently but I'm stealing it as my mantra.

    You have really made me want the beignet pattern with all your cute versions of it!

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  59. "Don't sew tired, in a rush or lazy" ... basically because I then have to unpick it all at a later time and do it again as I ALWAYS make mistakes if I am tired or in a hurry or being lazy (not pressing etc)....

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  60. I like reading everyone's comments! my mantra is "accuracy is better than speed" - because my natural way of doing things is quickly and not so well.

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  61. I just discovered your blog, but love the skirt, especially your post on it about your week in Washington. I am very new to sewing, so my mantra at the moment is: Try and see!

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  62. Just keep stitching! Even if it's only a little at a time.

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  63. I love your skirts-they are all in such pretty colours! I would really like the pattern -it would definitely force me to get over my fear of buttonholes!
    My mantra is "would I skip this bit if I was making it for someone else?" as I am terrible for cutting corners on my own things and then hating the results!

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  64. "You never know if you can, if you never try".

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  65. i think my mantra is, "Don't sew when you're tired." sad but true.

    knottygnome@gmail.com

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  66. My sewing mantra is, always read the instructions! And then read them 50 more times....I agree with some of the other commenters, challenging yourself level wise is a good thing, and if you just take it slow, google every term you aren't familiar with and read the instructions ad nauseum you can get there. I hope...

    I love this pattern!

    strugglesewsastraighseam.wordpress.com

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  67. My normal mantra is "Sew forth and prosper," but right now I've been been battling a mojo draining cold and cough, so my current mantra is, "Get off of the sewing blogs and do your own sewing!" You can see which is winning right now. lol Thanks for the great giveaway. You look fabulous in your Beignets. :)

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  68. Mine is fast becoming "If you wouldn't buy it, don't make it!" I seem to think that because I make something it will automatically be fantastic and wearable and oh-so-me, despite the fact that if I saw it in a store I would never even touch it!

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  69. ooh, wow, I'll bite!

    My sewing mantra would be, "go for it!" So many things that seem tricky are perfectly possible if you just go for it. Hmm, I guess that goes for things other than sewing, too...

    Either that or "What instructions?" ;)

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  70. My sewing mantra is: 'remember to take regular breaks and don't swear at the sewing machine too much!'

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  71. Love the skirts, so would love to win! I don't really have a mantra, but perhaps I should have one that goes, "get off your behind and start something". But with more swearing. jmb5001 at fastmail dot fm

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  72. My mantra is one I inherited from my Grandad, who did woodwork rather than sewing: 'Measure twice, cut once.'

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  73. I guess my mantra is slow down and don't cut corners but I don't often follow my own advice.

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  74. My mantra is Fabric can be replaced, fingers can't
    Good luck to everyone. This is one of the few colette's I don't own!
    beebeesvintagedress@hotmail.co.uk

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  75. I think I'd have to say that my mantra is, "I can do that!" I'm always looking at things in stores or things others have done and saying to myself 'I can do that'! What better motivator is there than seeing something you like and knowing you could do it!?

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  76. When you start making mistakes -STOP, its usually becuase I'm too tired and not concentrating anymore. Many a mistake has been made during the twilight sewing sessions!!

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  77. I always have to remind myself that in many cases, a muslin in a necessary step, and I'll thank myself later for getting the fit perfected before cutting into my nice fabric!!

    szuroff@gmail.com

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  78. "Work slow, don't be afraid to try new things, keep the computer next to you, and keep things looking neat!" I love having pictures and diagrams to follow, it makes everything so much easier even if I mostly know what I'm doing.

    The only pattern I have from Colette Patterns is the Negroni but I've wanted more for so long!

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  79. What a great giveaway! I love the skirts you made. :)
    My mantra is "You can make anything if you put your mind to it!"

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  80. Mine is "Sew through it," meaning don't get too hung up on small glitches, just keep going and see what happens.

    That actually came from Parsons, a friend of mine studied there and passed it one to me.

    I love your Beignets!
    Caroline (a) losbravosliterary (.) com

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  81. ohhh, i love this skirt!!!

    my mantra is "sewing is supposed to be a pleasure." all too often, i find myself getting frustrated with a current project... sometimes it's good to walk away and come back when i'm feeling a little more clear-headed. i don't want to turn sewing into a chore!

    theysaywellbegods at yahoo dot com

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  82. Oh, I love this pattern! My mantra for sewing (and pretty much everything else too) is "Don't panic!". I have a slight tendency to work myself into hysterics...

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  83. Mine is "Sew through it," meaning don't get too hung up on small glitches, just keep going and see what happens.

    That actually came from Parsons, a friend of mine studied there and passed it one to me.

    I love your Beignets!
    Caroline (a) losbravosliterary (.) com

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  84. Hi Tilly!
    My mantra is "Don't hurry, take your time, even stop if needed!"
    It has already saved some projects!

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  85. my mantra is pretty simple, I'm still a beginner so its "oh sod it, just give it a go" perhaps a little lacking in eloquence but it seems to work well...

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  86. "it's just fabric!" is what I tell myself when I'm too scared to make decisions. lol. Sometimes you gotta put things into perspective....

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  87. Oooh, how lovely, I love your three Beignet versions! :)
    My new sewing mantra is "a little more effort goes a long way" so I don't suddenly decide to skimp on pressing seams, fitting and the like...

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  88. it's not necessaraly just sewing related, but i find it so true for sewing "patience is a vertue".
    I've been seeing so many pretty Beignets out there, I'm itching to make one !

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  89. Patience is a virtue. Definitely. And measure twice cut once comes a close second. :)

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  90. Mine seems to be 'Take a deep breath and plunge right in!'

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  91. "It doesn't count unless you finish it!"

    Which just goes to show where my problems lie...

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  92. Lovely skirt. My mantra is probably 'Try, try, again'.

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  93. "It doesn't count unless you finish it!"

    Which just goes to show where my problems lie...

    [whoops, sorry for 2nd post]

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  94. "Keep the play dough away from the sewing machine!"

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  95. Mine is "Be fearless... It's just fabric after all"

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  96. Since I am just now getting back to sewing (dress form should arrive today...WOOO_HOOO!!) I'd love to make this Beignet skirt...it looks like a skirt that would work with a variety of fabrics.
    Sewing Mantra:
    "Don't worry, we'll make something out of it!"
    I love to re-fashion clothing ;)

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  97. Hmmm . . . I think mine would be either "Just keep sewing" or "It's Only Thread"

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  98. my sewing mantra is "I think I can, I think I can.."
    The little engine could do it, why not me?

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  99. My sewing mantras are "Slow the feck down woman it's a sewing machine not a car" and "are you sure you don't need more thread for this?"

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  100. Measure Twice, Cut Once, Muslin Always.

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  101. I'm not a very patient person and I am somewhat of a perfectionist... Needless to say my mantra is related to my constant frustration. Plus, it comes from an awesome Raconteurs song: "Steady as she goes!"

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  103. "when in doubt, add pleats"

    i love the beignet skirt! so perfect for spring and summer...

    my e-mail is on my blog!

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  104. Mine is, "it's not a mistake, it's a design element"

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  105. You have already inspired me to make the Beignet my summer skirt this year, so this is a great giveaway!

    My main sewing mantra right now: It's not a stash, it's queue!

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  106. I sorta have two that I've been using as I've taken up sewing again: Go SLOW. and Use what you have.
    I will *not* get a huge stash, only to fall out of this hobby. Until I know I can carry through on my projects well, and stay focused, it's not worth accruing things I won't use.

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  107. well, i grew up learning construction techniques from my dad, who also taught me "measure twice, cut once!" it wasn't until later that i started learning to sew, but i think the motto works well for both activities :)

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  108. My mantra is one I've learned the hard way (& who hasn't?) It isn't a new one but I have added to it: "measure twice, cut once and for PETE'S SAKE TAKE YOUR TIME!"

    Imadiversgirl (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thank you for the chance to win such a great pattern!

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  109. Whenever I come to a point in sewing where I am hesitant to go forward, I say to myself: "Look what you've accomplished already!" This mantra really gives me the confidence boost I need!

    Rebekah
    http://www.artandneedlework.blogspot.com

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  110. My sewing mantra would be : «Learn a new technique every day!» I am also an adept of the seam ripper!

    I really love your version of the Beignet skirt, BTW...

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  111. i have a similar love affair going on with Anna Maria Horner's study hall skirt, i also have 3 of these; a grey floral one, a red and white patterned one and a denim one.

    during the winter i often wore these three in rotation for a week or more!

    i love a skirt that is adaptable to many different materials, styles and seasons and would love to try the Beignet pattern!

    my sewing mantra's (all learned from experience) are:

    (when cutting fabric)
    measure twice cut once

    (When deciding on size)
    you can always make it smaller, you cant make it bigger

    (when buying fabric)
    its better to have some left over than not have enough

    (and generally)
    its better to have one piece made from lovely (if expensive) fabric than to have a wardrobe full of pieces made from cheap fabric.
    (this ones sometimes hard to remember on a students budget)

    Leah
    leahtheladybug@hotmail.co.uk

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  112. These days, my sewing mantra is something like "one seam at a time". With a 7-month old baby, it can be hard to find the time to do any more than that!

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  113. This is beautiful pattern!
    I guess I would have to go with "If you don't have time to do it right the first time, how will you ever have the time to do it over"?

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  114. My sewing mantra is: FINISH IT!!

    :)

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  115. Thanks for the giveaway. Mine would be "All fabric is fair game!"

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  116. "Dammit! Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!"

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  117. My sewing mantra is, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." I love to sew, but needless to say, I'm not very good (yet!).

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  118. My sewing mantra is "slow down and take you time!"

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  119. An observer would think my mantra was "Now where did I put that?" but actually it's more like "Travel on the learning curve is one-way."

    Me-made March photos have convinced me I seriously need a different shaped skirt, and I was just about to buy a Beignet. Fingers Crossed! (Not a good sewing mantra.)

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  120. my mantra is "that will come in handy" i always save buttons off old clothes and any scrap of fab fabric, and love finding a bargin in a charity shop to re-work.
    Awesome pattern for the Begnets skirt, i have just the buttons.....

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  121. It's not very romantic sounding, but my sewing mantra is something like, "It's just a sewing machine, don't get mad. It's *just* a sewing machine... don't get mad, don't get mad..."

    I probably need to buy a new sewing machine. =)

    I love this pattern, though! I can't remember if my email is in my profile, so here's the one I check most:
    lafillelabas @ hotmail . com

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  122. 'Check, check and check before each step!' (or you'll be doing it twice)

    I love Colette patterns <3

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  123. Make a mock up not a cock up!
    happyhermit@hotmail.co.uk

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  124. Without Barbara (sewing teacher) i am nothing!
    claireabery@hotmail.com

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  125. I think mine's 'Match the seams and use steam.'

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  126. "Come what may, and love it"

    minousminute at peoplepc dot com

    (I'm also having a womens pattern giveaway at my blog, if anyone is interested)

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  127. Tilly, you truly are the ambassador of Beignet.

    My sewing mantra is: if the mistake doesn't show, you got away with it.

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  128. So many excellent mantras to adopt! I think mine is
    "It's a hobby. Take the time to enjoy it." - in the hope that I will slow down, stop racing to finish things, and take my time to enjoy the process.

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  129. My mantra depends on the machine.

    For the serger: keep your eye on the knives!

    For the straight machine: One stitch at a time!

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  130. Cutting is the hardest part! After that, nothing is permanent.

    Love that skirt!

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  131. Hee hee! I seem to have developed a crush on the Beignet blog - like everyone else here!

    I think my sewing motto ought to be 'festina lente/hurry slowly'.

    In practice it is somewhere between - 'ooh - I'm nearly done [zooms down final seams, as quality control disappears ought of the window]!' and having a worrying and growing collection of things that just need me to sit down and finish them before winter is fully over!

    ...Beignet skirts however, as you have beautifully demonstrated, can be worn all year round...!

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  132. I don't have a sewing mantra. I'll have to think about that.

    Maybe something having to do with being slow and steady.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    rofishman at gmail dot com

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  133. My mantra is usually "just do it", especially when I start procrastinating from cutting something out or unpicking a bad seam. :)

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  134. My grandma was a firm believer in "measure twice, cut once." I'll defer to her wisdom!

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  135. Just take a stab at it and work it out as you go along!

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  136. I don't know if I can call it a mantra, but I always have to remind myself to just go for it! I'm pretty apprehensive when working with fabrics, and it takes me awhile to plunge into a sewing project!

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  137. If at first you don't succeed, try again. And again and again and again. lol.

    radiantphotographer [at] gmail [dot] com

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  138. Oh lawks, how wonderful - you look wonderful in all of yours. I'd really love to make a denim version...which may turn out well, but may not, so my sewing mantra would be: "Better to have sewn and lost, than never to have sewn at all", because so much of what I love about sewing is the process and the act of doing it - it's not entirely about the end result.

    X

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  139. My sewing mantra is: "No one would notice it on a galloping horse!"

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  140. My sewing mantra: never check the waistband fit after eating Christmas dinner.

    (rosegriffes at gmail dot com)

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  141. My mantra: "Keep sewing...be happy!"

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  142. Hmm, I would say my sewing mantra is a healthy combination of "No reason I couldn't make that" and "Worse case scenario, the fabric can always be re-purposed!"

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  143. Love the skirts, love the blog

    My Mantra is "remember this is the one time you really will regret it if you don't get the iron out..."

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  144. My mantra is "Calm down, it doesn't have to be perfect. Just have fun."

    Sometimes when sewing I get too caught up in the picky bits and get stressed. I tell myself to slow down and just do my best.

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I'm sewing the Colette coat for winter and your red dress is a great inspiration for the dress I'm going to make with that pattern!

    caitlinann.c at gmail dot com

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  145. mine is, "it's ok, learn from it."

    your Beignets are super cute! I need more separates for sure.

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  146. oh, i'm novemberfoxtrot at that gmail place.

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  147. My sewing mantra: "yes, you SHOULD have read the whole pattern description before starting Kim."
    Long live the seam ripper in my house.
    Love that skirt! I will make it look good ;D

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  148. Clair McLaughlin25 March 2011 23:51

    My mantra would have to be "Sloooow down!"

    madebyclair@gmail.com

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  149. I'd have to say that mine would have to be "You'll figure it out eventually."

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  150. I LOVE the beignet!

    My sewing mantra...
    "Just start"

    email address:
    robi0622@gmail.com

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  151. mantra...hmm....

    zippers are easier than buttons!!


    stmedeiros @ yahoo.com

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  152. Hi, my sewing mantra is "now for some fun". I love trying out new and different aspects of sewing, from couture details to innovative designs, as well as spontaneously sewing something that just says "sew me". To date I've never sewn to a plan, but I may in the future. So, another mantra would be to "go with the flow".

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  153. Mine is "keep trying until your tired and then go at it again in the morn."
    blurose_in_ok(at)yahoo.com

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  154. I've had this pattern on my wish list for quite a while!

    My sewing mantra is "if at first you don't succeed, try try again."

    chickface@sbcglobal.net

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  155. My sewing mantra right now is "Please don't wake up, please don't wake up" since I do all of my sewing while my daughter is asleep! I love all of your Beignets by the way, they inspire me to sew with primary colors more!

    cbakertroublemaker@hotmail.com

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  156. "When you start gibbering, it's time to stop." I have wrecked or nearly wrecked enough garments because I ignored the fact I was too tired or agitated or hungry to sew well that I've learned my lesson. I love the skirts you've been wearing this week -- it'd be a great pattern to win!

    Mille
    interrobangs.anonymous@gmail.com

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  157. I'd really love to try this pattern. Yours all turned out so cute! I would have to say that, while I'm sure my mantra changes slightly depending on the project, it should probably be "Quadruple check which direction your sleeves are going before you sew them in!!!". I always manage to screw them up somehow at least once on nearly every garment.

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  158. Mine will be: Don't think too much because you will never start! :)

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  159. I would say, "Just keep going. It might work, and if it doesn't, there's always the seam ripper or the scrap bag."

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  160. My sewing mantra is...measure twice cut once :)

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  161. My sewing mantra is ... "The solution to the toughest issue is just a wine glass away. "

    And I've not had any horrible accidents yet, but have had some pretty neat outcomes. :-) *knock on wood*

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  162. I guess mine is something like, "go SLOW, you always like how it turns out better when you go slow."

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  163. I'm not sure I really have a mantra - just "color" I love color in everything!
    Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to have this pattern.

    Chelsea

    michal_c1984@hotmail.com

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  164. love all your skirts, definitely makes me want that pattern!

    My mantra is "There is always time to sew something" I sometimes only have time to sew 1 seam each day, but little by little, things get made

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  165. My sewing mantra is "If at first you don't succeed, try reading the instructions"!

    deborahleejones@yahoo.ca

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  166. my sewing mantra is 'Just one more pin and its ready to go"

    I find myself over-pinning everything :)

    rascarborough AT gmail DOT com

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  167. My sewing mantra: Just begin!
    An initial kick in the balls gets the creative fun started and the energetic momentum carries me through to places I've never known before.

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  168. 'If it feels like a chore don't do it'
    ;-)Hence why I'm a lazy sewer!
    ~Alana

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  169. Taking inspiration from Nike - "Just Do It!"
    ...I plan too much and sew too little!!!

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  170. "If it's not right, do it over"......

    Thanks for the contest Tilly.

    semcqu@gmail.com

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  171. Great giveaway - I love that pattern!

    Sewing mantra...... I guess it would be 'measure, measure and re-measure'!!! .....if you make a mistake sewing, then your seam ripper can usually take care of it but if you make a mistake at the cutting table.......!?!?!

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  172. I love the blog and have been meaning to buy a few Colette patterns for ages!
    My sewing mantra is simple - slow down and do it right, it'll save a lot of unpicking in the future!
    ~ Kay (demkoos@hotmail.co.uk)

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  173. My sewing mantra is "I could definitely make that."

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  174. My sewing mantra is "It may be a mess but it is MY mess."

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  175. Mine is similar to yours but with a rock n' roll twist: Don't fear the ripper.

    (Although sometimes I'm tempted to make it: Good enough for who it's for.)

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  176. Always fill up your bobbin before you start sewing!

    Interestingly, I wouldn't have chosen this pattern from just looking at the cover, but seeing what you've done with it, Tilly, has made me really want to make one (or three) : )

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  177. My sewing mantra is "Slow down!"

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  178. 'If you make a mistake, fix it. Don't be lazy!'

    I wish I would follow this more often...

    fortyacrewood at gmail dot com

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  179. My sewing mantra is"Never give up." Trust me, there are times in the past three years of me learning how to sew that I questioned whether it made sense. But I can't get past the delight I feel when I wear something I actually made.

    Christine

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  180. I always tell myself to just do it (nike-style). Quit worrying about things and just do it. If it doesn't work the world keeps turning.

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  181. "Measure 5 times first, then cut. Then call Mom."

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  182. My mantra would have to be:

    Inspiration+perspiration+adequate respiration+a healthy dose of chocolate= a happy sewing experience.

    In other words be enthusiastic about what you can achieve, concentrate on the task at hand, remember to breathe when you feel the angst, and the therapeutic power of chocolate can never be underestimated!

    hello [at] alexhdesign [dot] com

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  183. always finish the seams...

    Love the skirt!

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  184. Vintage Fanatic27 March 2011 06:34

    My sewing mantra would probably be... "Practice makes perfect"

    xxvintagefanaticxx(@)gmail(dot)com

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  185. I'm just new to sewing and I have so many plans and ideas of things I want to sew, but im a little scared to get started! so my mantra has to be "Stop planning, start sewing"

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Jilly (princessjilly@hotmail.co.uk)

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  186. As you sow, so shall you rip. :)

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  187. "fix mistakes". it helps prevent the 'this is homemade' look and makes you a better sewer!

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  188. My sewing mantra would have to be "reduce, reuse, recycle"...I know it's a little overused in other areas of our lives, but eco-friendly as it is, sewing can create a lot of waste too! I try to re-purpose as much as I can, for Earth's sake and for my wallet!
    Dagny
    DagnyKream@gmail.com

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  189. Tilly I have wanted this skirt pattern for ages but I have given up fabric and patterns for lent - it's so so hard!
    I have 2 sewing mantras. The first is 'We learn by our mistakes' which my primary school headmistress would say to us over and over. She was a lovely Scottish lady who said it so kindly, I always think of her when I unpick (again!)
    My 2nd is 'Keep the tradition going' which is really a reference to all the women through the centuries who have stitched, mended and created for themselves and their families. My Great, Great Grandmother was a dressmaker and her 2 daughters too - My mother still has a handsewn coat made by one of the daughters. Thanks for the give away, F x

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  190. I think mine is "Slow and steady wins the prize." would love to sew this skirt.

    run2mommy(at)verizon(dot)net

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  191. Arghhh - forgot the all important email address:
    fay underscore mccombie at hotmail dot com
    F x

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  192. Thanks for the giveaway! I want to make this skirt (I've even got the fabric). My mantra currently is "Measure twice, cut once and hope"

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  193. Can't is not a word. Be fearless and just do it.

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  194. My sewing mantra is definitely "oh well. Design detail!" eg, for sewing a collar on inside out, for deliberately ignoring nap to make a pattern fit, for topstitching a hem because I'm not in the mood for a blind hem.

    daiyami@ymail.com

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  195. NO UFOs (unfinished objects) is definitfely my mantra, I cannot move on if something is left unfinished, if I deem it unsalvageable - it goes to goodwill or, dare I say it, the BIN (rarely, thankful). Then I can start something new with a clear mind and no clutter.

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  196. My sewing mantra is usually "Don't rush!". I have been known to finish multiple garments in a single day. I'm sure you can imagine how this affects the quality. Oy vey!

    Thanks for a chance to win!!!!

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