26 August 2011

Giveaway! Pattern Magic Books 1 + 2

  

Did you see my review of the Pattern Magic books? Wanna create some wild and wacky patterns for yourself? The publishers are offering to send one of my readers copies of both books.

For a chance to win, just leave a comment below saying what your most used sewing pattern is and why - or if you haven't made a pattern more than once, which do you think you'll get the most use out of? (If you're a regular reader you'll probably be bored of me saying that mine is Colette Patterns Beignet because it's wearable, versatile and simple to fit.)

The closing date is Tuesday 30th August at midnight GMT, after which the winner will be picked at random. The giveaway is open internationally. Don't forget to leave your email if it's not attached to your blogger profile so I can get in touch if you win.

Bonne chance!

160 comments:

  1. Thanks for such a great giveaway! My favorite pattern is Jalie 2908 which I've used for jeans and shorts in at least 10 different versions. I've lost count how many times I've sewn it! I've used it in all 4 seasons and it just works. I will never buy RTW jeans again! Yay for sewing!

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  2. I've made a Burdastyle dress pattern one, two, three, and a half times! I've been so eager to try out Pattern Magic, especially the bamboo shoot bodice: such interesting designs!

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  3. These books look awesome. I tend to use different patterns, however, I would like to experiment with different fabrics used on the same pattern.

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  4. Ooh! I just made my own pattern using an old dress I'd chopped up and I expect to use that a lot (because I'm not scared to alter it, whereas I'm still daunted by altering shop bought ones which I assume know what they're talking about).

    sarahrooftops [at] gmail.com

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  5. My favourite pattern is Sewaholic's Pendrell blouse. It's kinda like the sorbetto as the simple round neckline suggests so many possibilities, but the princess seam lines gives it something else...
    These books look fascinating, and as you said in your review some aspects are too weird, but I'd love to see how that pleated sleeve is drafted, and the bamboo shoots detailing is gorgeous!

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  6. The pattern I make the most is a skirt with a waistband that started out as "Frida" from farbenmix. I have modified it quite heavy though and made a bunch of different versions.

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  7. What a fun giveaway! My most used pattern has got to be colette's rooibos. I've made 3 for myself and 3 for various friends!

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  8. Great giveaway - I have these books in Japanese, but they are on my Christmas list in English as I've yet to try any of the patterns.

    My most used pattern is a self drafter dress with a half circle skirt and fitted midriff and halter tie bra, I've made it 3 times as a dress and modified it 4 times for tops!

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  9. Wow ! What a fab giveaway ! Its very generous of you.
    My favourite pattern is the colette GINGER. I have seen lots of lovely versions of this skirt, as well as made my own. As Mary said - YAY for sewing !!!

    kirstyboys@hotmailcom

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  10. I love pencil skirts and after a struggle to find a pattern that was high waisted, fitted me in the wais and the hips I finally had to bite the bullet and draft my own. And now to fit is spot on and I have several pencil skirts in various colours. And as it is a basic block I plan to adapt the pattern for some other styles too

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  11. I would love to try patterns from Pattern Magic! My most used sewing pattern is simple 60's dress from Burda magazine, I don't remember number of it. I use it so often because it's so easy to modified- you can make blouse/ tunic/ dress/ change neckline, easily add kimono sleeves... possibilities are countless.
    aniomatronika[at]gmail.com

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  12. I have actually never made anything for myself. I sew for my kids, but would love to start making things for myself. My most used pattern for the kids is the OliverandS sketchbook shirt.

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  13. Oh man, I'd so love to win these two books! I've spent some time reading them and reading about them, and I'd just love to own them. My favourite pattern currently is not a very sophisticated one, even though I have sewn quite advanced outfits. It's a burp cloth and baby bib pattern that I'll be using over and over again, since my first grandchild is due in January.

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  14. Wow those books look brilliant!

    My most used pattern is actually Colette's Sorbetto. It's just dead easy to make and really versatile. I've made three so far, with plans for more.

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  15. Awesome giveaway!!
    I would have to say that my most used patterns are either the Danielle or Ruby patterns from burdastyle. Simple, easy patterns, that fit with minimal tweaking! so easy to modify as well :) love them :D

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  16. I sew for everyone in my family but I could live with just these patterns: Oliver and S Ice Cream dress for my girls and the Negroni shirt for my husband.
    Maria

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  17. Please count me in for this, these books look absolutely intriguing and amazing! I haven't made the Colette Ginger Skirt yet (thought I've started work on it) and I have a feeling it will become a cool staple of mine! Love the simple, flattering lines!

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  18. OMG, are you KIDDING?!! Please count me in!
    My most used pattern for sure is Colette's Sorbetto. I've made 3 so far but really they have only been practice since I'm about to start using it (sans cf pleat)as a block/sloper for some pattern drafting in my Top Draftalong. The reason I think it's such a brilliant pattern? Well I did a whole post about just that! (How sad am I, lol!) Versatility, simplicity, speed of construction, potential for redesign and totally free of charge. What's not to love!
    Thanks for such a brill giveaway Tilly :)
    Px

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  19. Oh I would love those books, I have just tried to borrow them at the library. I just have to make the shirt with the boxes.
    My most used pattern is a selfdrafted basic sheathdress, it can be done in so many versions with very little differences. The second must be Vogue 2960, my latest prom dress is made from it as well as a nice flowery summer dress

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  20. What an awesome giveaway! I've been eyeing those for a while..
    My favourite pattern is the Sencha blouse from Colette. It's easy to sew but so chic and versatile.

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  21. These were on my Christmas list! My favourite pattern is Vogue V8615 - it fits so well and I love the full skirt. I'm actually using a modified version of this pattern for my next project!

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  22. eek! excitement! when i saw your review on these gorgeous books i was so jealous that you got them from free, but now maybe i can too!! woop!! lol i intending on buying them to use as inspiration for the wierd and wacky costumes im soon to be designing for my MA in costume im about to embark on, scary stuff!!
    the pattern that i have yet to find time to use :( but absolutely adore is one a vintage one i found in a charity shop for 25p!!! I think its from early 1950s and is simplicity 4020 and i adore it! now to find the time to make it!!
    s_dicks@hotmail.co.uk
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    http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=simplicity+4020+two-piece+suit&um=1&hl=en&rlz=1C1SVED_enGB397&biw=1366&bih=643&tbm=isch&tbnid=5mSJb4Q1NuPc3M:&imgrefurl=http://www.etsy.com/listing/65531189/1952-two-piece-double-breasted-career&docid=AhYy_uutH5PF1M&itg=1&w=995&h=1500&ei=amRXTvyvFpDD8QPY-7W5DA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=547&vpy=69&dur=536&hovh=265&hovw=175&tx=82&ty=129&page=1&tbnh=155&tbnw=95&start=0&ndsp=21&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0

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  23. Thanks for this giveaway!
    My favorite pattern is Colette's Macaron, I made it twice and wore my two dresses countless times!

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  24. Thanks for a chance to win!! These books look awesome. I normally follow patterns from Japan.

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  25. What a lovely giveaway! I love the Pattern Magic Books, but have never got myself to buy them.

    My favourite pattern must be my simplification of Kasia from Burdastyle. I can never stick to a pattern, and always need to restyle or change bits and pieces.

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  26. These books look amazing! My most used sewing pattern is an old pair of jeans which I took to pieces and remade. I'm very fussy about my jeans, and once I find a pair I like I stick with them :)

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  27. My favorite pattern is probably the Macaron! Its so flattering and easy to whip up when you want something quick not to mention it looks good with leggings, tights or bare legged in the summer!
    Enter me In please These are fabulous books!

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  28. I would love to own a copy of those books! :)
    The pattern i use most must be some of the hat patterns i made myself...

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  29. My favorite pattern that I have made is a fitted top that I can easily add on to make a dress. I am still trying to find the perfect bottom pattern. My favorite top pattern that is not mine for ease and practicality is the Sorbetto from Colette, it is just so easy to adapt and make your own.

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  30. Oh! I've just added these books to my wishlist. My most used sewing patterns is standard patterns from the book "Mönster och konstruktioner för damkläder" ("Patterns and constructions for female clothing") by Inger Öberg. It's great, and has a lot of instructions for editing them as well.

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  31. My favourite pattern is an old Style pattern (I can't remember the number!) Cap sleeves, a button-up back and a gathered skirt. I've made it at least 4 times :)

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  32. oh no! I haven't sewn any pattern more than once yet because I'm a beginner. Buuuut if I had to choose one I've done so far it would be Simplicity 3558 - a lovely vintage blouse pattern. And I would love one of these pattern book so fingers crossed!

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  33. I usually only make a pattern once. One exception is the Novita top by Tamanegi-Kobo.
    ghainskom at yahoo dot com

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  34. My most used pattern is a Simplicity "Amazing Fit" dress. It does exactly what it says, and I've been able to use it as a base for making variations.

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  35. My most used pattern doesn't exist! I use a sloper pretty often or drape stuff on my dressform. Most of the commercial patterns I tried don't fit me well enough, so I have to do a lot of modifications anyway.

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  36. My most used pattern is the Colette Ginger skirt. I've made three - a strawberry version with buttons, a polkadot version with underlinging and boning (thanks Gertie!) and a denim version. I love that I can sew it quickly and try different techniques and seam finishes.

    kikianaha [at] rocketmail.com

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  37. Oh, I want in!

    Right now I don't have a most used (or re-used at all) pattern. I am however looking forward to making a t-shirt (boooring I know, but I get so much use out of t-shirts) that fits me and falls at just the right height and the sleeves are the right length.

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  38. Awesome giveaway - My most used pattern is Burda 02/2011 Dress with A-line skirt and sleeves. I've made three so far and probably will make another. it's just so flattering and easy!

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  39. oh, exciting!! My most frequently used pattern is a 50's blouse. It buttons up, has drop sleeves. I love it because I can make a blouse with about a yard of fabric and I can start and finish it all in one day!

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  40. ooo...*neat* giveaway! my favorite pattern is folkwear pattern 209: the walking skirt (edwardian). this cut never goes out of style & gives such a wonderful silhouette. btw, i don't think a person can talk about their favorite pattern too much, as the more one talks about how they use it differently the more ideas the listener gets on how to use their favorite.

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  41. My most used sewing pattern to date is the Lounge Pants pattern from Amy Butler’s book “In Stitches”. I’ve made three pairs for myself in different lengths and weights to wear as pyjamas. A couple of years ago I made them for two of my girlfriends and my step daughter as Christmas presents. These are useful, comfy and fun to mix and match fabric. What a fabulous give-away. I just got one of these books from my local library and would love to own my very own. Merci beaucoup!

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  42. My most used pattern is a Butterick 4 pannels skirt which I have made in every fabric and every colour imaginable.
    It's a great giveaway, thank you so much!

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  43. Great Giveaway! The 'Red Slip' from Modern Patterns (m-sewing.com) is definitely my most used pattern. It is a simple bias cut slip I have used over and over as an base for costumes.

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  44. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway!! I live in Brazil and take classes in pattern making, sewing and tailoring. So I tend to make my own patterns, some of which have been re-created many times... I also like Burda and Vogue patterns. I love the Pattern Magic designs and would love to try them out.

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  45. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway. My most used pattern is S2605. I have used it to make several skirts. Those books look awesome!!
    email: oct02@oppcatv.com

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  46. I love Sewaholic's Pendrell blouse! I made three this summer! In close second is Colette Pattern's Beignet.

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  47. What a great give-away!

    My favorite pattern is Mccalls 5752. It's the perfect knitdress for hourglasses with it's mockwrap and ruched midriff band, and I just love the fitting instructions that come with it. I made it 3 times already, though sadly two dresses are now unwearable because they're very worn, and the third dress was for my mom.

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  48. For summer, my most worn dress and the only one I have actually cut out with plans to make another is the Jamie Dress by Sis Boom. I always get compliments when I wear it.

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  49. There are only two patterns that I have made more than once. The first is a generic drawstring-waist pajama pant because it is so fun to have a dozen pairs of PJ pants in cute prints of my choosing. The second is the Simplicity 2396 pattern http://www.simplicity.com/p-4998-accessories.aspx (I've only made the bag on the bottom right). It is a simple and cute purse, and I love experimenting with different color combinations.

    ~Cicily

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  50. My favorite pattern so far or my TNT is Simplicity 3506. I have made so many changes tot he pattern that it looks different very time. I would love to win the books. I want to try different fabric techniques.

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  51. My most used pattern is a self-drafted straight skirt with a back yoke. Fits like a dream and works for work and hiking wear.

    I've had the Pattern Magic books on my wish list for a while so I'd be thrilled to get them.

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  52. My favourite pattern was for wallet, I have actually do it around 10 times now.

    My friends keep telling me about pattern magic but I have never tried them

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  53. I've not sewn enough stuff to make anything more than once! Carolyn @ Made By Carolyn has produced some amazing designs using those books & I'd love to get my grubby little hands on them, too!

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  54. My most used pattern? That would have to be Butterick 3477. Most of what I sew is kids' clothes for my nieces and nephew, and I've made three shorts outfits and four dresses out of it! It's my go-to pattern for summer outfits for my three-year-old niece, Little Bit.

    My email is bratling2@gmail.com, and my blog is http://lauradsews.blogspot.com

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  55. Oh, this is a great giveaway! My favorite pattern is my bodice sloper... from there I create shirts, tops, halter tops and more.

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  56. Wonderful giveaway! Thanks Tilly to give us a chance to win these wonderful books! I think, the only pattern I have used twice, yet is a blouse from Burdastyle 10/2010 no.118B. It is such an easy blouse and fits super well!

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  57. these are clearly much coveted books! my favourite and most used pattern has to be butterick 4443. So much so that I know the pattern number by heart... I like it, becuase I'm full busted, and it fits me properly! it's so rare for the big 4 pattern company patterns to do that without alteration. and i use it as my basic bodice block, it works a treat :) (oh, and I blog over at sewingsoffyrefairee.blogspot.com and respond to helen[dot]wojtas[at]hotmail[dot]com)

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  58. Awesome giveaway! I've been eyeing these books for ages, especially the balloon sleeve on the cover of Pattern Magic 2. I've used the princess seamed strapless bodice pattern from Simplicity 4070 so many times. I've made it in shantung for a formal dress' bodice, a cotton sateen romper with a fancypants halter strap, a silk/cotton charmeuse dress, adapted it for a straight neckline for a flouncy cotton sundress, adapted to have a 3 inch wide waistband for another cotton sundress with straps...and they all look different! :) I intend to make my next one like the romper's bodice, with that lovely halter strap, but in black and leave it as just a bodice so as to have a nice black woven tank. faerieblossom@gmail.com

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  59. My most used patterns are Jalie. I've made countless cardigans, and their knit tops are a staple in my wardrobe!

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  60. Cool! I have a lot of patterns that I use multiple times but right now my most worn and made pattern is the One Piece Kimono t-shirt free on Burdastyle.

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  61. I would say my most used pattern isn't a pattern per se, but just making gathered or pleated skirts from my basic measurements. Pattern would be Collette's Sorbetto, because after making two, I now use it as a sleeveless block! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to give these creations a try and boost my sewing skills to the next level.

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  62. Oh my goodness, those books! I have this Burdastyle pants pattern that I can't remember the name of for the life of me that I've made several pairs of pants and shorts with, which mysteriously fit my thighs PERFECTLY.

    Millie
    interrobangs.anonymous@gmail.com

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  63. Wow. This is too much. I usually draft my own patterns every time I make something.

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  64. Wow, a wonderful giveaway-thanks! I have made Simplicity 3503 five times so far-2 maxi dresses, a nightgown, and 2 short dresses.

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  65. My favourite and absolute most used pattern these days is from a Danish independed sewing pattern comany called ONION. The patter I've used over and over this summmer is ONION 20034 - a girl's dress (short/long sleeves), a jacket and leggings! I can hghly recomend this company - if you buy a patterns as a Non-Danish-speaking/reading person you can get a translation mailed/emailed in English/French or Spanish (I believe).Gotta love that kind of service!

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  66. Awesome giveaway! Although I can't really name my favourite pattern, because I make my own... But that's what Pattern Magic is all about, isn't it? I do have a favourite bodice-block I have used several times, traced from an existing garment.

    l.kievits(at)gmail(dot)com

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  67. I like Butterick 3030 for a cute simple top with a Peter Pan collar.

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  68. I love the coffee date dress from the Burda website. I've used it loads this year and adapted it to create a ribbon dress pattern. I love the simple elegant styling, and it was east to adapt and fit. I've been eyeing up these book for a while - they were on my Birthday list - but I didn't get them :( I would love to try the knot dress as it looks amazing!

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  69. What an amazing giveaway! I love that flip top blouse. I really adore Burda Style's JJ blouse, I've made that more then four times, and I love vintage pattern Butterick 7490, which I've tried several times and will keep trying until it's completely perfect. A girl can dream...

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  70. Great giveaway. I think the pattern that has the best chance of being used several times would be the Collette Patterns Ginger.

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  72. You don't know how much I want and can't afford these books. I'm about to costume a show set in the forties, so New Look's 6587 will be very useful for making a whole chorus' worth of tea dresses.

    I'm at kujassilverdragon@hotmail.com.

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  73. Ooh, what a great giveaway! I'd love the have the books, the second one has particularly lovely designs. My most used pattern so far is the Jenny pencil skirt from BurdaStyle.com -- I love a good, flattering pencil skirt and as a beginner I like that it's easy to put together.

    My email is dora at dorawrites.com. Thank you!

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  74. Wonderful giveaway, thanks!

    My most used pattern is basic blouse pattern I made - I love it, because it can be used for making various tops, dresses, blouses etc.

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  75. Super amazing giveaway! I think my most used pattern to date is the Simplicity Cardiwrap from a few years ago. I've made 2 different versions for myself and 3 for family members. I hope I win because I love pattern drafting and I can use these books in my class!

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  76. That is a wonderful giveaway prize! I've lusted after those books since they came out, but haven't justified them properly yet.

    My most used pattern is a self drafted pajama pant pattern. My fave Old Navy flannel pj bottoms died and I drafted a pattern based on them. These are sized "one size fits most". I've given them to my size 0 sister and my 32 waist BF. I wish my answer was more glamorous ;-)

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  77. Lovely! I would have to say my most used pattern is the Pendrell Blouse from Sewaholic.
    http://sewaholic.net/sewing-pattern-store/1001-pendrell-blouse/

    It has a great fit without being tight - those princess seams are just the perfect way to pull in the eye!

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  78. Hi there,
    My fetish pattern is the 'D' from the "Stylish Dress Book 1" which is a Japanese sewing book written in Japanese. It's so basic and therefore quick to finish, I've made countless dresses, tops, nightgowns for myself and my daughters who are very much slimmer and taller than I am.
    I'd love to win these books, I'll have to think a bit more as to what I'm sewing!!!
    Thanks for the competition!
    helenbedel@orange.fr
    Helen

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  79. These books look amazing. The pattern I think I'll use the most is the vintage Simplicity 3520 blouse pattern I bought recently. There are three different versions, and it lends itself to so much modification.

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  80. Um, heck yeah. I've loved the Built by Wendy for Simplicity pattern, #3835. I've made a couple of the shirt options as well as the mini dress. Still plotting more now that my sewing skills are improving!

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  81. My most used pattern is the Amy Butler Swing Bag. I've made it for myself, as gifts for several friends, and even cut it down to be the perfect size for my three girls.

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  82. I'd never heard of these until you posted on them - and I'm so glad you did, because this is exactly the kind of stuff I'd like to know how to do with fabric, but don't. I make clothing, but I do a lot more with textiles that is non-garment-oriented (objects, creatures, toys, practical/useful items - not from patterns), and while I've figured out some shapes and piecing on my own, these books are far more ambitious than anything I'm now doing. Which is awesome. If nothing else, I'll beg for them for Christmas!

    I don't tend to make patterns more than once, but, specifically due to your influence, I've gotten some vintage patterns recently that I have plans to do multiple times. I just finished a 1975 Simplicity 7297 dress in a cotton/linen light denim, and it's such a great basic dress, and so quick/easy, that I want to do it in several other fabrics of different fiber contents and weights. Same for Vogue Very Easy 8653 (short-sleeved jacket), and an old Willi Smith pattern for Butterick (4091).

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  83. These books are amazing - thanks for bringing them to my attention! They're far more ambitious than anything I've so far done, but I've been wanting for quite some time to learn how to do outrageous shapes and piecing.

    Thanks to your influence, specifically, I've started buying and making vintage patterns. I just finished the 1975 Simplicity 7297 dress in a cotton/linen light denim, and it was so easy and fast, and such a successful shape (it looks good with pretty much every pair of shoes and boots I own) that I'm planning on making it in a variety of fibers and weights. Same for Vogue Very Easy 8653 (short-sleeved jacket) and an old Willi Smith for Butterick pattern (4091).

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  84. a pattern i made for a simple skirt with pockets! its great for lots of materials and occasions!

    kelly

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  85. These have been on my list for a while and I'm so excited! Thank you for the giveaway! I don't really have a favorite pattern at the moment, but I have used Simplicity 2601 and 2599 more than once for quick and reliable tops.

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  86. I love, love, love the Sorbetto top. I have made two tank tops and plan on adding sleeves or buttons like the Sew Weekly articles did. I would love a chance to win these books. Thanks so much!
    Shell_rock_44@hotmail.com
    Michelle

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  87. I have yet to make a pattern more than once but maybe the Sorbetto Top or Ginger Skirt or Pendrell Blouse will be one of those go to patterns for me! They're simple and easy to whip up with simple fitting.

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  88. My most used pattern is the surefit designs children's pattern because every time the kids needed a costume, I could use that as my base and just whip something up. I'm not sure I have a favorite pattern for myself. I'm trying to get away from.patterns, just have a fitting sloped and draft what I need.

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  89. I have a very simple shift dress pattern that I like. But maybe it's time to step away from that!!! :o)

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  90. I took a flat pattern design class, so I think my most-used pattern is my sloper! :)

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  91. Ooh, ooh! Randomly pick me please!

    I drafted a simple a line skirt pattern at the beginning of the summer and I've made seven six different skirts from it now. I've modified it each time but I start with the same pattern block. So useful.

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  92. My favorite pattern is a tulip skirt from BWOF (an very old one).
    I really like this skirt and have two of them in different colors. They are my "basics". As soon as one gets worn out, I remake one, since I know that it will fit perfectly!

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  93. I've only made it once but I think mine is the Colette Crepe. It's pretty and flattering and comfortable, I want to wear mine all the time. I have at least two more planned. Oh and it's simple to make. And it had pockets. What more could you want?

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  94. What great books! Pattern drafting is something I am increasingly interested in. My favorite "Pattern" is really a tutorial: The Ruffle Skirt by Emu. I have lost track of how many times I have made that skirt and in how many sizes and variations.

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  95. Heavens to Murgatroyd, 95 comments in less than ten hours! :)
    My favourite pattern is a frock coat pattern I drafted myself. I've got two so far and two underway. Love me a good frock coat for workwear in Winter!

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  96. These books! I've been coveting these books for theatrical costumes for a while now. I haven't been able to make it yet, but Vogue 1160 is a beautiful sheer dress (they recommend chiffon and georgette) and a slip. I keep picturing making slip after slip after slip to mix and match with countless dresses!

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  97. Thank you for the opportunity! I have yet to use the same pattern twice too, but I'd say the Colette Sorbetto or the Starboard skirt (http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2011/07/creative-guest-starboard-skirt-by.html) would be ones I will use again

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  98. My most used pattern would have to be the formula for a circle skirt. With two girls doing calisthenics (for which they need 1 1/2 circle skirts). I have made them for almost every girl in the class. I also use them to add to the bottom of t-shirt patterns to make simple dresses or party dresses. Thanks for the review.

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  99. *A* I'd love to own these!!! I love to make my own patterns using clothes I already have, so no favourite published pattern for me.

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  100. My "go to" is a vintage simplicity 2985. I've only completed it once (see results here http://refurl.blogspot.com/2011/02/vintage-introduction-dress-complete.html ), but I'm in the progress of making a long sleeve version for Fall. I love it because it fits perfectly with almost zero alterations!

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  101. Wow, I guess I've been under some kind of rock lately because I've not heard of these books but they look fabulous. I'm really into manipulating fabric these days and would love to win them. The only pattern I've made more than once is the Collette Sorbetto. I have so many patterns I have to keep moving through them!

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  102. My favorite pattern is a simple pencil skirt I've made so many variations of. I honestly don't know what company the pattern is- it was traced onto newspaper long ago. This a great giveaway! Thanks! Those books look amazing!

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  103. What a great giveaway!
    I don't tend to make patterns more than once but I think I'm going to make an exception for the Beignet.

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  104. the Sorbetto from Colette is such an easy pattern. I've only made one so far but I know I'll make more!!

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  105. Such a amazingly lovely giveaway!! I'm crossing my fingers firmly!! :D

    I've only just started sewing and as such can only make skirts at this stage but I'm in love with the butterick patterns that I've used (a straight skirt and a stitched pleated skirt) and plan to make many with these!! Sequins ahoy!! ;)

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  106. This is a great giveaway! My most used pattern in Simplicity 3503. For me, this pattern is the ultimate summer dress pattern.

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  107. Ahh Fav patterns, there's a kwik sew top I've done 15 times. But I know pattern making so my fav. patterns are my own. I like the books, they are more technical than my A line skirt.

    Jacky at jarm@iprimus.com.au

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  108. My go to pattern is Amy Butler's Lotus dress/cami pattern. It's such a good fit and the neckline is really flattering.

    Thanks for the chance to win those fabulous books!

    email: magpiemimi (at) gmail (dot) com

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  109. Amazing giveaway, thank you!!! :)
    I'm a bag-maker, so I use a lot patterns for bags (my favourite now are Ithinksew's patterns).
    For clothing I usually make my patterns by myself modeling them on old clothes that fit well on my (chubby) body :)

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  110. What a fantastic giveaway, not only do the books look great, we also learn what everyones favourite patterns are...inspiration! My current favourite is Sewaholics Pendrell blouse, I am up to number 3 now. Angela

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  111. Great Giveaway! My favourite pattern is the Pendrell Blouse.

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  112. Have been eyeing those books for a while. I love Textile Studio Patterns Basic Pant pattern. I have made it of all kinds of fabrics, but drapey is best. They are quick, look great and feel like you are wearing pajamas.

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  113. what a delicious giveaway, I've been wanting these for ages. My most used pattern is a pair of pants I made a pattern for using a favourite pair of pants I bought a number of years ago. They fit so good I couldn't not replicate them.

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  114. Thanks for this great giveaway! My favorite pattern is the sorbetto top from colette patterns, it`s simple, nice and work with everything. Camille

    noriko@go2.pl

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  115. What a great giveaway!!! I haven't got a favourite pattern, however at the moment I am loving the Sewaholic patterns,especially the Lonsdale dress. Patterns for pearshapes works for me :)

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  116. Those books look amazing! My most-used pattern is actually a little bit ugly, but it's easy: Simplicity 2004. It's a blah sack dress, but it's good for playing around with the shape, fabric and neckline. I'm planning to use some much cooler vintage patterns more often in the near future.

    P.S. I love your site design! So sleek and appealing.

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  117. I've sewn 11 dresses from Simplicity 5626, a vintage 70's sundress. It's perfect for the hot Texas heat, and looks great with wacky prints!

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  118. These pattern books look very intriging!
    My most used sewing pattern to date is actually one for my sons: a summer shirt from the Ottobre magazine.

    SabineC
    sushi (at) pandora (dot) be

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  119. How fun! Probably out of my league but I'm willing to try :)
    My most used pattern is Burdastyle's Jenny pencil skirt.

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  120. Thanks for doing this giveaway! My most used pattern is Anda from Burdastyle online. I've made two dresses using the pattern and one dress based off the pattern. It is a great basic shape to experiment with!

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  121. Mine favorite is my self draft skirt. Easy and quick, versatile and sexy....

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  122. Mine is New Look 6557. The bodice fits beautifully, and the lines let me dress it up or not, depending on my mood and the occasion.

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  123. These are great books - I often borrow the one my library has (to look at - haven't made anything yet).

    My favorite patterns aren't necessarily the ones I make the most - I've reused my kids' knit pajama patterns (Ottobre) countless times, ha!

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  124. Thank you for a wonderful giveaway!!! I think my favorite patterns will be the Sewaholic Lonsdale and fingers crossed that the Beignet will work out as well.

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  126. I use often Burda's patterns,but I would like to experiment with these 2 fab books!

    artenius@hotmail.it

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  127. I think that Sewaholic's Crescent skirt is going to become a frequently used pattern for me- it's a simple but flattering base that can be modified in so many ways!

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  128. lotta jansdotter reversible apron is my favorite pattern. they make great bridal gifts

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  129. Such great books!!
    I use many different patterns from Burda magazines, but I always remake them into something my own :) That's why I would love to have this book, it would help me greately!

    email: irac.grgic@gmail.com

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  130. My most used pattern is overalls for babies. I made them for my children & I make them for gifts.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  131. Hi Tilly, what an excIting giveaway, thank you! My most used pattern is simplicity 2599, a beautifully fitting top pattern with many flounce varieties. I've made 3 for me and one ( soon to be another) for a friend.

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  133. My most used commercial pattern is Colette's Crepe, such a wonderful, flattering dress! I've made 2 versions so far, but I'm thinking I want a woolen one for winter... :) I've used a "self-drafted" (=taken from an existing RTW t-shirt) t-shirt pattern even more often, though...

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  134. Have been wondering about these books and really keen to get my hands on them as I love experimenting with patterns. To be honest my favourite is a basic tee...from that I've made a short dress, maxi dress, a Japanese anime character jacket, and of course, a basic tee! Would love to take my experimentation further.

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  135. eek! what a fantastic giveaway, fingers crossed.....

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  136. I have book 1 already, but would love to put my name down for Pattern Magic 2.

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  137. My most used pattern is the Selfish Seamstress Coffee Date Dress, free on the Burda Style website - I have made five of them! My mail is debbles70(at)iinet(dot)net(dot)au

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  138. My favourite pattern is the Selfish Seamstress Coffee Date Dress available for free on the Burda Style website. I have made five of them! Thanks for the chance to win :-)

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  139. What a nica giveaway, I love those books. Just borrowed them from the school library. I don´t think I´ve tried to make any patterns twice, but one I think I will use more than one time is Burda Easy Fashion 1/2010 pattern #4B. It will be good for both shorts and trousers. :) my mail is cailin_87@hotmail.com

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  140. As a beginner sewer, the Collette Sorbetto is my repeater. What a fun book, hope I am the lucky one.

    P01jk@yahoo.com

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  141. Oh, defenetly McCalls 2401! Because it's easy (and I'm a fearless beginner) and it fits me fabulously! I remember when I first start reading your blog (just after I've started sewing) and seeing your yellow dress thinking oh god I really want this patter, without even realizing I had just bought it on ebay! Although so far I've managed to do only a very good muslin and cut out some dotted fabric, just before my PhD hit at its hardest :(, but from the 1st of October I'll be using the endless amount of fabric I've been planning to use with it!
    I'd probably give this book to my more expert friend as a present...if I'm feeling generous and not to brave!

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  142. i have just started using commercial patterns but think i will get most out of Simplicity 4513 because it is a simply blouse that can be decorated in so many different ways

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  143. Thank you for a truly wonderful giveaway! I've wanted to add these to my collection, and they're not available in our library. [Fingers crossed.] My favourite pattern in my stash right now is the skirt pattern from Vintage Vogue 2885. It is so comfortable, I made four this summer. Here is a link to the first three that I made. http://sewessentiallysew.blogspot.com/2011/07/skirts.html

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  144. It has to be a self-drafted pattern that I did 15 years ago when I took an evening class. Has been used about 15 times since then, with different modifications.

    /Maria
    vae196@gmail.com

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  145. I don't really re-make patterns that often, but I've made the Oliver + S Bubble Dress over and over for my daughter. It's such a simple, perfect silhouette, and you can make it in just about any fabric to dress it up or down. The Oliver + S instructions are very clear and easy, and the pattern is on a thick paper that holds up well to all the times I've folded, unfolded, and traced it. I swear I could make one with my eyes closed now.

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  146. My most used pattern is Violet by Colette, these books look awesome!

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  147. My favourite pattern is one that came with the September 09 issue of Sew magazine. I've made it up loads of times - its a simple dress with a full skirt and a pencil skirt variation. Its a great pattern to make alterations to or make up in bonkers fabric - it always looks different!

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  148. Those books look great. I tend not to make things more than once, but I really should. I have some vintage patterns for skirts and dresses that I recently bought that I can see myself wanting to make more than once with variations.

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  149. I am halfway through my first Colette Rooibos (yes, I am a little behind on the sew-along, just taking my time) but I can already honestly say I know I am going to have to make a couple more of this dress because I love it and it is so versatile. My current version in a black and grey printed linen with lilac piping for work but I am dying to make a brighter summer version and maybe even a version in a lightweight denim.

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  150. I very rarely re-use patterns, but I have a 1940's shirtwaist dress that I'm making up with two different sleeve styles as well as just using the skirt part for skirts.

    isis.33 (at) passagen.se

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  151. Great giveaway!
    I don't really have a favorite pattern at the moment,but like Beignet too

    anna_k67 at yaho dot com

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  152. I've found Simplicity 2593 - a Cynthia Rowley top - to be a really useful pattern. It's quick to make and looks great worn with jeans or tucked into a skirt. I really like the twist detail around the neck. I've got a piece of lawn from Liberty waiting to be made up into my latest version. Thanks for running another great giveaway!

    caroline_poyntz[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  153. Probably a pattern I made from an old pair of trousers. Loose comfy and easy but more recently I have been trying out lots of different dress styles. lucy_leggetathotmaildotcom

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  154. Ooh, I was just going to comment on your review to say how much I covet these books! Great giveaway!
    My favourite pattern is currently Simplicity 2588 - it comes with so many possible combinations. I've used it for dresses and skirts and even franken-stitched it with other patterns... awesome.

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  155. For me its my Ceylon dress pattern by colette. The original pattern gives you a wealth of adaptions that can be made into wearable, comfy clothed that get complimented every time you wear them. For instance making a shirt instead of the dress. The booklets representation and clear sewing pictures are also my reason for loving that pattern :)
    ellexx

    Ickleelle@hotmail.com
    Elationcreations@wordpress.com

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  156. Oooh! Intriguing.

    Most used - my blouse sloper, for the (obvious?) reason that it lets me play around with pattern designing with something that I know already works for me.

    Otherwise, I've made up Simplicity 3835 several times, I like that the blouse only uses 1 yard of fabric, the pattern itself is interesting enough but works as a good canvas for personalization. I am not, however, crazy about the fit.

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  157. I have so many patterns that I have not made one more than once yet.

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  158. Hi Tilly! My most used pattern is a baby dress pattern - Burda 9750! I've made dresses for my daughter and for friends' daughters too! I'd love to win the book - thanks for the opportunity x

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  159. It has to be a simple simplicity a line skirt. I made my first one when i was fifteen and I still have the pattern 16 years later! These books look so interesting! thanks for the giveaway Tilly!

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  160. Most-used pattern of the hundreds I have accumulated is the Plaza Pants pattern by The Sewing Workshop. No side seam! Partially elasticated waistline! Slimming long tuck down front of both legs! Only less-than-perfect part is that it has no pockets.

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