7 February 2012

Sew Grateful Giveaway! Win Vintage Patterns from My Collection

Would you like to win a vintage pattern from my collection? I'm taking part in Sew Grateful Week, an initiative by the lovely Debi from My Happy Sewing Place, which is all about showing our appreciation for the sewing community. And I do really appreciate the sewing community. Due to craziness going on in various areas of my life recently, I have been posting less frequently and reading other sewing blogs more sporadically than my previous twice-daily fix. I'm hoping things will calm down by March and I'll have a bit more time in sewing blog land, but in the meantime just to say that I do still consider being part of this network an important part of my life, and ogling the gorgeous things other sewing bloggers make brings me so much pleasure. I love you guys!

Enough gushing, I am British after all. Onto the giveaway. This isn't any old rubbish I'm trying to fob off on you, readers, oh no. These are two patterns I really love, but I can't see myself making them up in the immediate future, so if you can, that's great.

The first one, Butterick 3030, is a semi-fitted dress with princess seams, gorgeous pointy collar and optional detachable contrast  over collar. I'm not sure of the date but I'm guessing late 1960s. It's a size 16, 36" bust. I reckon you could make a delightful nautical chic version in navy blue linen with a trimmed white collar and shortened hemline. Hang on a minute, why am I giving this away??

The second pattern up for grabs is Advance 8622. One version is a boring functional sleeveless top, the other features my beloved button back design and chic roll collar. It's a size 20 or 40" bust and I reckon should be quite easy to grade down if you're smaller than that. This one is pretty hard to let go of too, mainly because of the pseudo-sexy expression on the lady in the top illustration.

Two people can win one pattern each. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below saying which pattern you'd like to win (of if you like both, give your preference in case you're picked first). The deadline to enter is Sunday 12th February at midnight GMT and the two winners will be drawn at random. Don't forget to leave your email if it's not in your blogger profile so I can contact you if you win.

And now for something completely different and more than a little bit random. (This really, honestly is in no way related to the giveaway so don't relate entering to having to read this paragraph!) Someone, somewhere - I don't know who, so thank you if it's you - nominated me for a Dorset Cereals Little Blog Award. Basically this is a clever marketing campaign by them to lure people to their website, but, whatever, I COULD WIN AN EGG CUP! That's right, the stakes are high. If you have a spare seven seconds and fancy helping me in my quest to GET THAT EGG CUP, please click on this link and on the right hand side of the page click 'vote' under my blog. They're not an evil company or anything, quite the opposite, and I do eat their yummy cereals, and it's quite nice that they're showcasing little blogs, so there are a few reasons why it's not a bad campaign to get involved in. Plus I grew up in Dorset!

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