Saturday, February 11, 2012

Twelve days of pattern giveaways

Well, I've managed to get through the past month or so without finishing a sewing project!   I've been busy, but also taking time to enjoy other things.  Including a new pet.   We added a budgerigar to our menagerie, to keep our canary company.   The canary finds her new friend to be a bit of a pest, but we prefer an annoyed canary to a semi-catatonic canary.   She was getting pretty lonely during our long workdays.

Booberry, the new budgie, has been with us for two weeks, and has already assumed command of the household.  He thinks nothing of picking on the dog or giving me a firm chomp if I'm trying to take him somewhere he does not want to go.  He prefers the company of my husband and Sunshine the canary, and is generally nicer to them -- though I think Sunshine doesn't always appreciate the attention Booberry pays her.  They live in separate cages, so while she may not be used to another birdie staring lovingly at her from the other side of the bars, he can't hurt her.

But enough of that -- on to something sewing-related!  I set aside some time today to do something I've been meaning to do for a long time:  sort out some patterns to give away.   I ended up with 41, divided into 12 lots, loosely grouped by size and style.  The sizing ranges from 30 to 35 bust, and some are teen or junior sizes.   Most are from the 50s and 60s, with a few from the 40s and some reproduction patterns mixed in.  (I have a metric buttload of 70s patterns in bust 32 and 34, but I'll deal with them later.)   I HATE counting pattern pieces, so I'm not gonna.  Probably most if not all are complete.

I'm going to try to post a giveaway per day:  if you're interested, leave a comment on the post.  For some giveaways, I may ask a question too, just to make it a little more interesting.  If you choose to enter, make sure your contact information is available, either in your comment or via your blogger profile, or obviously you can't win!  Also, I ask your patience when it comes to shipping:  one of the reasons it's taken me so long to do this is that I have trouble getting to the post office during business hours, and for international winners, I can't use the 24-hour automated postal machine.   Probably mailing will occur after all 12 giveaways are complete.

Sooo ... let's get started!   I'd had the vague thought that I might sew myself a Valentine's Day dress -- you know, something pink or red or romantic or something.   As it turns out, I am only just starting a dress that has been in my head since the beginning of January, which doesn't fit that particular theme (though we'll see ... maybe if I get it done in time I'll invent a reason why it does.)   Is anyone else out there making something for Valentine's Day?  Do you have anything special planned?   Or do you despise the holiday and the horse it rode in on?   (In which case, I guess you could make an anti-Valentine's dress.  That might be even more fun.)

Pattern giveaway #1: romantic late 50s / early 60s teen stylin'.

The full skirts and color choices on the pattern illustrations in this group seem kinda romantic to me ... possibly good choices for Valentine's.  Or square-dancing.  They're all teen sizes bust 34, and I think the Advance pattern is bust 35.   If you're interested, please leave a comment before Saturday, February 18.   I'll randomly pick a winner sometime after that date.

Here's another look at the patterns up for grabs:

Circa 1957:
... are those pockets or is the skirt eating her hands??

Circa 1961: just add clogging shoes!

Circa 1961, with Colonel Sanders bowtie.



  1. Beautiful selection. Can't wait to see what others you have! Vintage patterns have become my vice lately.

  2. Oooh, teen patterns with my bust measurement - perfect (I'm petite)!

  3. That shirtdress is to die for, please draw my name!

  4. Oh wow - thanks for the awesome giveaway! I am hoping to make a shirt-dress this year so these fit the bill perfectly!!!!

    Can't wait to see the rest of the giveaways's very generous of you!

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  6. I love the second one! Thank you for such a great giveaway!

  7. I do not do Valentinesday, but might just sew a red dress anyway ;-)

  8. wow, you are so awesome for hosting such a great give away! i love the advanced one! it is a perfect size now... though i think my bust will shrink back down to 34/33 after breastfeeding...

  9. These are great! I love the red one, Col. Sanders bowtie and all!