Monday, 21 December 2009

It's a Christmas Giveaway!!!!!!

Let me guess, you've been manically stitching for what seems like months to complete your handmade Christmas gifts, with the constant fear hanging over your head that the results will either be a FAIL or that they won't be appreciated with both outcomes resulting in a tragic loss of precious sewing hours, yes? I don't know how to avoid this scenario (although I have a feeling the answer probably would involve mulled wine), so instead I'm going to try to distract you, though seeing as you're on the internet reading this you probably have sought and achieved distraction all by yourself. Anyway.

A month or so ago I took some of my own money saving advice and broke my self-enforced eBay ban to bid on some vintage dress patterns. I must explain that I had to enforce a ban on this theoretically money saving practice as my inability to restrain my bidding kind of wipes out the 'money saving' element! Don't worry, I've more or less got a handle on things again, but my last bout has meant I am now the owner of way more vintage patterns than I can justify owning. My personal stand point on things is thus: if I honestly don't think I'm going to use the pattern, either because I already have something similar, it's the wrong size, or not my style, I have to release it back into the wild to find a loving owner.

These two beauts were part of a lot that I won which in my heart of hearts I don't think I will use. But the question is, would you?! The Maudella pattern is labelled Bust 36" Hip 38", and the Butterick is Bust 34". Sadly neither feature the date. The Maudella is a really unusual style that would really showcase a clever combination of fabrics and the Butterick is a really sweet classic style with a choice of neckline ('jewel neck' and 'shallow neck' apparently). The envelop of the latter is a little tatty, but all instructions are present and I believe the patterns themselves to be complete.
So, despite the small sizing difference (who really knows when it comes to different styles produced by different manufacturers?) I'm offering these up together. Both must have, at some point, belonged to a mysterious 'Anne M', as this is written on the front of them, so I feel it would be wrong to separate them. I'm willing to send them completely free of charge anywhere in the world, just leave a comment at the end of this post with some way for me to get in touch with you, and I'll pick a winner (assuming more than one person is interested) by a random generator, probably using some bits of paper in a hat, old school style, on Sunday 27th December at 9pm UK-time. Then one lucky winner will know that all thoughts of Christmas present making panic can be forgotten for another year, and self-indulgent sewing is but a postal journey away! Good luck and happy Christmas!

33 comments:

Lisa said...

Hey, I totally love your blog!

It's highly lame for me to only come forth with this news when there's something in it for me, but, well, there it is. But I love your blog!

Also, I live in Germany so I bet shipping would be cheaper than if you send it to the US. Nudge nudge.

Jeannine said...

Great patterns! Thanks for the chance to win! pe_mayfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

ShannonAshley said...

These are beautiful!! Ah, I LOVE
that black dress pattern... Congratulations in advance to the winner!! you are a lucky soul!

Shannon
smcgee1211@gmail(dot)com

KID, MD said...

Oooh! They're my size even!! Pick me! Pick me!!

Thanks for the opportunity, either way. That Maudella pattern is quite interesting!

joanie said...

I would love to be included in the drawing. I love these patterns and their my size relatively. Hope your holidays are faboo!!!

Trudy Callan said...

I would love a chance to win these. Thanks so much

Myra said...

I would love a chance, you can find me at http://www.adventuresbabysewing.blogspot.com

Carol said...

I am relieved to see that I am not the only one who has doubts about their hand made christmas gifts. I've been sewing frantically for days and I thought I was pretty happy with my work. I started wrapping them last night and there are two gifts I'm thinking of remaking because I think they look awful. DH says they're fine, but I can't bring myself to wrap those last two .. in fact I'm already planning something else that I'll have to whip out tonight!

Anonymous said...

wow! merry holidays!

hgldpgld [at] yahoo [dot] com (get it, i'm all higgledy piggledy)

Amanda L. Woade said...

What lovely patterns! Thanks for offering up these great finds!

awoade(at)gmail(dot)com

robin_titan said...

How lovely!!

That Anne M sure is missing out :)

KateS said...

Wow thanks for the chance, I love vintage patterns -please count me in !
Merry Christmas! Kate :)

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kaydee said...

How very generous of you...thank you for the opportunity!!

I love the patterns, especially the Maudella...very awesome!

Have a lovely holiday.

Karen
kyd11kyd(at)yahoo(dot)com

The Celebrated Author said...

LOVE the Maudella. So kind of you to offer to ship world-wide! (US here, sheepish grin.)

muchdeepmeaning @ gmail . com

Tyjana said...

I've been reading your blog forever and its just wonderful but ive been too shy too say anything! Anyway, my email is falling_star_13_290@hotmail.com. Thanks so much!!

RavenzTarot said...

Love the patterns, thanks for the chance to win something for myself for christmas!

ravenztarot@gmail.com

Shorty said...

I would love to win these patterns. I often daydream of making some old school dresses. Really, I do! Thank you for sharing with the great giveaway opportunity!

Zoe Wittering said...

Mmmmmm mulled wine - it is 5.11 pm here in france so must be 6 somewhere fairly close - and it is nearly Christmas...as for worrying about the handmade presents - you are so right although I did find that once posted I sort of ceased to worry so much and the purchase of some expensive (and highly inappropriate) shoes as as "me present" tempered any lasting anxiety (on the basis that I couldn't have afforded them if I hadn't made all the presents I packaged off to friends and family!). Hope you have a festive break and that you actually get there if you are going back to the UK. Feliz Navidad, Joyeux Noël and Merry Christmas, from a fellow English Zoë living abroad.......zoewittering@me.com

Caitlin said...

cute patterns! they are my size too!

The Mad Tatter said...

Great Scott! Those dresses are stunning! I'd like to throw my name in. May the sewing gods smile favorably upon you in 2010 and in the meantime, happy holidays!

Lisa
aka The Mad Tatter
khover2002(at)gmail(dot)com

Megan said...

Oh I love those patterns! Great blog.

Addy said...

auuuuu maudellaaaa maudellaaa...;pick meee pickkk meeee as ur new ownerrrrr


des-baby@hotmail.com

Nat said...

hi! Long time reader, first time responder. I have been really digging your blog. You have Re-Inspired me to get of my couch, put down the bon bon's and TiVo my stories just to get my Sew on. I love the patterns you are passing along for the holidays!

Lucia said...

Those two dresses are gorgeous! My mum saw them and said 'ooh, Maudella!' She remembers them the first time around. Happy Christmas!

Lucy (LMFR2@cam.ac.uk)

Tera said...

Have a Merry Christmas Ya'll...from Texas!!

Theresa said...

I love vintage patterns and they are my size, also. I hope you pick my name.

This is great! Thank you!

Theresa

tsobiech(at)excite(dot)com

Cathi said...

What a sweet thing for you to do! The patterns are lovely and would fit my DD1 I'm sure (not to mention be a great start to my vintage pattern collection)

Original Mischief said...

Great competition!

I have quite a number of Maudella patterns. Don't have that one tho. They're both my size too.

Merry Christmas!!

Kosmika said...

Hi! I love your blog :) The patterns are not exactly my size, but it will be a great chance to learn how to properly grade up a pattern! I do like their style ;)

I'm Laura, form Italy.
Happy Holidays!

(shipping is not so expensive... ehm i'll pay for it ;) )

MiaZagora said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Beginning sewist here. I love those dresses - it's so difficult to find ready-made dresses that are nearly as pretty as those vintage styles!

Love your blog!

Kitty said...

Ok, I totally misread your post on Sew retro and left a comment on the other site...
Anyway: you are so kind to offer this giveaway, thank you very much!!
I would love to get the patterns, especially for the Butterick one (it's adorable :)

Happy holidays!

kittyroseyATgmailDOTcom

jennifer said...

These patterns are amazing! Your blog inspires me so! Please enter me into your giveaway - adencooper@me.com

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