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Sew Grateful Week Giveaway Winner

I’m kind of sad that Sew Grateful Week is over! It’s such a fun week! I really enjoyed everyone’s posts and thoughts on gratitude. But before I leave it behind, there’s one more thing to take care of… announcing the winner of my Coco giveaway!

Excluding duplicate comments or replies from me, there were 167 entries.  Our random winner was…

…#11, dressingtherole!

Hmmm, blue nubby sweater knit sounds awfully nice!  But there was one other entrant whose comment touched my heart and several other readers’, too:

I’m so sorry to read about Linda’s niece’s illness, but I’m really touched by her generosity and I hope that a new dress cheers her up a bit.  I hope that you guys can keep her in your thoughts and prayers.



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Sew Grateful Week 2014: Giveaway!

I love Sew Grateful Week! It’s an annual event organized by Debi of My Happy Sewing Place to give us a chance to give back to the lovely folks that make the sewing world the sweetest corner of the internet.  I’m ever so grateful for all the support, inspiration, and humor that you guys share so generously, so it’s nice to have an “official” time to show my thanks!

image from Tilly and the Buttons

This year my giveaway was a no-brainer… something brand-new, easy, and fun, Tilly‘s new Coco pattern!  I just made my first version and will definitely be making more!

I’m giving away a PDF version, so it can go to anyone anywhere! If you’d like a chance to win, just leave a comment below. I’m nosy, so I’d love to hear which version you’d like to make and what kind of fabric you’d use, if you feel like sharing!  I’ll close the giveaway Friday, February 28th at 11:59PM EST so the winner can get their copy on Saturday!  Yay!


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Patternmaking for Menswear Giveaway Winner!

Hi, guys!  I’m a little slow posting this, but I hope you’ll forgive me when I offer you this token by way of apology:

To be perfectly clear, this little fella is included in the book so you can photocopy him and sketch garment ideas to your heart’s content and DEFINITELY not so you can make paper dolls of your favorite boy toys and dress them in every outfit you’ve ever wanted to put them in!  So don’t even THINK about making paper dolls with little tushies!

I was so pumped up to see how many selfless seamstresses want to make garments for the men in their lives!  I was even more pumped up to see comments from male sewists (bro-ists, if you will) who are looking for more options for their own wardrobes.  Sew on, bros and kind ladies!  I wish I could give a copy of the book to everyone!

Alright, after duplicate comments and comments from folks who weren’t entering, I counted 76 entries, so without further ado, the winner is:


… saro!  Why, you clever minx– you’re sneaking a little selfish sewing into this party!  No judgment here– the pea coat sounds scrumptious!  Send me an email with your address and we’ll get this shipped out!

Alright, guys, don’t be sore losers– here’s a little consolation prize for you, from the pages of Patternmaking for Menswear:

Man candy that delicious just CAN’T be nutritious, can it?  Don’t say I never gave you anything!  ;)


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Giveaway Winner: Fashion A-Z

Hi, guys!  I know you’ve been ANXIOUSLY awaiting the announcement of the winner for my Fashion A-Z giveaway, so here goes!

The winner is…


…Angela of Bonne Chance!  If you haven’t seen her lovely blog before, hop on over!  She’s currently making bridesmaid dresses for her wedding using Christine Haynes’ Derby Dress pattern– cute, non?

Now, for all your perverts curious kitties out there who wanted to know more about the origin of jockstraps, read on!

The term may be derived either from the slang use of the word “jock”, meaning [dude appendage], or a shortening of the term “jockey strap”, a similar garment worn by bicycle jockeys (riders) in the US from the mid 1870s, initially while navigating the cobbled (and therefore bumpy) streets of Boston.

So there you have it!

Thanks again to Laurence King for letting me give away a book!  Hope you enjoy it, Angela!


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Giveaway & Review: Fashion A-Z


Hi, guys! Hope your weeks are off to a great start! I’ve been working away on projects the last couple of weeks, but don’t have anything ready to post. Instead, I have a giveaway for you!

Laurence King Publishing sent me this cute little book, Fashion A-Z: An Illustrated Dictionary, to review.

It’s a fun read!  It’s, as you would guess, illustrated, and has little definitions and short histories of different fashion terms.

I know that dictionaries are sort of out of vogue since you can google basically anything you need to know, but I enjoyed just flipping through this book and finding things out that I didn’t KNOW I wanted to know!

So if you wanna know what an Eton collar is or find out where jock straps got their name (obviously you wanna know this), it’s in the book!  Also, this seems like a good resource for sewing types whose first language isn’t English– it’s hard to imagine basic English dictionaries covering this these terms!

Want a copy?  Leave a comment below!  I’ll close the contest at noon EST on Saturday, June 15th, and I’ll ship worldwide.


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Second Blogiversary Giveaway Winner!

Guys!  I’m so excited that so many of you like the silk I’m giving away for my second blogiversary celebration!  I really wish I had enough to give some to each of you!

I really loved reading what you guys wanted to make with it– you all had such fun suggestions!  I got a little carried away and made a pie chart of the most popular pattern suggestions (well, every pattern mentioned by name more than once).  Here it is!

Mmmm… pie…

As you can see, the most popular pattern suggestion, by a large margin, is the Grainline Archer Button-Up Shirt!  There were 20 other patterns that were mentioned only once each, but that made for a pretty unwieldy and ugly pie chart, so I left ‘em off.  Here’s how the votes split up by company:

Seriously, though, is all this talk of pie NOT making you hungry???

Y’all are a bunch of indie-lovin’ hipsters!  Only six of the thirty-six patterns mentioned by name were Big 4 (and that includes one Kwik Sew and a vintage Butterick)!  It warms me old heart to see these indie designers getting so much love from you guys (not there’s anything wrong with Big 4– I just really like indie designers)!

OK, that’s enough number crunching!  Let’s choose our winner, shall we?  It’s…

Which, when I took out duplicates and people who commented but didn’t want to enter, was…

Natalie of hungryhippie!  Do you know her blog?  If not, hop on over there!  It’s always packed full of amazing photos and her hilarious commentary about her life as an American expat living in the UK!  I feel obligated to warn you, though– I’m ALWAYS hungry after reading her blog.  True story!  That girl can BAKE!  Anyway, Natalie, hope you enjoy the fabric!

Guys, thanks a million for reading, commenting, and generally being awesome!  You guys are totes the best!


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Second Blogiversary Giveaway!


Hey, guys!  Happy Wednesday!  May is one of my favorite months– the weather really starts to get nice here in the northeast, and there are so many things to celebrate!  Last week was my seventh wedding anniversary, next week is Man Friend’s 30th birthday, and we’re just a few days away from celebrating our first Peggy-versary (one year since we adopted our cheerful girl dog from Animal Haven)!  But amidst all the hubbub, I missed my second blogiversary on May 11th!  But don’t worry– I didn’t forget about you guys!

I picked out some amazing fabric for you guys on my trip to Mood over the weekend!  It’s two yards of a gorgeous silk charmeuse, with one matte and one shiny side.  My (grainy due to the crappy, dark weather) photo doesn’t really do it justice, but it’s a lovely gray with a hint of lavender in it.  Suzanne at Beau Baby made an awesome blouse with a different colorway of this print in chiffon (Mood often carries silk prints that are offered in both chiffon and charmeuse, which is fun)– check it out here!

To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment!  If you already know what you would make with it, let me know in the comments, too– I always love to snoop!  I’ll ship it anywhere.  Just enter by 11:59PM next Wednesday, May 29th, one week from today.  Hooray!

Thanks so much for reading my blog over the past two years!  It’s been so much fun getting to know you guys through your comments and blogs (and in person, whenever I get the chance!)!  Thanks to you, sewing is a fun, communal activity for me and not just solitary time spent hunching over my machine, cursing and seam ripping!


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Odds + Ends Vol. 2: Guest Post, Me-Made-May ’13, + Giveaway Winner!

Today on the blog we’re TCB-ing like Elvis!  OK, with 93% fewer karate chops, but still, taking care of business, nonetheless.

First up, I have a guest post where I talk about style and sewing (as well as which aging rockers are still hunks, in my book) over at Seamstress Erin today.  Read it, fools!  Just kidding– I know you’re all super smart.

Next item of business– Me-Made-May ’13 is rapidly approaching!  It’s time again to dig into your handmade closets with the savvy and possible old-timey computer of Cher Horowitz and actually wear the things you make!  I’m signing up this year, and am super excited!

 I, Sonja of Ginger Makes, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’13. I endeavour to wear one handmade garment each day for the duration of May 2013

Last year I participated, but I only signed up to wear me-made three days a week.  At the time, I had a very slim handmade wardrobe, and I basically wore the same four shirts over and over and over.  I was super bored with them by the end of the month!  But this year, I’m looking forward to wearing my handmade clothes with greater frequency.  One garment every day will be a serious challenge for me, but I’m looking forward to creating new outfits with pieces that I wear one way all the time or that spend a lot of time hanging out in the closet alone.  Want in on the fun?  Buzz over to Zo’s blog and sign up here!

Next up on the docket– the Drape Drape 3 giveaway winner!  According to Random.org, our winner is…

# 98… which is…

…Nicola Johnson!  Congrats, girl! I’ll pack this up and get it out soon.

What’s up with you guys?  Who’s participating in Me-Made-May ’13?  What else is going on?  Working on anything exciting?


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Drape Drape 3: Review + Giveaway!


Hi, guys!  I have a giveaway for you today– exciting, right?  Laurence King Publishing sent me a copy of their brand new book, Drape Drape 3.  I reviewed and gave away a copy of Drape Drape 2 late last year, and this book is the next in the series.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Drape Drape books, they’re stylish Japanese pattern books translated into English.  The designs aren’t draped, though– there patterns are included in the book.

The instructions are fairly minimal, so these are probably better suited to advanced beginner or intermediate sewists, but the diagrams are really interesting and informative.  Also, fit is pretty forgiving in these designs, and most of them only require two or three pattern pieces– score!

As with Drape Drape 2, the patterns are geared more towards knits, but there are some styles that are suitable for wovens, too.

I love the photographs in these books!  The modern, unusual styles are eye candy for a curious sewist like me!

If you’d like to be entered in the giveaway, let me know in a comment below!  I’ll ship it worldwide.  :)  Let’s close the giveaway a week from today, Wednesday, April 17th, at 11:59PM EST.

Which of these designs is your favorite?  Have you sewed from any of the Drape Drape books?


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I See Maddie’s Underpants + Sew Grateful Week Giveaway Winner!

Dudes.  I’m pretty sure you’ve already found her blog, but if not, get thee hence to Madalynne!  She’s released a brand-new, FREE, adorable pattern for undies that I’m dying to try out (arrgh, couldn’t find the right elastic in my stash to make them this weekend!)!

Are these not the cutest EVER?

Next item of news: I know you’re anxiously awaiting it, but the winner of my Sew Grateful Week giveaway is…

Amy of Almond Rock!

Hmmm, I’m loving the sound of a royal blue Anise!  Happy sewing, girl!

What are you guys up to this week?  Sewing outerwear?  Underwear?  Something in between?  C’mon, dish!


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