Friday, May 18, 2012

Why hasn't anyone reviewed this pattern?

I have searched Patternreview and blogland and have come up with zip with regards to this Vogue pattern.



Which leaves me to think that
• It is such a dud that anyone who did make it is too embarrassed to make the result public or
• I am the only person on the planet who thinks it has potential beyond nanna going to a retro 80’s fancy dress party.

I bought this (yes paid actual money, although I am pretty sure it would have been on sale) when it was first released and it is now OOP (which isn’t a good sign) and have been wanting to make it for ages.

I have a couple of pieces of fabric in the stash that I think could work and I reckon if I make it shorter and wear it with anything other than office pumps I might be able to pull it off.

I am going for a Marni slash Dries Van Noten kind of look.

Sow’s ear – silk purse perhaps?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

For want of a drum roll......

.....the winners of my twin giveaway are Carla, who scored the kids pack and Sharon for the grown ups pack.

Congrats to you both, just send me an email with your mailing details and your pack of goodies will be on your doorstop in no time!

And Maeve, Tanit-Isis and Maddie, as a thank you for your comments and support I would like to send you all a 'lucky dip' Burda mag from my vintage stash, because I really hate for anyone to leave a party empty handed! Just email me your details and I will get dipping!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Double Barrel Giveaway is here!

Before I get to the free stuff, I really should have mentioned the kindness of friends as well as strangers that I talked about in my last post.

In the last week or so, we have had friends mow our lawns, weed the garden, feed pets, finish off some renovation work, do our grocery shopping, clean the house and I even have one lovely friend who has been around every day to hang out my washing!

I really am going to have to think of a very special way of thanking them all once we get through all of this.

But on to the super duper giveaway part of the post.

I have spent most of the week sorting and tidying the stash, and have come up with 2 little packages that might be of interest to some of you.


Giveaway #1 Vintage for kids





This pack consists of

• Burda magazine June 1977
• Simplicity pattern for newborns dated 1977
• About 2 metres of vintage hot pink cotton ric rac
• Remnant piece, about 60cm, of pink animal print vintage seersucker




As well as having these super cute girls dresses, the Burda mag also has some great summer dresses, a really cool swimsuit (that almost made me keep this one for myself) and some other lovely summer styles that look almost contemporary.




I bought the newborn pattern to make the twins christening dresses but they are way too big now, and the seersucker was going to be a couple of pairs of bloomers but I already have stacks of those.


Giveaway #2 Vintage for grown ups




This pack has

• Burda magazine January 1975
• Butterick dress pattern, undated size 12 bust 87cm
• About 2 metres of retro print polyester satin


This Burda mag has some wonderful trench coat styles and shirt dresses, as well as these great art smocks and tops for kids.




The Butterick pattern I have had in my stash forever, and I think could make up into an interesting maxi style dress, and the poly satin is a really nice quality (I think it originally retailed for about $12 a metre) and would make a perfect lining for that trench coat!


I am willing to post anywhere in the world, and all you have to do to be in the draw is leave a comment saying which giveaway you would like the most.
Deadline is midnight (AEST) on Sunday 13th May.


Go on, you know you NEED more patterns and fabric!


Note: I am pretty sure that the mags and patterns are complete. The Burda mags are in German but have the English supplement included with the pattern sheets and as far as I can tell the patterns look complete as well. I haven’t been through the patterns completely though so can’t guarantee that every piece is there. Just so you know!