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Pattern giveaway!

7 Aug

It’s giveaway time! I promised all you lovely folk a pattern giveaway once my blog hit 1500 views. That happened a couple of days ago (along with 1600 views, you guys are too good to me!), so I owe you some patterns!

In anticipation, I went rummaging in one of my favourite charity shops for sewing patterns, to see if I could find a couple of nice vintage patterns for you. As an aside, the first time I went into this charity shop looking for sewing patterns, I had to ask if they had any, at which point they brought me out a box of about 60 odd. When I went back in a couple of weeks later, this is what I saw when I walked in the door:

Charity shop sewing pattern

They have certainly cottoned on to the current sewing buzz!

When I went back in last week, they’ve now added a bowl of buttons to their sewing patterns and box of fabric! Good work!

Anyway, I digress…

The first pattern I picked up is Vogue Americana Oscar de la Renta 1043 evening dress pattern from around 1974 in size 12 (bust 34) . I actually saw this one when I was looking for patterns for myself in there on my first visit, and thought it was absolutely gorgeous, but didn’t really think I could pull it off, or have an occasion to wear it for. But I’m hoping I can’ find it a good home with one of you.

vogue oscar de la renta 1043

How beautiful is that?!

vogue oscar de la renta 1043 back

The second pattern is Vogue 7080 misses dress pattern (circa 1970s, can’t really find anything more specific), again size 12, complete with a couple of hand written notes on the pattern envelope.

vogue 7080 vogue 7080 back

EDIT: Because I realised that both the patterns above are the same size, I thought I’d throw another one into the mix, for those of you who don’t happen to be that size. So, here is Butterick Classics Fast & Easy 3083 (1985) skirt pattern, in sizes 12-16 (waist 26.5-30 inches):

Butterick 3083

Butterick 3083

If you want to get your hands on one of these patterns, all you need to do is follow the steps below.

1. Follow this blog, via any method you wish – email, wordpress, bloglovin’, another reader of your choice

2. Leave a comment below letting me know which pattern you’d like (feel free to say all 3 and I’ll enter you for all of them) and which method you follow the blog by.


The giveaway will close next Wednesday, 14th August at midnight UK time (that’s midnight at the end of Wednesday, not the beginning of!)

Good luck, and thanks for visiting!

P.s. the giveaway is open worldwide!


Pattern giveaway coming soon!

18 Jul

Yesterday my blog got its 1000th hit! I am delighted! Thank you all for reading, and for all your lovely comments – they make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside :) when I started this blog, I never imagined that within a few weeks I’d have had so many views.

I had planned on doing a little pattern giveaway to thank you all once I reached 1000 hits, but thanks to all of you (and this is no bad thing!), it came round slightly quicker than I’d anticipated, and I’m not at all ready!

So, there will be a pattern giveaway very soon, maybe once I hit 1500 views. In the meantime, please do keep reading!

Now that the ‘get everything done in time for holiday’ panic is over, I’m starting to get excited about new projects. I spent a lot of time on holiday eyeing up people’s clothes thinking ‘ooh, I want to make something like that!’ Most of them were lovely summery clothes, which would be perfect to have right now…of course by the time I get round to making them, our heatwave will probably be over, and I’ll have to save them for our next summer, which will probably be in about 6 years’ time! But that’s not stopping me from making long lists of things to make!

I’ve had a busy week this week, with no sewing time, other than a couple of small projects as gifts. Next week, I think I’m going to go into full on sewing mode again, I just want to have more clothes to wear that I’ve made! Already, I want to have a home made dress for every special occasion – I’ve got a wedding to go to in a couple of weeks’ time and would love to make a new dress for it, but I just don’t think I’m going to have time unfortunately. What do you all have lined up for your next sewing projects?

Back to work for me now, I’m counting down the hours until I can escape into the sunshine! Have a great sunshine and sewing filled weekend everyone!

A simple knitted rose

13 Jun

A while ago, I was trying to find a good pattern for a knitted rose. Something simple, but that looked, well, rose-like. I came across this pattern, which seemed like it was easy enough to follow, and looked good too. I tried making a slightly smaller version of it first by making slightly shorter rows, but that meant that it didn’t roll up enough. So I tried making it as per the pattern, but it seemed to curl in on itself too much, and I couldn’t really see the lacy pattern. Mine just didn’t seem to open up as much as the photos on the original post.

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So I tried it again, but this time I did it all in stocking stitch, and omitted the lacy pattern. I figured that given the tendency of stocking stitch to curl slightly at the edges, it might work better. I’m really happy with how this one turned out, it rolls up really nicely and has a much more defined shape than the other one. I think I might turn this one into a hair clip, but I also think it would be good sewn onto a hat. The amended pattern I used is below if you’re interested in giving it a go!

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Row1 : k60
Row2 : p60
Row3: k60
Row4: p60
Row5: k60
Row6: p60
Row7: k60
Row8: p60
Row9: k60
Row10: p60
Row11: k2tog 30 times
Row12: p30
Row13: k2tog 15 times
Row14: p15
Row15: k2tog 7 times, p1
Row16: p8
Row17: k2tog 4 times
Row18: p4
Cast off leaving a long length to use use for sewing

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