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Prizes prizes everywhere!

13 Dec

It’s all about the giving and receiving of prizes today.

I’m not sure if it’s the dubious desirability of the patterns in my Pattern Pyramid or my limited readership, but there wasn’t a huge clamouring for my giveaway. Still, they weren’t completely unloved which means I get to announce winners!

Pyramid 1 will be making its new home with prettynpnk of Pretty Grievances, who won by virtue of being the only person brave (or foolish) enough to want them! She didn’t tell me which pattern it was that appealed so I’m looking forward to seeing which one she keeps, and I just know that whatever she makes will be amazing.

And Pyramid 2 goes to macstabby of Crafternoon Nap, who is as taken by the awesome cover art on Simplicity 8902 as I am. I can’t wait to see it made up, maybe even in the same colour combo. I’m sure she’ll totally rock it. (Oh I hope it has all the pieces.)

But this giveaway caused me all sorts of grief. I only had 3 entries in total, and I really wish I could give something to them all. Especially as the only entrant who misses out is the glorious Roobedoo, who I adore. Oh the cruelty! Oh the irony! Why is this so cruel?

Why, because recently I was lucky beyond belief to win one of Roobedoo’s birthday giveaways, and last Thursday I was very excited to get home and find a bubble wrapped parcel all the way from Scotland. The Collette Sewing Handbook! Now all mine! I’ve already read most of it and am contemplating a Pastille for my next make. And not only did I get this fantastic book, but Roo kindly included a very-appropriately themed Hobbit postcard, which is perfect given the Hobbit craziness taking place in my city.

Look at my wonderful prize! I was so excited to get into it I didn't photograph the wonderful wrapping it came in.

Look at my wonderful prize! I was so excited to get into it I didn’t photograph the wonderful wrapping it came in.

So Roobedoo, know that I think you’re wonderful! And maybe you’ll get to win your flouncy hemmed smock when the next giveaway goes live.

And prettynpnk and macstabby, I’ll be in touch with you to get your address!

I have so many hand-written drafts to type up and share and so little time in front of the computer at the moment! I hope I get to finish some of them soon.

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Giveaway! The Wellington Pattern Pyramid

2 Dec

Last weekend I was lucky enough to meet up with a bunch of other Wellington bloggers for cupcakes, shopping, and a pattern and fabric swap.

The swap was fun, so fun, but after we had all scoured the table for the gems to become ours, there was a whole pile of patterns left. What to do?

Rather than take our unwanted offerings home to try again another day, we decided to share our day with those people who read our blogs. Inspired by Karen of Did you Make That, the Wellington Pattern Pyramid scheme was born.

We divided up the remaining patterns into piles and took a pile each. Then I took another pile because there were Still More Patterns.

So here are the two Pattern Pyramids I am giving away.

Pattern Pyramid One

Pattern Pyramid One

Butterick 4214, three culottes and three skirts. All have a "diaper opening" which sounds really unattractive but is the nifty sailor style flap front. Was so tempted to keep this one!

Butterick 4214, three culottes and three skirts. All have a “diaper opening” which sounds really unattractive but is the nifty sailor style flap front. Was so tempted to keep this one!

Butterick 5552, men's pullover jacket

Butterick 5552, men’s pullover jacket.

Style 4126, dress with dropped curved waist and neck variations

Style 4126, dress with dropped curved waist and neck variations.

Style 4825, zip front or shirt waist dress, 1986. The shoulder gathers strike me as being a bit 1940s-ish and the zip front is great! Adolescent sized though.

Style 4825, zip front or shirt waist dress, 1986. The shoulder gathers strike me as being a bit 1940s-ish and the zip front is great! Adolescent sized though.

Butterick 3754, waistcoat, peasant skirt, and pants, 2003. If you look past the styling this waistcoat is a great shape!

Butterick 3754, waistcoat, peasant skirt, and pants, 2003. If you look past the styling this waistcoat is a great shape!

Butterick 6906, top, jacket, wrap skirt and pants,

Butterick 6906, top, jacket, wrap skirt and pants.

Pattern Pyramid Two!

Pattern Pyramid Two!

Butterick 6294,dress and pinafore, gorgeous on the right person.

Butterick 6294,dress and pinafore, gorgeous on the right person.

Butterick 3124, boys' pullover hoodie, shirt, and shorts. This is a boys size large!

Butterick 3124, boys’ pullover hoodie, shirt, and shorts. This is a boys size large!

Style 2373, bias cut flared pull-over dress, 1978, would be lovely in a floaty fabric

Style 2373, bias cut flared pull-over dress, 1978, would be lovely in a floaty fabric.

Simplicity 9129, long straight skirt and party top variations, 1999, teen sizes. I bought this new in 1999 when I still fitted teen sizes and although I still love it, I am NOT this shape now.

Simplicity 9129, long straight skirt and party top variations, 1999, teen sizes. I bought this new in 1999 when I still fitted teen sizes and although I still love it, I am NOT this shape now.

Simplicity 8902, wrap top and wrap dress with kimono sleeves, and skirt. Love the cover art on this one, and now I want a blue skirt and a red polka dot top!

Simplicity 8902, wrap top and wrap dress with kimono sleeves, and skirt. Love the cover art on this one, and now I want a blue skirt and a red polka dot top!

Style 2124, pencil skirt and tunic top, 1991. Ok, the tunic top is a bit meh, but the pencil skrit is a great shape with a nice Gertie-would-approve taper at the hem and could it be? I think the waistband actually hits the waist!

Style 2124, pencil skirt and tunic top, 1991. Ok, the tunic top is a bit meh, but the pencil skrit is a great shape with a nice Gertie-would-approve taper at the hem and could it be? I think the waistband actually hits the waist!

I should warn you. There were seven sewing and pattern enthusiasts at this event and these are the patterns that we couldn’t re-home. Perhaps they are just hideous?

Actually, I suspect that is was because it was at the end of a long day and our acquisitive natures were worn out and we weren’t seeing clearly. How did I not see how the awesome scalloped hem and grown on sleeves on Simplicity 7129, or spot the zip-front dress on Style 1843, both being given away at Modern Vintage Cupcakes? And they’re both my size! Or the fabulous blazer on Simplicity 7113, also my size, on The Curious Kiwi? Or the full skirted shirt dress on Butterick 5733 on Making it Well and the great wide legged pants and jacket combo on Style 1425 over at Nikki’s Stiches? At least neither of these is my size. I betcha the others have something in ther pyramid that I’m going to mutter over as well.

And you know, let’s keep it honest here. Perhaps some of them really are just awful.

Luckily you get to win the whole pile and choose the one that YOU want!

So if you see a pattern in either set that you want, please enter! Given that my readership jumped by about 40% when the four bloggers I met for the first time last weekend started following me, and all seven of us agreed not to enter each other’s draws (because we had our opportunity so tough bikkies if we missed out) your chances are excellent!

Now for the rules, which are the same as Karen’s original giveaway.

  • Anyone, anywhere in the world, can enter by leaving a comment on this post bymidnight NZ time (GMT +13 hours)on Sunday 9th December but you must have an active blog for reasons that are about to become apparent.
  • I will randomly select one winner, Person A, and post them the collection of 6 patterns.
  • Person A will then pick one pattern to keep for themselves, then host their own give-away (you know, on the active blog that they have! Oh, it all comes together beautifully). They will randomly select a winner and post the remaining patterns to Person B.
  • Person B will pick a pattern for themselves and promptly host their own give-away and post the remaining patterns to the winner, Person C.
  • Person C will do the same and so on until there is a last pattern winner…you get the idea.

You can enter for either pyramid, or for both, just let me know in your comment which one(s) you are in for! And to make it interesting for me, let me know which pattern in your pyramid(s) of choice you think you would keep and what you would make from it.

And if none of these patterns float your boat, check out these blogs for their write-ups of the Wellington Sewing Bloggers’ Meet-up and their own Pattern Pyramid giveaways. You can enter at every one if you want!