Sew Grateful Week Giveaway Winners!

Hi, everyone!  Hope you’ve been enjoying Sew Grateful Week as much as I have!  It’s been so fun finding new blogs and reading about your experiences with the sewing community!

I counted how many people wanted the fabric and how many wanted the yarn, and used to generate the winning numbers.  Without further ado, the winner of the Christian Dior rayon is:


And the winner of the Koigu yarn is:


I’ll be emailing the winners for their addresses, so be on the lookout for that!  I really wish I could give something to everyone who entered!  As a consolation prize, I’m following your blogs and really excited to see what you guys make in the future!

What are you working on these days?  I’m knitting away on the Honey cardigan— I’ve been meaning to do some sewing, but I can’t tear myself away from this sweater!  I desperately need to make the muslin for my Pastille dress, but I can’t bring myself to start it!  How about you?

Ginger Freebie: Sew Grateful Week Giveaway!

Hi, guys!  Happy Sew Grateful Week!  I’m so happy that Debi dreamed up this little holiday as a chance to express our gratitude to the online sewing community.  I’m blown away by the generosity, encouragement, and creativity you guys pour out constantly!  I’m feeling especially lucky this week, which says a lot, since I always feel lucky to be a part of this group.  First, I received a package in the mail this week– the vintage knitting booklet that I won in Kerry’s giveaway at Kestrel Finds and Makes!

I just wish I had a wig as beautiful as the lady on the left!

The booklet is filled with amazing Aran designs– I particularly love the cardigan on the left in the photo above.  Gorgeous!

Then, I was so pleased to wake up Saturday morning and find that I’d won Nettie’s giveaway on Sown Brooklyn for a Pattern Runway pattern!  I’ve been in love with this since the pattern was announced right before Christmas, but trying to be strong and stick to my budget:


It’s the One Shouldered Bow Party Dress— isn’t it perfect?  I’m really excited to make it in a sophisticated grey or a midnight blue… perfect for cocktail parties or winter weddings!  A million thanks to Kerry and Nettie!!  If you’re not familiar with their blogs, you should check them out!  They’re both unique and creative makers with entertaining voices and killer style!

So, I’d like to pass along the love and host a little giveaway here on the blog!  I picked out a few lovelies that I hope you guys will enjoy!  First up, this fabric:

This is 2.5 yards of rayon in a vibrant coral hue– it’s from Paron Fabrics in NYC and it’s a remnant from Christian Dior, if that piques anybody’s interest (60″ selvedge).  It’s absolutely gorgeous, in my opinion, and I’m hoping that someone out there makes something really special with it!

I didn’t want to leave out my knitting friends, so I’m also giving away this yarn:

This is two skeins of Koigu Painter’s Palette Premium Merino, a soft and strong fingering-weight yarn.  I’m sure this will knit up beautifully!

Feel free to enter for a chance to win the yarn and/or the fabric by leaving a comment here.  International shipping is fine, and you can enter until Friday, February 10th at 11:59PM EST.  Yay!

Happy Sew Grateful Week, everybody!  I really do want you to know how much I appreciate each and every one of you– I’m so glad to be part of your lives, even if it’s just in a small way and not in real life.  🙂

Vintage Giveaway Winners!

Yay, winners!  Man Friend picked names out of a hat (OK, I lied, a tumbler), so if you didn’t win, you can hate him forever!

Without further ado, the winners!

The Pink Donkey Extravaganza: Reana Louise!

The Yellow Scarf: Minnado!

The Plaid Scarf: Kirsty!

The Red Scarf (alas, if only I had multiples so everyone could have one!): Kerry!

The Red Wool Dress: Gail!

Thanks for playing, friends!  I’ll contact all the winners for shipping information.  🙂

Vintage Giveaway!

Hi again, friends!  I’ve been cleaning, organizing, and trashing today like nobody’s business, and I spent yesterday afternoon going through my closet.  It feels GREAT to go through all my stuff and pare it down to essentials (or at least essential-to-me’s!).  I’ve got a big heap ‘o’ clothes all bagged up for Goodwill, stacks of books to list on BookMooch, toiletries to donate to homeless shelters, and games for senior citizens’ centers.  Whew!  But one thing that I’ve noticed is that I’m very reticent to Goodwill vintage clothing that just doesn’t work for me.  Do you guys have this problem?  I don’t do a whole lot of shopping, but when I do, it’s often on eBay or Etsy and sometimes the items just don’t flatter you, but you can’t tell until it’s already arrived.  So I was thinking that I finally need to part with a few of these things, but I want to make sure they go to someone who will value them, and who better than you fancy friends?!  So, if anyone wants them, I have a couple of things up for grabs:

First off, I have three 60’s era silk scarves.  I bought them from an online estate auction a while ago, and dude, I just don’t accessorize!  I don’t know how and I just don’t do it, but I’m sure that someone out there can use or repurpose them creatively!  Interestingly, these belonged to a fairly low-profile French actress– I can’t remember her name, but she was in one of Elvis’s lesser-known movies– and when she died in New Orleans, her fabulous wardrobe went up for sale.

Red scarf with purple flowers

This is rectangular (it’s folded in half in the photo) and is 11″ x 34″ with print only on one side.

Black, tan, and red plaid scarf

This guy is 20″ x 20″ and the plaid is printed on both sides.

This one is 26″ x 26″, and the print is on both sides.  It’s kind of chiffon-y, and there’s a slight snag/hole that you can see towards the right.

Red wool-blend shirt dress

This dress is super cute, but doesn’t quite fit me right.  It’s a wool blend, mostly red, with flecks of metallic gold running through the fabric.  There’s a snap front and stretchy smocking on the front, and ties at the waist.

Up close and personal

The measurements are:

bust: 34″ (there’s quite a bit of stretch here, though, from the smocking)

waist: 29.5″

hips: 37″

length: 36″

Salmon pink! Donkeys! Cross stitch!

This is a handmade (!) dress in a medium-weight cotton with a linen-y feel to it.  It’s embellished with cross stitch and embroidery.  The color is so deep and pretty!

I can’t imagine taking the time to add so much embellishment to a handmade dress!  Do any of you guys do that?  Andrea did a great job with her Skirt of Many Stitches this summer– check it out if you haven’t seen it yet!

Sleeve detail

Measurements for the Pink Donkey Extravaganza:

bust: up to 42″ (but can definitely accommodate much smaller measurements– the drawstring around the empire waistline can tighten to gather up the bodice)

hip: up to 44″

length: 36″

Not sure if anybody would like any of these goofy things, but if you would, leave a comment telling me what you like!  If more than one person wants something, I’ll draw a winner at random.  Let’s cut this off by Monday at 6PM EST so I can get these packed up and out of my apartment!  Oh, and international shipping is fine!

Oh, one last thing– does anybody use Singer class 66 bobbins?  I have a 4-pack that I purchased when I first started sewing and didn’t realize that they weren’t the proper size for my machine.  Let me know if you could use those, too!  I guess I would prefer to ship those only to the U.S. since any further than that, the postage probably costs way more than the bobbins do!

Ginger Freebie! Colette Patterns Giveaway

If you’re anything like me, you might find your love for Colette Patterns reaching epic levels these days.  First they unveiled their fancy new blog makeover, then they announced the upcoming Colette Sewing Handbook, and then yesterday they revealed their Fall Palette Challenge 2011!  So imagine the peaks of joy I reached today when Sarai revealed the Fall 2011 collection!  Oh, boy, is it fancy and fun!

Have you SEEN these???  In a word: adorbs.

Jasmine and Clover (photo courtesy of Colette)

Tell me how I’m supposed to say no to this!  How cute is the tie blouse?  I’m not sure if I’m bold enough to wear the cigarette pants as they’re a bit more figure-hugging (or “snuggy”, as my mom would say) than what I usually wear, but dang if I’m not tempted to give ’em a try!


Peony, the new love of my life (photo courtesy of Colette)

I LOVE this dress.  The color is perfect, the style is so sweet, classic, and flattering, AND, it’s named after my favorite flower!  I need this in my life!

Sadly for me, I have a MASSIVE sewing queue going right now (did I mention that I am now making a bridesmaid dress for my sister AND a dress for my mom to wear to the wedding in addition to my own??), so I have to hold off for a bit before making or buying these.  BUT, I’m so excited about these patterns that I want to share a little love with YOU GUYS, so I’m offering the first ever Ginger Freebie!  Leave a comment below if you’re interested in winning one of the new fall patterns, and I will select a winner at random (with some sort of fancy robot computer generator gizmo).  Just let me know which pattern you’d like in your comment, and if you like, include a little bit about what you’re thinking as far as fabric, color, etc!

The catch: there is no catch!  You don’t have to follow the blog, subscribe, or wow me with your javelin-throwing skills.  You can pick any of the three new patterns, and I’ll pre-order it for you (international shipping is fine).  Let’s cut this off, oh, let’s say a week from today, Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at 11:59PM EST, and I’ll draw a winner as soon after that as I possibly can!  Eek!!  I’m so excited!