(Update: this giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to the winners!
I can’t help it – I’m constantly on the look out for pretty vintage patterns. Even if they’re not my size or my style. Oops!
(Not this year, though – it’s the main one of my sewalutions to not buy any more!) (You will however note that that doesn’t say I’m not allowed to get any new vintage patterns. I’m just not allowed to buy them for myself. One must always leave a loophole for these sorts of things, don’tcha know.)
Before I stopped buying up vintage patterns though, I found these three beauties that, while not my style, I thought some of you might like. So, here’s a giveaway for you!
I’m giving away three vintage patterns, from the 1950′s and 1960′s. One each to three people, wherever you may live as long as the postal service can get mail from here to there, you can go in the draw.
However, I would like a little something in return. Nothing much, just an answer to a question. You see, while I started this blog for myself, to keep track of my sewing projects, it turns out some of you seem to like reading it. Which is very exciting, really! (Thank you all so much! Seriously, I get a little frission of excitement and joy every time I get a comment, you guys are all super awesome and deserve big virtual sewing hugs.) Since some of you lovely people take the time to read what I ramble on about, I’d like to make this blog work as well for you as I can, as well.
So here’s what I’d like to know. What would you like me to change about this little blog of mine, to make it better for you? Would you like me to write more of something? Less of something? Do you want more pictures? Less pictures? Different pictures? More posts? Less posts? Whatever you’d like to see me do differently, please let me know! (And also, if you want to go in the draw for one of these patterns, let me know which one you’d like to go in the draw for as well.)
(I am going to be slightly picky though – if you say ‘more giveaways’, well, I’m afraid that’s one answer that won’t count. Sorry ’bout that.)
Anyway, without further ado, here are the three patterns up for grabs:
Academy 4256, from the 1950s. A pretty dress with a full circle skirt, dart-fitted bodice, kimono sleeves (either short or long) and a boatneck collar. It’s in size 34″ bust, however a long-ago seamstress has graded it out to another size (my guess is a 36″ bust?) by widening the bodice front and back. It’ll be easy enough to put back to a 34″ bust though as they’ve just spread it and taped it down.
Academy patterns were a New Zealand based pattern company, that I’ve been unable to find out anything about. They seem to have been around from the 1940′s to the 1960′s, and then they vanished for some reason.
This pattern is complete (I checked). It’s an unprinted vintage pattern, and the instructions are rather sparse, which is kind of standard for vintage patterns.
It’s a printed pattern, and it’s even uncut. Extra special!
Oh, and it’s a size 36″ bust.
And the third pattern:
Simplicity 3780 from 1961. A proportioned pattern, with different pieces for short, medium or tall girls. Bust size 36.
It’s a one-piece dress pattern, slim dress with back zipper, waistline casing with elastic or drawstrings for shaping. It’s also an unprinted pattern, but the instructions are a lot more detailed than the Academy pattern’s ones. (I’m assuming everything is there – there’s a heck of a lot of tissue pieces inside that envelope!)
So there we have it – three patterns, all looking for new homes.
Want to be in to win? Just comment below and let me know two things:
- Which pattern you’d like
- What you’d like to see me improve on my blog (be honest – there will be things, I know!)
I’ll draw the three winners on Wednesday 30 January.