Category Archives: Pattern Pyramid

Pattern Pyramid update – live in the UK!

The second of the Pattern Pyramids I released a few weeks back has arrived at it’s destination in the UK!

Sarah over at Not Found has got her patterns, chosen one, and is now hosting a giveaway for the other five patterns. Go and enter over here!

Pyramid two

Winner winner (chicken dinner)

(Does anyone know where that ‘winner winner chicken dinner’ saying/quote comes from? I’m curious….)

Anyway, it’s time to draw a few giveaway winners!

First up, the Pattern Pyramids.

Stepping on over to my little friend, the random number generator, who proceeds to draw the following name out of the hat for pyramid number one….

Pyramid one

Comment number 5 – Rachel!

And the winner of pyramid number two is….

Pyramid two

Comment number 4 – Sarah!

Congrats ladies. 🙂

(Miss out on these pyramids? If you’re quick there are still some going here, here, here, and here. There’s a pretty good chance of winning one of them as well!)

Next up, the giveaway for the star pincushion.


Once again, the trusty random number generator stepped up to say that the winner is….

Someone who didn’t leave an email address or a blog URL or anyway at all for me to get in touch with them. 😦 Very sorry, mystery person, but if I can’t get hold of you, I can’t let you know you’ve won! So, the random number generator comes out again, and this time draws….

Comment number 31 – Deborah!

Congrats ladies – I’ll be emailing you very soon, and I hope you all enjoy your crafty prizes! 🙂

Wellington Pattern Pyramids Go Live!

So, remember that Wellington bloggers meet up that happened last weekend? And the swap that was a part of it? Turns out we were all rather enthusiastic at culling our pattern collections, and far more restrained when it came to adding to them. Which meant there was a heck of a lot of patterns left after the swap. Rather than taking them all home again to languish a while longer in our pattern collections, we decided to “borrow” the idea that lovely Karen from Did You Make That had, and create some new Pattern Pyramids to go out and spread pattern love to sewing bloggers around the world.

Sorry, but this giveaway is now closed.  The winners were:

Pyramid number 1 – Rachel!

Pyramid number 2 – Sarah!

Since there were quite a few patterns, we’ve got a few pyramids to launch. And I’ve got two of them to giveaway, right here, right now. (Well, technically I’ll be giving them away next week since you all need a bit of time to put your entries in, don’t you?)

We’re using the same rules that Karen came up with – why mess with perfection, after all? 😉 Here they are:

  • Anyone, anywhere in the world, can enter by leaving a comment on this post by midnight NZDT (UTC/GMT +12 hours) on Friday 7th December (i.e. in time for me to draw a winner next Saturday) but you must have an active blog.
  • I will randomly select a 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 They will randomly select a winner, 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.

Now, since I’m hosting two pyramid giveaways here, I’ll be drawing two winners, but it just got all too complicated to tweak the rules for that. So consider the above rules applying to both giveaways.

If you win and you feel like prolonging the life of the pyramid, feel free to add a pattern (or two) to the collection before you send it on to the next winner. (Don’t feel you have to though – this one’s a purely optional step.)

Are you curious yet about which patterns are being given away? Lets get to show-and-tell time, shall we?

First up – Pyramid Number One

Pyramid one

Want a close up look at those patterns? Here you go:

New Look
New Look 6542 – a cute suit pattern in size A (8-18, bust sizes 31.5″ to 40″)

Butterick 3463
Butterick 3463 – a duster, top, dress and pants. (You could build a complete early-2000’s wardrobe with this one!). Size 14, 16, and 18 (bust sizes 36″, 38″ and 40″)

Simplicity 7912
Simplicity 7912 – cute shirt pattern from 1981, in size 10 (bust 83cm / 32.5″)

Style 2290
Style 2290 – a pretty and flowey 1979 dress in a size 10 (32.5″ bust)

Style 3059
Style 3059 – another cute jacket and skirt combo, this time in size 10 (32.5″ bust)

And I forgot to take a separate photo of this one and am too tired to go and do it, so you can just hop on over to the Vintage Patterns Wiki to grab a look at Simplicity 7360 – dress, cardigan and scarf set from 1976 in half-sizes 10.5 (bust 33″) and 12.5 (bust 35″).

So that’s the haul from Pattern Pyramid One.

On to Pattern Pyramid Two…..

Pyramid two

And here’s the close up details of this haul:

Style 1843
Style 1843 – a cute zip-front dress pattern in sizes 18 and 20 (bust sizes 40″ and 42″)

Simplicity 7219
Simplicity 7219 – a long skirt (either flared or straight), and four different top styles. Just look past the styling of the photos, and it’s actually quite a cute pattern! In sizes 14 – 20 (bust sizes 36″ – 42″)

Butterick 3740
Butterick 3740 – another outfit pattern, this time with casual shirt, top, shorts and pants. Size 8 (31.5″ bust)

And three others I forgot to take photos of, but here they are on the Vintage Patterns Wiki:

Butterick 4693 – a cute 1960’s dress in size 12 (bust 34″)

Simplicity 7433 – a halter dress and unlined jacket (which for some reason is styled as though it’s nightwear on the envelope?!?) in size 10 (32.5″ bust)

Vogue 8654 – a jacket pattern in size 10 (32.5″ bust)

So there we have it folks – two groups of six patterns, all waiting to fly to new homes!

Want to be in the draw for one of these pyramid sets? Just comment below before the deadline, and let me know which pattern set you’d prefer (and yes, you’re allowed to say you want either of them), and which pattern you’d choose to keep. I’m happy to send these anywhere in the world.

Also, some of the other lovely Wellington-based sewing bloggers have pyramid giveaways up on their blogs as well. So far, there are two up and running: at The Curious Kiwi, Nikki’s Stitches and at Making It Well. Go and check them out for more chances to win!

And the Pattern Pyramid winner is…..

…… number 13!

Lucky number 13 (hmmm, extra lucky since it’s Halloween month, perhaps? Do you happen to have a black cat, just to round it all out nicely? 😉 But back to the main post) is….

Debi! Who is eyeing up the Sewaholic Alma pattern. Congrats, Debi! 🙂 I’ll get the pattern pyramid on it’s way to you later this week.

So exciting to see the pyramid travelling around the world once again, this time from New Zealand all the way to Scotland. (If only I was still living in Dunedin, then it could go from the Edinburgh of the South to the one in the North.)

Thanks to everyone who entered – it was fun reading all your comments, and I wish I had enough pattern pyramids to send to all of you! I’m planning another giveaway sometime soon though, so watch this space.

(On a side note, it turns out that baby-induced sleep deprivation makes me ramble a bit.)

Pattern Pyramid!

Have you heard about the Pattern Pyramid started by Karen at Did You Make That? It’s a rather fabulous idea, where bundles of patterns travel the world, finding new homes one-by-one with people who will make them and love them. There are six pattern bundles travelling around at present, and I was lucky enough to win one of them!

There were four amazing patterns in the Pattern Pyramid parcel I received from Tiffany at Twilltape – I think three of them were in the original pyramid parcel, and the Sewaholic Alma pattern was added by Tiffany. Check out this awesomeness:

So now for the (very!) hard decision – which one do I keep?!? I already have a pattern very similar to the Vogue mock wrap dress. Both of the vintage shirt patterns are very cute – Simplicity 3661 has a tie neck option, but Economy Design 157 has a cute and fun collar. And I’ve been wanting to try a Sewaholic pattern for ages, so the Alma top holds a lot of appeal as well! Eek – talk about a hard choice! (If only I could keep all three, but no, that’s not how this game works. 😉 Since I need breastfeeding-friendly clothes, I’m going to pass on the Alma top, and go instead with Economy Design 157 – that collar is too cute to pass up!

Which means the Vogue mock wrap dress, the Sewaholic Alma top and the vintage Simplicity shirt pattern are all going to be sent on to the next Pattern Pyramid winner. Along with one or two other patterns I’m going to add into the mix, in order to spread the Pyramid love around a bit longer (and give the next recipient another option or two to choose from). I’m leaving it a surprise as to which other pattern(s) will be added though – guess you’ll just have to wait for the winner of this pile to blog about it to find out what they are. 😉

Oh yes, and there are some Pattern Pyramid woven labels that come in the parcel as well, so the lucky winner will get to keep one of those to attach to whatever they make from whichever pattern they choose.

Here are the rules of the giveaway, as set by Karen (aka She Who Started It All).

The Rules

  • Anyone, anywhere can enter the giveaway by posting a comment below by midnight GMT Sunday 14 October BUT you must have an active blog. (Reasons to become obvious.)
  • I will randomly select a winner.
  • I will post the selection of Pattern Pyramid patterns to the winner, along with a generous number of hand woven labels so you can sew one into anything made from one of these patterns.
  • The winner will pick one pattern to keep for themselves, then host their own giveaway. They will randomly select a winner, post the remaining patterns to that Person C. Person C will pick a pattern for themselves, host their own giveaway and post the remaining patterns to the winner, Person D. Person D will… (and so on).
  • If you’re a winner, Karen (who started the Pattern Pyramids) would love it if you could make a small contribution to The Brooke. This is a charity close to the heart of Catherine, who so generously provided the patterns that started off this whole pattern-sending-loveliness.

Want to be in to win? Just let me know in the comments below! (And please make sure I have a way to get in contact with you if you’re the lucky winner.) I’ll be closing off the competition at the end of Sunday (14 October) and posting who won on Monday 15 October.