One good turn deserves another – Giveaway!

You heard right, it’s giveaway time!

But before I get to the giveaway bit, I need to tell you a little bit about my friend Ki.

This lady in the middle* is a bit of a legend you see. Not only is she an all-round kick-ass kind of gal, she’s got a PhD in awesome (or at least this is what I assume). Ki and I are pals from my time in Swansea, but now she has an exciting job in England and I’m back in the Welsh capital, we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like to.

Except when we caught up earlier this week she brought me PRESENTS!

Not just any old present. LOOK AT ALL THOSE PATTERNS. As you can imagine, I got just a little bit excited. Her Mum’s a bit of a seamstress you see, and she’s been lovely enough to lend me some of her old patterns, which I’m going to trace and have a crack at making. Amazing present or what?

So, in lieu of Ki’s most excellent present, I propose a giveaway of my own. The whole trace it and pass it on ethos works quite well for old patterns – they’re highly sought after and go for a fair bob online. So I thought I’d take a leaf out of Ki’s book and offer one of my own collection to you guys.

This here is Vogue 7239, a ’60s style pattern with a coat and dress. Pretty schnazzy, right? I’ve yet to make this one up myself – I snapped it up at a vintage market here in Cardiff (actually, my friend Keiligh wrote about it here, there’s even a photo of my hands rifling through the vintage pattern goodies!) and haven’t had the chance to use it yet. It’s a size 14 with 36″ bust measurement, but I imagine it would be pretty easy to scale up or down.

What I’m going to do is trace the pattern, photocopy the instructions and send it along to one of you! All I ask the winner to do is pass it along in your own giveaway once you’re done with it – simples! Also, do blog about your creation! You’ll see mine at some point (I hope!) when I get a chance to whip one up, and it’d be great to collate the different versions we make.

All I need you to do is to comment with what you’d do with the pattern – what fabric would you use? What colour? Where would you wear it? You know me, I’m nosy! I’ll choose the winner at random two weeks today on March 28. This giveaway is open to everyone!

Oh, and do check out Ki’s blog, it’s lovely. Also, if you’re on the Twitter-machine, get following, because she’s a legend! Any ideas on how I can repay her?

*FYI, the one on the right with the blue hair? Equally legendary.

11 thoughts on “One good turn deserves another – Giveaway!

  1. VickiKateMakes says:

    I’d make the dress in a jewel tone cotton sateen I think with some contrast piping and wear it for work as it would work well for the office. Or maybe a dark pewter grey with jewel toned piping at the neck – an amethyst purple or topaz blue maybe?
    Big YAY for Kai! What an awesome friend!

  2. Adri H (@adriprints) says:

    I’d make the coat, that’s what I’d do! Probably, I’d adjust the neckline, but it’s lovely! I just recently purchased enough wool in a dark mustard for a coat or a jacket. AND, I’ve had a very similar Vogue pattern as a tiny thumbnail version in my digital library forever… but haven’t ever enlarged it to be usable. I’m a size 34.5″ bust so it’s just perfect! I’m happy to trace it and pass it along!

  3. seeks says:

    I think I’d like to do some color blocking in red and cream, I think. You ask me such a difficult question! But it’s probably best, since it actually makes me think in terms of what I actually will do with the pattern. I love those buttons, though. I’d wear it to work or anything else, of course!

  4. PendleStitches says:

    Oh my word, I have the perfect green linen with which to make a summer dress! Navy blue ballet pumps and navy short sleeved and I’d be good to go for lunch with the girls. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Gina_D says:

    What a great little dress and coat combo! I’m thinking a colorblocking approach with some wonderfully bright colors… three large horizontal bands. Enjoyed the post and the sharing nature that runs through it!

  6. Tina says:

    This is adorable! I just received a surprise gift of what can only be described as a buttload of vintage buttons and have this BEAUTIFUL coral and cream ones that would look fabulous on that jacket!

  7. Marike says:

    I would definitely make the coat out of denim, and use a stylish metallic for the dress. I have these marvelous stainless steel buttons (they have been lying around for years I’m afraid) which will take the ensemble to the next (maybe even modern?) level! Lovely pattern, and lovely idea to share it!

    Best wishes from the Netherlands,
    Marike

  8. 4fx says:

    You mean that the box full of patterns that I have from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s are worth money! And before I sell them I could scale them up to fit me now. I’m pretty sure that one of the patterns on show is one I used to make my wedding dress. I need to get sewing again!

  9. sertyan says:

    Thank you for the giveaway. My weather here does not call for a coat but I really do adore the details on the dress, it has such great detailing! I would make it in stone or cream colour, much like the model on the pattern cover.

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