Wednesday, January 11, 2012

'New Year, New Projects' Giveaway

Its time for another giveaway, and this is my biggest yet! I want to say thankyou to all my fabulous readers for the support over the past year.

Every year we make resolutions (or evolutions), and i'd love to hear about yours.
Are you planning to sew more? Learn a new technique? Spend more time on the couch?

To win this giveaway, all you need to do is tell me what your plans are!

















Clockwise from the left:
Kooba Knits - late 1950's/early 60's sweaters (very Marilyn Monroe)
Anne Adams weskit in large size (late 1940s)
Butterick side button wiggle-skirt, size 30 (1950s)
Advance weskit and circle skirt, size 12 (1950s)
1930s style Shanghai-style printed notebook
Sun-Glo Knitting Book Series 77 (1940s). Want to see inside? Click here.
2 x Strutt's Milford cotton blouses (1950s)
Marriner 156 yoked blouse (1940's)
The Australian Women's Mirror, 1953
Patons Knitting book (1950s)
Villawood Knitting Book (1960s)

PLUS
A vintage handpainted rose celluloid brooch
Revlon's fabulous matte lipstick "Really Red". The most perfect, vintage coloured, matte lipstick around.

Sun-Glo Series 77 is one of my all-time favourite knitting books, the styles are pure fabulous forties. I was lucky enough to find another copy to giveaway on my blog!

Please leave your comments by noon, 19 January (Sydney, Australia time) and i'll select a winner at random.

Good luck!
xxx

67 comments:

Vintage Grrl said...

This year I plan to start exercising again, start on my vintage inspired wardrobe in earnest and to have knit a 3 item set before the end of winter. I'm hoping that with my son starting school this year, ill have a bit more time to make things happen.

Molly said...

AS I'm in college, a couple of resolutions will have to wait until the summer, when I will take up french seriously, and finally finish a quilt. I also need to learn how to self draft patterns.

Bonita Vear said...

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Wow, what an amazing giveaway - thanks for the chance to enter. My plans this year are a bit boring, but I want to get to bed on time so I have more energy during the day, and get my coaching certificate.

I am also hoping to sew a Regency dress later this year, and knit my first vintage pattern! I am slowly but surely creating a 'vintage' wardrobe and I aim to really get going with it this year. Winning this giveaway would totally help with that!! *nudge-nudge* : D

xox,
bonita of Depict This!
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AmeliA said...

Looking back on the months gone by,
As a new year starts and an old one ends,
We contemplate what brought us joy,
And we think of our loved ones and our friends.

Recalling all the happy times,
Remembering how they enriched our lives,
We reflect upon who really counts,
As the fresh and bright new year arrives.

And when I ponder those what does,
I immediately think of sewing.

Thanks for being one of the reasons I'll have a Happy New Year!


Greets AmeliA

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PepperReed said...

My big goal this year is to actively embrace my creativity! I'm always thinking I should do more _____, but find it so easy to make excuses like the perfectionistic Chicken-Butt that I am or let 'chores' or whatever that I think I MUST do get in the way of making time for play and creative endeavors.

Also, I want to be more active; I workout (weights/yoga), but cardio is BO-RING, so I'm trying find something that won't melt my brain. Hmmm... Power Treadle Sewing? ;^)

Roberta said...

I'm hoping to make some headway on using up my yarn stash, particularly in knitting some vintage sweaters from patterns I've been collecting over the past few years. I think it's time to expand my skill set beyond socks (although I have nothing against socks, wear 'em nearly every day!)

Julia said...

I'm trying to sew 52 garments this year with the goal of learning basic sewing construction techniques. I'm writing about it on my blog :-)
(itturnsmeon.becausetheworldisround.com)

Keri said...

I plan on sewing one garment per month from vintage patterns I have collected.

RockabillyKitten said...

They are the following in no particular order:

1. Wear more vintage in my every day endeavors. This is hard being a teacher because you get so dirty ALL the time and I need to be able to sit on the floor, tables, chairs, etc. But I will try!
2. Sew more. It makes me happy. I need more happy in 2012! My goal- at least twice a week.
3. Be healthier. I know, the normal resolution every woman makes. I would like to be smaller to fit into more vintage.
4.Start selling my crafts! I make a mean cake-pop. Many people tell me I should sell them. I would like to start sewing swing skirts etc. for people.

I hope to reach these goals. Stupid work gets in the way. Well, not so much my job but all the STUFF that comes with it after hours.

BobbieQ said...

2012 is the year that I will rediscover my creativity. After graduating from a college that made me the average cookie-cutter type thinker, I thought my creativity was completely squashed. However, my husband got me a sewing machine for Christmas, and now I can't shut it off! I get giddy with excitement about all of the possibilities ~ and one thing is for certain: once I perfect my sewing skills, my wardrobe will be anything BUT cookie cutter! =)

New Lace Sleeves said...

Oh what a great giveaway! My plans this year are to sew my own clothes and learn to resize and fit vintage patterns. Would love to maybe knit up a few pieces this year too. Thank you for the chance to win this great giveaway!

seeks said...

Eat well more consistently. Enjoy my husband more often. Sew more. And actually practice my violin. ;) thanks for such a generous opportunity to win an impressive bag of goodies! :)

Sue said...

Wow, what an amazing giveaway! So many lovely things. :)
One of my new year's resolutions has been to focus my sewing more, give myself goals, and work to make sewing a more prominent part of my life...instead of mainly daydreaming about it all the time.
Thanks for the giveaway - whoever wins is very lucky!

Laura said...

I'm swooning over the vintage knitting patterns! I'm obsessed with knitting vintage.

Lenora Jane said...

I want to sew and knit more systematically instead of just making pretty dresses for parties. I want to save money for when I return to school in the fall. I want to make at least one trip each to see my sister in Chicago and my best friend in New York. I want to be able to fit all my stuff in my room without having any stacks of boxes on the floor like I do now.

sewducky said...

Mine's just to sew since I had the baby and it's been nearly a year.

Mia said...

Organise my sewing room and make it a more serene place to be to get the creativity going again.
Make more vintage 'basics' to use all year and learn how to layer properly.
Start growing my own veggies.

Tina said...

Holy Hannah! What an amazing giveaway!

My New Year's Intentions ("Resolutions" just sounds like I'm gonna fail from the get go) are as follows:
1. No new clothes unless I sew them or thrift them. As part of this intention, I want to learn 5 new sewing techniques.
2. Be healthier; get outside for at least 30 minutes a day every day.
3. Write more, every day preferably (includes blogging) with the intention of getting published for a second time.

Here's hoping!

Tina
http://retrorabbithole.blogspot.com

Kate said...

I'm planning on focusing my crafting more this year. I want to take more time to create things I actually need. I tend to rush through projects (especially sewing projects), but I'm going to try and slow down to improve my skills. I also want to concentrate on making items to fill any gaps in my wardrobe (which involves knitting several more sweaters!).

shelmertime said...

Since I'm a newbie in this whole sewing business I would like to learn more! Then the usual: exercise more :)And just have great year, full of ideas and making these ideas come true.

Alexus1325 said...

What a fantastic give-away! I LOVE that Anne Adams pattern *drool* My big goal for this year is to finish a bunch of UFOs sitting in storage. If I can finish them by my birthday (in March), I'll feel extra super special!

Oh, and I have that Marriner pattern, except that mine is much more dog-eared and sad looking :P I'm still a beginner knitter, but I'm working on my skill set so I can eventually make that particular sweater :D

the Knottie Knitta said...

oh lovely :) i have several resolutions...

Craft-wise, I want to do embroidery.

I also am re-organize my entire craft area

and i am working on getting in shape (terribly original resolution, i know :)

Kelsey said...

Wow, this is a fantastic giveaway!

This year, I'm hoping to really hone my sewing skills by learning tailoring and couture techniques. I want to focus on making really quality pieces that look nice, even on the inside. I feel like I have a tendency to get 'good enough' at things and never move on to get truly 'good.' This craft-related resolution transfers to my mentality as a whole as I'm going through the grad-school application process and looking for jobs. I'm used to things coming to me simply by virtue of being a good student, but at age 21 I need to embrace the fact that I really need to put in effort to be the best person I can be.

Thank you!

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Ewa said...

Wow what a great giveaway, so many lovely patterns! For me, 2012 will be a year of more separates! I make way too many dresses and way too few tops and skirts, so that's plan no.1. Also I really want to get better at making my garments pretty both inside and outside, since right now the inside usually look like someone went bananas in there...

Sara E.K said...

This year, I'll promised my self to not buy clothes, just to make my own wardrobe! This will be both exiting and will teach me a lot about sewing. Hopefully, I'll also be learning a lot of new things :)

Mrs Juzzie Green said...

Wacko! That's a big giveaway.

This year I want to start blogging again, learn how to do a full bust increase and get to craft nights!

Little Miss B said...

Wow, what am amazing giveaway! I'm a milliner and love hats but never make myself any so this year I plan to make myself a hat a month.

Tracy - The Material Girl said...

I have probably set myself up to fail as I have set way too many resolutions!
1- Blog - Do it more often!
GOAL - at least 1 post per week

2. Organise
GOAL - pattern and fabric "database"


3. Showing my appreciation of all the great sewers out there
GOAL - comments everyday on those blogs I love


4. Classes

GOAL - I am already booked onto two classes at Morley College (London) again this year - Creative Pattern Cutting, and The Perfect Trouser. The goal is to actually create at least one garment using what I learn from them.


5. Community - take part and even meet some people
GOAL - at least 2 Sew Weekly challenges, at least 2 Sew Retro posts


6. (Finally) Sewing
GOAL

Something I actually wear from Pattern Magic books
A pair of trousers
A coat
At least one thing from each Japanese pattern book I own
Birthday presents for both nieces and nephew

Mrs. Darling said...

I love vintage clothes, so this year I plan to learn how to sew! This giveaway is terrific....and it would be a wonderful inspiration for me.

Little Miss Twitchy said...

My resolution this year is definitely sewing related - I plan to make at least 12 garments that would become my "core" wardrobe - so coat, trousers, skirts, tops etc. I've been in a bit of a sewing related rut recently, so I'm hoping this will get me a bit more proactive! Thanks for the giveaway!x

Ginny said...

My resolution this year is pretty much a carry-on from the one I made half way through last year- to sew more that is actually wearable. I've done too many of those garments where you think "Hmm, that'll be interesting to make" but then ultimately fits with nothing in your wardrobe. So I'll be focusing on more seperates that will compliment each other and can be worn easily day-to-day without feeling like I'm dressed up to the nines(a very out of place feeling in my small country town)!

Brahdelt said...

This year my main resolution is to tell about and show on my blog only the things I finished. No more "I'm going to...", "I'm going to...", "I'm going to..." that never went out of the bragging about phase! I already finished sewing one pencil skirt this year and I'm going to show it during the weekend, when I have some photos. I didn't say a word about it yet. *^v^*

the perfect drug said...

great giveaway darling! this year I really want to learn how to sewing :)
enter me please`xxx

Carlijn Bakker said...

Be more pro-active and learn more techniques. Also I would like to try not to get seduced by all the pretty but expensive Japanese fabrics. And last but not least, wear what I want and don't care what my Amish like bible belt village think!

Staklovina said...

This is my last college year, so finishing college is my primar resolution :) After that goes cooking and everything related to that-try a new recipe at least once a week and to keep on with my cooking workshops-partys-the next one will be a tea party on 12.2. and it will have an all you can eat cup cake buffet :) And finally the must do for every vintage gal-sewing-sew a new piece every month and fix an old one. My project for this month are western style culottes. And if I find the time get a new tattoo :)

Francesca said...

This year I plan to go to Paris.

LesLollar said...

Wow! Fantastic giveaway! This year I haven't made any resolutions except enjoying life where I live.

Mea said...

In 2012 I will work on my sewing to develop my skills.
Also, i've decided to learn how to knit since i never learned it as a child. How that goes, only god can know! Hehe.. ;)

Serina said...

To be mindful of giving gratitude where it's due. And to not let my knitting lie around unloved for stretches of time like I did last year :)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Brandy said...

I have a ton of new years resolutions (or more like evolutions as you said :)
The whole idea is to be healthier/happier and to have a healthier/happier family. I wrote a blog about all the details that includes here http://aseriesofvintagesewingattempts.blogspot.com/2012/01/happy-new-year-quick-post-from-phone_03.html

Heather Lou said...

I'm DONE with buying new clothing. I can't help shuddering whenever I step into a mall these days....

It's going to be a busy year for me.I already have about 5 projects lined up (including a gold vintage number for my upcoming birthday) and have been using Pinterest to gather new inspiration. What I love about sewing is no longer feeling deprived when I see an article of clothing I covet - now I can just sew that shit up. It's insanely liberating.

A few concrete goals:
- sew a tailored jacket
- splurge on some silk and make a delicate blouse
- amp up my knitting skills and aim for a sweater
- use my vintage "how to fit for pants" pattern to make um, pants

So excited for 2010, Mayans be damned.

Chastity said...

This year I want to worry less and have more fun. I want to make all of the vintage patterns I have from fabric in my stash and I also want to learn how to knit. Oh and I'm kinda hoping the world doesn't end because there is defiantly too much sewing to be done before that is allowed to happen.

khristie B said...

This year I will plan less and sew more.

Being a busy mummy I will also take time for myself by myself, catch some bands, life drawing, yoga.

Sarah said...

My resolution is to 'sew for the life I live, not for the 100+ imaginary balls my pattern stash seems to indicate I will soon be going to'. I've decided to focus more on separates, especially tops and skirts as I mainly have dresses and don't feel confident in sewing trousers yet. :)

MaksiTaksi said...

O dear! I love that Anna pattern.

I'm love you blog Its fun to read and I adore retro.

Lovely greetings form the Netherlands.
Maksi from MaksiTaksit.blogspot.com

Jen (pieKnits) said...

Fantastic giveaway! Well quitting smoking is one, and in general do better at being an adult, ha. As for knitting, to knit one of the vintage patterns I got from you!

Miranda Burnett said...

What a fabulous giveaway! This year, my goal is to really make a dent in my knitting stash (I haven't had to purchase any new in about 2 years!!!), and to really refine my sewing skills (from putting in zippers better to adjusting a pattern and creating my own). My wardrobe is slowing become all homemade, with a few vintage pattern pieces in there as my old, store-bought clothes wear out. Haven't been new clothes shopping in years, so another goal for this year is to continue staying out of the stores (except the fabric store!!!)

quinn said...

Wow, what a giveaway!

My only "resolution" this year is to make a blouse that fits comfortably and makes me feel great.

(Of course I secretly hope that doing this ONE thing will then lead me into an entire year of sewing one wonderful sewing project after another! But I'm only making the one resolution, because I don't want to scare away the sewing mojo.)

thaliap said...

This year I want to get my sewing room organized, sew with what I have on hand (which is too much) and finish some of my unfinished projects.

learningnewtricks said...

I plan on learning pattern fitting, so my bodice garments will fit better. I am fine with making skirts to my measurements, but making the bodice is creating a lot of headaches and anxiety for me. I also love knit sweaters, and made a cute Vogue hoodie. Now I am interested in making more sweaters.

Loralee said...

my resolution for this year is to sew my wedding dress as well as a bunch of outfits for our honeymoon...all this (hopefully) while attending school and working..phew!

Val said...

This year I resolved to finish what I start. I have so many things that I pick up and dive right into just to distracted by the next shiny thing to come along, then my poor project is cast aside and I dive, once again, into a new project.
My house is littered with projects and my brain is cluttered with nagging.

Beata said...

Sewing resolution is quite simple - at least one garment a month! Otherwise, I have resolved to learn when I have had enought to eat, and not overeat! :)

javede said...

I do not make resolutions, but I plan on sewing atleast a few garments despite writing my thesis. I hope I will be able to!

Blackberry said...

Hello ladies, I'm happy to share my intentions to lose twenty pounds again this year..

Farmer's Wife77 said...

Resolutions... sew more? Learn new techniques? Yes! Spend more time on the couch? NO! More like spend LESS time sitting and get moving more.

Unknown said...

Go to my buddhist temple more, judge less, sewe sew sew, oget a mortgage, smile...

Vicki said...

My resolution is to SEW MORE! instead of just having the ideas, putting the drawings together looking at the fabric and then doing my knitting instead. My wardrobe needs a boost!

aRexa said...

Last year was excruciatingly underwhelming, so my goal is to make this year monumentally more exciting. First and foremost, getting a job (no easy feat). Secondly, sewing more, of course! And last but not least, moving to the Bay area!

The Mad Tatter said...

One of my resolutions is to recreate Irene Adler's dress from the first Sherlock Holmes movie, but to make it period-correct from the inside out. (Got the patterns for Christmas!) My second resolution is to let go of my fear of making mistakes; it's how we learn, right? Lastly, I resolve to finish more of what I start. I have far too many UFOs floating around and it's high time I finish them!

Kat said...

Wow - that's an insane giveaway!

I have all the usual boring plans: drink more water, eat more veg, go to the gym more...

... and I have fun ones: I want to sew at least three dresses from vintage patterns, a coat, a couple of blouses and I'm going to make my own corset. Oh yeah.

sunshinesarah93 said...

My resolution is to learn/complete something new everyday. I want to start exploring places I've never been before and finding out what the world has to offer. As a student, learning something new everyday isn't too hard but the extra push has been inspiring!

These patterns will help me get steps closer to my dream of one day having a successful vintage clothing line, but for now they can be an interesting statement piece in my photo shoots! :)

Susy said...

Hi!
What a great blog!
And what a great giveaway! :)
My new-year´s resolution is to try and sew something. You see, I´m kinda new in all this vintage scene, and discovered not long ago all this universe of great stuff! I love love the 40s and 50s, but I don´t have any patterns. Oh, it would be a dream to win this wonderful giveaway! :) Keeping my fingers crossed........

Laura said...

Wow, what an amazing giveaway!
This year I am planning to be more purposeful in my sewing and knitting. I've spent some time planning, thinking about combinations and what I enjoy wearing. I've also planned to gradually expand my knitting experience by picking projects which will challenge my skills.

Unknown said...

My New Years plans involve learning more skills for projects I may never finish (like making doll house furniture and molding tiny foods), publish some of the bizarre things I've been writing since Middle School, finish my chainmaile top, learn scale maile, dust off my sewing machine, get a bigger place, and either use or find better storage for my yarn stash.