One of my goals for this year is to pass on makes, patterns, fabrics etc that either just don't work for me for one reason or another or that I've finished with. Instead of hanging on to them, I'd like to see them have a new lease of life with a shiny new owner. So that's the theme of my giveaway, hopefully there will be something in here that floats your boat.
First is my McCall's 2401 dress, which I made when I was taking my dressmaking course.
It's a lovely, simple style, but as I bemoaned in this post, it just seems to slip through the net for me when it comes to actually wearing it. It's made from a quilting weight cotton which is a Liberty design, reissued for the V & A Quilting Exhibition in 2010. It's a McCall's size 14, measurements from the back of the pattern being: 36in bust, 28in waist and 38in hips. I took it in a tiny bit at the sides, but apart from that it's sewn up straight from the pattern. The fabric has been washed once prior to making, and the dress has never been worn. For this part of the giveaway, I'll also chuck in the rest of the fabric (roughly 57in wide x 19in high) and four covered buttons. The buttons were originally attached to the front of the dress but have since been snipped off.
Second up is Simplicity 6298 - a fab Go-Go boot-wearing dress pattern from 1965. Yeah baby! The pattern is a size 14, 34 inch bust.
Finally, I'd like to offer my copy of this awesome book to one of my readers: Sew Your Own by Jean-Paul Flintoff.
I bought it after reading about it on Zoe's blog. She subsequently managed to bag an interview with the author, which I highly recommend you check out. If you're interested in general thrift, being a better consumer and finding out what drives people to investigate making their own clothes (as well as indulging in other crafts), then this is the book for you. It's also fascinating to read about the experiences of a sewing 'dude'. As Zoe says, 'I'd be surprised if there was nothing you found in it which touched you.'
To enter, just leave a comment after this post stating which part of the giveaway you're interested in (you're more than welcome to enter all three parts). The giveaway is open worldwide and closes at midnight GMT on Wednesday 11th January. The winner will be chosen at random after this date and notified by e-mail.
Good luck everybody! x