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Birthday Giveaway


Well, it’s been one whole year.

Thank you all for contributing so much – encouragement, compliments, a few laughs too. Lots of new friends, interesting things to read and watch and so much inspiration from you all. To mark your support and friendship in blogging tradition there shall be a GIVEAWAY to celebrate.

1. Party Skirt Kit

All cut out (waist 30″, hips 40″), marked and ready to sew. Alterations to a smaller size would be possible as it is a mock wrap with long waist ties. I reckon this would also fit a UK size 16 with smaller seam allowances. All you need to add to complete the project is the zip and thread.

The fabric is a woven wool with silver lurex threads and I’m sure a bit of poly for extra stength. The ties are silver poly satin. they attach to the wraps at the front and tie at the back.

There is a hidden zipper in the fold and this is also sewn up into an enclosed seam – hence the mock wrap.

 The pattern is from Centre of Pattern Design and is based on a Chanel design. Instructions are rather scant but if you’d like this and get it, I’ll try to write them out in a sensible and coherent way.

I bought the fabric online but I don’t suit the colouring, hence I’m handing it over to someone who will sew it and wear it with love. This is NOT a UFO, it’s a kit (thanks Ejvc).  Match this skirt with black, red purple – anything really, for a super Christmas/New Year party outfit.

2. Wool and silver fabric. If you don’t fancy the skirt kit, then how about making one to your own specifications? Fabric is 60″ wide and you have 2.5m to play with

 I’ll also throw in an odd shaped piece of the silver poly satin. There’s a good meter here but not square. Clever seamstresses will be able to knock up a celebratory draped sleeveless top in no time at all – use a COOL iron.

3. The patterns. It wouldn’t be a giveaway without the patterns!

Donna Karan top & skirt. I’ve made the top, so it’s cut to size 14. The skirt is uncut. Two-way stretch fabrics only
 Marcy Tilton trousers (pants) and skirt. Both patterns cut to 14. Easy make

Sandra Bettzini floaty top. Cut to 14. Can be made with stretch, silk or chiffon.

Koos coat, uncut. Size 14-20 – Good luck with this one!!!!
Hopefully there’s something here for all hemispheres, winter and summer. Of course you can always put them away until the season is right.

Just take a moment to comment indicating which you would like to have to add to your stash, 1, 2 or 3. You can select one or all – your choice. Today is the 16th November 2012 9.00pm – the giveaway will remain open until next Friday, 23rd November 2012 9.00pm. Will post anywhere and make sure I can contact you via email if you win. Open to anons too. Names in a hat technique will be used to draw the winners. – Good Luck!

And just to show the difference 12 months can make – here’s the very first pic I posted – Dreadful!


26 thoughts on “Birthday Giveaway

  1. Happy Birthday! I would love to be in the draw for #2. Thanks 🙂

  2. Happy Birthday!! Please enter me for #2. Wool and silver fabric. Thanks

  3. Happy Birthsday! I wish you all your dreams come true! Donna Karan top and skirt is wonderful to have! My email is mysummertouch at gmail dot com

  4. Happy Blog-Birthday! And thanks for sharing the year with us all. Looking forward to following you for many more years of sewing fun…J

  5. Happy Blog Birthday Ruth! I have enjoyed reading your sewing journey and look forward to the next year. What a great idea I would love to be in the £2 draw!!! My email is

  6. Happy Birthday, we share the day, Have had great pleasure from following your journey. Please enter me in draw for number

  7. Congratulations on reaching a year of blog writing, and a fine one it is too.I am not sure whether you are including faraway countries like Australia, but if you are I would like to be entered into draw 2. Thank you.My email is withfaith at hotmail dot com

  8. Happy Birthday. I don't want to be in the draw for myself thanks as I would be better in copper/antique gold but this would be great for my dear uk based friend who is small, slim and has cool colouring.

  9. Oh happiest of birthdays- this year you have made my mornings with your style and wit. I hope to see many more!

  10. Happy blogoversary. I would like to be in the draw for number 3 please

  11. 3, thanks for the chance

  12. Happy birthday to your blog Ruth ! Thank you for all your inspiring posts – and looking forward to many more. I would like to be entered for 1 or 2.My email is jmac at hotmail dot com.Thank you.Janice.

  13. I read your blog through google reader. My fave posts are about your foray into leather. Your sewing kit ( I adore that term) would be a perfect fit for my 30 waist, 40 hips, the #1. I really like the fabric and I think it would make a fun holiday top and jacket combo….I already have an idea for a Silhouettes zippered jacket pattern, keep up your blogging, and thanks for sharing your melanoma stories. I too have to keep covered and I sew a lot of long sleeve tops for outside duties at school that are dressy yet keep me covered.

  14. Sorry Ruth – that should be jmac1921 at hotmail dot comJanice

  15. Happy Blogoversary. Hope you have many more. I really enjoy your writing and I'm inspired by your projects.I wish I could ask to be in the draw for #1, but those measures are just a tad under mine… so #2 or #3 please! Thanks for the chance.

  16. Congrats on the blogiversary, Ruth! If you're including transatlantic readers, please enter me for #2. Thanks 🙂

  17. Hi Ruth,I'm impressed that you've achieved so much in just a year! Congratulations on establishing a great blog.No entry into the draw for me as I'm drowning in projects and patterns I have yet to begin: just wanted to add my signature to the birthday card!What have been your top 3 makes of the last year? I loved the V8813 and the last of the summer wine dress. And of course the leather!Marianna

  18. It's super supportive that you've all contributed so far.1. I will post anywhere – no matter how far away you live from Ireland.2. It might take 2-3 weeks to arrive3. Tell your friends, there's a week to go until closingthanks, Ruth

  19. Congratulations on a year of blogging and amazing sewing!

  20. Happy Anniversary. I love your blog, but being on a stash diet, will have to withold my covetousness for your giveaway.

  21. Happy Blog-B-Day! and you've come a long way, baby! in the draw for #3 please – we are the same size! great patterns.

  22. Much more flattering haircut now than then 🙂 Could you please put my name in the hat for the Sandra Betzina pattern?

  23. Oops, meant to add that I would also love a chance for the #2 or #1. Those are my colours!

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