Saturday, 12 May 2012

Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway day - 21st May

Is it that time of year already?!  Yes, the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day is nearly upon us and it's with rather serendipitous timing...

The eagle-eyed amongst you might have spotted this pretty in my post about Springpad:

Lovely gathers.  Though, the embroidery transfer is missing.

Yes, it's a new pattern ... But I didn't buy it for myself ...

You see, I was doing my usual "it's payday, let's hit up eBay for vintage patterns" thing when I spotted this beautiful 1946* nightgown pattern going very cheaply.  Normally, whenever I see underwear or nightwear patterns from the 40s and 50 on eBay, they tend to go for £15+.  Soooo... I thought it would make a nice treat for my readers if I did a giveaway, as I'm sure you often have similar problems finding nightwear and underwear patterns that aren't super expensive.  

Plus, I seem to be kind of embarrassingly lucky with giveaways myself (I recently won a £25 Frumble voucher over at the super-kind Handmade Jane's and almost a year ago I won the Dress of Dreams (which still doesn't fit - damn thyroid) over with the lovely Liz of Zilredloh), so it's way past time I gave something back (sorry for being a bit rubbish on that front, I am resolved to do better!).

And then I saw another pattern, similarly reasonable in price:

Blue has taken her knickers off!  How scandalous!!
This one's from 1951 (again, according to the seller) and includes a nightgown, a slip and panties with some really pretty detailing - that bust gathering is lovely and the ruffles on the nightgown are so pretty!

So, I exercised my eBay ninja skills and managed to scoop these two pretties with the intention of doing a double giveaway.  Then I saw the Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway day was coming up and, well, it felt like a sign. 

So, ladies and gents, tune in on 21st May (which is also Mr Magpie's birthday!) for a chance to win these patterns.  I'll probably give them away separately so two people will have a chance to win.  And I will be shipping internationally, to spread the love!

Hope you all are well - I'm off to tidy my sewing corner (I should take some photos now it's finished, too!) and *gasp* do some sewing while I pretend I haven't got any marking to do (I do.  Boo!).  


* According to the seller - I'm not that up on dating nightwear patterns that I could say if I knew 100% this was 40s or 50s, though I think it looks more 40s.


  1. I enjoyed your post. thank you for sharing your thoughts and time........

  2. Hi Clare, thanks so much for your comment on my peplum tops blog post. I updated it with more info to assist those wishing to make their own including a picture of the peplum pattern piece. All the best!
    Zoe xxx

    1. Thanks, Zoe! For some reason blogger isn't emailing me when I get comments, how strange! Saw your post update - thanks a lot for sharing that!


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