Monday, 28 May 2012

The Best Laid Plans ... (Belated) Vintage Lingerie Giveaway!

[EDIT: This giveaway is now closed, but I hope to do more soon!]

I am so sorry!  I had such great intentions to join in the Giveaway Day - all I can say is don't make any sort of blogging or sewing plans during your boyfriend's birthday!  I spent the weekend before his birthday helping him bake cakes to take to work (we made a lot and then I forgot to photograph them to show you all!) and then the day itself was spent running around on various errands and giving gifts and generally entertaining Mr Magpie.

So, my greatest apologies, dear reader.  Without further faff and ado, here is the vintage lingerie/nightwear pattern giveaway:
1940s nightgown and dressing gown (missing the embroidery transfer - boo!)

1950s nightdress, slip and knickers

There are no requirements to blog or tweet about the giveaway (though if you'd like to tell others about it, I wouldn't say no!) or answer a complex question: please simply comment below and, as I'm curious, just tell me something about yourself ... it could be your favourite pattern, what you like about these two patterns or what your first sewn/knitted/crafted item was, anything, I'd love to learn a bit about you! :)

The giveaway will be open for one week, until 12 midnight British Summer Time on Monday 4th June 2012.  I'll pick two winners using a random number generator on Tuesday 5th.  If you mention a preference for one of the patterns in your comment, I'll try to give you your preferred pattern, but if both winners wanted the same design, I'll randomly choose who gets which, if that makes sense (sorry, brain isn't fully engaged to explain clearly in this heat!).

Good luck!

EDIT - I forgot to say - I will post these patterns worldwide!

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.