Where to start?
OK, first of all, I have to say a huge huge thank you to Fiona at Seams Straightforward– she made some serious additions to the patterns being offered. There are NINETEEN patterns for me to choose from. Not only that, she had split the original pyramid that she received into two, so Alison from Sewing With Cats has got the same sort of awesome decision making to do, when she receives her parcel (I think hers had a lot further to go than mine!).
Here are the patterns that were in the package I received. In two goes, because I couldn’t photograph all of them together and still make it look clear:
First lot of patterns
Those two Hot Patterns were rather tempting, especially the drapey blouse one. And I had to struggle to leave the Very Easy Vogue V8825 wrap dress pattern in the To Be Sent On pile. Same with the DKNY Vogue V1027- I think that one is only staying in the pyramid because it’s too cold right now for me to consider short sleeves! Maybe one for the folks down under. I was also tempted by the Vogue blouses, mainly because they don’t require buttonholes! But no, I *will* conquer my fear of buttonholes, and I have a blouse pattern in my stash that is waiting for that happy moment to arrive.
Onto the second lot:
The second lot of patterns
I was rather taken by the Kwik Sew skirt pattern 3098, because I do love me the Separates. And that Butterick B5333 “Lifestyle Wardrobe” combo, because it does seem to be rocking a Sixties Jackie Kennedy vibe, and I could wear the heck out of those different pieces.
But I decided to go with:
- the Butterick skirts B5613, because I like the yoked waist;
- the Burda 7603 tunic, because I’d like to try and sew with knits and this one seems like a good diving off point;
- the Simplicity 1806 blouse, because I need some tops, and this set looks pretty versatile; and finally
- the New Look 6162 combination of dress, coat, jacket top and trousers, because I fell head over heels in lust with that coat
The Pattern Pyramid Rules allow me to keep one pattern for myself, and if I want to keep more than one, to add back from my own stash. But personally, I felt like that would be cheating, so as I’m taking four, I’m adding back four:
I’m kind of sorry to let the Butterick frock pattern go, but I’m increasingly of the opinion that I wouldn’t actually make it, and I’ve got other frocky dress patterns that I think I’d be more likely to make, so I don’t mind seeing it move on. The New Look & McCall’s shift dresses are very similar stylistically to a pattern that I’ve already used, and know I will use again. And that poor Lisette Simplicity was never going to look good on me. So off it goes, to find itself a new loving home.
And here comes the giveaway part. As ever, comment to be entered into the draw. And since I’m only a little blogger, with not that many followers, can I make a cheeky ask? Could anyone reading this try to repost details of this giveaway so it reaches as wide an audience as possible, and spreads the love.
- Anyone, anywhere can enter the giveaway by posting a comment below by midnight Greenwich Mean Time Sunday 1st December BUT you must have an active blog. (Reasons to become obvious.) And just to be absolutely clear, that means you can post a comment on the Sunday and you will be in time.
- I will randomly select a winner, and post all the patterns to them.
- The winner will pick one pattern to keep for themselves, then host their own giveaway. They will randomly select a winner, post the remaining patterns to that person. That winner will host their own giveaway, and so on…
- All patterns are in the plus size category – ie – if the pattern comes in 2 sizing groups, then it will be the larger category. Patterns to go up to at least go up to a size 20 (many go higher). Patterns listed as “all sizes” will include plus sizes.
- If you wish to take more than one pattern you can replenish the stock with a pattern you no longer want – but please make sure it is in plus size range
THE SMALL PRINT
- We are taking it on trust that all pattern pieces are there
- Your selection of patterns will be picked at random – please don’t contact me asking for specific patterns.
- If you’re a winner, I would love it if you could make a small contribution to The Brooke. This is a charity close to the heart of Catherine, who so generously provided the patterns for Karen’s original Pattern Pyramid. And Bev, who donated the original plus sized patterns for this particular Pyramid, continued this request in the spirit of the generosity of the sewing community.
- Please engage in a timely fashion, launching your own giveaways soon after receiving a parcel.
- You must be be happy to post patterns worldwide.
Good luck everybody!