Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Vintage Pattern Giveaway!

Giveaway closed. Results announced soon.

I'm terribly sorry for the delay. My interview went well (despite my usual awkwardness), and I looked pretty awesome in my new me-made dress! (Will talk about it in another post, promise.) I have tentatively high hopes.

But enough about that, it's time for a giveaway!

As I mentioned before, I found several 1950's and 60's era patterns while garage sale hunting last weekend, and couldn't pass them by despite being ways too small for me. They are all sizes 10 or 12, bust size 32 inches, waist 26 inches, hips 36 inches. I wish.

Instead of giving them all away to one person, I'm going to randomly draw (using an online random number generator) 5 lucky readers, who will each get a pattern or pattern set. The first person drawn will get first choice, the second person will get second choice, and so on.

Please leave a comment below with your email address (if not indicated in your profile), and a comment on whether you've sewn a vintage pattern before, and which of these are your favourites!

Choice 1: Butterick 4309

Description: Semi-fitted, slightly A-line dress with contrast or self bias shaped collar has squared, contrast or self yoke with button trim and pockets in side front seams. Sleeveless or short sleeves.

I couldn't find a year on this, but based on the style and the pattern price, I'd guess somewhere in the 1960's. Groovymama over at Burda Style showed off her version of this dress.

Choice 2: Butterick 8615 and McCall's 4312

Sleeveless Sabrina Blouses - Demurely buttoned and banded in front, this sleeveless top take a deep plunge in back. (A) Sissy front adds pretty frills. (B) Tailored version is smartly tucked and bowed. (C) Classic version is unadorned. Copyright 1958.
One Pattern Piece Skirt - "Instant" skirt. Paper pattern is all one piece; pin to fabric and cut complete skirt instantly. One yard skirt. Copyright 1957.

I decided to group these two because I accidentally purchased 2 similar skirts, and this was the more basic of the two. I thought the two patterns would look quite lovely together!

Choice 3: Butterick 5317

Description: Loose-fitting step-in A-line dress with contrast collar, banding and flap trim has concealed front zipper closing and short sleeves.

Once again, I couldn't find the year on this pattern, but I think even I can safely identify it as 1960's. :)

Choice 4: Butterick 8265

Description: Slender wrap-around skirt that buttons in the back. One pattern piece; no side seams. (A) Plain front. Takes only one yard of 54" width fabric. (B) Welt pocket version (slight additional yardage).
Note: Wish I had a blouse to pair with this one, but I figured the details of it made it an interesting stand-alone. I don't have an exact year, but I know it's 1950's.

Choice 5: Simplicity 6344

Description: Coat dress in two lengths. Double-breasted, princess dress with lowered front neckline, collar and lapels has set-in sleeves, braid trim and optional flaps and back buttoned belt. V.1 has below-elbow-length sleeves. V.'s 2 and 3 have short sleeves. V.'s 1 and 2 are below knee-length. V.3 is above knee-length. Copyright 1965.

Both this and the first choice were the reasons I needed to buy these and give them to you, because I adored them. This one in particular reminded me of my Mariana Trench Dress!

So once again, please leave a comment below with your email address (if not indicated in your profile), and a comment on whether you've sewn a vintage pattern before, and which of these are your favourites. This giveaway is open to everyone!

ETA: Aha, I knew I was forgetting something. I'll be making the draw Tuesday, September 20 in the evening (Central Standard time - Winnipeg Manitoba, if that helps you International folk).


  1. Such a great giveaway! I love the skirt/blouse pair and the coat dress! I've only sewn with vintage patterns a few times but I have a ton so I need to get on it!

    Also, I'm having a vintage pattern giveaway on my blog from Studio P Vintage. You should enter!


  2. Oooh, count me IN! I can upsize a little bit ;). I especially like the last pattern with the double-breast and scoop neck. I've sewn some late 60s patterns, but never anything un-printed and never anything with the "old sizing"

    Good luck on the job, I'll be crossing my fingers and toes for you!

  3. You look really nice for your interview, I am waiting to blog about your new dress. I like the pleats detail on the neckline.

    Thank you for thinking about us readers when you saw those patterns, you are right, they are so great!!

    I have not sewn any vintage patterns before but I am very inspired by them, sometimes I think they have more details compared to the modern patterns.

    My choices are 6344, 4309 and 5317, in that order. I hope I win something, you really picked out some winners here! And you are right, the last pattern is akin to the fabulous Mariana Trench coat you made! Cheers and thank you!

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  5. You looked very professional. Sorry forgot to mention I never tried to sew vintage before.. my choice is the 1st one...Butterick 4309
    but would love any of them really.

  6. Beautiful dress, and perfect choice for the interview, good luck!

    And thank you for the give away! That is very generous, and I would love to be counted in! [Fingers are crossed].

  7. Cute patterns, I'm a sucker for sleek 60s styles, and it's really nice of you to just give them away. I've sewn vintage patterns before and had more luck with the ones from 1960s and up. My pick would definitely be 1, 3, or 5!

  8. Hi Heather - I'd love the 1st, 3rd or 5th pattern too.
    And I really like the dress you've made. It looks like a New Look pattern......but I can't remember which one.

  9. Number 2 looks cool. I have to admit, I only started sewing January this year - overall - making a lot of dresses because it's not too hard attaching bodice to the gathered skirt. Surprisingly, for someone who bought a lot of pattern magazines, I never cared to make a shirt or a skirt - even they are possibly simpler than a dress.

    As for vintage pattern, I sew one. It was from 1972. I didn't even know my size - but it fit pretty well on me after I actually properly measured myself, that is. :)

    I wish you luck in getting the job!

  10. I'm in the middle of a vintage pattern and it's really sweet but such an odd length for he skirt. I guess I'm just not as modest lol!

    Your new dress is really cute too!

    All of your patterns are lovely!

  11. Those patterns are so cute. I would love to have either of those dress patterns to make a dress for my newly slender (due to Zumba) daughter. I found your blog thru Pattern Review. Your dress looks great on you!

  12. Just found you from a comment on Debbie's blog. Love your garments and congrats on the new job.

    I love option #5! What a fabulous dress. Looking foward to seeing what else you are sewing. g

  13. I went on an ebay spree once and got some vintage pattern and I've worked with one so far, it didn't seem that differnt. Please count me in for the giveaway and I like choices 3 and 5 the best, I'd love to try a light weight wool for the coat dress. mysmichelle.crocker@gmail.com


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