Monday, 16 January 2012

Second Chance Giveaway

Unfortunately, the winner of the giveaway has still not contacted me, so I'm sorry Twisted Poppy but I have randomly chosen another winner....
Susy of Muhler Vintage which appears to be a lovely blog, full of vintage images for those of us who don't speak Portugese!  Please email me your address, Susy, to claire.everson(@) or leave your email in the comments.  I will be leaving a comment on your blog to be sure this time that someone gets the goodies!

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Spoilt for Choice

I have been busy with the tedious task of tracing patterns from a few of my magazines and, as usual, I am crippled by choices.  I choose a pattern but then cannot find a suitable fabric from my huge stash, then I get drawn to a fabric, but no pattern seems perfect for it. 

So, you can understand my ambivalence that the wonderful fabrics from the 1937/38 Fall & Winter Sears Catalogue (picked up cheap on Etsy) are not available to buy... I don't need more options, but these are vintage heaven:

These 'Tiara' Pebble Print Crepes are my favourite

Friday, 13 January 2012


Twisted Poppy you have yet to contact me so I can send you the giveaway goodies.... so, please do so otherwise I will do another random draw on Monday, to pick another winner!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Giveaway Winner

The winner is….

True Random Number Generator

Twisted Poppy!  Hopefully the patterns should help you with your me-made wardrobe!  Please email your name and address to everson.claire(at)

For anyone disappointed about the 30s patterns, then perhaps you will be pleased that I plan on making a PDF of a magazine and the pattern sheet, free to anyone… though don’t get too excited, as anyone who reads this blog should know that getting things done isn’t a strong point of mine!

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Giveaway Pattern Pictures

Good news, I thought some of the designs on the German 30s pattern sheet looked familiar so I had a look and found all the designs (bar two) in another magazine, Beyers Mode Fur Alle, from 1938 (which I have posted scans from before.) 

I have made a flickr set so you can see all the photos and illustrations of each pattern (I will either email or send the winner the images.)

I have loved reading your comments about sewing plans, it's helped me think about what I want to achieve in 2012.

Monday, 2 January 2012

Happy New Year

I thought I would start off the New Year with a gift!  I love the generosity of the sewing blog community, sharing tips, offering free patterns, hosting sew-a-longs and of course, giveaways.

 As any followers of this blog know, I have begun to collect German pattern magazines and I have several pattern sheets without the accompanying magazine but this is no barrier to making any of the patterns as a picture and construction details are on the sheet… the barrier is the scant, old German instructions!

 So, on to the giveaway (with apologies for the poor quality pics):

* A German pattern sheet from WWII, with suits, dresses, gowns, skirts and children’s clothes.

2 German pattern sheets from 1961 - dresses, skirts, jackets, coats, trousers and children's clothes.

2 German pattern magazines from the 1950s WITHOUT the sheets, but great images for inspiration.

Simplicity 5783 – a 70s pattern with a 30s/40s vibe.

Some vintage notions – Rick rack trim, lace hem facing, hooks & eyes and snap fasteners, a buckle, 6 glass heart buttons and 3 1930s plastic buttons.

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below, maybe mentioning what sewing plans you have for 2012, or anything you like really.  For an extra chance to win, post about the giveaway on your blog and let me know in another comment.  You don’t have to become a follower if you don’t want to!  I will post to anywhere in the world and will choose a winner at random on Monday 9th January at 8pm GMT.  Please remember to leave your email so I can contact the winner.

* I thought I’d best mention that the 1930s/40s pattern sheet comes from the National Socialist magazine.  It was part of a job lot on ebay and I only discovered what ‘N.S. Frauenwarte’ was when I googled it after I received them.  Most of the magazines from this era have Nazi references and propaganda but I wouldn't want anyone to be offended by this.