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.


45 comments:

  1. I love this giveaway! This winter I plan on perfecting my Pencil Skirt block and maybe attempting a suit from this gorgeous white (kill me) wool I found in my Grandfather's attic. That's my plan, so far...

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  2. Those patterns are so cool! I love sewing patterns from the early 1940s and am always on the look out for unique ones.

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  3. Awesome giveaway! My sewing plans for 2012 are to tackle a real Vintage Vogue and a pair of pants. Both are things I'm pretty scared to try!

    Happy New Year!

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  4. Patterns from 1961 with children's clothes sounds great!

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  5. Great givaway,those german pattern sheets look like alot of fun.One of my sewing plans for this year is to sew dress from a vintage pattern I have from the '50s(that first need to sized up quite a bit)it has various accesories such as collar,cuffs,capelet and a belt or two.But first I have 1912 outfit to finsh before feburary

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  6. Awesome giveaway, this year I plan on sewing more clothes for me, I want to make some separates though I need more skirts and tops, as so far I seem to have made lots of dresses either for me or my daughter.

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  7. Happy New Year Claire!
    I always love to read your selections from the magazines you collect....and don't worry about dodgy references that just goes with the territory.It is always so hard to pick which ones I like the best!!
    My aim for 2012 with my sewing is to make something that is nicely stylish and a bit different from what you buy in the shops...with out looking too freakish.Someone did ask me a few weeks ago if I felt "home made" which I took to mean that I looked "home made" so again I think I shall have to try and make my clothes with the emphasis on QUALITY sewing rather than vast amounts of it.
    I have some lovely patterns for dresses from the 60's for my daughter that I am desperate to make but until they all clear off back to university there is no room to do anything so I am in a state of limbo and eager anticipation at the moment!
    I did buy a pattern off of Etsy before Christmas that I noticed that you had favorited so sorry!
    Thank you too for all the nice comments you leave for me it is very much appreciated.

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  8. Fantastic giveaway! I lived in Germany for a few years, so I would love to have some german vintage sewing patterns and ephemera! I'm all about sewing up vintage garments this year as part of my New Year's resolution. Thanks for the opportunity! exenepunk13

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  9. Hi!
    I´m from Portugal. I love vintage, specially the forties and fifties, and I´m new at sewing things. I´ve always seen my mom sewing, but I´ve never tried anything. I´d love to win all these beautiful patterns, and cool stuff, usually I cannot enter because I dont live in UK or the USA... :)

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  10. I made a skirt last year out of a vintage stamp fabric (new fabric, old stamps). Only when I started wearing it did I realise that it included a stamp from Austria with 'Anschluss' stamped over it, effectively making it a Third Reich stamp. Don't know whether the people at Robert Kaufman were aware of that when they printed the fabric! I still wear the skirt and often get complimented on it (even if it's always there at the back of my mind that there's a Nazi stamp in among the lot!).

    Anyway, I plan on making many more skirts this year - hopefully with no Nazi ephemera hidden in the print!

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  11. What a wonderful giveaway! One of my goals this year is a continuation of a goal from last year: not to buy any ready-to-wear clothing (it does not fit or flatter my figure or my wallet) only make my own clothing and, in doing so, learn five new sewing-related techniques this year.

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  12. What a nice selection of goodies!

    So far my sewing plans this year include perfecting my pencil skirt pattern, a new birthday corset, a couple of blouses and some 40s style wide-leg trousers. Add to that the 3 dresses I picked up for next to nothing in the sales to refashion for my daughter. And that's just January!

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  13. Wow, what a wonderfull giveaway! I'm from Germany and the "Scho├čkleid" would be perfect - bust fits :D

    ..and the propaganda is part of this time. It's same with the rights of black people in USA. You can't delete them, but must know, what it means and how to look about it. The fashion is wonderful an unpolitical! [Mhm, i hope it's comprehensibly what i mean - sorry, my german is much better ;)]

    Greetings

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  14. Fabulous giveaway! I just love those German pattern sheets! One of my 2012 goals is to delve more into pattern research (including various German/french pattern companies, etc.) I am really excited!!

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  16. What a fabulous giveaway! From stopping by my blog earlier today, you already know some of my plans. In addition to the German pattern magazines, I hoping to sew lots of blouses and dress (both modern and vintage) This is the biggest gap in my wardrobe :)

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  17. Hello. I am already working on a great 1960's dress pattern. Currently I am making a muslin---I just have to get off the blogosphere long enough to get sewing! When I am done I will post it on SewRetro. Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

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  18. Wow that is such a generous giveaway! My current plans include sewing a party dress for a wedding I am going to next month and some winter skirts.

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  19. Ah! What a cool giveaway! My sewing goals for the new year would be some more "professional" clothes, I'm not particular experienced with well-structured garments, so that's my goal. Less comfy sewing, more refined sewing.

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  20. I love your blog and what a nice giveaway. I think it's always good to take what you can from history and learn from it. I think using these patterns and ignoring the references would be a good re-use of that material.
    I have way too many sewing plans (as always)!
    I have two coats from 20's patterns, and I want to perfect my knock off of the Shaheen romper/bathing suit called the "Tom Boy". I have a small size perfected, but now the grading up! Always a little dodgy.
    Also have a whole 1940's retro inspired wardrobe to work on. As a friend of mine says, if I had the wardrobe that I've imagined sewing, I'd have a closet to die for!

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  21. Happy New Year! What a lovely way to start the year. I have a few patterns I don't want anymore so I might just do a new year giveaway too. This year I am hoping to sew a few more vintage patterns. I really just want to sew more than I did in 2011 which was a bit of a slack year for me.

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  22. Whoa! What a giveaway! Looks great, thank you so much for the chance to win such goodies. My sewing plans are to try and sew at least one project each month. We'll see how it goes, as I've not been reliable this past year.

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  23. This is awesome! I just plan on sewing for 2012 since I did nearly nothing last year. That is it.

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  24. Love the giveaway, I just discovered your blog while looking at Sew Retro a few days ago! My sewing plans for 2012 are to learn how to design my own patterns and continue with my goal of an entirely me made wardrobe (except for sweaters because I don't know how so many sewers also find the time to knit!)

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  25. Ooh, nice giveaway! I'm planning to sew some blouses this year, as I've only made skirts up until now. Also, a nice sundress (it's so hot here in Australia!).

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  26. My sewing plans for 2012 are to sew more than last year and to overcome my fear of grading patterns. Happy new year and thanks for the fabulous giveaway!
    leannebanane [at] gmail [dot] com

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  27. Oh, sweet giveaway! My plans are to get even more sewing done than I did last year, ta make garments that look as good on the inside as on the outside, and to be better at finishing up in time! :-) Have a great 2012!

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  28. Cool giveaway. I've been enjoying seeing the fun old magazines on your site! I still have a couple of holiday gifts to finish up (/shame) but then am already off and running on a couple of projects for myself. I am finishing up a new corset (desperately needed) and then making a couple of dresses and perhaps a couple new pairs of pants for myself and my husband.
    kbroadd1 -at- gmail -dot- com

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  29. What a nice giveaway! I adore the German patterns of that time, so much detail in their ladies fashions. And I have been needing some ric-rac to make a pretty vintage apron.

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  30. What a generous giveaway! I have a long list of things I want to do this year, but my top three are to complete my SWAP, participate in Me-Made June, and to try to participate in Sew Weekly (after I'm finished with my SWAP).

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  31. Thank you for the great giveaway! The patterns are so interesting and definitely very special. I'd love to win the notions too! The little love heart buttons are simply adorable. I could have a lot of fun with this giveaway. Thanks again and Happy New Year!

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  32. Happy new year! Simplicity pattern Yeeeiii!!!

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  33. what a great giveaway! I have so many plans for sewing this year. I am hoping to keep them reasonable so I don't get bogged down. I am debating on whether to finish the bra from the sew along I started or to closet that for now (since it has me bogged down) and start on a blouse because I need some blouses.

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  35. Oh, this would be so wonderful to win! I have too many plans -- just got a new machine, creating a little sewing nook, and making lots of plans. Skirts, slacks, blouses, pjs, robe, bed jacket, simple quilts for my boys from Daddy's leftover pinpoint shirts, and missal and iphone covers, decorative pillows....

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  36. This is such a nifty give away. I have to say, I am a sucker for propaganda from this period. As for my sewing plans. My first plan is to pad out my dress form to my measurements. After that I have a suit and a leopard jacket on my sewing table waiting patiently. For the rest of the year I want to perfect grading patterns so that the vintage patterns that I have can start to be more useful. Instead of sitting in a box mocking me.

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  37. Claire, if you need some help for the older german you could ask me and i'll do my best with the translation :)

    I understand with my schoolenglish in london nobody and feel like the last caveman. But 'Eiscreme' and 'ice cream' sounds the same everywhere :D

    Oh, and i want to get the second chance to win and have linked your giveaway in my blog: http://swingincat.blogspot.com/2012/01/alles-neu-macht-der.html - Yhay.

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  38. All the things you are giving away seem amazing!! I haven't got many sewing plans for 2012 other than making myself a prom dress and maybe some more skirts and dresses.

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  39. Happy New Year! It's a nice giveaway, thank you for doing it. The first dress on the german WWII sheet (K24704) is really nice, and I love the light green dress on the magazine cover. I love going through old fashion magazines. The 70s pattern looks really great too!
    The coming year I'd like to sew more than I've done in 2011 (and blog more about it!). My big project for the first trimester is to make part of my wedding outfit. Not very complicated but a little stressful because of the nice fabrics and the event it's intended for. ^^; After that I need to use some of my stashed fabrics and actually make the garments I have planned over the past months. It should keep me busy for some time...

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  40. What a fabulous giveaway - thank you! My plans are to make fewer things this year but take my time more with the fit and finish. x

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  41. Fantastic giveaway, thanks!
    My plans? Improve my sewing skills and sew more dresses (specially for summer).

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  42. My goal is to sew at least one thing per month. Ideally, I'd like to sew at least one garment for myself each month, but I'm going to count any sewing for my girls and maybe home decor.

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  43. I wrote a post about the giveaway on my blog http://paperdollrags.blogspot.com/ So excited about this giveaway!

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  44. Could Twisted Poppy please email me, everson.claire(@)gmail.com, so I can get an address to send the giveaway win :-)

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