Sunday, December 11, 2011

SunnyGal Holiday Giveaway

Happy Holidays to blog readers and sewers everywhere.   Time for a SunnyGal Sewing Blog Giveaway! It was very popular last year so one lucky reader will receive a 1/2 lb. box of See's Candy.  Last year we had an unfortunate incident with the international mail, so the candy giveaway is limited to the USA only.  But international readers - I have something for you too, so keep reading. For some background on See's Candy, a West coast favorite, see last year's post.

Thank you so much for your comments over the past year.  I like to write multiple posts on one project and you have no idea how happy it makes me when someone comments that they are looking forward to the next post in a series. I love to sew and discovering the world of sewing blogs really energized my creativity and brought whole new way to share my enthusiasm.  For many years I worked in the corporate world, and while I mostly sewed all my clothes, that sewing was a very solitary endeavor.  After I stopped working full time I stumbled upon the pattern review sites and thus the wide world of sewing blogs.  Its a good thing that I had not found them while I was working, I would definitely have accomplished less at that job. It can be quite addictive to open up my reader and see new posts from all the great sewers.  So thank you to everyone who writes and shares their creations, daily blog reading now accompanies my morning coffee.

For international readers, 2 giveaways.  I find all kinds of sewing books at estate sales and thrift shops, here are today's choices.

Palmer & Pletsch tailoring book, these books are fantastic, I use all their fitting books for reference and this one explains lots of tailoring techniques in a very easy to follow style.  Published in the 70's but still current.

Singer Book Series, Creative sewing Ideas.  I have collected all these Singer books, the photos are really good.  This one has some clever variations on buttonholes and pockets plus tips on embellishment.

So how to enter?  I will throw out a challenge to myself. Is there a particular pattern you would like to see me make?  Let's limit it to Vogue patterns, but other than that, I am game to try anything.  I don't promise I will wear it - but I will try to make it.  Fitting, fabric choice, sewing techniques.  I will go through all in a series of posts.  And I will try to choose something out of my usual comfort zone !

Leave a comment below to enter or sign up as a follower.  (you don't have to suggest a pattern to be entered, just comment, but I think it will be fun to see what suggestions you have) 
Also when you comment, let me know your country.  Entry period will go until Dec. 20.

Up next, I finished my silk charmeuse blouse which has a hidden buttonhole placket so I will have a post about that soon.

Happy Holiday Sewing to all, Beth


  1. I'm in!! I've never seen this Singer book and I'd like to read it! I'm from Russia.
    How about Vogue 8763? It is an easy pattern, but not easy no wear. Or vintage 8768, very feminine. Choose yourself!

  2. I have so many Vogues that I would love to see made up, so how about V1254. Maybe I'll do it as a sew along with you.
    Thanks for the challenge and love to read your posts and see what you are making.

  3. Thank You for the Giveaway! I`m very much interested in the P&P tailoring book. And my choise for You is G.Laroche`s Vogue 1143. B.r.

  4. I would love to see you sew CV1257. The pattern is flattering to most body shapes. The biggest reason I would like to see you make it is that it's a stretch knit fabric. I tried sewing with a knit fabric a few years ago. It went in the garbage and I never tried it again. I think it would be easier to learn how to work with this fabric if it was in a sew-a-long.
    Patricia in the USA.

  5. oh I would love to see a series about making V8543. I love the feminine lines but the details on the skirt and blazer intimidate me a lot! Denise in MD.

  6. Thanks for hosting this awesome give-away! I like the tunic featured in V1114. I wonder how hard it would be to work with the chiffon or georgette? No matter which pattern you choose, it will be fun to follow along!

  7. I'd love to have the Tailoring Book. I want to see V1272 made up. It has beautiful lines, I've not seen V1272 made up on Patternreview as of yet.

  8. I would love to see V1230 made up. Thankyou for hosting this give away . I would also love the P&P tailoring book.

  9. Okay, I am sew in.....See's candies are a favorite from my childhood(which began in San Francisco) I am a big fan of Vogue patterns, but I will let you choose.

    Thanks for the give-away...I am already hoping:)

  10. I would love to see making V8754. It is a very easy pattern but it reminds me at clothes of Jil Sander, very pure forms.
    I am living in Germany and I love your blog. Thank you for hosting this give away.

  11. Hi again ...I forgot to say I am in the UK !

  12. Oh boy!! My candy has arrived! Thank you so much for a gift from home.