Backstitch Giveaway: winner announcement!!

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I’m so happy to be announcing this giveaway.

I was amazed at the number of entries,  53 in total! And there is a good variety of ways people are following.

It was selfish of me but I really wanted to know which platforms my blog is mostly being viewed on, and now I do!

Without further ado….. the random number generator calculated the winner was commenter number 4!

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So our lucky winner is….
Sabs

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CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Sabs is also known as Mini and Merky if you follow on social media.

She has some fantastic sewing skills so you should check out her blog. Her turquoise washi dress is gorgeous and makes me eager for summer to get here.
Plus she has the cutest pair of cats! I love their little faces!

If you didn’t win then not to worry, there will be more giveaways in the near future! And I’m really glad you entered.

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The Sweetheart Dress (oh don’t get all soppy on me)

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Last week I showed you a dress I hadn’t blogged about but it went down quite well so I here are the details.

I wanted to make the Colette Truffle bodice into my go-to dress bodice block as it was so close to being perfect on my Christmas party dress.

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I made a rub off pattern from a lace dress I love and then combined this with the Truffle pattern to make what should have been a perfect fit. It’s sooo close to perfect but not quite as the neck gapes a little, though it seems to suit Beryl.

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I also drafted an A-line gathered skirt by using the hem and drop measurements from the lace dress and after eyeballing the amount of waist gathering figured out the waist length I’d need. I like A-line gathered skirts more than dirndl because a lot of waist gathering makes me look too wide there. Plus you still get a good twirly skirt from them!

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The fabric was from Fletcher’s Fabrics in York and was a birthday present from Mr AR. It’s a popular quilting cotton which has been in stock for years and comes in a variety of colourways.

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I did my new trick of encasing the zip with bias tape and I lined the bodice in cream poly lining but didn’t line the skirt… that was my major mistake.

Unlined cotton dresses stick to your tights and I hate this. But I convinced myself otherwise! Now this dress rides up when I wear it. Even when I wear a half slip for goodness sake! I live the dress so I think I’ll retroactively fit a lining. I just need to mull over how….

**Please remember**

You have one day left to enter the giveaway.

Entries must be received by Midnight BST Friday 10th May!

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Blogiversary Backstitch Giveaway!

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That’s right, one year ago today I started blogging!

It’s gone soooo quickly. I started so I could post about my participation in Me-Made-May. I barely had anything to wear and I was still figuring out how to manage a blog. I was  pretty sure no one out there was reading.

But here I am, a year later with a lovely wardrobe full of me-made clothes and I’ve met amazing interesting lovely people (in real life and virtually) all through the blog.
So to show my appreciation I’m hosting a giveaway.

Up for grabs is a £15 gift voucher to the Backstitch shop!

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Choose from the fantastic fabrics available, including Riley Blake, Lizzy House and Liberty Lifestyle.

Or spoil yourself with a pattern from one of the wildly popular indie pattern companies, such as Sewaholic, Victory Patterns or Megan Nielsen.

All you have to do to win is be a follower of the blog and simply leave a comment telling me how you follow. That’s it!

New followers are welcome to enter. The giveaway is open internationally too.

Closing date for entries in Friday 10th May at Midnight (BST).

I’ll draw an entry at random and announce the winner shortly after.

Good luck!

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