Smile for the birdie button-back blouse and the giveaway winner announced!

First up my giveaway!

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Let’s announce this bad boy. Random number generator has chosen…..

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Congratulations!! Send your postal address to me at almondrock.wordpress@gmail.com and I’ll arrange delivery.

Moving on. My love affair with New Look 6808 continues.

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I cooked up the idea of adapting it to use buttons at the back quite a while ago but couldn’t wrap my brain around the logistics of the conversion.

I finally figured it out last week and realised I’d been so silly over thinking it!

To adapt the back bodice pattern piece I traced a copy, then extended the fold line by about three inches. Then I added the marks for my buttonholes where the original fold line had been, marked a new fold line and I was all set. I also did away with the darts as they would have messed with the fabric pattern.

I used a gorgeously soft, grey rayon I bought at the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching show. It has lines of different bird cages with birds on it! It is rather see through though.

I didn’t line it other than the sleeves which is a feature of NL 6808 I love.

This top uses 8 buttons. It felt like a lot! I made contrast covered buttons from a black twill I had in my stash. It needed to be twill because the white of my button base kept sewing through. Can you get black ones?

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The first time I wore it a giant German Shepherd dog slobbered on it so I know it’s popular with the animal kingdom!

What do you think? Hope you like it!

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Giveaway time!! (Aka time I stopped winning and started sharing)

I recently won two giveaways. I’m not bragging I promise. Though I am super chuffed!!

The first was the Anise coat as mentioned in my last post.

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As soon as I won fear excitement made me immediately book a jacket making course!

I’d mentioned previously the course was a Christmas gift I was lucky enough to receive. Well I’m hoping to get stuck in the world of tailoring with a Chanel jacket and build up to Anise from there.

Next up I won the sew grateful giveaway from Vintage Follies, thanks to the delightful Cherise. She’s great if you’re not aware of her blog. I mean check out this awesome dress she made before including the remaining fabric in my giveaway.

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I won a vintage pattern, oodles of gorgeous red buttons and the leftover lingonberry fabric!

Well winning more than one giveaway when I didn’t host a giveaway myself is unbearable to me!!

So here is my giveaway. It’s modest but I hope you like it.

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You can win the Kirsty Allsopp Craft book, a vintage simplicity dress pattern (single size 12 bust 34), vogue 8666 dress pattern (sizes 6 to 12), 9 unusual black and white buttons, 9 square mother of pearl style buttons and a cute owl tape measure.

I’ll send anywhere! To win just leave a comment on this post before midnight (gmt) Thursday 28th February.

Good luck!!

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