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    Ladybird Likes Giveaway!

    How many of you have heard of Ladybird Likes?

    ladybird likes

    I hope you all raised your hands.

    Or immediately clicked through to see the gorgeousness on offer in the shop.

    I’m in a pretty good mood. I had a wonderful birthday with great gifts, food and friends. And it’s about to be a bank holiday in the UK.

    I want to share the happy feelings around with a giveaway.

    butterfly brooch

    Ladybird Likes was set up by Zoe in 2012 but her business is already booming. She stocks charming brooches, necklaces, collar clips and even bow ties that she has handmade from wood, vintage fabric and pretty paper!

    Zoe has an etsy shop, attends big craft fairs like Renegade Craft Fair, and Crafty Fox Market, and has been featured in Mollie Makes, Wedding Magazine, Handmade Living, Cross Stitcher, and Make Jewellery, as well as on several blogs you might know (I found out about LL and Zoe through The Dainty Squid, but her pieces have also been featured on Skunkboy Creatures, Little Chief Honeybee, and What Olivia Did).

    collar clips

    I love that the company’s message is “making nice things for nice people”. I think the creative community is a wonderful place where like-minded people can support each other and I have honestly met some amazingly nice folk through blogging and sewing.

    Vintage lady brooch

    With this in mind, the giveaway I’m hosting is for a Ladybird Likes brooch of your choosing!

    I love the Vintage Lady brooches and the Pin up Girl brooches (see above and below for my personal favourites).

    pin up brooch

    But if they aren’t your style, there are robots, butterflies and birds to pick from too!

    To enter, visit the shop then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me which brooch you’d like to win.

    This giveaway is open internationally. Entries must be received before Wed 28th August, Midnight GMT. A winner will be chosen at random shortly after the giveaway closes and where possible directly contacted to inform them of the win.


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    What could make this Sunday better? I know, a Giveaway!

    Hello Everyone! I hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Mine has been full of good food and drink, library books and some sewing.


    A Raspberry beret for the lady, two red stripe for the gent.101d5588e1b611e2ad6922000a1fa410_7

    New Look 6886 bodice awaiting skirt attachment.fae64852dd1c11e2a73b22000aa80571_71

    The velvet photograph cover of Daniel Vosovic’s lovely book8b66ef2ce0c311e28e2c22000a1fb747_7

    Final touches to my Sassy Librarian Blouse.

    There is also some good news to share. Last week the lovely people at Simplicity got in touch.

    They actually offered to send me a couple of their patterns which I was over the moon at.

    I generally find that New Look patterns fit me straight out of the envelope and Simplicity patterns only ever require a few tweaks.
    … Vogue, McCalls and Butterick are *ahem* another story.

    I picked two favourites out of a short list of many and I literally ripped open my parcel in glee when the patterns arrived!

    I’ve mentioned to a few people lately that I’m interested in making a shirtdress. This seems like the natural progression of my desire to conquer blouses. I chose the very popular Project Runway 1880. Ami’s version really made me believe this was the pattern for me so I requested this as my first choice.

    For my second choice I went with the Leanne Marshall 1755 party dress. Oh yes I’m making the lace version.

    I want this to be my Birthday party dress. I have a lovely maroon lace with maple leaf pattern and I’m eager to try a pattern where the instructions actually help you create a lace overlay, rather than trying to wing it alone.

    But wait! The good news doesn’t stop here.


    Simplicity also gave me two of their amazing fit patterns to give away — 1800 (sizes 10-18) and 1652 (sizes 6 – 14).

    Two dresses with princess seamed bodices and a variety of skirts, sleeves and special features to bring together and create your perfect garment.

    I’m actually kind of jealous one of you will get to try the cool cut out back of 1652.

    And hang on, there’s a little bit more!


    I’m also throwing in a lovely Sylko bobbin head button badge!

    When I saw these lovely badges I just had to get one and I picked out a second just for you my lovely readers.

    One reader will win both amazing fit patterns and the badge.

    All you have to do to win this lot is to leave a comment saying what your favourite Simplicity or New Look pattern is.

    I also think it’d be worth your while following Simplicity on twitter – @SewSimplicity – to gather inspiration, hear about other giveaways to enter, and laugh with them about some of the crazy pattern envelope imagery the company cooks up.

    The competition is open for a week, until Sunday July 7th at Midnight BST.

    Good luck!

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    Backstitch Giveaway: winner announcement!!


    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!


    So our lucky winner is….



    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)


    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.


    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.


    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!


    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.


    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!


    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!


    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!