Saturday, January 7, 2012

I'm Movin' Up (and GIVEAWAY!)

Happy New Year, everyone!

I've got big news -- I'm moving back to New York City in a little under a week, whoa nelly! New York and me go back generations in my family, and I'm super excited to be heading back that way. My sewing time is sadly going to be minimal, but I'm hoping to get some time in at the Sewing Studio in the Garment District while I transition. We'll see!

My grandpa hemming window shades in Manhattan, late 1940s
(I now own that Singer industrial machine, complete with lamp!)

To celebrate the move (and my upcoming 1-year blogiversary that just snuck up on me), I'm hosting my first-ever giveaway! I'll be giving away these 4 patterns:

1. Knit party or summer dress from McCall's (6462) released for this spring. Runs multi-size from 4 thru 12. I have a copy of this pattern myself and can't wait to sew it up!

2. Loose-fitting blouse from McCall's (4106) in sizes 6-8-10, date 1989. My grandmother gave this to me and she cut out the pieces to size 10, but I checked and all the pieces are there. I tend to shy away from this style blouse and hope it will find a happy home with someone else!

3. Kwik Sew 3308 is a bias-cut halter top, cut to size S. The only pieces missing are for the view A neckline, but if you can draft your own the bodice is still there! It even includes traced pieces of ones that need to be cut out more than once.

4. McCall's 5979 loose-fitting knit top, minus the bling, cut to size XS. The pattern pieces for the applique/jewels are missing, but the front, back and sleeve pieces are all there for you to make a simple unadorned top. The bottom parts of these pieces have been chopped off, but are included and are easily re-attached with tape.

To enter, please follow these 3 simple steps:
  1. Be a follower of my blog. I've posted so little this past year due to some personal family stuff and this is a "thank you!" for sticking with me. 
  2. Share your favorite location/building/etc. in New York City. If you've never been to NYC, you can share a place you've always wanted to visit or you know from a movie. I'd love to incorporate your favorite spots in my future sewing photos! 
  3. Leave an email address in the comments so I can contact you if you win.
This is an international giveaway and will close Wednesday, January 11 at midnight EST. Short window because I'd like to make sure these are mailed out before I head north!

Have a great weekend, readers! And I'll "see yas" in the Big Apple!


  1. I can't believe I am the first!! Woohoo! Congrats on your move! I have been there twice and am head over heels in love with NYC! My favorite place would have to be top of the Empire State Building. The view is amazing!

  2. Hey there! Good luck for your move - it sounds super exciting! I've never been to New York, but it's definitely on my list of places to go see. I'd love to have a look around Harlem and SoHo and climb the Empire State building.
    Thanks for the chance to be in to win such a lovely giveaway. My email address is macska at gmail dot com.

  3. Good luck with your move! My favorite place in NYC is the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Everytime I've been to New York, I've spent at least four hours at a time in there.

    Navaeh at hotmail dot com

  4. Wow, I can really see the family resemblance between you and your grandpa. What a wonderful photo to have and how fabulous to still own the machine.

  5. Congrats on the move to NYC and on your blogiversary! I've enjoyed following along with you this year :)

    I don't need to be entered in the giveaway (I don't foresee being able to make up any of these patterns so I'd rather they make it to someone who's dying for them!) but, to answer your question, my favourite building is definitely the Chrysler Building. I think it's obvious I'm not overly into vintage, but I am pretty obsessed with Art Deco and I can never get over how beautiful that building is.

    Also: that photo and the family history are amazing. I can't believe you have that machine! So great.


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