My First Giveaway!

8 May


Oh hai! Didn’t I say I’d put this post up yesterday? Well yesterday sort of got away from me there! Sorry!

So, in honor of my one hundredth post I thought it would be fun to do a little giveaway. I’ve got some great treats for you all. First up for grabs is The Better Homes and Gardens Sewing Book.

This book is the same layout as the classic red and white checkered cookbook, only for sewing. It is spiral bound and tabbed for ease of use. It’s a charming sewing book that offers some of the best tips I’ve come across. Here are some scanned pages (I apologize for the wonkiness but the scanner is upstairs and I can’t be bothered to redo them!)

For many of us vintage sewists, cutting stripes just so is very important. This book offers some of the best visuals I’ve yet seen on how to do this properly to get the effect that you want. In this same section is also found great tips on working with plaids.

Also offered is a whole section on evening wear. I especially like this section as it gives all manner of visuals on lining lace and sheer tops and dresses all with a vintage spin.

The book also features a great section on accessorizing various standard costumes in both “country” and “town” variations. It provides the vintage dresser with a great view into how an outfit would be accessorized for the time period.

And that’s not all. I thought I’d include this very basic pattern that would lend itself well to all manner of embellishment with the aid of this book.

I find that lately I’m drawn more and more to basic patterns as they really play up all the fun prints that I tend to buy. This one is especially cute with its fitted bodice and gathered skirt. Even a beginning sewer could sew this up without much of a problem.

And because I like you all so much, I decided that it would be fun to have not one, but two giveaways! This one is a great sewing book from the Forties called The Complete Book of Sewing by Constance Talbot, and let me tell you, she ain’t kidding!

Now, I must warn you, this book does have a bit of mildew damage to the front pages. However, this isn’t something that detracts in any way from the book and it’s nothing that a nice airing in the sun won’t cure. If the sun would just cooperate here, I could do this before I send it out.

Like the Better Homes Sewing Book, this book is a neat snapshot in time for the vintage sewer.

There are a few great sections that are just FULL of projects that one could very easily make without using a pattern; for example the two hats you see above. Don’t you just love the turban?! This has been on my “to make” list for WAY too long!

The first few chapters of this book focus solely on choosing clothes that will work for you; for your height, weight, body shape and clothing preference. The scan above is examples of some of the “types” be it sophisticated or feminine.

Aside from providing the basics of sewing, this book is choc-a-bloc full of tips for trimming and “make do and mend” projects. The lucky winner will adore this book.

Like the other giveaway, I thought it would be fun to include a pattern from the era of this sewing book so up for grabs is this pretty little thing.

Again, this is s simple pattern that even a novice sewer could easily make up and would look great in anything from solids to prints. The scooped neckline is flattering to most folks and just look- it has pockets! What could be better?

So, how do you win one of these prizes? Simply comment below and let me know if you’d like the first giveaway or the second. You have until Sunday, 13 May to enter.  Winners will be chosen using a random number generator and will be announced on Monday the 14th of May. Please be sure to leave me your email so that I may contact you if you win! ETA: You can enter for both, but can only win one and, I will ship anywhere in the world! Good luck to you all and thanks for reading!


30 Responses to “My First Giveaway!”

  1. nikki walker May 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM #

    I want the second giveaway, pleeease

  2. nikki walker May 8, 2012 at 8:22 PM #

    No…the first. NO The second, AHHHH!!!

    • eileensbasement May 8, 2012 at 8:33 PM #

      Ha ha, you crack me up! I should edit it to say that people can enter for both but can’t win both . . . hmmm.

  3. dressesandme May 8, 2012 at 8:28 PM #

    wow that first pattern is so pretty and fun! I love summer dresses that are easy to put together 🙂 and the book look to have some great tips too

  4. Renee G May 8, 2012 at 9:47 PM #

    I’d love to be entered in the first one.

  5. Tammie May 8, 2012 at 10:44 PM #

    Enter me in both I love both of the books, the patterns are cute to.

  6. happygrape2 May 8, 2012 at 11:21 PM #

    I would love to be entered in both! I don’t have much experience in sewing but it is something I’d love to take up.

  7. kittysdrawings May 8, 2012 at 11:40 PM #

    I’d love the second one! That book looks AMAZING!

    • kittysdrawings May 8, 2012 at 11:41 PM #

      Eep – I would be happy with the first too though, but would prefer the second!

  8. affiknity May 9, 2012 at 12:08 AM #

    I don’t own any sewing books (yet), so I don’t mind winning either of the books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. Andrea May 9, 2012 at 11:17 AM #

    Happy 100th post Eilleen!!! I’d like to be entered for both! The books look great!

  10. nicoleneedles May 9, 2012 at 8:09 PM #

    Such gorgeous gifts! Just discovered your blog thru Sew Retro, and look forward to following it. Oh, and I’d love to win the second prize!

  11. nicoleneedles May 9, 2012 at 8:13 PM #

    Such great gifts! I just discovered your blog through Sew Retro, and look forward to following it. Oh, and I’d love to win the second prize!

  12. Jill May 9, 2012 at 8:30 PM #

    Oh! I’d love to win the second prize!

  13. Sharonann May 9, 2012 at 11:28 PM #

    Oohh–I would love either giveaway!

  14. Jen May 9, 2012 at 11:34 PM #

    I’d love the second one please!

  15. Njeri May 10, 2012 at 6:24 AM #

    Hi, I have found your blog via sew retro.
    Put me in the running for Giveaway 1 although I would be happy with either.

  16. Jusi May 10, 2012 at 8:14 AM #

    That is so generous of you!! Are you sure you are not going to need that anymore? I mean you won’t, I am sure you won’t – please do’nt change your mind!:)
    I would like either one, both patterns are baeutiful and both books will be sure helpful!

  17. Caitlin May 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM #

    Both books look amazing, but the 40s are my true love, so I have to go with the second one, please. Thanks for the giveaway and for your very entertaining blog!

  18. Dee May 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM #

    Hard choice! Enter me in number two, but I’d truly love either!

  19. Paula May 11, 2012 at 8:45 AM #

    Hi there, just discovered your blog through your post on We Sew Retro (lovely pinafore dress!!) and realized your giveaway is still on. I’d love the first one. Keeping my fingers crossed!

  20. Jen May 11, 2012 at 7:59 PM #

    Pick me, pick me! For the first one please!!!!!

  21. seweclectic May 13, 2012 at 1:45 PM #

    Wow what a great giveaway. Happy one hundredth post to you, loving both giveaways but hoping to be lucky enough to win the first ❤

  22. seweclectic May 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM #

    Actually having a bimbo moment, I think I’d rather have the second but any would be great haha xx

  23. seantellc May 20, 2012 at 2:05 PM #

    just found your blog through casey’s blog and I must say I am a fan. Also i would like to be entered for both giveaways.

    • eileensbasement May 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM #

      I’m sorry, the giveaway ended last Sunday 😦 Hope to have another one soon!

  24. Liz Lawson May 20, 2012 at 6:28 PM #

    I would love to be entered in both giveaways, but prefer the first.

    • eileensbasement May 20, 2012 at 8:26 PM #

      I’m sorry, the giveaway ended last Sunday. Hopefully I’ll be holding another one soon!

  25. Marie Coppola May 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM #

    I would absolutely love the second one!!!

    • eileensbasement May 1, 2014 at 5:15 PM #

      My apologies, the giveaway ended in May of 2012 😦 I’ll put a note up on the page so folks know!

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