Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A New Year’s Giveaway


I thought that the New Year would be the perfect time for a giveaway!


Up for grabs is the new Sewaholic pattern:  the Hollyburn Skirt.  The pattern is perfect for all skill levels, and all sizes are contained in one pattern envelope.  I just love my Hollyburn and I think everyone should have their own!

And because my Seam Binding Tutorial is by far the most popular post here on Lilacs & Lace, I thought I would add five yards of rayon seam binding, in your choice of Cameo Beige, Carafe Green, Lilac, or Black.


To enter, just leave a comment and let me know what you have planned for your first sewing project in the New Year.  I will pick a winner next Tuesday, January 8th.

100 comments:

  1. It is so hot here at the moment and I have need of appropriate clothing. So...the first item I plan to sew is a quick and simple to make, loose flowing dress. New Look 6119. I plan to make the shorter version.

    http://www.simplicity.com/p-7539-misses-dress.aspx

    Thanks for the great giveaway. My email is withfaith at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hi laura mae, my next sewing project will be a reversible patchwork doona cover, it was actually my boyfriends idea so its also a new years resolution for us to finish togevs. it will be a lightweight cover done in vintage japanese cotton squares. i live in australia so in summer a cute lightweight cover is all thats needed. im dying to get to the fabric store.eeeeeek!
      Thanks the fab giveaway.x if i win i would love the black seam binding. ta
      nw9076@gmail.com

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  2. Great giveaway! My first project is something for myself, post pregnancy. I'm due to give birth this month and as much as I've enjoyed being pregnant, I'm looking forward to making a vintage dress for me that doesn't have to accommodate a big round belly!

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  3. I have a Style Arc Mia dress cut out and ready to go....

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  4. I'm in real need of some new tops and blouses and have the Renfrew cut out and ready to sew. My first time sewing jersey!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. Does it count, if I cut the pieces yesterday? Then a fur hat.
    Otherwise I have no real plans, which is a bit of a chok, but I'm pretty sure I will have something in mind within a few days. Might be a shirt of some sort.. I have lots of sweaters after this christmas, but that will become a problem in March ;)

    What a great give-away, I have thought making something with that pattern, but is always a bit reluctant to try out new patterns as I have a very bad experience with a local patternmaker.

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway - I'd love to win.
    y first project of this year will be started after breakfast - I'm opening an Etsy shop and have some new fabric to make some bags. So I'll be having a zipper pouch day today.

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  7. Great giveaway. My first project is a Sandra Betzina skirt pattern. Love your work, by the way.

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  8. Great! I'm currently working on finishing my winter coat, from Gertie's Butterick pattern. Hopefully it will be done before spring!

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  9. Laura Mae, I am giving you that seven-and-a-half cent raise; you've earned it. Great job (and we love your Mom)!

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  10. My first project, which I hope to start today, is a new bra! I made one last summer and the fit was amazing! I'm hoping to recreate it for even more comfort. Thanks, Laura Mae, happy new year to you!

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  11. Hi Laura Mae, and happy new year!
    My first project is to tidy up the sewing room I'm afraid! I am spending today moving the furniture in there around and I'll be getting some more shelves for it this weekend. It is beyond necessary!!!

    I would like to take part in the giveaway.
    Aside from the tidying, I am in the process of making a self-drafted straight skirt for my Mum :) it was meant to be a fairly quick make but the as I worked with the fabric (very heavy tweed-ish wool cloth) I realised it needs lining, so this is going to take slightly longer.
    After that, my real first project for 2013 is a dress with sleeves, in a lovely purple knit I picked up in Italy. I spent the Christmas holidays tracing patterns, since there is no machine there, and I raring to hit the shears! :)

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  12. Hello and happy New year! My first project is midnight blue silk faille 50s inspired dress. I had planned to make it pre_ New Year, but sadly didn't have time!

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  13. My project for 2013 is making the dress for my bridesmaid. I have already bought the fabric, but now I need the guts to cut into it... Happy new year by the way!

    Ps my mailadress is sara_hoste@hotmail.com

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  14. Great stuff!
    My first projekt ia the McCalls M5138 - I've added with and made it shorter and done a FBA - now I'm working on the darts.

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  15. My first project is a tartan circle skirt- it'll be the first time i've used horsehair braid and first time putting in a lining! :)
    rhi_rhi_2005@hotmail.co.uk

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  16. I love how your creations always look so lovely inside! My first project for the new year is a complete set of 1910s underpinnings-combinations, early brassier, corset-the works!

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  17. First project is a polka dot shirt and a circle skirt. Can't have too many of either of those! :D

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  18. I am really impressed by the projects you choose to undertake. They are beautifully done and look great on you.
    I have four project competing for attention; a pair of EvaDress trousers, a skirt, a pair of Thurlow trousers, and a Renfrew top. The first to make it to the cutting table is not necessarily an indication that they will be first to the sewing machine. But before I start that I have to cut my hair.
    Happy New Year and thank you for hosting this contest!

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  19. What a generous giveaway! I'm taking a day or two off of sewing, but by the weekend I expect to get going on a couple more Renfrew tops - I went a little crazy with buying cotton jersey lately!

    Happy New Year!

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  20. Oooh, I love the Sewaholic patterns! My first project is a floral cardigan that I cut out at Christmas, and just need to stitch up! Happy New Year!

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  21. Happy New Year! My first project is a pair of wide-legged 1940s style denim pants from Simplicity 3688, and I plan to try something a little crazy for the zipper opening. The fabric has been washed and dried three times. It's time to start cutting pieces!

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  22. Hi there and happy New Year! I absolutely love that black coat you made a while back. So much so, that I found it on Etsy and bought it to make myself a new coat, so that will probably be my first project in the new year. Here's to hoping it turns out even half as lovely as yours :)

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  23. I just started and finished my first project of the year today: a lovely purple skirt. I love how quick skirts are to make and how easy they are to wear, so I'd love a chance to win this pattern!

    Eleanor
    eleanorkrause87 at gmail dot com

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  24. Happy New Year! I love your version of the Hollyburn skirt. Sewaholic patterns are great - I'm finishing up my first Renfrew today. My first project for 2013 is a Tiramisu dress.

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  25. Happy New Year, I love the stuff you make, it all looks so Fantastic. My goal for the new year it to get better at pattern fitting and try some new ideas. The first thing I want to sew for the new years are some things for my granddaughter.

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  26. I will be making a pair of green silk charmeuse boxer shorts for my dear boyfriend.

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  27. I have a heap of repairs and alterations for friends to tackle before I begin something for myself. Hoping to complete Megan Nielsen - Banksia top after that :-)

    lisacdolan at gmail dot com

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  28. I have a heap of repairs and alterations for friends to tackle before I begin something for myself. Hoping to complete Megan Nielsen - Banksia top after that :-)

    lisacdolan at gmail dot com

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  29. I am incredibly excited by the green binding! I am feeling a bit bewildered by the number of things I want to make, but I think first might be a cowl-neck Butterick 5794 in a gorgeous fairisle knit. Drool.

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  30. My first project is to finish my last project, the Colette Anise jacket!

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  31. My first project of the year will be a green dotted ceylon dress! oo la la!

    howtofeedyourvegan et yahoo.com

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  32. I want to try sewing with knit fabrics this year; so hopefully a pattern that incorporates that will be one of my first sewing projects of 2013.

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  33. My first project of the year is my most ambitious yet, I wool cape with welt pockets. I am terrified but also excited to conquer such a big (for me) project.

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  34. I'm going to finish my Meringue skirt - it only needs to be hemmed!!

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  35. Mine is to finish a UFO of a blouse!

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  36. After finishing the button-front top that I started before the new year, I will definitely be needing a palate-cleanser. So a knit top for my daughter is next on the agenda.

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  37. You are awesome! I loved the skirt that you made. The project I am working on is a dress for a company party at the end of the month. It is in blue shantung and is has 3/4 length sleeve bodice and a full skirt. The pattern is from 1959. Thanks for the opportunity!
    mlcramer [at] iastate [dot] edu

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  38. That skirt pattern is fantastic! Right now I'm working on finishing a couple of quilts that didn't quite make the Christmas deadline :)

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  39. Nice skirt... I need to make some. My first dress will be a dark purple velveteen (but looks like velvet) dress from a Vogue Special Design pattern from the late '50s - scoop neck, full skirt, which looks amazingly like an Alexander McQueen dress. Meant to make it before New Years, but want to finish!

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  40. My first sewing project of the new year will be to make myself a 1940s style bra because I need something new and different than what I have and what is offered in the stores. I like the shaping and the history behind the old bras and its something I have always wanted to try. So, that what the plan is and here is my entry for the giveaway.

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  41. Oooh! I've been very much desiring the Hollyburn pattern. I was going to try to draft a pattern similar, but that is really quite beyond me.
    I plan to start the year with a plaid skirt-I've got some fabric that is dying to be worn!

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  42. Somehow, my first project is a sleeveless summer dress...I completely disregard reality.
    librik at yahoo dot com

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  43. I am making a self drafted long sleeve t-shirt and would love the lilac hug-snug

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  44. My first project is a dolman-sleeve pullover top in gray and white striped jersey. The fabric is pre-shrunk and awaiting my attention.

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  45. My first project for the year is to finish a red & white polka dot sundress that I have had cut out for a couple of weeks, then onto a travel winter wardrobe for an upcoming trip. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. Thank you for your wonderful blog - I am a Hug-Snug convert! I would love the pattern - adn the lilac hug-snug - perfect for an upcoming project.
    Blessings,
    Patti
    fourkid @ mindspring dot com

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  47. This would be great! I love the Sewaholic patterns. I'm currently working on my third Cambie dress, a sensible work appropriate one so not that exciting, but practical!

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  48. This would be great! I love the Sewaholic patterns. I'm currently working on my third Cambie dress, a sensible work appropriate one so not that exciting, but practical!

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  49. Hi, my first planned sewing project for the year (in case I don't win your contest) is a Burda Cape that I plan to make in fleece (even though it specifies a stretchier fabric) but this fleece has a one-way stretch. Thanks for your contest, good luck to all this year!

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  50. My first sewing project for 2012 will be to finish my Ceylon!!

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  51. Gorgeous giveaway! :-)

    I just completed my first 2013 project earlier this evening - a soft toy for my Pieces of Us Project (http://piecesofusproject.wordpress.com/)

    And I'm currently trying to decide between a 1950's blouse pattern and a 1970's blouse pattern for the length of fabric I'm going to make up next.... Tough decision!

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  52. wounderful idea of a giveway, My first project for the year is the renfrew top by sewaholic view c the cowl , it turned out great ,cut and sewed it in on day,a record for me, so my next will be making wiew B, happy sewing!

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  53. what a great giveaway. For my first sewing project of the year, I am going to work on finishing my summer weight shirt dress I started last summer and then dropped the ball on. If I start sewing now I might actually have some clothes to wear when the temperature warms up (I have all fall/winter clothes for some reason)

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  54. My first sewing project is going to be a pink velour A-line skirt - can't wait!

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  55. On my cutting board is a beautiful denim/bamboo that I am going use to make a long pants version of Collette's Iris shorts. I made a pair of shorts last week as a test run of the pattern and am always pleased that her patterns require few alterations, they're sized for real people.

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  56. That pattern looks super cute! I'd love a closet of them in every color.

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  57. Thanks for the lovely giveaway! My plan for my first project is to make a hadajuban, the undermost layer of a kimono ensemble. There don't seem to be any patterns to be found anywhere, but seeing as it's truly a bunch of squares sewn together, I think I can work something out. A perfect use for an old bedsheet...

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  58. Happy new year Laura Mae.I am working on the coletwte crepe.

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  59. I'm making two scrub tops for my friend who is a nurse, but I'll be sewing up a couple sweater knit Renfrew tops for myself just as soon as possible :) Happy New Year!

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  60. My first two projects for 2013 are to sew up a cropped gray corduroy blazer I cut out at Thanksgiving and the second is to (finally) wrap up a Vogue 1317 from the fall 2012 pattern line. A great pair of projects to kick off the year!

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  61. I'm dying to make this skirt (I'm a bit of a Sewaholic) but cannot justify buying yet another pattern at the moment! So this is perfect :-)
    My first sewing project of the year is nearly complete and will be blogged this weekend, a floral McCalls 6611 jacket with contrasting lapels and cuffs. I think I love it! ejanebrennan at gmail dot com

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  62. I would love to try this pattern. I don't know what my first sewing project will be because I am having an episode of vertigo that prevents my sewing right now--but I see a specialist next week and hope to be back to normal soon. What I'd like to sew is a lot of summer clothes and this skirt would be a great start!

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  63. My first sewing project, apart from all the mending I need to do, is a Vogue Reprint of a 1953 dress. It is supposed to be a border print pattern. I have found some fabric but none as beautiful as the original photograph on the envelope.

    HRF

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  64. My first sewing project is going to be the colette chantilly dress - it'll be my first time doing a full lining!

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  65. My first project to complete in 2013 is a dress from New Look A6000. It is a combo of the two longer sleeved dresses. As I am too short waisted for the side gathered look, I went for the strait dress with the longer sleeves and collar. I found beautiful crystal buttons for the cuffs and neck. The dress is a red velety looking light weight suede. I inter- lined it and am also adding a light weight tafeta like lining. I will send a picture when it is completed. I am just about finhed with putting on the sleeves, so that leaves me with the collar and lining. It is looking georgous.

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  66. I am just now catching up on your blog. I haven't decided what my first project will be, but I'm thinking it might be a bra. I ordered a kit and am anxious to try my hand at underwear. I would also love to win the pattern. Happy New Year.

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  67. This year I have decided to tackle a basic trouser pattern that I can use as a sloper for future projects. Don't know why pants have always intimidated me, but this is the year I shall overcome!

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  68. My first planned project this year will be a slinky little slip with black lace and a black knit of some sorts. This way I can practice both sewing lace and sewing knits, which I haven't done before. Also I guess my boyfriend will be happy ;)

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  69. I'm hoping (tonight) to finish up a sorbetto tank from Coletterie. I cut the pieces before the New Year but encountered some slippery fabric difficulty. I think I might have a solution, so I'm giving it a try. Then I'll make a lovely pencil skirt from Gertie's book to wear with it.

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  70. My first project this year is a quilt for our bed. It is my first quilt and my mother has had to help me with it a lot even though I am in my 40's! After that, a linen Victorian shirt for my son who loves historical clothing.

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  71. My first sewing project will be the vintage shirtwaist dress pattern that I just bought on etsy. As soon as it gets here I'm planning a trip to the fabric store. I'm super excited - it's a cute pattern!

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  72. What a lovely give away -- I hope I am lucky enough to win. :) I am making a lavender duponi silk blouse with silk georgette sleeves. I would love the grenn hug snug. Keeping my fingers crossed :)

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  73. What a fantastic giveaway - and I'm glad that I now know about your seam binding tutorial. I've got a heap of projects to work on for clients, but my first personal project of 2013 (yay for weekend sewing!) will be Vogue 8593, view C. I'm using a heathered purple stable knit I found in a thrift store. I don't know if I have enough for a dress so it might be a snuggly top instead! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  74. Temperature hit 40C here today - I've just decided my first project of the year will be a nice breezy maxi-dress!

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  75. I have several Renfrews next in my sewing lineup. I just need to quite waffling on which neckline I want for which color. I love the Sewaholic patterns. What a great giveaway !

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  76. What a nice give away. My first project of 2013 was a dress - A simplicity wardrobe pattern and I'm already working on the second version and have plans for the third. g

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  77. I am finishing up altering a costume for a dance show, then shortening the partners trousers, but the big project is to turn my spare room into the sewing room of my dreams.
    lollylocks@hotmail.com

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  78. Lovely giveaway! I'm in need of new skirts for work and this would be perfect (I need pockets). My first project this year is a sassy librarian blouse that I've already started.
    scuffsan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. My first project will be to finish refashioning an 80s blazer into something a lot smaller and cuter- the matching skirt fits perfectly, so I'll have an ensemble when I'm done.

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  80. My first project will be a massive cut-out day. I have a plan to cut out several knit t shirts for kids, 2 or 3 knit tops for myself, 2 slips, and a jumper or two. I have trouble getting the dining table for cutting out, and my husband will be away for several days, and I intend to stock up on projects.
    would love to try some snug hug.
    janet

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  81. My first project on the list is Cordova, after I tend to some mending :)
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  82. What I really need to be sewing is a dust ruffle and duvet cover for a king sized bed and also a shower curtain, with all those buttonholes at the top :( what I really want to make is Vogue 7971 view C. I found the perfect fabric when I was reorganizing. It's a wool/silk blend with a stripe in shades of charcoal. Happy New Year Laura Mae and thanks for the great contest. I have been wanting to try Sewholic patterns.

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  83. Well, living in Ottawa, the very wintery capital of Canada, i have some lovely purple flannel wool that will be made into a pair of high-waisted, wide legged pants. Simplicity 3688 of course!

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  84. Oooh, great giveaway! My first make for the year is hopefully going to be a 1970s romper, a Simplicity pattern that I can't find the number of at the moment... just have to convince myself to cut into the material now!

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  85. Hello Laura I just want to thank you for being such an inspiration on 2012!! I am currently working on Colette Iris. Thank you for the giveaway. Hope to see more from you this 2013!

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  86. What a wonderful giveaway!! I love this skirt!!
    My first project is Tasia's Renfrew top :)

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  87. What a lovely giveaway. I found it after coming back to look up your seam binding tutorial!
    My first project for the year is a shirt for my husband, though the first one for myself will be a pair of trousers from my new trouser block.

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  88. I think my first project will be a shoulder bag.

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  89. I've already started my Thurlow muslin, so hopefully my first project will be completed Thurlows!

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  90. I'm going to finally take some time and finish a pretty Cambie dress in dark green wool crepe :-)

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  91. Sorry about my identity here, i've just got a new tablet for Xmas and for some reason it's my husband's identity, who protests that he isn't making a cambie dress! Aida.

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  92. My first sewing project for the new year is a Sencha top from Colette patterns. I just found the cutest peach rayon with black bows and polka dots on it. I think that it will pair very nicely with the keyhole version of that top. Wishing everyone all the very best for this year. Christina

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  93. I am making Pajama bottoms for the family! Little late for Christmas, but better than not at all! Can't wait to see your designs this year!

    Happy New Year!

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  94. I have just found Sewaholic patterns and would love to make the Cambie dress
    Ca2jo@yahoo.co.uk

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  95. love the skirt pattern and absolutely NEED the seam binding!

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  96. My first project for the new year will be New Look 6069 in a small print fabric which is primarily grey, purple and red. I've already made a muslin so its all go now. I love the flare of your Hollyburn skirt. Ilove Sewaholic patterns - I've already made the Cambie and I've no doubt the Hollyburn will be equally flattering.

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