Thursday, June 30, 2011

Announcement and another Giveaway!

I had quite a lot of exciting things happening in the last few weeks: I started guest blogging on BurdaStyle.com, then I took a class with Susan Khalje, made my own Chanel-inspired jacket using the finest couture sewing techniques, then I reached 100 followers threshold and, finally, dear readers, this week I quit my job!

Ok, that's it... There is no follow-up announcement... I didn't win a lottery, or inherited money from a rich aunt; neither did I get a TV hosting or publishing deal... Readers, I decided it's time to make the next step! I learnt a lot during the last 2,5 years at my job and am ready for more. As importantly, from August on I will take some time off to help my daughter start her first year at school. Meanwhile, I will have more time to sew, to learn new couture techniques and to write, and I hope this will lead me where I want to be... but more about it later.

Now, to celebrate this new stage in my life I wanted to offer my followers this giveaway, as a thank you for being part of my life for the last few months. I really feel I got so many new friends all over the world - I talk about you during breakfast, lunch and dinner (ask Mr. Frabjous). I read your blogs and I can even anticipate what posts each of you is likely to comment on... Anyway, this is becoming very sentimental, so to cut the long story short, here is my giveaway:




This pattern was made by a talented indie designer Tasia of Sewaholic and is the second of her three patterns so far. I also have her Pendrell Blouse and pre-ordered her very-soon-to-be -released Lonsdale Dress, which I love, by the way. She hosted Sew-Alongs for the both released patterns with step-by-step images. In addition, there is a Flickr Group featuring creations by her readers - check it out for inspiration.

While I like this Crescent Skirt, I realised, after I bought it, that it just would not suit me - so I would be happy if you, readers, will have fun sewing and wearing this skirt.

So, for a chance to win this pattern you just need to be a follower of this blog and leave a comment under this post - that's it! 

I would also love to hear from you about your favourite indie pattern companies/designers, but this is not a condition for winning this pattern!

Last day to enter is July 5th - the winner will be announced on July 6th.

Good luck!

15 comments:

  1. I am already a follower.

    I self draft my patterns, but would love to see how a commercial pattern is.

    Believe me, here in India we don't get commercial patterns for sale. I have downloaded a few of burda's free patterns, but never have seen a commercial pattern with cover, i would love to see how it works, though it is possible to knock-off cresecent skirt pattern

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  2. I've been reading your blog for a while now, but I just became a follower.

    I'm currently trying out a Colette pattern and am liking it so far. I'd love to try out the Sewaholic Crescent skirt pattern. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  3. CreativeMama, I grew up having only magazine patterns and understand what you mean. On the other hand, I have never tried downloading a pattern and sewing from an online pattern - I should give it a try!

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  4. Laura, Colette patterns are very cute - I have her Ceylon dress pattern, but still need to sew the dress.

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  5. Congratulations!!!! You must feel so free... You´ve got exciting times ahead and I wish you the best. It would be great to have more of Marina couture reads and creations. Can´t wait.
    And for the patterns I´m loyal to Burda magazines but Oliver and S are my favourite for kids. I´m a fan of japanese books for children too.
    Besos
    María

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  6. Congratulations on the new phase of your life :)

    I only recently found and started following your blog but, as a very beginner stitcher, I find reading your blog inspirational. Thank you for sharing so much. Perhaps in a million years or so, I might get to your standard :)

    As I said, I am very much a beginner stitcher and only have the Collette Ginger skirt under my belt (yes, really!!). I am also in the process of making a free Burda pattern for a sun hat right at this moment. So ...... I have no worthwhile experience of patterns really to say!!

    However, I love Tasia's (Sewaholic's) blog and would love to try the Crescent skirt. It would perfectly compliment my pear shape!!

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  7. Congrats! I already own this pattern but I also feel it will not suit me. Tasia's instructions are terrific and there are some fab renditions floating around the internet right now.

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  8. Hi Marina, Congratulation on your new life adventure. I takes coragous people to follow their dreams and wish you all the best!

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  9. I've used Collette, Grainline, Angela Kane and Wiksten independently produced patterns. I would love to try Sewaholic patterns! I find that the instructions provided by independent designers are really excellent. The detail is so much better and the tips and tricks I've picked up are worth as much as the patterns themselves.

    Congrats on giving up the job!

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  10. Congratulations on all the changes, how exciting!!!

    I love Colette patterns, even though they always run big on me. I have never sewn from Tasia's patterns but hear only good things!

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  11. I have been following your blog for a while in google reader and love it! I think the Crescent would be very "me" :)

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  12. Congrats on the big life changes. Raise that star of yours!

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  13. Good luck with everything! Quitting your job can be the best thing you can do sometimes, I can testify for that!:))

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  14. Just found you through your Burdastyle post. Loving your blog, especially the muslin/toile info. Now if I can only get some sewing done (in between chasing a toddler and tending to a 4 month old)...that would really great! ; )

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