Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Yay, a new Giveaway! (with an exciting update!)

(don't miss an exciting update at the end of this post!)

Readers!

Thank you so much for your feedback on my LBD muslin. While I am tinkering with it, here are some new goodies for you! Yes! It is another giveaway!

This is a special giveaway, though, because the tool below has been invented and patented by one of our fellow home seamstresses. Can you imagine?!


Hollie Bell, who lives in Australia, studied engineering many years ago, but then fell into her current career of building loan calculators for mortgage brokers and banks. “I am very lucky that it only takes up five hours a week,” she said. “I love being self-employed and hope never to have a real job again.”

Now, readers, admit, how many of you sympathize with Hollie? (by the way, if you want to pour out your frustration about full-time working, please feel free to do it here! I doubt your employer will look for your comments on my blog.)

Oh, how much I have to say, but back to the subject. Holly is quite an experienced seamstress, readers: she started sewing when she was 12. “I have resurrected my love for sewing in the last few years,” she said. “Although, it’s very hard with two high-maintenance little kids.”

She invented the tool last year, when she was working on a top from Marfy patterns (the ‘notorious’ Marfy patterns - no seam allowances, no instructions…). “I was a bit annoyed at the whole tracing process and my mechanical brain knew there must be a far simpler way.”

The seam allowance guide functions as a magnetic attachment for your scissor blades, which guides your scissors as they cut the fabric at a consistently equal distance from the stitching line.



Hollie has been offering the tool on her website and has received a lot of positive feedback since the launch. “I love starting a project from an idea to seeing it in my hand, and even better when the feedback has been so positive,” she said.

Thank you, Hollie, for offering this unique tool to Frabjous Couture readers! So, here we go, friends! I have one seam allowance guide to give away, and all you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment here, and, if you like, share with others what’s your most dreaded sewing step.

Good luck!

Of course, I forgot to enter the last day to enter! Shall we say Friday next week? So be it!

The Update!!!  Due to such a positive response, Hollie has generously decided to offer two additional Seam Allowance Guides to Frabjous Couture readers! 


All you need to do to win one of these two additional guides is back-link to this giveaway by using "Links to this post" at the end of the post and then creating the link! (Alternatively, just post a link on your blog and let me know here that you did it!) If you have already commented on this post, you can still back-link to increase your chances to win!



Disclaimer: this is not an advertisement and I am not getting any reimbursement from Hollie for promoting the tool. 

32 comments:

  1. What an ingenious tool. So simple yet so clever. Well done to Hollie for coming up with such brilliant idea. Of course, I wouldn't mind adding it to my sewing gadgetry.

    I think my most dreaded sewing step is machine buttonholes simply because I feel I can't control them. If the machine decides to do one of them smaller/ different/ bigger than the other it will. Unpicking buttonholes is not fun.

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  2. This is awesome! Why didn't someone think of this earlier!

    Most dreaded step for me is marking fabric after it's cut. There is no easy way and it's SO time consuming!

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  3. What a clever tool.

    I dread the most the laying out, pinning and cutting. If all the pieces were cut out for me and all I had to do was just sew, that would be great.

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  4. I actually like the cutting of the pattern pieces (as long as there are not too many) but I DREAD wrestling with my fabric to get the selvedges lined up properly without any twisting of fabric...really dread it, teeth gnashing experience....

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  5. I love this tool!!! I've wanted one for ages, because, yes (!), one of the most frustrating sewing steps is adding seam allowance to a pattern doesn't have any :) Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway.

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  6. I saw this tool a few weeks ago and have wanted it ever since! Scandinavian patterns NEVER come seam allowance (well - I haven't worked with one that did).

    The worst thing ever?? (Machine) Buttnholes. No matter how many time I do practice ones and even if I get all those PERFECT - I will end up having to redo 9 out of 10 buttonholes on the garnment. I have countless of shirts waiting to be finished... all I need to make are those #@!§$&%€ buttonholes!!! I want a 'clip-in/strap-on-buttonhole-maker'... did you read that Hollie??!! Please!!!

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  7. Holly, thanks for the tool. so clever! Marina this is a great give away !

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  8. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.
    My most dreaded sewing task is probably the most important one, the fittings and muslins to get a proper fit.

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  9. Wow! What a simple, yet fantastic idea! I absolutely despise cutting and it always takes so long.....This 'lil gadget would really speed things along for me. I'm always double checking my measurements for the seam allowance so I end up having to cut the fabric at least two times! Always cutting off the excess that I left "just in case" my bazillion measurements were wrong... Thanks for the great giveaway! :)Tara

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  10. Cool--I haven't seen this tool before! Very clever idea! I hate tracing patterns and pressing. If those were not an issue, I'd have a lot more clothes made, lol!

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  11. That's cool... I don't think I'm that particular with my seam allowances... Maybe that's why my sewing is not at par with others, who have been sewing for an equally long time...

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  12. Wow! Seam allowance guide seems really useful. I sew extensively and almost daily and cutting takes most of the time so i am quite excited and love to win this.

    I have a post linking back to this giveaway on my blog Adithis Amma Sews Fingers Crossed! Best of luck to all!

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  13. I also happen to be your newest follower. Would be glad if you could drop by and visit my blog about Sewing and Pattern Making with emphasis on Indian outfits Adithis Amma Sews

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  14. This is such an ingenious looking tool - I can't wait to try it out (but OK, I'll wait to buy one until after the winners here are announced) ;^D Fabulous idea on your part, and a BIG thank you to Hollie!

    Dreaded.....I wracked my brain for a bit, and I think at this point I can honestly say there is NOTHING about sewing (so far!) that I dread. There were a few things that were scary until I dove into them, and now I'm finding that anything brand new is just another exciting challenge to try.

    Hopefully I've learned enough patience at this stage of my life to treat formerly boring tasks as more of a zen-like exercise in patience now. Yup, even thread tracing and and seam ripping....

    And now that I've said that out loud, I've no doubt that some new dreaded task will rise up to bit me in the butt lol! :D

    Oh oh wait! I know! I DO have dread! It's agonizing over the perfect pattern for a fabulous & pricey & irreplaceable cut of fabric, and then second-guessing my decision as I finally cut into it.

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  15. YAY! Count me in! What a great idea!!!

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  16. Wow, this is so cool for my Burdas!! I'm going to post a link to your giveaway on my blog right now....

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  17. OOOO! Definitely need one of these!

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  18. Wonderful idea! I'd love one of these.

    I dread hemming. Not the actual hemming, but deciding how long an item should be and marking it.

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  20. If there's one thing I inherited from my father, it's certainly my taste for specialized gadgets. I would love to have one!

    And I hate a number of things but there's a tie between hemming and, strangely, grading/trimming seams. I'm always SURE it's going to make the garment fall apart in my hands, LOL!

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  21. I would love one of these! As for my most dreaded sewing step... hmm... probably marking my cut pieces, especially on something like tweed... takes forever!

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  22. What a great tool. I have some vintage patterns that are unmarked and do not have seam allowance built in to the pattern. This would be a great tool.

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

    Brava, Hollie for a great invention!

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  23. What a clever idea! I will have to get one of these...unless I'm super lucky and win one.

    My most dreaded chore is button holes. My machine can't be bothered to make them all the same or even to complete them a lot of the time. Maybe one day I'll learn to do hand stitched button holes.

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  24. What a cute and helpful little tool!

    I always dread cutting out the fabric. Not only is it a pain in the butt to keep it all still, but my cat loves to lay on my fabric when I lay it out. I turn away for a sec and he's up on it snoozing and shedding away on it hahahaha

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  25. How clever! The greatest inventions are the simplest and this is one very useful invention. I dread the cutting out process the most so this would always come in handy.

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  26. Oh that gadget looks extra fab to someone who makes their own patterns! I wouldn't have to sit there with a ruler tracing around the pattern! Now that is a step I dread...

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  27. Please enter me in the drawing. For me, cutting out the pattern is my most dreaded event.

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  28. I love to see genius ideas like this come to fruition. Congrats Hollie, and thanks for your generosity. I'd love to win one of your gadgets. And, thanks Marina for making this giveaway happen. (If I'm so lucky, you can reach me at amy.ahearta [at] gmail [dot] com.

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  29. Thanks for this giveaway!
    Fingers crossed!

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  30. Clever, clever, clever tool! Even more clever than my invention! http://sewconfused.blogspot.com/2008/04/more-burda.html

    My most dreaded sewing step is understitching. I botch it up at least once almost every time!

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