Sunday, November 18, 2012

Pattern Pyramid Giveaway and the Power of Perseverance

This is a story of love, obsession and heartbreak...and most of all, the story of perseverance.  Meet Economy Design 157:


How graceful, beautiful and fragile.  My love and ultimate obsession with this pattern begin when Karen of Did You Make That posted the novel idea of the Pattern Pyramid.  She had a bunch of patterns she got and hosted a giveaway where she split them into several bundles and sent them onto the winners.  The winners would pick one pattern and then host their own giveaway.  So on and so on until all the patterns had been won and welcomed into loving homes.

Among the original patterns was Economy Design 157--so unlike all the other patterns.  And so it began.  I commented on the original Pattern Pyramid giveaway post over at Karen's blog:


I missed the deadline for the giveaway over at Sew Brunswick who won the original lot including the Economy Design 157 pattern from Karen. Then the Pattern Pyramid made it's way over to the lovely Seersucker Sally and she was deciding between keeping the New Look pattern and the Economy Design pattern and....phew! She chose the New Look pattern.  Here's my comment on her giveaway:


Then the patterns traveled to Tiffany in Seattle.  I missed her giveaway which was won by Kat in Wellington, New Zealand who blogs over  at Modern Vintage Cupcakes.  Kat decided to keep the Economy Design pattern (sob!) but I entered the giveaway anyway.....


I get the patterns in the mail and what do I find?????  The Economy Design pattern!! Turns out that at the last minute Kat opted to keep the Simplicity 3661 pattern from 1951 instead of the Economy Design pattern! I was OVER THE MOON!  To say I love this pattern would be an understatement...I have literally tracked it around the world and can't believe that after the roller coaster Pattern Pyramid ride that it now calls My Happy Sewing Place home....

Don't you just love fairy tale endings?  Now's your chance.  Up for grabs in this 6th round of the Pattern Pyramid are the original patterns:




The Sewaholic Alma Blouse was added in Round 4 by the lovely Tiffany:


And in celebration, I am adding 3 more patterns to the Pattern Pyramid Giveaway (I anticipate this giveaway will be going strong for at least another year!!!).  First up is this adorable 1974 McCall's pattern for summer tops (which, um, I will never sew for the Scottish climate!):


This adorable pinafore/jumper pattern from 1968:


And the best of all....This stunning 1952 Vogue pattern:


To Enter the Giveaway
Just leave a comment below to enter and let me know which pattern you'd like to keep.  All the patterns will be mailed to you, you keep one and then hold a giveaway and mail them onto someone else!  I will ship anywhere in the world.  I'll randomly pick a winner on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday the 22nd).  And you'll get a bonus entry for sharing this post (via your blog, Facebook or Twitter).  Just let me know you've done that!

The other exciting news?  This giveaway is the start of my 3-YEAR BLOGIVERSARY CELEBRATION!  Three years ago on the 19th of November, I started sewing and tracking my progress through this blog.  To celebrate, I've got a couple of weeks of exciting posts planned including my biggest sewing news to date, new outfits, reflection posts and more giveaways.....  YAY! Super excited to share this milestone with all of you!

57 comments:

  1. Wow, persistence really paid off for you! Look forward to seeing your finished blouse.

    I like Simplicity 9227 and also the modern Vogue wrap front dress.

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  2. Oh my goodness, what a truly lovely story. I'm so glad your chosen pattern finally made its way to you - via a trip around the world! Thanks for adding extra patterns to the mix. I can't believe how the Pattern Pyramid is running and running. I truly never expected this, but what a delight to see.

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  3. Wow good for you! I would love to participate I love the Simplicity 9227 and the 1952 pattern you added.

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  4. Love the 1952 Vogue pattern, nice ending to your story too 

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  5. Love the 1952 Vogue pattern, nice ending to your story too 

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  6. I'd love to play, it'd be the Alma all the way for me and I have some cute vintage patterns that could find their way in to the bundle!

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  7. Oh lovely! That 1952 Vogue pattern is divine! Sadly, I don't have a blog though... Best of luck to everyone else!

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  8. Wow, what a story! Count me in for the giveaway!

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  9. Wow! What a cool story! Good for you for trying to get your pattern! If I won, I'd pick either the Alma blouse or the jumper. :)

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  10. Oh, I tweeted about the giveaway, too! :)

    https://twitter.com/RachelSGuy/status/270285594272337922

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  11. The Alma pattern is very cute as is the pinafore. Really happy for you that the Economy pattern has made it's way to you obviously meant to be :-)

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  12. What a fun concept - and you picked a great blouse to serendipitously (is that a word?) keep. I would love to use the Sewaholic pattern, though I do find the vintage vogue intriguing. I will also post this on my blog - so count me in for an extra entry! 
    I am at http://poured-out.blogspot.com/
    Blessings,
    Patti
    fourkid (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  13. So happy for you getting that pattern after so long! It is rather lovely. I'd have to have the 1952 Vogue. That dress is just beautiful.

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  14. Laura Pedersen-SchulzNovember 18, 2012 10:47 PM

    Congrats on your blogiversary!  And I am so glad to see that that lovely blouse pattern found such a suitable home!

    Vogue 7588 is my choice - anything that requires a crinoline is fabulous in my world!

    Laura Mae

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  15. That last Vogue pattern is lovely! I'm always in for 50's patterns, though.

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  16. Hi Debi! First off, it was so cute reading your comments for giveaways all brought together in this post - your excitement in each one, I was rooting for you just by reading this post. :) So glad you got it in the end! And thanks for adding some more lovelies to the batch - I'd love the 1974 McCall's pattern. Happy early Thanksgiving from NYC!

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  17. Like everyone I am drooling over Vogue 7588! But I do also like all the Sewaholic Alma blouses I've seen too! To be honest, if I am lucky enough to win I would probably trace the Vogue pattern so that I could pass it one to the next lucky person :)

    Congrats on 3 years of blogging, I am at about 2 & 2/3 years so I am excited to reach 3 years too! xx

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  18. How lovely that your coveted pattern arrived on your doorstep! That has cheered my day no end! Please put me in the running too - I think I'd keep the Alma blouse for myself, or maybe Vogue 7588, hmmm. Maybe I'll encourage someone else to stay hopeful by doing what Kat did to you and change my mind! 

    Congratulations on your 3 year milestone. I really enjoy reading your blogs!

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  19. Happy anniversary! What a cool give-away and how wonderful you ended up with your wish after all that traveling. My picks would be either the Vogue wrap dress or the Alma blouse, so please enter me.

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  20. Congratulations on your 3rd Anniversary. Wowzers!
    I really enjoyed your tail of the travelling Economy Design 157 pattern! What a lovely surprise to find it in the mail! 
    I'm pretty sure that Alma Blouse wants to live in my sewing pattern collection! :)

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  21. Debi, that is so exciting that the Economy Deisgn pattern made it to you.  I can't wait to see you sew it up.  Vogue 7588 is looking pretty lovely :)

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  22. Yes please! I'd keep 2967 Style and then share the love with the other amazing patterns! xx

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  23. I would love to keep the 1952 Vogue pattern to make for my grandmother

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  24. I'm not entering the contest; just want to wish everyone a big fat Good Luck! :-)

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  25. Congrats on your 3 year blogaversary and finally catching up with your blouse pattern! 
    I would love to be entered in the the draw, and would choose either the 60's pinafore or the gorgeous 50's dress, which is even my size :-)

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  26. What a crazy go around with this pattern you so badly wanted, must of been fate!

    These patterns are all fabulous and I'm torn between the Simplicity 9227 and the 1974 McCalls gem you've added! Can I be entered if I'm not committing to one pattern?
    Congrats on the 3 year Blogiversary

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  27. Oh my gosh!  I love this story.  And, I would love to be a part of this giveaway.  I haven't won a pattern giveaway pyramid yet!  (And, I have a weakness for Sewaholic patterns and vintage patterns!)

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  28. Would you believe, some of these are in my stash?
    They are all lovely and it's great to see this stash continue travelling the globe.
    I'm just admiring and I've won a pyramid so don't include me. It's just lovely to see this initiative continue/

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  29. I think the Simplicity 9227 is just my style, love that neckline. But lots of good choices there.
    please count me in. 

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  30. How wonderful to be united with the pattern you've been following! How kind. Please enter me, however, I cannot decide as there are some real gems in your lot and would make final decision based on sizes etc, however it is between, the first fab vogue dress...live the sleeveless look, or the setof knit tops, or actually the alma louse as I have seen so many cute versions...

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  31. It's Vogue for me!

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  32. I've been following vogue 7693 around...this is my time! Third time's a charm right??

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  33. Wo-wow! I would definitely keep the 1952 Vogue pattern. It's a stunner!

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  34. Debi, I would love to win 1952 Vogue 7588. That would make a great Christmas party dress! Please please please!

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  35. What a lovely giveaway! I would be in doubt to keep the Alma blouse or the Vogue pattern... Please count me in!

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  36. I love a happy ending! So glad you got "your" pattern, it was obviously meant to be!!

    I love the Vogue dress you have added as well as the 1968 pinafore. Keeping my fingers crossed for this giveaway!

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  37. Hi Debi - that vintage vogue is beautiful - but I'd probably get more opportunities to wear the wrap dress or the alma blouse :)

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  38. This is a most fun idea and you got your special pattern, count me in!

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  39. Yes please! I love this pattern pyramid giveaway idea. I'm really not sure what I would pick, I'm lovng Style 2697, and am a big Sewaholic Patterns fan but that 1950s dress you added is gorgeous!

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  40. What a great idea! I think I would probably keep the last Vogue pattern, but all those patterns are great.
    -Emily

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  41. It was obviously just meant to be! I'm looking forward to seeing the blouse made up! The 1974 tops are so adorable (and I'd get a lot of use out of them living in Greece!) but the Alma is pretty enticing too! Fingers crossed!

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  42. I'm so glad you got your dream pattern, and after all that! had a dream (nightmare?) last night where I tried to enter this contest, but it was too late and my beloved Simplicity 9227 was gone! Because that's the pattern I'm madly in love with and can't wait to make!

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  43. Congratulations on winning the Economy Design. I can see why you wanted it. It is adorable.
    I would love to keep the Sewaholic Alma pattern. I follow Tasia's blog but don't have any of her patterns, yet. Plus I have quite a few dress and 'bottom' patterns but very few 'tops'.

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  44. I've posted on my Facebook page
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Vintage-Visions/449224581781602
     

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  45. Congrats on your 3 year blogiversary and winning your favorite pattern! I recently found your blog and started blogging myself. You are truly an inspiration. I love your creations!
    I guess I'm entered in the giveaway now so I think both those Vogues are stunning! The pattern pyramid is a great idea!

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  46. OMG that Vogue dress pattern!  Ok, I know I've just had this pyramid, but I *really* want that pattern!!!  ;-)

    I was wondering if you'd change your mind and keep the Economy Designs one instead.  I'm glad you did - you winning the pyramid was actually part of the reason I decided to send that pattern on, kinda hoping it would make it's way into your pattern stash.   I must admit to cheating slightly though - I made the pattern up before I sent the pyramid on!  (Warning: neck hole is *very* small - I couldn't get it over my head, and am going to have to alter it to be a button-up front!)  The collar on it is so adorable.  :-)

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  47. Congrats Debi! The smiling goddesses smiled upon thee. I gotta say, that little Halston disco jersey number is calling out my name in a seductive voice that sounds A WHOLE LOT like Andy Gibb.... Something about Studio 54 era dress that get me every time. Plus, I have a whole heap of new old vintage patterns I could throw in the mix.

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  48. I'd actually go for the Alma Blouse pattern. :) That Economy design is won-der-ful!!!

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  49. What a story!  But it's so exciting that you finally ended up with the pattern you wanted :)  I'd love to put my name in for this, and I really like the summery tops that are highly unsuited to Scotland!
    Happy blogiversary!  3 years... wow, that sure is a long time! x

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  50. I would keep the Vogue 1952 pattern definitely! Count me in!!!

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  51. thisblogisnotforyou.comNovember 21, 2012 6:11 PM

    Wow congrats on finally winning your favorite pattern and your 3 year blogiversary as well!
    The second I saw it I fell in love with the Vogue 1952 pattern (although the Simplicity 9227 is very nice, too). Love it! It would go so well with the petticoats I'm working on at the moment! Xx

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  52. How lucky was that? Please count me in for a chance to win - I would have difficulty deciding between the Alma, Style 2697 and the '52 Vogue - all such great patterns

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  53. I'm not sure if I'm too late to be included (zomg that Vogue pattern) and it would be hilarious to win as the lovely Kat lives just down the road from me, but regardless of whether I'm in the draw I wanted to say how simply wonderful that you got the pattern of your dreams! That's a fantastic story, magical :)

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  54. Is it over?  I just found this tonight :(

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  55.  I'd keep the Simplicity 9227 and the 1952 Vogue pattern!

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I read each and every comment--thank you so much!

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