To mark the occasion, I thought it might be fun to wear again today the same dress I did on my very first blog post, a quiet celebration for it being the First Dress Here, so to speak. Although of course, at the time it was only about a year old... far from the oldest thing in my wardrobe. I think my photo taking has improved a lot, what do you think?
(photo at right from my blog, 12 October 2009)
And to thank YOU, lovely readers, I decided to have a GIVE-AWAY!
I did put some thought into this: since my blog is supposed to be about sewing, knitting and looking your best; I tried to have a little of each represented... so I have selected a sewing pattern, a knitting book and a little arm bracelet to give to a loyal reader.
The sewing pattern is New Look 6317, it is multi-sized from 10-22, and is still pristine and uncut in its envelope. I think this is referred to as "factory folded" in ebay speak, but since I don't go there hardly ever I could be wrong... It is both easy and versatile, and includes a simple straight skirt, a jumper or sweater, and a coat pattern; all very simple and uncluttered in cut and line so a pattern ripe for customising in however way you wish.
(Using this pattern, New Look 6317, you could easily re-create either of these designer looks for yourself; at left from Michael Kors Fall 2010, at right from Yves St Laurent pre Fall 2010)
The knitting book is "Wild Tea Cosies" by Loani Prior, an Australian knitting designer; you might remember some of my projects from this book I've posted about here in the past. It has a fabulous variety of fun designs, all using only a few balls of wool, and all quick projects that will take a fraction of the time of a full-sized knitted garment. Coffee drinkers; you could just as easily adapt these designs to a coffee pot as for a tea pot. This is a book that a beginner (who knows basic stitches) can cut their teeth on, and work their way up to some of the more complex designs over time; and I guarantee you won't get bored with your project as it will be finished in a flash, and you can delight your friends with some crazy and unique gifts.
The beaded bracelet is just a silly little thing; a variety of black beaded strands, tied up with a black gauze bow. It is elasticated so can slip over your hand to sit snugly and chicly on your wrist. Cool, no?
Unlike other (kinda mean) giveaways I've seen in blog-land, this is open to Everyone in the World! And also, obviously, this is one I'm funding myself and I'm not receiving any endorsements or sponsorship by doing this.You can enter into my give away by doing the following:
1. Becoming a follower of my blog (please leave a comment here to let me know if you do, so I know you are there)
2. If you are already a follower, just by leaving a comment on this post,
3. IF you have a blog, by linking to my blog OR by mentioning this give-away on your own blog.
This give-away will be open for a week, so next Tuesday, 19th October I will randomly pick one from the comments I receive here and announce a winner...
and thankyou for reading!
Details from top:
Dress; New Look 6699, with some of my own adaptions, coffee and black lace over ivory silk
Sandals; Joanne Mercer for Micam, from Hobbs shoes
Necklace; my own design