Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Burdastyles 50 Best bloggers Part 2 (and a giveaway!!!)

You may remember this post in which Burdastyle announced a competition to find the 50 best bloggers for sewers and I asked for your help in voting for me... 

Well guess what??

I AM ONE OF THEM! YAY!!!

60s style leaps all over!!


Thank you to everyone who voted and made an effort to click over to the very strange voting page! It's really appreciated especially after all the personal issues I've had this year to know I am still valued and continue to inspire you all to sew!

Burdastyle are yet to formally announce it, but they have made the full list of names public on their downloads page

They categorised each blog in to different sections like vintage, advanced, beginner friendly etc so that you can find a blog easily, depending on what you like. I am in the Vintage section obvi! If your blog reader is looking a little empty, there are quite a lot of excellent well written blogs for you to peruse from all over the world with make different skill levels and topics of interest. 

Congratulations to my fellow Sewing bloggers! 

Now obviously there are perks for winning such things, BUT I'm going to pass some of those perks on to you! 

Burdastyle were kind enough to send me a couple of DVDs and a handy little book which I will be giving away as part of the winners pack. Obviously beginner level guides aren't quite necessary for me any more, so I'd love to pass it onto someone who will enjoy using it and move from "I wish I could sew" to "Look what I made!!"


The DVDs over everything from reading a pattern to using the machine for the first time, and the book is a great general resource covering topics like mending snags, repairing holes, straps and refitting clothes so that they'll fit better. A perfect addition for any vintage lover who more often then not, may be faced with finding a beautiful garment, only to find it needs a tonne of repairs! 


This could even be a great gift for Christmas if you know someone who would love to take up sewing.

In addition, I'll also offer up a traced copy of one of my beloved sewing patterns to pop into the parcel if you like. Take a look at my pattern collection here and here  and if you win, you can tell me which one you'd like and I'll trace it off nice and neatly for you!

To enter this competition, all you need to do is leave a comment finishing this sentence;

"If I could make and mend fabulous, I would......."

Easy peasey ok? 

The competition is open until 12am AEST Wednesday the 26th of November. Prize winner will be announced on the blog that evening (around 8 or 9pm AEST 26/11) 
Competition is open to everyone and the DVDs dont appear to be zone locked so anyone can watch them in any player.

The best answer determined by myself will win, and maybe my boyfriend if I'm really struggling to pick a winner! 

In the mean time I will be hopefully posting up some new dresses that I've recently finished, and maybe a tutorial (I know I promise a lot!) and at the same time, trying to sew up a bustier as part of my outfit for a Christmas party, which currently is doing my head in with all the curvy seams and boning and whatnot! ahh wish me luck!

And good luck to you too if you enter!

Cat xo 

32 comments:

  1. Congratulations Cat! What lovely news for you x

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  2. Well done, I cannot think of a more worthy recipient!!! Your blog is one of my favourites for both sewing inspiration and being a consistently joyful place to visit. I will sort my patterns out and email you later this week...promise! xxxxx

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    1. Aww thank you!! Oh I forgot about our little swap too! Oops! Shall have to email you!

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  3. This is the sweetest giveaway ever with the promise of a traced pattern! I am not entering the giveaway, as I think the prize should go to an enthusiastic beginner, but I just wanted to say congratulations and I did make the effort to vote for you!

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    1. Thank you so much!! It was such an odd voting system but at least it worked!

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  4. Congratulations on winning, and how lovely of you to give the the prize away to a beginner!
    Best of luck with the bustier, those things are a nightmare! I tried to sew a corset once and it nearly drove me to tears with all the complicated boning!

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    1. A www that boning is so scary! I'm still trying to get it to be straight! It's all bent :( and thank you also! It was so nice to win but the gifts are diff better for beginners!

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  5. ... start my own line of vintage-inspired head accessories.

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    1. oh, my blog (with contact info): http://marusabarle.weebly.com/blog

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    2. Excellent!! Thanks for entering!

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  6. That's freaking awesome, lovey!
    If I could make and mend fabulous, I'd bloody pull my head out of my arse and finish a suit I started for G 15 years ago........
    XXX

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    1. Haha! Poor G! My boy doesn't let me sew him things, perhaps he is worried about me not finishing it also?!?

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  7. Oh that's perfect !
    It's indeed the perfect Christmas gift.
    So I would say for entering this giveaway what my friend would think...
    => if I could make and mend fabulous I would ... sew my future child an entire comfy , funny and sweet wardrobe !
    ;)

    xx
    Lorna

    http://lornasharp.blogspot.com

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    1. Ooh that's a sweet idea! I can't wait till I can sew tiny baby children things! Thanks for entering in her behalf and good luck!

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  8. Congratulations on being chosen as one of BurdaStyles 50 bloggers. Your work is really awesome and lots of people recognise that of you too!

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    1. Thank you! And congratulations to you also! Your so talented and not afraid to try sewing anything!

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  9. Congrats and what a great give away!

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  10. Congratulations!! I love your blog, the night I discovered it I stayed up all night reading every one of your posts. "If I could make and mend fabulous, I would..... use vintage re purposed fabrics to make vintage clothing that would actually fit plus sizes. I always have trouble fitting vintage clothes." I would also love to read about your bustier sewing experience, a bustier is on my to do list and I've been dreading trying to fit that pattern to my bust.

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    1. A www that's so nice to hear! Should I be glad though that I kept you up all night with my rambling? Haha
      Thank you for entering and good luck! The bustier is going ok-ish... I may skip on the boning though. It doesn't seen necessary

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  11. Congratulations, that's fantastic! And very well earned, I really love your blog and all the work you put into your posts and research.

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  12. Congratulations, dear Catherine! No one deserves recognition more than you for sewing expertise and for excellence in hosting a sewing themed blog. Although I am not into sewing and do not wish to enter your competition I am delighted to have you as a friend and thank you for your continued support of my music and memories blog.

    Have a wonderful weekend, dear friend Cat!

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    1. Thank you Shady! And yes I understand, I do seem to garner readers from several spectrums which is good. But thank you continuing to read my blog, especially this year which in my own head feels like I've not written as much as I'd like to, but glad to see it's appreciated and enjoyed!!

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  13. Congratulations! So well deserved, your sewing and your blog are fantastic.
    If I could make and mend fabulous, I would... get MUCH better at it, and be able to alter patterns to fit me more precisely. (I ought to practice a bit more, that might help!) xxx

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    1. Ooh lovely answer! I'm quite bad at fitting too sometimes. It's either too big or too small. I should invest in a mannequin!
      Good luck! xo

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  14. You deserve the win. I've been obsessed with your blog since I found it and have been been in love with your pattern collection.
    Getting a chance have a true 60's pattern I would definitely pick my first vintage fabric and go wild. Thanks so much for the giveaway.

    If I could make and mend fabulous, I would.......make me and my boyfriend co-ordinating outfits (in as classy a way possible, which I definitely think can happen) :) haha

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    1. Thank you lovely!! And good luck! Matching suits strangely sounds like a marvellous idea! I mean it's normal to dress to match to a ball or a wedding, so. Why not!?!

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  15. A belated congrats to you - so well deserved! Your genuine love and passion for 60's design, fashion and culture is so evident and always such a delight to read your posts.

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