Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

I am the lucky recipient of the patterns from the Pyramid started by Ann at Pretty Grievances. They arrived here in the UK via Australia from Velosewer. I can’t believe how lucky I am! I can take my choice from the patterns in the heap and replace them with my own pattern choices before selecting someone else to pass the bundle on to. By putting replacements in the bundle this makes the ‘pyramid’ into a ‘perpetual pyramid’ which should make it’s way about the globe forever – as long as whoever receives the bundle passes it on. I will eventually blog the garment I make from the heap but for now….

Pattern Pyramid

You could be the happy recipient of these patterns as the next stop in the chain. BUT there are some conditions.


  1. Anyone, anywhere can enter the giveaway by posting a comment below by midnight on Ssunday 11th November AND you must have an active blog.
  2. I will randomly select a winner.
  3. I will post this pack to the winner.
  4. Here’s the difference. Like poker you can pick any number of patterns and replace them with any number of patterns. I hope you can keep it interesting for the sewing community. Each winner will then host their own giveaway. They will randomly select a winner, post the remaining patterns to that Person C. Person C will pick a pattern for themselves, host their own giveaway and post the remaining patterns to the winner, Person D. Person D will…

You get the idea.

As Velosewer said ‘Karen from Did you make that? started this initiative and I know this in one that maybe one or two of you might be participate in. This pattern pile started by Ann was in honour of Karen’s initiative. Karen and Ann want to help global sewing and spreading the sewing love by sharing lots of patterns and we all can make something from this common pattern pool’. I think that the sentiment is great – and we all get a chance to be involved in a worldwide pattern swop.

I think I know which pattern(s) I would like to keep – and have a fair idea of what I will replace them with (it may even be a pattern  magazine – lots of choices there!). There is also a book that Anne included so that we can make a comment about our choices and chart the patterns progress around the globe. Some of them have already covered quite a few miles so far. Where are you? Will you be next?

What a wonderful day….

…. the sun is shining, there is fabric to be sewn, and the postman brought …..THIS!

Vintage PJ pattern

Post from Rhonda!

A little while ago Rhonda from Rhondas Creative Life offered to copy a vintage pattern to whoever managed to guess where her fabulous PJs were to be worn first. Being incredibly generous she followed up by giving copies to the four (yes, that is four copies) people who tried their luck. And mine arrived this morning! I can’t wait to do some stash diving to see what I can make these in – although I will have to resize the pattern as those vintage patterns were never meant for someone of my build.

 In addition to this fabulous pattern he also brought my Vogue 8648 ready to make a start on the Susan Khalje Couture dress course at I have already watched several of the video lessons and am itching to get going. Fortunately I have found the dressmakers carbon paper I needed on the Amazon website (though not in the monster sheets that Susan Khalje has) to get started. Now I am like a donkey with two carrots. Which do I start first? HELP!!

 What I must do first is finish the Vogue 1261 Alice+Olivia top which I decided I really had to repeat. The first attempt of this top was made in the same cloth in red (530 – single knit viscose/elastane jersey) – which I loved but had to give away – so I have started this in the grey colourway. The red top went to a friend so I don’t want to risk an embarrasing ‘twin’ moment! I have cut this top so that it has no centre back seam, and I am using a triple zig-zag stitch over the seam detail on the raglans (just to be different from the twin needle – nothing at all to do with being too lazy to change the needle……) but otherwise the top will be the same as the original. But in the correct size. I really should have measured the pattern when I made the original rather than just accepting the size that looked right on the envelope. Hey ho. Had it not been such a lovely day I wouldn’t have felt obliged to give the grass the first cut of the season and would probably have finished this today so you could have seen it . Since I didn’t here is a sneaky peek.

Vogue 1261

More to come!