Tuesday, March 19, 2013

How lucky can I get?

How special do I feel lately? Well, very. You see I made a comment on CarmentcitaB's blog a few weeks ago and Carmen contacted me and said she was going to send me a surprise! Just for making a comment. If you don't know her blog (as if!) go and have a look. She puts up some amazing videos (some couture house's workings, the wrap dress that went on and on)and also has made some challenging items (the Chanel copy rain coat - my favourite).

This is a little address sticker on the envelope - isn't it the cutest!
 And this is my surprise... it is perfect for me. I have some beautiful sky blue and silver brocade that was my mother's from the '60s and if there is enough I will make this - view 2 - but not till next summer as uni is manic (procrastination is ruling - that's why I'm blogging)and it is coming into winter. It's a size 16 which by the bust and waist measurements will fit me for sure.
My surprise!
 Not only have I got the My Image patterns last week but also the current Ottobre magazine. I have been getting the two women's magazines for a couple of years and I really like them although so far I only have an unfinished knit top started. They are good simple but useful designs and I like a lot in this one.
Current Ottobre

The current collection offerings.
The twist bodice dress and top, the basic tees, the slim leg trousers and the long jacket which has some nice lines and may be made out of a stretch silver denim. The colour block dress (no 8) doesn't look much but looks really nice on the model in the magazine. But not much sewing will go on here for a bit. But it's nice to have the distraction!

Oh on a small housekeeping note: I have been getting lots of spam comments (more than actual real comments) and it is really annoying. If I keep getting them I'm going to turn on the verification thing again. Sorry if that puts you off - I don't get many comments so I don't want to but I don't want comments from random spam rubbish either.

8 comments:

  1. Lucky you! its a great prize.
    I'm curious where you get the Ottobre mags from? It looks like they have some nice patterns.

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    1. Hi Suzy! I have subscribed directly on their website. It's only Euro14 plus Euro 4 for postage and that is two magazines a year. There is also the option to get the 4 kids ones in a subscription too but as it is mostly girl fashion I don't get these. I think you can also get individual magazines from them and I am sure www.sewmamasew is the distributor in Australia. There are lots of good basic designs and they seem to have a 'normal' fit rather than the US type fit. A bit like burda. I like it.

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  2. I am very glad you like it. Simplicity Patterns as re-released it if you want to compare. Can't wait to see the dress.

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    1. Hi Carmen
      Yes I thought that is the re-released one. I have to find the fabric in my stash.. it's not at the top as it is such a special fabric. I hope there is enough for this dress.. it will look amazing if there is.

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  3. oh I have that Simplicity pattern in my stash too, but have never found the right fabric for it so I'm looking forward to seeing your version. I've just had to turn back word verification on my blog, not only were the spam comments becoming too frequent they were starting to get obscene too. It's so annoying!

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    1. Oh I haven't had any obscene ones but I am getting really annoyed too. I have always liked that pattern too - roll on end of uni!

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  4. What a cool vintage pattern. I love the bust darts and the curvy empire line. I bought the new release for my daughter but haven't made it up yet. I think the vintage pattern has much more appealing illustrations!
    I fancy the jersey jacket in Ottobre. I have this magazine lying on my sewing table next to some green merino. I hope Uni calms down a bit for you.

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    1. thanks! Not long to go to finish so I should try and enjoy it (and I do) . Yeah I like that one too... the way it covers the shoulders is nice and the peplum waist is nice too.

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