Wednesday, April 29, 2015

style evolution---------->free stuff for you

I have had the most interesting afternoon in the sewing studio.  I'm working on this Cutting Line pattern:
Look how cute View A is-a little sporty, a little bit baseball shirt, yes?  Well friends, my version no longer resembles a cute sporty baseball shirt because those cut on sleeves are impossible for a petite to fit correctly.  Maybe Louise has some advice but for now, I am sewing by intuition.  I now have cap sleeves and am MUCH happier with the look.  My next challenge is to break up the expanse of blue linen so I don't look I am on a lunch break from the hospital.  

I have been working on style-I am part of a Facebook group called Evolve Your Style hosted by Imogen Lampert of insideoutstyle blog.  The FB group is really interesting-you post a photo of your outfit and get helpful criticism.  There are readings, challenges, and ongoing support.  It is very intense to do every day and I managed about 25 days of posting my outfits.  I sometimes just posted what I was wearing to the barn, and sometimes really planned to achieve a certain look.  The photos are wonderful to review, and the comments are invaluable.  

The comments: ah, supportive, to the point, helpful and not "say something nice" comments.  It is exactly what you would hear from a trusted girlfriend.  I sometimes wish PR was like this.  I so appreciate the comments on my sewing and hope you will feel confident to give suggestions from time to time.

Anyway, style.  I have some patterns to give away by FRIDAY, MAY 1.  They are unused, and pretty current.  Some I bought thinking I would need a cocktail dress, some I bought for a style element, some I cannot wear in the AZ heat.  Here they are:


B 5852 (sizes 6-14)

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V 1194 OOP (sizes 8-14)



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V 8831 OOP (sizes 6-14)




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I have a number of others but these are all I will post today.  If you would like one of these, leave a comment and make sure I have your email address.  Finally, I have done a number of these giveaways and I must tell you I was disappointed last time because 2 ladies neglected to email me to say their pattern had arrived.   Pretty poor behavior, huh?  

As usual, they are free, and I will pay shipping.  

34 comments:

  1. Yes, that's incredibly rude. I'm more than happy to pay shipping and would love the Vogue 8831. Your comment about breaking up the expanse of blue linen so you wouldn't look like you were on lunch break from the hospital made me LOL.

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    1. Vogue 8831 is yours darlin'!

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    2. Ybennett@centurytel.net is my email, Mary. I will check it tomorrow and forward you my snail mail address. Many thanks.

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  2. Egads, I hope that wasn't me.
    You have been sewing up a storm - embracing your new AZ hot style.
    I know I'm guilty of not commenting when something looks awry. That's because of two reasons: Don't say anything unless it's nice (because the internet is forevehh) and the big one - I know how much work you put into sewing your garments and I am super impressed with that. Being petite is difficult to translate lines and style to.
    {I'm pretty sure I sent you a thank you card...}

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    1. Kathy, your card stayed on my counter for a week or so! :-) and I don't comment about others sometimes too.

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    1. I will set it aside for you. Thanks, I am glad it is finding a home.

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    2. My email is maresea61354 at gmail.com Please send me your snail mail and I'll get the pattern in the mail on Friday. :-)

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  5. I hope it wasn't me !! (I know my memory is not what it should be these days, but I *thought* I sent you a thank you message) I was truly delighted to receive the Jalie pattern you mailed me, and it is on my short list of planned for this year stitching (since I am going to try and do a "Slow Sewing SWAP" using the various patterns and fabric I have been given

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    1. Alison, good morning and I cannot wait to hear about your work with the Jalie pattern. Your idea for the Slow Sewing SWAP is terrific!

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  6. Cute top Mary. Can't wait to see it..
    Had to laugh at the blue top looking like your on break from the hospital.. I lived 25 years in a blue scrub suit.hahaha and we All looked alike.lol
    Have a fun day.

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  7. Ive never heard of these patterns before. I can imagine it will be nice and cool for you, it reminds me a little of the very popular vogue 1247 which some people also said reminded them of of scrubs. You are giving away some nice patterns, and I was fortunate to win one last time, still havent got round to making it up, but will send a snap as promised when I do.

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    1. Good morning Louise :-) I'll have to check out 1247 and see the similarities. Have a great day and thanks for visiting.

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  8. If 1194 is still available it would be perfect for a wedding I am going to next February. I do live in the UK however so perhaps too far for posting. If so I quite understand.

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    1. Jenny, that would be perfect for a winter wedding. I think Kyle made it up and blogged about construction...do you follow her? It is yours and thanks for taking it. I know it will be used well and I just didn't realize how warm it is here in the winter. All my coat patterns are going to go too :-(

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    2. I need your email address please. Send it to maresea61354 at gmail.com

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    3. Thank you Mary. I have emailed you. There will be lots more wardrobe space without coats!

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  9. Oh dear, now I am wondering if I emailed you when I got the patterns you sent me about 4 years ago?? I think it was about when I was moving house. It wasn't a giveaway...I sent you some hotpatterns and you sent me a halter neck Butterick in return. I haven't made it up, but I think of you every time I go through my dress patterns and see that particular one:). I've got no idea if I emailed you then or not...but many thanks! Katherine in Australia.

    Like Kathy, I go with the say nothing rather than say something negative, unless the blogger specifically asks for feedback or very maybe except if I have been commenting on that persons blog for a number of years and feel that I have a good enough relationship with them to offer constructive feedback.

    Some bloggers can't cope with constructive feedback at all, and get very defensive in their comments, and I wouldn't want to upset somebody I didn't really know.

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    1. katherine, hi and no, of course I remember our exchange of 4 years ago. I even remember that you were moving :-) I tried one of the hotpatterns and it was not good for me. I still have the pants pattern and am going to give them a try this summer.

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  10. Hi - how do you join the Facebook group you mentioned ? I went to the blog insideout & found Facebook link but not the group you mentioned.
    I agree with what others have said about being positive. Many times bloggers are not asking for critiques so it's hard to be critical . Style ,color & fit may not be my style or may not look good on the blogger , but no one wants to be known as the person who makes a negative comment . Since I'm your neighbor to the north I also have no uses for cold weather clothing .

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    1. Hi MaryEllen, the FB group is a closed group which you get access to after joing Evolve Your Style on Imogen's blog. I do not know what she is charging now-I paid $5. It's a good deal. The other program is called 7 steps and it is super expensive! $$$s

      Are you in Phoenix?

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    2. Great thanks for the info - I live in Tempe . Come & visit sometime I'd love to meet .😄

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  11. Hi Mary, I think cap sleeves will be easier to move in - and you are an active person, so that would be a good thing:). I joined the evolve your style group last year but have yet to join in. I got stuck on Day 1 - Statement necklace. I don't do statement necklaces!.

    If you have a pattern you think would suit me, email me - stylishsarah251@gmail.com. Size 8-12 multisize. I will then make it up and blog about it! But only if you want to mail to Australia - I would hesitate to put my hand up as I would not want to incur costs to you.

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    1. Hi Sarah Liz, I skipped a few of the challenges in the group. About the patterns: I don't mind sending overseas. If you see something you would like in the next few days, just claim it and I'll send it. Easy. Free to you.

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  12. I suspect I may have been one of the ones who didn't get back to you, and if that's the case, I do apologize. It would be easy to use the pregnancy brain excuse, since I do find things slipping my mind more easily when not feeling well, but it's still a cop out for rude behavior. In any case, the pattern did arrive safely, and I appreciate your generosity! My apologies again!

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    1. Becky, if pregnancy has made you forgetful, it sure doesn't show in your blog. What an impressive way to highlight how you have sewn for yourself and your upcoming baby. I am incredibly impressed. Wishing you the best as you count the days until you have your sweet baby in your arms...

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  13. What a good idea to offer your patterns to others, whom you know might use them. I may consider doing the same as I have a few that I won't make up, that just don't suit me. I'm tall and in a larger size range than you, so I won't be asking for any of yours, though - I love your style. I 'won' a pattern once but never did receive it - I did let the sender know but hope she doesn't think I've just not thanked her after receiving it. As you know, I'm part of the 7 steps programme which I believe included EYS but I haven't done that. I'm stuck on colours as I've developed a rash/facial sensitivity so can't photograph my face with the colours. My face looks worse in photos than in the flesh.

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  15. Mary,
    5852 arrived today - THANK YOU!

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    1. Terrific-enjoy sewing it up into something beautiful :-)

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