October Giveaway

While I’m a newbie at Twitter, some of you may have already started following me and had seen that I finally reached 200 RSS followers.  I’ve been lurking around 196 for a really long time and I was stoked to finally reach 200 which was my personal goal in order to host another giveaway.

Random Aside: While my husband doesn’t think using RSS readers is a good measure for how many followers/readers I have on my site, I found it’s just an easy tool use as a measure.

Not that I really need a reason to host a giveaway for you guys, I’m just excited I hit the 200 mark and wanted to share the love since I feel loved.  :)

So…  Since I have not 100 but 200 official RSS subscribers, I’m offering 2 gems in my collection for you to win.

Vintage Burgundy-Pink Wool Mohair Fabric:

The color is hard to describe since in some light it looks darker and in other lighting it looks bright.  I’m calling it a burgundy-fushia-purple.  heh

This is 2 yards, 60″ wide mohair.  It’s not one of those crazy-fuzzy mohair fabrics, but is lovely and drapey; it would be perfect as a cropped jacket or even a pencil skirt with lining.  I’ve had it in my stash for too long and it needs to go to a happy home where it will be made into something beautiful (instead of hanging around my closet waiting for me.)

1950’s Cotton Striped Skirt:

Isn’t this skirt the bees knees?!  I bought this skirt off of etsy, and while the waist fits perfectly, being as short as I am the skirt simply overwhelmed my frame.  So it’s off to a better home with you guys.

This skirt fits a 29-30″ waist and is 27.5″ long from the top of the waist to the hem.  It features 1.5″ charcoal buttons (HUGE!) with ticking stripes of grey, green, mustard, and red.

The fabric is very thick, a VERY heavy twill, and needs no crinoline to get the 50’s fullness.  I think it’s a perfect spring/fall skirt and could even go through the winter with some tights.

The only downside to the skirt: Being vintage the waistband feels a bit crispy when buttoning it up, but once it’s on I haven’t even noticed it.

The best part: It’s also machine washable… ask me how I know?!  So it’s all nice and clean (and durability tested) for the new owner.

Giveaway Details:

Everyone gets 1 entry, but since there are two prizes I’m giving away…  The first randomly selected winner will get first choice between the two items.  The second randomly selected person will get the second item.  Sound fair?

To enter please leave a comment letting me know:

  1. What level of seamstress/knitter you are
  2. What you’re most interested in learning more about.  If you can’t think of anything new you want to learn, feel free to share your Fall/Winter sewing plans instead.

Good luck everyone! I’ll be announcing the winner in one week’s time, on Monday, October 15th.

Last but not least, this giveaway is open to anyone, no matter where you live; I’m happy to ship anywhere for you guys.

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Comments (72)

  1. G October 8, 2012 — 7:38 AM

    I find this a tricky question as it’s always hard to rate oneself. I’d say I’m an intermediate seamstress and knitter.
    I’d love to learn more about pattern drafting. You know, like seeing that perfect garment and only need a pencil and piece of paper to recreate it in nu. No particular plans this fall, I’m going with the flow, one garment at a time :)

  2. G October 8, 2012 — 7:40 AM

    Tottally forgot: congratulations on your 200th follower!

  3. Jane October 8, 2012 — 8:16 AM

    Ooh, what a nice giveaway! I have to stay, you sucked me into RSS following with your free knitting patterns, and now I stay for the impressive blogging. Thank you!

    As for me…I’d say I’m an intermediate sewer. I usually sew at a snail’s pace, though, so I’d make a pretty bad blogger. I’m currently making a cape and trying to fudge my way through learning some tailoring skills, but again, that snail’s pace… And I continue to live in hope of you doing a knitalong someday!

  4. Lieke October 8, 2012 — 8:32 AM

    Congratulations on 200 followers!

    I’m a novice seamstress and a fairly advanced knitter.

    I love the vintage knitting patterns you share (which was the initial reason I started following you), so maybe it’s nice to do a knitalong some time?

  5. Just for point of clarification, you have 432 followers on Google Reader (which is where I follow you) and I’m sure you have loads of followers on the other readers as well. When you stated that you only have 200 official RSS followers, I was certain that was very low compared to your actual readership. Anyway, congrats!!!

    Me, I am an adventurous beginner who taught herself to sew this past March and I continue to tackle patterns that are WAY above my skill level (currently working on Colette’s Anise jacket) and I want to learn everything there is to learn. I continue to read through various sewing books and blogs to learn new techniques, but until I learn about them, I don’t really even know about them. In essence, I don’t know what I don’t know. But I am loving sewing – – both the process and getting the finished products.

    1. Liz October 8, 2012 — 9:46 AM

      Oh my! 432 followers on Google reader?! Perhaps I should take a queue from my husband and look at other stats. I feel like I’ve missed half of my readers. :( Ahh well, whether ot be 200 or 400 I’m stoked that I have so many lovely readers.

  6. Hi Liz, congratulations on reaching 200 RSS followers! (I am one of the lucky 200).
    I count myself as an intermediate sewer and beginner knitter. In fact, I rarely (if ever) knit; I haven’t got the patience.
    I love seeing your meticulously documented sewing/tailoring techniques. I would say sewing techniques are the #1 thing I want to learn about, but if you were to do anything for beginner knitters I would read that with interest too.

  7. Brandy October 8, 2012 — 8:37 AM

    Congrats on the subscribers! I really love your blog :)
    I am a beginner sewist and I am not sure I could even consider myself a beginner knitter (I have only made a bunch of blocks so far and those took forever so I get discouraged).
    There are so many things that I have in the waiting list to learn ( my pinterest sewing tips board is just teaming with god stuff). First thing I am planning on tackling though is figuring out what the heck happened to my nothched collar (attempt 2 lol). I just need to get over the defeated feeling I get everytime I look at it and give it another shot . And after that I am working on the Gertie coat and I am sure there are plenty of techniques in that to learn. (Thanks for posting your muslin pics btw)

  8. Emma October 8, 2012 — 8:52 AM

    I’d definitely rate myself as an intermediate sewer (and while I wouldn’t be adverse to jumping head first into an advanced project, I know I would have to research to finish it) and an absolute beginner knitter (only made a turban and a pair of fingerless gloves).

    What I want to learn next is definitely different decorative finishes and cute details. A bit more “couture” sewing too. I am dying to work on a jacket or something where I can justify trying all of these things, but what I really need to sew is underwear and tops because I’m running out of both.

  9. Amanda October 8, 2012 — 9:52 AM

    Congrats on 200 readers! So exciting!

    I would describe myself as an intermediate seamstress. There are so many things I want to learn, but so little time away from my little boy to learn it, so for now I am working on developing my Everyday Wardrobe, inspired by Sunni over at A Fashionable Stitch.

  10. Carly October 8, 2012 — 10:00 AM

    I consider myself a beginner, but hopefully getting better quickly (not a knitter at all). The thing I want to get better at is fitting patterns, because if what I made doesn’t fit right it doesn’t matter how nice my seams are. Also, it would be nice if I could make an invisible zipper actually be invisible.

  11. congratulations! i think jennifer (above) and i are the same person! i have recently taught myself to sew and i love seeingwhat all the amazing bloggers who are much better than me are making! i am also working on an Anise jacket! i would class myself as a beginner, but i wonder if you just don’t realise how much you know sometimes? i don’t know at what point you tip over to being intermediate. maybe i will see how the anise turns out and decide if that makes me an advanced beginner!

  12. Luus October 8, 2012 — 10:06 AM

    Congratulations, I think I’m one of the 200, I love RSS feeds.
    I’m knitting my second sweater based on one of your free patterns, and am probably more a beginning knitter in that respect. I’ve sewn quite some things, but I feel intermediate is too positive a description of my sewing skills.
    I like reading your posts because they are generally very upbeat and cheery. What learning is concerned I don’t really know anything. I’m currently trying to work my way through the stash and producing some more warm top layer items. Since I’m always cold, I need those more than anything with the winter approaching.
    I hope you continue to have more and more followers!

  13. Congratulations on your growing following! It’s very sweet of you to host a give-away. I’m an advanced sewer, but constantly learning more. My fall sewing plans are to actually sew! This summer I was simply swamped and all my creative time went to making wedding presents. So, now I’m back on the sewing train and excited to be so!

  14. Congratulations! I’ve recently referred to myself as an advanced intermediate sewist – don’t know everything, but I’m so much ahead of where I was. I’m an ever learning individual. I’m currently undertaking what I call a Fall Carnival of Skirts. I’m making a variety of skirts and still learning along the way. I’m working on skirt number 5 right now.
    Please enter me in your contest.

  15. Eileen October 8, 2012 — 10:22 AM

    Congrats on the followers! I’ve been one for a good while now. I always love to see what you make; both sewn and knit items.

    I’d say that I’m an intermediate sewist. I’ve been sewing since I was seven years old but I’ve only been serious about it for the past eight years of my life. Hmm . . . what I’d love to learn more about? Nothing comes to mind immediately. For Fall sewing I plan to make some ’40s wool trousers. I’d like a pair in black, navy, red, and hunter green. I’d also like to make a ’60s wool suit for the office. Can you tell I like wool?

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. I have my fingers crossed! Keep up the good blog work! :)

  16. Jill October 8, 2012 — 10:47 AM

    Congrats on #200! I absolutely love that skirt. I consider myself an advanced beginner. I keep telling myself I’ll qualify as intermediate if I can finally figure out how to fit my shoulders properly! A sway back adjustment would be another good skill to have.

  17. Anthea October 8, 2012 — 11:11 AM

    Congratulations! I love both the fabric and the skirt!

    I’m a intermediate sewist and beginner/intermediate knitter. Since my sewing course has started again last month it is all about pattern drafting and getting the perfect basic pattern set. I can’t wait to be finished, so I can use it to redraft all those lovely vintage patterns to my own size. I’m so tired of adjusting those patterns every time again.

    Thanks for having this giveaway!

  18. Shannon October 8, 2012 — 11:54 AM

    I would consider myself a beginner at sewing. I feel that I can put a garment together and follow directions, but I lack the knowledge and confidence to make major changes or adjustments. In knitting, I am more confident… but I think that comes with knowing it can easily be undone and remade without irreparable changes to the fiber. Cutting my fabric still makes be a bit nervous. Blogs like yours are tremendously helpful in building up my knowledge base and inspiring me to keep at it. Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on the success of your blog!

  19. I follow you on google reader. I am an intermediate sewist and I plan on sewing a wool coat this fall.
    My other fall goal is to return to blogging and take photos of my finished projects. I enjoy your blog’s mix of sewing and vintage, and its not surprising that you have amassed many readers. Great work!

  20. Paloma October 8, 2012 — 12:18 PM

    Wow I feel unworthy of these giveaway items (but will throw my hat in the ring anyway). Thanks so much for sharing. I consider myself an intermediate sewist and advanced knitter–though I still make plenty of mistakes and have plenty to learn! I would really like to learn to use (and purchase) a serger as it seems like it saves so much time and would love to learn more about fitting garments. There’s lots of great information out there, just need more time to delve in and practice.

  21. Congratulations!!!! I consider myself to be an intermediate sewasaurus rex and i dont know how to knit at all. …My plans for the fall are PANTS! I have to get over my irrational fear of them and start finishing them…i always stop before the waistband when they do not fit perfectly! I love that magenta fabric….i hope i win!

  22. Lauren October 8, 2012 — 12:52 PM

    So awesome!

    1. Sewing: intermediate Knitting: beginner/intermediate but I am pretty sure I could knit anything if I try hard enough

    2. I want to learn patience with sewing. just kidding. :) I would like to see more about how you fit things. It is so helpful! :) And maybe a knitalong!

  23. Kerry October 8, 2012 — 1:00 PM

    Oh wow, I am totally in love with that skirt! The beautiful stripes, the huge buttons…And it’s my size too! So so lovely.

    Anyway, I’d call myself an intermediate level seamstress. Confident with the basics and prepared to tackle a few challenges. I would really like to learn more about how I can sew knits/jersey, which I have been saying for ages and need to actually do instead of talking about :)

    Congrats on your followers, your blog is a really enjoyable read.

    K x

    p.s Are those your patterns in the bookshelf next to the skirt? Love your organisation!

  24. Liz, it is so wonderful that such an impressive number of people turn to your blog for inspiration. I personally adore your blog.

    I’ve always thought of myself as a novice since I have no formal or even informal training – this applies to knitting and sewing. Though I think it is more fair to consider myself intermediate – I haven’t come across something that I can’t do yet (but I am not exactly adventureous either).

    I don’t have a specific technique that I want to learn, I just want to keep sewing, knitting and improving. I am really looking forward to making some shirtwaist dresses this fall/winter and finishing a 1930’s jumper that I started last fall.

  25. Victoria Palmer October 8, 2012 — 2:48 PM

    Hi Liz
    Thank you for the generous give-away! That fabric is so beautiful, I want to make it into an a-line skirt asap. As for level, I am probably intermediate sewist and beginner knitter, though I agree with other commenters it is hard to rank myself. I am working on a vintage pattern sweater that will have a matching skirt eventually, and for sewing my next project is Gerties coat sew-along in which I want to try my hand at bound buttonholes.

    You were the first sewing/vintage/knitting blog I found, though I don’t remember what I was looking for. I got hooked and now have your inspiring updates fed to my google reader.

  26. Kat October 8, 2012 — 2:54 PM

    Congrats on your 200 followers!

    I would call myself a beginner seamstress moving into intermediate.

    I love love love 1950s style, so feel free to have as much of that as you like!

    My plan for this winter is to sew my first ever pair of trousers. Wish me luck…

  27. lynaeve October 8, 2012 — 2:59 PM

    thanks for the chance. I am an ok seamtress but I never learned to knit. I would love to learn how to do that though.

  28. I’d say I’m an intermediate sewer and a beginner knitter who tends to pick intermediate level things to knit with varying degrees of success (mostly because I’m to lazy to knit beginner things like scarves and baby hats lol.)

    This fall I’m doing the Colette Pattern’s Anise sew-along and then I have a 50s thanksgiving dress and a 50s Christmas dress to work on. As far as knitting goes, I’m trucking along on a cropped cardi and then going to cast on a shawl.

  29. nancy greenstockings October 8, 2012 — 3:57 PM

    I am an absolute beginner when it comes to sewing but there are so many things I want to make for myself! My plan is to start with a simple pattern, like for a headband, and then to move onto one of my (allegedly!) easy vintage straight skirt patterns.

    I’m a beginner-immediate knitter, but knitting comes so much more easily to me! At least the simple, straightforward garter stitch only knitting!

  30. HOORAY!!! Congrats on the 200 RSS followers!!! I am an intermediate seamstress and beginning knitter and I want to learn more about knitting an entire wardrobe for myself. That needs to happen. I’m currently working on finishing the 800 UFOs that are sitting in my closet. We’ll see how that goes!

  31. Dana Tougas October 8, 2012 — 4:37 PM

    Congratulations on hitting such a milestone! I always enjoy reading your blog even if I don’t post. I do not knit, but I’m probably an advanced beginner in sewing. I’ve been focusing on learning more about fit, but realize lately I need to learn more about finishing techniques as well. As for Fall/Winter sewing plans, beyond sewing bags for Christmas gifts, I want to tackle a dress. Again, Congratulations!

  32. Carrie October 8, 2012 — 5:50 PM

    Congrats! I would call myself an intermediate sewist and maybe a more advanced knitter? I’ve been knitting for less time but I think I’ve done more with it than sewing, much to my chagrin. I have lots of plans for “everyday wardrobe” type things, especially trousers, in the coming months!

  33. Emilie October 8, 2012 — 7:00 PM

    What a wonderful giveaway! So generous of you!
    I’d say I’m a beginner-intermediate sewer, very beginner knitter.

    I would love to learn how to line clothing properly. Adding a decent lining to a pattern that doesn’t call for one is something I find really daunting!

  34. Kate October 8, 2012 — 7:26 PM

    Still very much a beginner and am keen to learn how to sew with chiffon

  35. Mrs Leapheart October 8, 2012 — 8:49 PM

    I am a very good knitter, but no expert. I taught myself 12 years ago to keep my fingers busy while I kicked smoking. I am very accomplished at hand sewing garments. Once in awhile I’ll use the sewing machine, but not so much. I recently made a tailored tweed jacket. My next project is a long winter coat.
    I enjoy your good natured blog and positive personality.

  36. Sue October 8, 2012 — 8:55 PM

    1) LOVE these items – that skirt looks just my size and that purple-y fabric is so pretty! thank you for the generous giveaway! congrats on 200 followers! Yay.
    2) I’d throw myself somewhere in between the beginner and intermediate categories of sewist.
    3) I’d love to learn more about how to properly line different types of garments. I oftentimes find myself loosing patience when I’m halfway through a project, skipping the lining and nice seam treatments, just so I can finish and wear the dang thing…then once the rush of wearing the newly completed piece wears off, I long for nicer finishes and a neatly lined garment. Le sigh. :)

  37. Ooh what a lovely giveaway! And congratulations on reaching the big 200!

    1. It’s hard to rate one’s own skill level, isn’t it? I think I’m a better knitter than sewist, but maybe that’s because knitting mistakes are much easier to fix! I’d call myself a middling-to-advanced knitter (I’m slow but not easily daunted) but somewhere between beginner-to-intermediate in sewing. I

    2. I’m most interested in sewing perfect-for-me trousers! So that’s my main fall/winter sewing game plan — so far I have a lot of muslin-material and a dream. :)

  38. bonita October 8, 2012 — 9:11 PM

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    Congrats on all your followers Liz ~ it’s lovely to know when all your hard work means something, isn’t it? I am totally awed by the amazing giveaway you are doing! Thank you!

    I would have to classify myself as a beginner/novice seamstress, and slightly more advanced in the knitting/crochet department. I love knitting, but we are heading into summer down under, so I probably won’t be picking up the needles for a while. It’s just too hot!

    Things I’d like to learn… I haven’t sewn that much and I have a mega-ton of things to learn how to do… Inserting a lapped zipper without wrinkling the fabric down at the bottom of the zipper is probably my top one!

    bonita of Depict This!
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  39. I’m an intermediate seamstress, I’ve been sewing since I was a kid, but there’s always more to learn. I need to learn to make the perfect pair of trousers though, haven’t quite pulled that one off yet.

  40. Esz October 8, 2012 — 9:51 PM

    Wow that mohair is beautiful! I can definitely imagine a lovely 40’s skirt made from it :-D
    My sewing level would probably be intermediate I think – been sewing since late 2010 though I love making dresses the most so I’m not all that versatile I don’t think. Will probably start doing a lot more different things now I have a new sewing machine that doesn’t give me as much grief as my old one.

    What I’d like to see more of – I love all your completed projects – so more of those! hehe though I think that could be an unreasonable demand since you can only work so fast and create new things at a certain rate! ;-)

  41. Rachel October 8, 2012 — 10:42 PM

    I read you over at google reader too… most of the time. But your posts also come as emails LOL
    I would say I am an experienced seamstress and knitter. Not quite expert in knitting, and not experienced enough in sewing ;)
    So, for this autumn, I have two pairs of trousers, a couple of skirts and an Ike Jacket on my list. Plus a couple of blouses. I shall be busy!

  42. Melanie October 8, 2012 — 10:58 PM

    Congrats on 200! I’ve been lurking your blog for a while, so happy to see other people love it also!

    I’m an intermediate sewist, but I love love love all your knitting projects and it inspires me to give it another try! I’m always up for increasing my sewing skills, but learning something new, knitting is what I dream of. For now I’m planning on finally going through my pattern and fabric stash and getting things made this autumn/winter.

  43. Juliet October 9, 2012 — 2:28 AM

    I’ve just discovered your blog through twitter and LOVE it! I’ll be adding you to my reader now – isn’t it hard to keep track of followers? Congratulations!

  44. Laura October 9, 2012 — 2:55 AM

    Congrats on your follower-count, and thanks for the super awesome give away.

    I’m definitely a beginner sewist. I think the biggest thing I struggle with is fighting with my little machine, and I’m always looking for tips on how to use it better.

  45. Tamara October 9, 2012 — 3:57 AM

    What a lovely giveaway, love the mohair fabric! Congrats on your awesome following and deservedly so :) I’m an intermediate but experienced sewist (experienced knitter and beginner at crochet) aiming to improve my tailoring and vintage detail and finishing skills. I’m keen on learning vintage details especially!!

  46. Anna October 9, 2012 — 4:45 AM

    Congrats on all your followers and thank you for doing such a fabulous give away!
    I would call my self an intermediate/advanced sewer and an intermediate knitter. My goal now is reach a higher level with my basic vintage sewing techniques as well as getting better at documenting my projects and personal progress.
    Lieke mentioned a wish for a knit along and I think that’s a great idea! How about a scarf/beret combo for winter?

  47. Bobbi October 9, 2012 — 6:46 AM

    I consider myself an advanced intermediate knitter – I can do almost any technique but still have some issues with gauge, especially if I get too emotional. Sewing is another story – I don’t sit down with my machine as often as I should so I’m still at the low end of intermediate there. I also don’t have access to fabric like I used to, so even when I want to sew something I can’t do it.
    I’d love to someday sew a well-fitting blouse and shirtwaist dress. I have visions in my head of what I want.
    Congrats on all your followers!

  48. Karen shaw-jones October 9, 2012 — 1:07 PM

    Congrats !
    What a lovely giveaway. i don’t knit but wished i could. i think Im an advanced beginner sewer. still learning, have great passion, want to get a nice finish on my garments and learn to fit. There is a lot of disappointment with the fit of the big 4 pattern companies!

    Im currently sewing a cape and have gathered all my supplies to do the Colette Anise.

  49. Becca Landon October 9, 2012 — 1:26 PM

    I’m kind of an intermediate knitter (ie I have tackled some tough projects and feel comfortable winging it, but almost always learn something new with a pattern). By the way, I’m almost finished with the vintage stitch craft fair isle waist tied sweater you posted on here (thanks for the pattern). It looks so anthropologie. I’m making it in cream and a honey/chartreuse. I added a button band, got rid of the ties, and added a picot edging to the sleeves and button band (looks great!). I want to learn much more about sewing, I’m a total beginer.

  50. PetitePear October 9, 2012 — 2:18 PM

    Congratulations on 200 (or 432 as the case may be!) I don’t knit because I’m too impatient for it. I’m a beginner at sewing — I’ve made a few wearable items and a whole lot of wadders/failed muslins. At the moment, I’m mostly interested in clean finishing techniques (with minimal hand sewing). Pattern instructions always involve a whole lot of hand finishing and I’m also too impatient for that!

  51. Anne October 9, 2012 — 2:43 PM

    I’m an intermediate seamstress I’d say. What I really need to learn is something noone can teach me. Well, maybe Mr Myagi, but he doesn’t live in my house- I need to learn patience when sewing. No throwing half-finished stuff in a corner and never looking at it again.

  52. Claire October 9, 2012 — 3:28 PM

    Still a beginner when it comes to sewing, but keen to learn. This winter I’d like to do a little wool jacket, using one of my vintage patterns or perhaps the new Colette jacket pattern. The mohair would be perfect for that.
    Keep the knitting patterns coming, I download them and keep the mother in law in pattern supplies – haven’t picked up the needles yet but watch this space – all tips welcome!

  53. I think I fall into the beginner range of seamstress. Although I have some skillz, my lack of fitting skills are holding me up. So…I’d really like to continue learning more about fit and how to make adjustments.

  54. Rebecca October 10, 2012 — 8:26 AM

    Congratulations on having so many followers. I love your blog.

    I would say I am almost an advanced beginner/intermediate. In my opinion, for me to be intermediate I need to improve my fitting skills. I am actually working on that right now. I am sewing several items using a friend as a model so I can learn to see and correct issues.
    I am sitting here drooling over the mohair.

  55. congratulations on 200 followers! and what a lovely giveaway!

    I would rate myself an intermediate/advanced seamstress and a beginner as a knitter… I’m currently getting into tailoring so that’s something I’ll always want to learn more about, as one of my fall/winter sewing plans is to make a coat for myself. I also have a massive stash of fabric waiting to be turned into more dresses and skirts…

  56. Molly October 10, 2012 — 2:01 PM

    Hi! And Congrats on all of your lovely readers! I guess I’m making my way into the intermediate level of sewing (I’ve just about mastered jeans, sweaters, dresses, underwear)…in large part, thanks to wonderful bloggers like yourself. I just recently started drafting my first coat- the muslin is pretty much where a want it, now I just need to find some good fabric for the real deal…maybe a nice burgundy-fushia-purple wool? ;) I’m very excited about playing with different tailoring techniques!

  57. Ray October 10, 2012 — 2:18 PM

    Oh man, that fabric is gorgeous!

    I follow via Google Reader myself (and currently, you’re at 434 followers! Two more in the past two days would suggest you’re unaware of a large chunk of your following. :P )

    When it comes to sewing, I’m probably around advanced intermediate (ie not quite advanced yet,) though I’ve just started a four-year degree program in Fashion Design, so it won’t be long before I’m a professional. I don’t think I’ve done any knitting since grade 6, though I’ve been meaning to pick it up again (especially during my less interesting lectures!)

    Anyway, no matter how many readers you have, congrats on being able to finish projects, something many of us have yet to bother with. C:

  58. Hazel October 10, 2012 — 4:50 PM

    200 readers! That’s awesome, congrats!

    I like to think of myself as an intermediate sewer, but there are some days when I try to do something new in a pattern or read something online and feel like such a novice! It’s a strange feeling especially since I should know what I’m talking about working in a fabric shop advising customers on the right way to do things.

    Oh, and I absolutely adore the mohair! The colour looks lovely, I can’t believe you haven’t made something wonderful with it!

  59. Amy S October 10, 2012 — 6:54 PM

    I think I am a intermediate beginner, if that is such a thing. I have altered some patterns and worked with tricky fabrics, but I have a lot to learn about tailoring techniques and achieving a better fit.

  60. I have been sewing for quite a while now, and feel like I have a pretty good grasp of many construction techniques, but there are always more to learn!

    Knitting is fabulous, but I am not quite as confident with the process. The vintage patterns you post always inspire me, and now that the weather is turning, I just may have to pull out my needles!

    At the moment, I would love to learn more about corset making, although the number of projects I have in mind for the next few months may put that on hold for the moment. And draping is something I would love to learn as well. So much to learn, so little time . . .

    Thank you for the fabulous giveaway!

  61. Rachel October 11, 2012 — 4:45 AM

    I think i’d say I’m an intermediate sewer, and an ‘ambitious beginner’ knitter.
    At the moment i’m interested in learning more about pattern drafting – which I’ve just started a course on, hurrah!

    Massive congrats on the 200 RSS followers!

  62. Jolien October 11, 2012 — 2:35 PM

    I just love, LOVE that skirt! <33

    For a few years I've been deeply in love with 50s style clothing and last year, being pregnant, I started sewing again… Must've been the hormones. Think I'd call myself a beginner as a sewer, so far I haven't tried sewing clothes for me just yet, stuck to repairing clothes, a quilt, baby stuff and a bag…

    Would love to learn more about sewing clothes for me, dresses particularly. Also I'm hoping to find more time this winter to actually gives Gertie's coat a try. <3 Loved that coat ever since I saw it popping up on some sewing blogs!

  63. Beautiful fabric!!!!
    I am a beginner bordering on intermediate sewer. Currently making Gertie’s coat. I have a whole list of things to make including her wiggle dress, several vogue patterns, pants with craftsy class, more jackets, hats and the list goes on!
    I want to lean more about understanding patterns; what they are trying to tell me to do! It doesn’t always make sense. So the more I sew and the more I hang out with experienced sewers in sewing groups, the more info I will garner. I have ambitious goals and would never let the word “advanced” on a pattern deter me from trying it.
    Love your blog and appreciate all your help with the coat. You rock!

  64. Lauren October 11, 2012 — 3:39 PM

    Oops, I thought I entered this but I guess not!

    To answer your first question, I consider myself an intermediate to advanced seamstress (I almost feel like… cocky, calling myself advanced. Like someone else should say it first? Ew, I don’t know!!). As far as knitting… good question. I guess I’m still an intermediate beginner. I have learned a lot in the past 11 months, but I still have so much more I want to learn!

    For the second question, I want to learn some new knitting techniques! My first pair of socks, intarsia, fair isle, more advanced cabling, and how to actually pick up those wrap & turn stitches. I’d also like to learn more about fitting my knits – especially adjusting the bust size. I actually really enjoy math a lot, but something about the maths of knitting terrifies me. Maybe because of all the work involved before you get to try it on? Idk!!

    Anyway, congratulations on all your RSS followers! And I agree with the previous comment to check out your followers in other areas – like Google Reader & Blog Lovin’. I added mine up recently and I was shocked at the sheer amount of people who actually want to read the blather I post on a regular basis lol.

  65. Marie October 11, 2012 — 4:01 PM

    Congrats on reaching 200 followers Liz and thanks so much for such a generous giveaway…I’d love to enter please!

    I’d call myself intermediate at both sewing and knitting, but with beginner tendencies ;o) I don’t think I always push myself enough as I’m sometimes scared of the unknown! Sewing-wise, I would love to learn more about all the different ways of lining a garment and I’d also like to learn a lot more about fitting! Knitting-wise I really need to learn how to sew in the round!

  66. Alicia October 12, 2012 — 4:38 PM

    Congratulations on reaching 200 followers on twitter and for having an October giveaway. I’d love to enter. I’m an intermediate sewer but a beginner in knitting. I’d really like to learn more about changing knitting patterns when you know that the patterns won’t fit your own measurements…I’ve broad shoulders but a small waist and bust.

  67. Ruth October 12, 2012 — 6:18 PM

    Love looking around on your blog. I’m an intermediate sewer, but self-taught, so I don’t know a lot of the finer tips and tricks. I’d love to hear more about using muslins to get perfect fit, and more about your Gertie coat!

  68. Elise October 13, 2012 — 3:51 PM

    Oh man excellent giveaway, I’ve fallen a bit in love with that skirt!

    I’d say I’m competent at both – I tend to knit more than sew and I know plenty of techniques, but I’m no expert! I’d love to learn more about knitting, fair isle in particular since it looks so intricate, so scares me a bit!

    Congrats on the big 200! :)

  69. Megan October 13, 2012 — 6:40 PM

    I’m a very new seamstress, so my main goal is to learn to make wearable skirts. I’ve been searching for the right patterns, so now that I finally have a few I’m ready to start. I would also like to learn how to stop procrastinating! :)

  70. Sarah October 14, 2012 — 5:13 AM

    I’m a beginner at dressmaking but have been sewing little things by hand as long as I can remember and crocheting for a good few years too.
    I’m hoping to tackle Simplicity 2451 (a skirt) soon which comes with the challenges of zip insertion, working with interfacing, and possibly some fitting around my “curves”.
    I’d love to win the skirt, it looks awesome :)

  71. Louise October 14, 2012 — 1:24 PM

    Hi and congrats on all the followers.
    I think I’m an intermediate sewer and beginner knitter. I haven’t knitted in a few years, but am planing on taking it up again. I would like to learn how to knitt a lace shawl.

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