Friday, 14 March 2014

Fabric Giveaway & Round-up: By Hand London 'Georgia'.

Hands down Georgia is my favourite pattern. I have never had a pattern fit me so well! 

Now, I'm sure that any other pattern could fit me just as well if I put in the time, effort and patience into making adjustments. Unlike other patterns, there is just something about the By Hand London patterns that makes me not want to give up. 

Maybe it's the motivation I get from all the beautiful dresses I see on Instagram, Twitter and blogs, maybe it's the sewalongs, maybe it's interaction with the BHL girls online via Twitter and blog comments. They're not just a pattern company guys, they're real live girls! 

Whatever it is, I'm happy, because over the last few months, my sewing skills have improved, the creative side of my brain is alive and full of ideas, and my collection of wearable handmade dresses is growing. No more one hit wonders.

I made three Georgias this year, the Valentines Day Georgia, the Maxi and the Mini. All three were made using different fabrics, had different adjustments and modifications therefore resulted in three completely different dresses. 


I love them all equally, but if I had to choose my absolute favourite, it would be my Maxi version, made using a beautiful, floral rayon. I love it because of its maxi length, the thigh high split (which is a feature of Anna that I adore), the slinkiness of the rayon, and the gorgeous colours. 

My Maxi Georgia made it to Featured Member Projects on BurdaStyle and was also part of the By Hand London Georgia Round-up post, I am so proud of this dress! 


The #georgiadress has been my favourite to click on over the last couple of months, I've also been religiously stalking the 'Sew Us Yours' Flickr group and the Pinterest board.
I've been wow'd and inspired by every single dress I have seen. One of the awesome ones I have seen this week is Bec Stitches' sexy black Georgia, whoa, woman!! 

I've enjoyed following everyone's progress to get the perfect fit, especially Sew Short Nissa and Sew Rachel's journey of multiple muslins. I can totally relate (ahem, looking at you Anna dress!).

Sewing skills wise I've learnt that the needle position on my machine can move so my invisible zipper insertion is a no-more-tears experience, learnt how to do a small bust adjustment (thank you sewalong!) and experimented with different seam finishes and hand stitches (hi fell stitch!).

I'm really looking forward to opening up my Charlotte and have pre ordered my Flora (from Sew Squirrel). I'm very pleased that I've found a pattern company that designs patterns that suit my style; are interactive on social media; and don't have outdated, awkward, hideous pattern envelope photos. 

Okay, now on to the fabric giveaway... yay!

I have been getting a lot of compliments on Twitter for my floral fabrics, so I thought I would share with one lucky person something from my stash. 

I'm giving away 1.75m (1.9yds) of beautiful floral cotton sateen (45" width). 


To enter: 
Leave a comment below voting for your favourite version out of my three Georgia dresses (Valentines Day/Cherry, Maxi, Mini) and tell me what you would make with this gorgeous floral cotton sateen if you got your hands on it.

Giveaway is open worldwide until Sunday 23rd March 2014 (23:59 AEDT).
I will announce winner later that week. Winner will be selected at random (random.org). 

Good luck!





**** GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED, WINNER WILL BE SELECTED AT RANDOM THIS WEEK, GOOD LUCK XX ****

37 comments:

  1. I am in love with your maxi dress version . . .I want to make one myself, and your floral fabric would be perfect.
    And I totally agree with you about how wonderful BHL patterns are :)

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  2. It would have to be the maxi version I reckon! Though they are all so good. I think I'd like to make the Anna dress out of the gorgeous, gorgeous fabric :)

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  3. I was so excited to see your dress on the BHL round-up!!!! I think your maxi is my favorite, too. I love that print, and maxidresses are my favorite for summer. Always looking forward to seeing more from you!

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    1. Oh, and obviously after all that fitting I'd make another Georgia :)

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  4. I like the cherry Georgia! Very sweet :)

    Annie
    http://enantiomerproject.blogspot.com/

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  5. I love the mini Georgia because of the contrasting side panels. I think it looks so awesome!
    I'd definitely make a dress out of that beautiful cotton sateen, probably something like the Sewaholic Cambie with its fitted bodice and full skirt. I love the should straps of that dress.

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  6. All three are amazing but I'd have pick the maxi as the fav. That fabric is gorgeous...would love to use it for a dress!

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  7. OMG OMG OMG OMG, Neeno! This floral fabric you've got is so, so pretty (and perfect for a mini skirt or dress)! Almost as pretty as you in your maxi-georgia dress. ;-) That was definitely my favorite -- every detail, from the fabric, to the length, to the leg slit, to the perfect fit, combined to make an amazingly beautiful outfit.

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  8. You've really been busy rocking the BHL patterns this year!! My absolute favourite is your garden wedding version with the Anna hack - simply so stunning. You need to tell us where you source your fabulous florals from! In the mean time... I will absolutely throw my hat in the ring for this giveaway :)
    x

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  9. Of course it has to be your maxi. It's amazing! Not sure what I'd make but definitely something figure hugging. Thanks for running this great giveaway.

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  10. Mateee YOU are the hotness!! ;)
    I share your love for BHL..your maxi was my fav mate, is prolly use the fabric for a charlotte I recon haha :)

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  11. My favourite is the cherry Georgia! And if I could make anything with that fabric? I would make a mini Georgia with thin straps :)

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  12. I love the maxi! The straps are just perfect and the fabric choice is so breezy and cool! I do also really love the print placement on the mini :)

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  13. My favourite on you is the mini version. I would perhaps try and squeeze a cropped Victoria blazer out of the fabric. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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  14. I love your maxi version, just looks so effortlessly gorgeous!
    I've always loved your floral fabrics so count me in! Id love to make a floral blazer out of it but if I couldn't fit in on the fabric it would probably be a colette macaron seeing as I wear mine all the time and really should make another one!

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  15. Oooh floral print as chosen by the master!
    I love all your Georgia dresses but think the maxi does it for me the most. The fabric is divine and you're really beaming when you're wearing it!

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  16. Your Georgias have been so so beautiful, each one with it's own special amazingness. And wowsers, thanks for the awesome giveaway, that fabric is GORGEOUS! Well if I won, it would HAVE to be made up into a Georgia dress - it would be wrong if it was anything else!

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  17. You maxi is my fave! So beautiful. And I reckon I'd have to follow your lead and make another Georgia out of this floral beauty if I got her. ;)

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  18. Beautiful fabric. And beautiful Georgias! My favourite is the maxi. I would make a sleeveless Emery dress out of this lovely floral I think.

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  19. Your mini dress is gorgeous. I have seen it in many other places on the web . . . I like to surf. Every time I see it I fall in love with it all over again. It is just about one of the sweetest dresses I have come across. I guess I get sewers, fabric, and fitting envy, too!

    I think if I had that gorgeous fabric I would make a color blocked dress such as S1586 or M6208 using the fabric as an insert. Of course, I would probably change my mind a millions times before I decided on either one of those!

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  20. Maxi, and I would take your suggestion. That fabric looks perfect for a Mini Georgia.

    ewronkowski@gmail.com

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  21. Hi! I would make the mini Georgia, but with a bit longer length - slightly below the knee length! Wow is this a beautiful fabric! I, too, would use a color block method with a plain black fabric and have the floral as an insert - like you've done with the mini. Thank you, Kathy

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  22. I am absolutely in love with your Georgia maxi. Although I am an entirely different body shape, I still find your pattern adjustments useful and interesting. I would love to make a skirt using Simplicity 1541 with a floral panel in the middle and another fabric along the sides.

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  23. Neeno - can I just say your epic floral frocks inspired me for a dress I wore to a wedding yesterday. Loving it! I'm team Hawaiian inspired mini- I think the the silhouette is epic. Fabric wise? I have no idea what I would do with such a lovely floral... Though maybe a Bellatrix blazer is there is enough?

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  24. I love the maxi version :) I'd use this material to make myself a 50s style dress, gathered at the waist

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  25. very cool and hot at the other side. perfect shape. Nice pattern.

    Venus Puzzle

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  26. I loved your maxi version; It makes me want to make my own version. It's so flattering and beautiful!
    With this fabric I'd make a Georgia dress, since I think it would be the most amazing floral dress I'd own. Thanks for the giveway!

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  27. Thanks so much for the mention my dear! Can I just say I totally love this fabric too and I might just have to make a mini like yours if I had this, been struggling to find stretch cotton I love here to make another more summery one. So your maxi dress is the most unique and inspired version of the Georgia - still the only one and you look so elegant, but if I'm honest, the mini is my genuine favourite. It's fun, perfected and you'll get a lot of wear out of it! Are you Georgia'd out yet?! I just got the Charlotte skirt too :-)

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  28. Hmmmm, hard call. I like the cherry fabric the best. And, I like the colour blocking of the mini dress. And, I like the slit in the maxi dress. I suppose overall I like the maxi dress the best! The floral fabric is gorgeous! I would make a short dress or tunic in the style of the Simplicity Lisette patterns. I have almost all of these patterns and have yet to sew one of them!!

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  29. I love the maxi dress! I'm tall so I love maxi dresses. :)
    Liz
    www.liz-makes.com

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  30. I love the maxi dress! And with that gorgeous fabric I'd make a Georgia or an Anna :)

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  31. I have to go with you on the Maxi dress... I love it! I would definitely make some kind of dress!... though I don't have any patterns yet. :)

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  32. I love the maxi version!
    If I was lucky enough to win I'd make a Georgia for my daughter!

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  33. Your Georgias are lovely! Thanks for the great giveaway. That fabric is stunning! Your maxi version is definitely my favourite. And I think I'd make a wiggle dress out of the fabric if I were to win.

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  34. I love the maxi dress, it's gorgeous!
    If I won this fabric it's so hard to say what I would make with it, it's just so beautiful! I think I would be happiest if I made a skirt with it. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  35. I am in love with your maxi version! So adorable!
    If I am lucky to get this lovely floral cotton sateen, I'll make a dress of course :-).

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  36. Oh my gosh - they are all gorgeous! I especially like the long flowey maxi version. And I love this floral fabric! I would use it for a skirt. Thanks for the chance to win!

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