Sew Grateful Giveaway!! How about some Red and some Threads?

SewGrateful3xlI’m so delighted to participate in Sew Grateful Week hosted by My Happy Sewing Place!  I truly feel blessed to have found a past-time that I love, that relaxes me, that challenges my brain, that allows me to be creative and that’s resulted in so many new friendships and connections both online and in the real world.  And, at the end of it all, a new garment or accessory is the result.  Win-win!

So, Monday’s task for Sew Grateful Week is a crowd favourite:  A Giveaway!  I’m so grateful for all of you and I would like to give you something.  Fabric Magazine Pattern Tote Winning Bundle

The Goods

  • Threads Magazine, July 2013   Threads Magazine, July 2013 #167
  • Threads Magazine Collection Sewing Pattern, Simplicity 4275   Simplicity 4275 front
  • Three different red themed Fabrics   Three Fabrics
  • Sewing With Nancy Booklet: Quick Jackets by Nancy Zieman   Sewing With Nancy Quick Jackets
  • Coats & Clark Totebag to carry everything   Coats and Clark Totebag

The Deets

Threads Magazine July 2013

Threads Magazine July 2013, Number 167

Simplicity 4275, Threads Sewing Pattern.  Includes: 2 styles of jacket, 2 styles of trouser and a short sleeve top.

Simplicity 4275, Threads Magazine Collection Sewing Pattern. Includes: 2 styles of jacket / blazer, 2 styles of trouser, a short sleeve top and a belt.

Three Red Themed Fabrics

Fabric: 1. Silky smooth, lightweight and very drapey poly blend in a solid red colour: 2.5 yards (2.3 m). It could be used for a dress or blouse but would also make terrific lining fabric. 2. Black, grey, white and red striped fabric, lightweight and floaty poly blend: 2 yards (1.8 m). 3. Red, black, white stars and stripes Scooby Doo Hanna Barbara medium weight 100% cotton: 0.7 yards (0.6 m)

Sewing With Nancy Quick Jackets

Sewing With Nancy Booklet: Quick Jackets by Nancy Zieman, Booklet #510, to help you sew your Simplicity 4275 Threads jacket.

The Fabric In Action

Yoke and Pockets Lining

Red and White Stars Cotton Pajama Bottoms

The first two fabrics played centre stage in a Red themed outfit I sewed for Sew Red October.  The solid red fabric and the striped fabric were used to colour block my By Hand London Polly Top and the striped fabric was also used to line the yoke and make pockets for my wide legged culottes.  The stars and stripes fabric was used to make men’s pyjamas for my dad.

The Entry

Entries close on Saturday, March 8, 2014 (eastern standard time) which also happens to be International Women’s Day.  Happy Women’s Day!  In honour of this day, please leave a comment below telling us about a woman you find inspirational (real, fictional, dead or alive).  And, if you enjoy my blog, don’t forget to follow it!  Giveaway is open to everybody worldwide.

Kitty will, once again, officiate the draw and select a winner so you can look forward to antics such as this or this or better still, this!

Good Luck Everybody and Thank You.  I Really Am Sew Grateful.

Edit:  Giveaway is now closed and the winner is posted here.

54 thoughts on “Sew Grateful Giveaway!! How about some Red and some Threads?

  1. laurahoj says:

    My mother has inspired me the most. She was dedicated to her family no matter what came up. She fought cancer, refusing to take pain meds at the end. She always stood by what she believed.

  2. cathynd95 says:

    How nice of you to host a giveaway. My mother was ao much more of an inspiration to me than I ever realized. She not only taught me so much, on her last years on earth, she taught me patience compassion and tenderness. You see, ahe had Alzheimer’s disease and it really took its toll on her when my father passed away. She lives on on my heart. :♥

  3. Laurie says:

    So happy to hear Kitty will be officiating again! Is he accepting bribes? 😉 This is a great selection of sewing “stuff”… Red and Threads! It all looks great! Those quick jacket tricks from Nancy I am sure will come in helpful and who doesn’t love a sewing magazine? Happy Sew Grateful Week!

  4. EmSewCrazy says:

    Ooh an irresitible giveaway! Threads and a pile of fabric in my favorite color!
    In real life my Mother is a constant example I can only hope to live up to. In fiction Kirsty in The Shepherd Girl’s Dream really inspired me.
    Steph of Sewing Cake and all the other indie designers and people making a living by their handmade goodness also inspire me!

  5. Laurie says:

    Part 2! My mama inspires me! She has always been a hard worker, a great mom, and I just love to go visit her and hang out. When I was a kid she was of course the best just cuz she was mom. But as an adult I see all the sacrifices she made and how much I have learned from her. I can’t wait to head to Oregon in April and drink martinis with her, chat, cook with her and take walks… and I am sure she will have some sewing for me! 🙂

  6. Becky says:

    I’m inspired by a good friend who has six children and a disabled husband. Even though she is busy a nd under a lot of stress she is always cheerful!

  7. Kat Eldridge says:

    Oh, a give away how sweet of you. Tell Kitty that I worship cats over here. 😉 My Nana was a woman that inspired me. Not just by how she lived her long life and her many adventures but taught me to be true to myself and loved me for who I am. She grew up very poor in Ireland, and made an living by sewing for the wealthy in England, telling fortunes in the park on the weekend and working as a barmaid. When she married my grandfather she lived on dairy farm where they did not get electricity until the 80’s in it was in the cow barn. She taught me how to cook and sew without electricity and how to reuse almost anything. She died at 102 after calling me and saying that she thought she had seen everything she at meant to see.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Thank You! I’m still working on it, a lot yet to be done, but it’s been such fun ‘remodeling’. I’m learning a lot too. PS, I wasn’t sure if you were also entering my Sew Grateful Giveaway or were just popping by. (If you would like to enter, that’s fabulous! please go ahead and leave a comment about a woman who has inspired you.)

  8. anniehanks says:

    Generous giveaway! I was inspired by a wonderful lady who was my first chemistry teacher, Mrs. Boschart. She made me realize why I love chemistry. I also owe a ton of inspiration to my mom and sister!!

  9. Funnygrrl says:

    I have really come to admire my mother in law. Since the death of her husband of 45 years she has sold her house, moved to a new city and started another chapter of her life. It is really amazing to me that she continues to grieve but has made some serious life decisions to be closer to her grandchildren.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Boomdeeadda says:

    Someone’s really going to score a nice bag of goodies and I can’t wait to see what you whip up with Kitty to pick the winner. I will refrain from entering since my sewing skills are no where’s near the skill level to make that pattern. I need a new machine before I attempt anything remotely tricky. Good luck to everyone.

  11. I made it!! says:

    My aunt inspired me to sew. She was schooled in Europe before the War to be a seamstress. We still have her treadle sewing machine and I still remember her wearing dresses she made for herself without a pattern!

  12. Claire says:

    I love red fabric and don’t get chance to sew it up very often. The person who inspires me is a good friend called Allison, she vas brave enough to give up work to pursue a writing career, her second play is now in production. She is an amazing lady and affirming of all creatives too.

  13. dottiedoodle says:

    Great giveaway! I’m inspired by my husband’s Auntie Molly. She did an enormous amount for others and raised hundreds of thousands for Cancer Research, and she was also one fiesty lady!

  14. Kat H says:

    Red themed giveaway- I love it!! (I’m also loving the Threads magazine – never had a look through one of those before, and it looks rather interesting…)

    So many women who’ve inspired me. 🙂 I think one of the first was my Chemistry teacher back in high school – she was fabulous, didn’t care what other people thought, super intelligent, and clearly loved life.

  15. sew2pro says:

    Hi Gjeometry.
    Great though your givewaway is, please don’t enter me as I’ve been given a final caution against stockpiling!

    I wanted to say a big thanks for your recent kitty comment. My Lemmy died shortly after that post, having got taken ill very suddenly aged 19. Though he didn’t feature much in my blog and wasn’t exactly photogenic, he sat on my lap as I typed most posts!

    Though she disliked cats, my inspirational female was my maternal grandmother. Her home-making skills were looked down upon by women of my mother’s generation and continue to be overlooked today but I was always sure of her unconditional love in turbulent times and she made me pick up a few sewing tips too.

    • Gjeometry says:

      Ha, I know that caution well! I’m so sorry to hear of dear Lemmy passing. But, it does seem like a fitting end, to go swiftly and at the ripe old age of 19. He was obviously very loved and felt it. Kitty and I send out virtual hugs to you! Thanks for stopping by and for adding your comments.

  16. Jane P says:

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    When I was 7, I entered school for the very first time. I couldn’t speak any English and was very shy. My form teacher, Ms Read who taught me all subjects except Chinese was extremely kind to me. I learnt to speak and write English from her and I did it very fast too. The best thing – she taught me to hand sew. My project was to sew blanket stitches on a dog applique to a piece of fabric which she later turned into a bag for me. Although she only taught me for a year, she changed my life forever.

  17. Helen says:

    Hi! Thanks for your recent comments on my blog! His looks like a great giveaway, but I won’t be entering, as I am trying to destash (or ay least stop it growing…), and upi’d prefer that it go to someone who will use them! I think my inspirational female is my mum. It feels like a bit of a cop out, but she inspired me to sew and she inspires me to bring up my children as well as she did. In honesty, I think I get lots of little bits of inspiration from lots if different women, whether it’s style, attitude, approach to life, achievements, whatever!

  18. Maryall says:

    I didn’t have much inspiration from other women… other than my mother, I mean. She taught me so much, even if she didn’t have a higher education, and she is so open-minded for somebody of her generation, she always surprises me. Thank you for her giveaway!

  19. Danielle says:

    Wow, great giveaway! Just one woman?? Then I’d have to say my mum. She’s the kindest, smartest, funniest and most loving woman I know. And she taught me to sew!

  20. Anne says:

    Thank you for your giveaway. I was going to say my mother has and continues to inspire me to be the best I can, not to accept the glass ceiling, to be true to myself but I’m also going to add that since reading about Nancy Zieman in an extract from her autobiography, I found that inspirational in a sewing-related way.

  21. Kristin says:

    What a lovely giveaway – I think the idea of theme is so much fun and especially to theme it to International Women’s Day! Your question is an interesting one to me because I feel like I’ve always grappled with role models and mentors, especially the female kind. I never got along with my mom growing up and I tended to admire people like Angelina Jolie – NOT because she’s actress (I’ve only seen 1 or 2 of her movies) but because of the work she did for the UN and how she tried bringing awareness to women and children and unsafe conditions overseas.

    However I’ve never really been satisfied with answers like that… And I think I would have to say my mom has actually been the most inspiring. We think very differently, we argue all the time, and we tend to talk only a few times a year, however she’s a very strong person. She pushed me a lot growing up and while I hated it so much, I also learned to stand on my own and achieve anything I want. If I had some strange new goal (and I almost always did), after my mom told me it was a terrible idea, she would sit down and help me figure out how to get there. Looking back over her life as well, she went through so much, and then to raise 3 children (including my ungrateful self ;-)) and still come out on top, it’s very inspiring and shows me how much I can go on and do, even if I don’t make some huge worldly impact like Angelina Jolie. Yay mom!

  22. poppyflowers says:

    Thank you for giving us the chance to win those goodies! Everything seems really ineresting!
    Hm, a woman than ispires me is my mom, she inspired me to start sewing and everything else!! After that I have a lot of style icons that inspire me to sew my garments 🙂

  23. Debbie says:

    Hi there! Really great giveaway and I love the fact that you have combined it with International Women’s Day. So many women have, and continue to inspire me on a daily basis. But most of all the wonderful women in my family, mum, sisters, grandmothers and aunts…. All have been inspirational at various times (and some of them taught me to sew, crochet and knit!!). Please enter me to win!

  24. sewsable says:

    I’m going to go with my grandmother; she moved country twice with her family, sewed, knitted prolifically and also kept an excellent vege garden along with my grandfather. She also baked the most amazing bread which I really miss even now.

  25. Mony says:

    My grandfather used to paint the billboards for the up coming movies in theaters, back in the 50’s so, when they removed them, my grandmother would make bed sheets and clothes for her kids with them. I admire her ability to create stuff out of nothing

  26. rachsews says:

    Fab giveaway – I do love me some red! I’m inspired on a daily basis by what I see other people make, but for her patience, warmth and all round excellence as a human I am going to go with my mum, too.

  27. jackienj says:

    Now that I am a mother myself and having gained understanding on how hard it is, I have gained new respect my mother and all mothers everywhere and nominate her my hero.

  28. Meri says:

    What a generous giveaway. A woman who inspires me is my favorite sociologist, Arlie Hochschild, whose work delves into gender and emotions. I feel her book The Second Shift, about the unequal division of domestic work in families where both parents work outside of the home, should be required reading for all young women.

  29. MaZeLiving says:

    Incredible selection! There are so many women I find inspiring these days because never before women had as many opportunities in entrepreneurship and such success at reaching for their goals. I do in fact celebrate International Women’s Day, it is a unique holiday not known to everyone here in US. If I have to think about style inspiration, Ulyana Sergeenko ( is definitely high on my list. She is a Russian designer who combines just the right amount of vintage, modern and feminine in every collection she creates. Thank you for a chance to be in the drawing.

  30. Simona says:

    You are giving away a lot of goodies, that I would not mind having. Thanks 😀 like many others my mum inspires me, she always supported me and my brother but at the same time gave us the space to grow as people.

  31. Colonel Hazard says:

    Ooh, love that fabric combo!

    As a female scientist, I find Marie Curie to be very inspirational — she was so dedicated to her work and was recognized for it at a time when women in science were still dismissed as oddities.

  32. Scruffy badger says:

    There are loads of inspiring women in my life, I feel so lucky. But like so many others I shall nominate my mum as being my biggest inspiration. She is amazing and apart from her beautiful personality it’s what she turns her hand to that is awe inspiring. I think it’s just electricity, gas and fire that she leaves to others, but for everything else I wouldn’t be surprised if she hasn’t tried at some point to make it herself: rugs, go karts, clothing, shelving, upholstery, lace… Jam, wine, and I could go on…..

  33. margueritedesigns says:

    Hello! I think I would have to say any of the Bronte sisters. How on earth did so much creativity exist in one family in such an out of the way community …. Anyway, love your blog and thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Helena says:

    Such a generous giveaway!

    I am inspired by my grandma. She came from a low working class background and even though she moved up through the classes when she married my grandfather (to middle class) she never lost herself and she was very proud of her background and was very tight with all her 8 siblings.

  35. macinic says:

    Catja, you are wonderful. I’d been resisting entering for SOOO long as I didn’t want to sting you for postage all the way over here to OZ That red & grey knit just keeps its siren call to me though, so at the very last minute: Please, may I enter your Sew Grateful giveaway and like most of the entries, I am most inspired by my mum & grandma & great grandma who have all raised some fine eldest daughters I’d also like to award an inspiring award to my MIL & my mum’s MIL who both raised fine sons – especially as I am also a mum of only sons. Thank you again x

  36. Shelley C. says:

    Like a lot of those other comments, I am inspired by my grandma, or as we called her, Gran gran. She was a botanist in the 1950s, helped people of all races register to vote, and was a well-known philanthropist in southern california. She always rejected the rules placed upon her and her family, and made something of herself. I will always look up to her.

  37. tomatoesandjasmine says:

    Thank you for the chance to enter this amazing giveaway! Like many of the people who commented, my Mom is also the most inspiring for me as she is very creative, smart and braves difficult challenges. She teaches me by example to be content, forgiving and patient.

  38. everystitchthoughtout says:

    It’s great to hear everyone naming their Mum as most inspiration. The most inspirational woman I know is my daughter. She had a horrific accident last year and was in the burns unit for a month. She went back to Uni two days after her discharge, just dropping one paper as a concession to her injuries. Sha was back in the Chemistry Lab (she’s a science undergraduate) only a week after getting out of hospital. She’s learnt to live with her scars and is still the most beautiful girl I know. As a final act of determination she left her fellow students at the beach after New Year to come back to the city and make up that one paper she dropped last year so that she could still finish her degree this year.
    I am in awe of her determination in the face of disaster.

  39. 1107nikki says:

    Wow! What a giveaway. I can’t wait to see how kitty chooses this time! Go kitty, go, please choose me! Mind you, loads of equally deserving people have already commented. My inspiration would originally have been my mother when I was little, but she doesn’t sew much now. My current inspiration are all the lovely bloggers I follow like you, along with the those I get to chat and gossip too daily either via TMS or in my local WSBN. I consider myself very lucky!

  40. Hari says:

    What a wonderful generous giveaway! Thankyou! And thankyou for giving me a chance to honour my mum as the most inspiring, hard working, caring, giving, loving woman I know. Blessings to all the mums, in fact, on International Women’s Day.

  41. Lisa Eck says:

    What a great giveaway! My mother was the most inspiring woman in my opinion. When I was younger, she was always there for me giving me support, advice, and teaching me things that can never be learned in a school. Even now that I’m older, if I need any advice or just a word of inspiration, I know that I can count on her. And for that I am very grateful.

  42. Kelly says:

    Just at the last minute (actually, by my times one, I’m already too late!) I was simultaneously inspired and made to feel slightly depressed by a girl who was on my course at uni, when I read her article in one of the national papers about her experience last winter of spending 3 months living and working at a husky farm in the arctic circle. She just packed in her job for a paper and upped and went out there. Seriously, wow. And also, why have I not done anything more exciting since I graduated than sit at a desk?! Made me realise I need to get out and live life a bit more!

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