#1: The little ol' blog turns 2 years old today.
Over the past 24 months, I've sewn and blogged (to some extent) approximately 35 finished projects. I've tried new techniques, participated in a few sewing blogger challenges, completed my own Seamless Pledge, found a couple of tried and true patterns that I love, finally sewed something with a crotch, made projects from vintage, modern big-4, and indie patterns, re-vamped the blog, and made it to well over 150 posts. I'm sure I'm forgetting things, too -- there's been a lot!
Thank you all (really) for sticking with me along the way! I've loved reading your comments and advice and encouragement, sharing my thoughts and projects with you, and just being part of sewing blogland. Ooh, I'm also on instagram now, too!
#2: I'm throwing a giveaway to celebrate.
Get excited, because one of you is going to be hitting the jackpot of Sewin' Steady favorites. I've got 2 cuts of vintage fabric, 2 vintage sewing patterns, and a handful of bright, vintage buttons up for grabs to one lucky reader.
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by Sunday, January 12, 11:59pm EST. Anyone can enter and I'll ship anywhere, because I love you.
There you have it! That's 4ish yards of black & white medium weight mini-hounds-tooth check fabric. I think this one's a blend of sorts, perhaps some wool in there -- I didn't do an official test. This would make a perfect suit, pencil skirt, shift dress... anything.
Also included is about 1 & 1/8 yard of the sheer, spotted, floral poly I used to make my floral pendrell. I adore this cute print, but there's really only room for one garment made from it in my closet.
Lucky you! You'll also win 4 cards of vintage buttons along with DuBarry 5172 in size 16 (bust 34") from 1941 plus Simplicity 6104 size 16T (bust 36") from the 1960s.
Hurry up and leave a comment before my last announcement blows your mind and you forget what you were doing! It's ok, I'll wait...
#3: And, I've opened a vintage shop on Etsy!!!!!!!
Surprise! Do not fret if you don't end up the lucky giveaway winner. You can still snap up some hand-picked, Sewin'Steady-approved vintage sewing patterns AND clothes in my newly opened vintage shop. You're welcome!
***For now, the shop is offering FREE SHIPPING but is only taking US orders. Once I get the hang of this Etsy-shop-running-thing, I'll re-assess.
Some of you readers who have been with me for a while will recall I used to have a "Vintage Finds" page on the blog where I shared my latest thrifted pieces and estate sale finds. Though the page was taken down during some general blog sprucing over the past year or so, I've kept (and still keep) up the vintage collecting.
At this point, I have managed to amass more old sewing patterns and articles of clothing than a single human could possibly use or wear in a lifetime (or so it seems). So, I've decided this is the perfect time for me to start sharing them all. I've always dreamed of opening a shop full of my favorite things and now I've finally got my chance!
There are still loads of items (clothing and sewing patterns) that I've not yet had the chance to list, so check back frequently because I'll be adding more and more (and more).
Now, I'm just wondering. Did any of you have any inkling I'd at least be mailing something with that Sewin' Steady custom stamp I sneak peeked for you earlier? I know, it was pretty vague. :)
Anyway, it's high fives all around in these parts. Thank you for being awesome readers and hooray for exciting new vintage-y, sew-y things!