A Long Overdue GIVEAWAY!!!!

At every readership milestone on this blog I’ve scolded myself for not getting organised and planning a giveaway to say a simple thankyou to all the lovely peops who stop by here to read or comment on my posts. Truthfully, one of my absolute favourite things is seeing a blog comment pop into my inbox!
Another email that I was VERY pleased to find in my inbox came from Elisalex. Co-founder of By Hand – London. No doubt you will have seen versions of the Charlotte Skirt and the Elisalex Dress popping up all over the place. Well Elisalex was kind enough to send me a copy of both patterns just before Christmas. I am selfishly keeping the Charlotte Skirt pattern as I have wanted a high waisted pencil skirt for some time.
However, despite absolutely LOVING the Elisalex Dress, I had to be tough with myself and admit that the possibility of my making it any time soon is slim. Have you ever seen me wearing a dress on the pages of this blog? Case in point! Sometimes I need to be realistic with myself!

Sooooo, I decided to put my copy of the Elisalex Dress up for grabs. For sure there are LOADS of you out there who would look super gorgeous in this little number…..

***Now Closed***

All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment on this post. Just tell me something interesting. It can be whatever you want.  Tell me your favourite recipe/blog/pattern/tutorial/tips & tricks/website. ANYTHING as long as it’s interesting. (and that’s easy because I find the simplest of things ineteresting. Seriously, the looks Jason gives me sometimes when I say “ooooh, that’s really interesting!”) Basically, I get to hear loads of interesting stuff and one of you will get your hot little hands on this hot little dress pattern!

The giveaway will close at midnight GMT on Friday 8th Feb and is open internationally. If you don’t have a blog where I can contact you, make sure to leave me your email.

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  1. Sabs February 1, 2013

    Hi Portia, I’ve just found your blog today via So Zo and it’s great! This weekend my husband has gone off wilderness camping with his mates, Ray Mears-style so I’m hanging out with my two cats who are going to help me sew a corduroy pinafore dress. Really looking forward to this as have worked for the last 12 days in a row (I’m a doctor, it’s really busy at the moment with very sick patients) and I need some relaxing time to myself. Loving the cute Elisalex dress so fingers, toes and pinny straps crossed!

  2. Matilda February 1, 2013

    What a gorgeous dress! Thank you for introducing me to this lovely little company šŸ™‚

    I’m also one of those people who find lots of strange things interesting (or well, not necessarily strange, I guess that’s the point). Anyway, I’d like to share one of my favourite food blogs: Smitten Kitchen http://smittenkitchen.com/ (hope you don’t know about it already, and that you like it of course). I mostly just drool over the pictures, but all of the recipes I’ve actually made up for myself have been really, really good. And simple!

  3. helen February 1, 2013

    ready to make a Colette Beignet skirt, so many gorgeous versions out there, Love Colette’s blog!

  4. Stina Einzelstueck February 1, 2013

    Something interesting and this in english – oh shit, its difficult.

    Best wishes from SouthGermany – I am new in the bloggerworld and im hopefull to learn better english with all the woderfull blogs.

  5. Wisy February 1, 2013

    Hi! Longtime reader, love your refashions, upcycling and charity shop hauls, wish I had your eye šŸ™‚ I’m really into furniture upcycling (One of my many hobbies which I don’t do more of due to lack of time). Have you heard of Annie Sloan’s chalk paint? It is fab, no priming, low voc, very nice colours, including my favourites, duck egg blue and old white. Can use them on walls and floors too šŸ™‚

  6. Lynne February 1, 2013

    Ooo! I’ve been drooling over this pattern for a while, thank you for the chance of winning it! I love reading you blog, and my interesting thing is that the full moon always rises at sunset. I appreciate that nobody else may give a hoot about that, but I think it’s interesting, and I am a geek!! šŸ˜‰

  7. Macska February 1, 2013

    Haha, as soon as you ask for something interesting, all interesting things leave my head and I can’t think of any! Typical, eh?! :-p


    Ok here’s something I learnt this week. Babies have a thing called the ‘extrusion reflex’, which means they stick their tongue out whenever food approached their mouths so you can’t put food in. This lasts until their digestive systems are developed enough to cope with solid food. (I find it interesting how we have all these random reflexes to protect ourselves from various things. šŸ™‚

  8. Sewing Princess February 1, 2013

    Tonight I was at a great Irish knitwear fashion show. We tasted yummy Irish salmon on soda bread and cheeses. And I bought some to have this weekend. Ireland is holding the European union presidency till July. So loads of events planned. Now I want to make soda bread, learn Irish dancing, cook Irish roast and take a trip to ireland. I’m very optimistic… Especially since I’d love to make the elisalex dress too!

  9. Brenda February 1, 2013

    I spent the day sorting out loads of paper patterns I’d printed-off, taken from magazines, various clippings, cereal-box templates, embroidery transfers etc. etc. etc. An amazing amount of “what the heck was I thinking about saving that” are now into recycling.
    The balance are inserted into plastic binder sleeves and into 3 binders.
    That’s what getting organized is all about this weekend for me!
    Are you bored yet? LOL.
    Cheers, from Oshawa Ontario

  10. MrsC (Maryanne) February 1, 2013

    Oh wow, I love this pattern! I can’t wear it myself but I would love to make it for someone else. Interesting things, hmm..well, I am about to cover a lampshade and the bit in the middle that attaches to the lightbulby bit is called a drop. And the drop is also the distance between the ring in the drop and the ring it is attached to. I haven’t covered a lampshade in abut 6 years and I hope to make a better job of it this time! The fabric I bought in Shrewsbury in one of those fab shops that sells end of line upholstery fabrics. And it ends up covering a lampshade on the other side of the world
    Is that interesting? šŸ™‚

  11. bunny February 1, 2013

    not only do i sew, but i also drag race in the summer! i’m one of the only girls to race at my local track, and i’m pretty good, if i do say so myself šŸ™‚ i drive a ’91 honda crx and my car is faster than many of the mustangs and corvettes that race there each week. some of the guys i race against are pissed off when they find out they got beat by a girl in a tiny 4-cylinder car, lol!

    • MrsC (Maryanne) February 2, 2013

      Bunny, I had a 91 Honda CRX too and wow those things have got pep eh! Power to weight ration, definitely. No car made since compares. Sigh. NOt that I have ever dragraced, I just loved to drive it šŸ™‚

  12. Annabelle February 2, 2013

    Oh, I haven’t come across Elisalex before, but what a gorgeous dress – thank you so much for sharing. Since I am very much a dress gal, I would love to win this pattern šŸ™‚ I want to make a dress for a wedding that I will be attending in October – after losing some baby weight. This dress looks like it could hide some of that baby weight quite well.

  13. Amy Stevens February 2, 2013

    I love this pattern! I have the skirt and everything about it is perfection, I would love to get my hands on the dress. Okay, not for something interesting…well, my dog knows sign language! She was born deaf and can understand about a dozen hand signs. It’s pretty neat-o.

  14. Darby February 2, 2013

    Lovely pattern, I stumbled across this company only a week ago, love the dress, would love a chance to win :-). I stumbled across this very cool marketing blog this week and have been thoroughly enjoying her past posts, whilst informative it is hilarious, blunt and a little crude – it certainly keeps my attention and I have learnt heaps of online business tips. Hope you find it interesting too http://www.themiddlefingerproject.org/

  15. Mela R. February 2, 2013

    I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while.

    As for interesting, or just downright sad, I didn’t learn to drive until I was 23. And only an automatic vehicle. I find myself stuck at home because our car (solely my husband’s previously) is a manual and I get super mad when I try to drive it. *Huff*.

  16. Felicity from Down Under February 2, 2013

    I’ve recently won a couple of giveaways, so don’t include me in yours, thank you. I just wanted to say I find it interesting that my son knew more about dinosaurs when he was in primary school than I had known in my entire life (thanks to Walking with Dinosaurs), and that in year 12 he was doing maths more advanced than my husband did at uni! Knowledge is a wonderful thing. It’s also interesting, to me, anyway, that although I can sing in tune without thinking about it, my son – can’t. He was a fab boy soprano till his voice broke. When it broke, the tuning fell into the cracks, I think! LOL

  17. MadameRenard February 2, 2013

    oh, thank you for this giveaway!!! šŸ™‚
    an interesting+simple thing? uhm, have you ever seen a “potter wasp” nest? It’s so beautiful! I’ve photographed it some years ago and recently published in my blog here:
    Silvia from Italy

  18. Mrs.Bao 包 February 2, 2013

    oh! Hope I win. šŸ™‚
    I’ve just ordered a new sewing machine, an industrial one. Since I live in Asia but originally I’m from Sweden, I always compare the prices to what it would cost back home, and my new JUKI 9000B only costs me half of what I would have paid in Sweden, it’s like it’s no cost at all – but in a way I’m “earning” and saving my money. šŸ˜›

    Wish me luck!
    /Agneta in Taiwan

  19. Kesang February 2, 2013

    i would like to share some tips which i find very useful
    1) submerge wet nails in cold water for 3 minutes. The polish will dry completely, and it gets rid of any that got onto your skin!
    2)Apply a thick hair conditioner to your legs before you shave. It acts like a shaving cream and softens the hair so it’s easier to shave off and makes legs feel amazingly silky.
    3)Makeup can last all day by using cornstarch as makeup protector. Mix it with a bit of foundation and your face stays dry and non greasy all day.

    email zang_madre2008@yahoo.in

  20. The Hojnackes February 2, 2013

    Yesterday we moved into a new (bigger) house. I now have my own sewing space again! Now to unpack…

  21. Tugba Kop February 2, 2013

    I’m hoping you will find my blog SO interesting that you feel you must give this pattern to me! It’s such a gorgeous pattern and I love the packaging and illustrations. Triple whammy! x

  22. Kat February 2, 2013

    Gorgeous pattern! I would love a copy of this. My fav blog at the moment is JuliaBobbin. She makes such gorgeous dresses and she has just announced her Mad Men challenge for this year.

  23. Truly Myrtle February 3, 2013

    Cool pattern – I’d love to win it! Now my breastfeeding days are drawing to a close I’m dying to get into a few more dresses! šŸ™‚ This one deserves a night out to go with it…

  24. theamazingtaracat February 3, 2013

    You must have read my mind! I have been working out how to get a copy of this pattern without breaking my New Year’s resolution not to buy any more. Something interesting I heard recently was that the invention of sewing (and needles) is probably as important to the success of the human race as the discovery of fire, and most likely preceded it. It makes sense – without the ability to make clothes we could never have survived in such diverse environments. Oh, and my Mexican Red Knee-ed Tarantula is about to shed her skin – I can tell because she has changed colour.

  25. cosir coser sewing February 3, 2013

    Thank you very much for giving us this opportunity, this pattern seems so nice.
    My favorite blogs are
    I hope you enjoy as much as me
    hasta la vista

  26. MammaNene February 3, 2013

    Wow! I love this pattern… So.. something interesting…
    I really think that YOUR blog is really interesting.. I’ve discovered you this night, surfing around the web but I think this doesn’t count…
    I’m sorry, I can’t find anything interesting to say, I really feel stupid šŸ™
    Kisses, MammaNene from Italy

  27. LittleChicken February 4, 2013

    I love this pattern! Fingers crossed šŸ™‚ Erm something interesting.. I’ve only been sewing a year and so far i’ve made one dress, one hugeee quilt and two cushions!

  28. chiara February 4, 2013

    yay, the Elisalex pattern!

    my mostest favourite thing at the moment is a cuban peanut nougat called mani’ molido, made by combining equal parts of crushed peanuts and sugar and then pressing for a few hours. It is superdelicious!

  29. Karin T February 4, 2013

    I am an architect currently working with design of hospitals, so I find sewing of dresses the perfect way of relaxing and doing something constructive at the same time. Elisalex seems like somtething that fit into that somehow. Is that somthing intresting?

  30. Anonymous February 5, 2013

    Lovely pattern, and you’re right in keeping the skirt for yourself. It’s stunning!
    Here’s something interesting: Belgians have tried to deliver mail using cats. It didn’t work.

    eleanorkrause87 at gmail dot com

  31. Harriet February 5, 2013

    Love this pattern…now for something interesting (and long)! Apparently, in New York, if you trip over and injure yourself due to a fault in the pavement you cannot sue unless the fault was on record by the city. Therefore, a group of lawyers employ a group of people every year to walk every street in New York City, record all cracked paving stones, unevenness etc and then they send the final report to the city. That way, if any New Yorkers do fall and injure themselves, the fault with the pavement is likely recorded and they will be able to sue. Crazy….

  32. iiSwanSongii February 5, 2013

    Thank you for the opportunity to win such a great pattern! Good luck everyone! Interesting? Hmmm….well i can catch 10 stacked quarters balanced on my right elbow with my right hand. šŸ™‚ You might have to search youtube for the trick if you never heard of it. It’s fun you should try it. Take care and I’m a frequent reader of your great blog!

  33. Arellis Pena February 5, 2013

    I think you should try making flan since it is easy and delicious! Here is a recipe that explains the process really well: http://www.elboricua.com/flan.html
    I recommend the Flan de Queso, but I personally use 4-5 eggs instead of the higher amount mentioned.

    Thanks for the giveaway! The Elisalex dress looks like it will accomodate my big hips lol ad is really pretty.

  34. Roisin Muldoon February 5, 2013

    Ooh I would LOVE to win the Elisalex dress, I have been lusting after this pattern for a while and I have the perfect fun print fabric to make it with. Now for my interesting fact! 1st February was St Brigid’s day – she was an Abbess and in the pagan calendar, the feast of St Brigid marks the beginning of Spring. So yay Spring!

  35. Anonymous February 5, 2013

    I’d really love to win the Elisalex pattern, I love sewing as a way to relax, I am just starting my leagal career and my first cases are in court this week so I am pretty stressed out.

    I don’t know if you like cooking blogs but I love The Pink Whisk

    gracecunningham @ hotmail.co.uk

  36. Anonymous February 6, 2013

    I absolutely love that dress! An interesting thing I learnt today is that forty is the only number in the English language that when written as a word, has its letters in alphabetical order.

    Claire (goonerc@hotmail.com)

  37. BrilliantAnne February 7, 2013

    I got tagged to fill in as the instructor in a graduate level course “Biological Processes in Waste Water Treatment”. I only know enough about this topic to be dangerous so all my spare/sewing time is given over to doing homework and preparing lectures. Come spring break I get to say goodbye to my class and sew!!! I would love to sew the Ekisalex dress!


  38. Rachel February 7, 2013

    I’ve been eyeing this pattern for awhile and I’d love to win it.
    My interesting thing is that I had a baby recently. My third child and my first boy. He’s about 5 weeks old. The most interesting thing about my baby (so far) is that I had a homebirth.
    I don’t know how common it is over there but here in the states, in my rural area specifically, its really a rare thing so its a kind of unique story he’ll get to carry around with him for his whole life.

  39. Ruth February 7, 2013

    OK, this one’s a question rather than something interesting, but I’ve always wondered why aeroplanes bank, rather than just making left or right hand turns at 90 degrees on the horizontal plane. I mean there’s nothing in their way. Anyway if you know the answer to this one, it would be interesting.

    Apart from that, just had a look at the girls from By Hand via a very circuitous route through a myriad of blogs. Aren’t they gorgeous? And the pencil skirt is perfect. Nice dress too. Hope they produce many more patterns.

  40. Maria February 8, 2013

    Hi Portia, I came across this site a few weeks ago (unintentially) and thought it was both amusing but very, very cool too! http://www.granniesinc.co.uk.
    “Grannies” will knit clothes for you or your friends or family. Great idea for anyone who can’t knit or doesn’t have the time. I knit myself, and I am teaching myself to sew too, but I thought my mum, who is a granny herself, might like to audition for a spot on the knitting team, haha! Anyway, great concept, don’t you think?

    [By the way, I am in no way affiliated with the ‘grannies’ site, just in case you thought I was making a plug] :o)

  41. Maria February 8, 2013

    P.S. Thanks for the giveaway! I don’t have the pattern but I’ve been following the Charlotte skirt sew-a-long. I’d love to win the Elisalex Dress pattern so I can actually sew-a-long with their upcoming sew-a-long. :o))

  42. rollingpinsandneedles February 8, 2013

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    I find this really interesting:

    The Sentinelese tribe actively avoid contact with other people and civilisations. To this day they are hunter gatherers, and drive anyone who tries to visit their island away with arrows and spears. They even killed some people who tried to make contact with them in the 90s.


  43. rollingpinsandneedles February 8, 2013

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    I find this really interesting:

    The Sentinelese tribe actively avoid contact with other people and civilisations. To this day they are hunter gatherers, and drive anyone who tries to visit their island away with arrows and spears. They even killed some people who tried to make contact with them in the 90s.


  44. Kessem February 8, 2013

    AHHH I’m soo close! I don’t even know if this will count because I’m not sure what time it is in england.. anyway.
    I’ve had this blog post open in y browser for a few weeks now :http://www.sewweekly.com/2013/01/the-english-holiday-blouse-and-skirt/#
    I just can’t get my mind off of it, this is blouse is so beautiful!

  45. johanna@projects by me February 9, 2013

    Just wanted to stop by and say that I like your blog a lot and wish everyone entering the giveaway good luck! Don’t count me in, the dress is super pretty, but doesn’t fit my style, so give it to someone who will do it justice! šŸ™‚


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