Time To Say ‘Thank You’ Properly

I’m a firm believer that blogging is a two-way street, and never did this become more apparent than on the making of the V8548 coat. When I set myself a ridiculous challenge, you cheered me on. When I lost faith, you advised taking a break. When I finally succeeded – more through luck than judgement – you helped me celebrate.

So it’s a good job for you – and me! – that I want to say ‘thank you’ and happen to live near one of the best and cheapest suppliers of fabric in the known universe.

Many of you drooled over the lace trim I used on my coat. So I’ve bought three metres to give away – more than enough for you to line something yummy. I also haggled for two metres of fine black silk with a beautiful taupe design on it. A lucky reader could make something really classy with this. A Sorbetto blouse? View C of theΒ Pendrell? Ooh, there’s enough fabric here for the Taffy blouse in The Colette Sewing Handbook. It would be PERFECT for that. You could even do as I’m planning and use it to line something. After all, it didn’t cost you anything!

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is post a comment below by midnight GMT Saturday 14 January. The offer is open to readers worldwide, whether or not they commented on the V8548 coat!

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119 Responses to Time To Say ‘Thank You’ Properly

  1. Lisa says:

    Wow a lovely giveaway indeed , how kind. If I won I would indeed make a Pendrell from this beautiful fabric ( I am still perfecting my Sorbetto pattern πŸ˜‰ )

  2. Lucy says:

    Ooooooh! A Taffy blouse in that would be gorgeous! And the lace!!! (*drowns in a sea of drool*)

  3. Amanda says:

    Ooo! I’d love to make a Pendrell blouse from this fabric. I’m starting a new job and since I’ll be busy during the transition I want to focus on simple patterns that would work well for the office πŸ™‚

  4. Kat says:

    What an awesome giveaway! Count me in please – both are fantastic prizes *drools* Pendrell View C? Taffy blouse? You give me ideas…!

  5. rachel sew-n-sew says:

    Yay – love to be included in this, thanks! Methinks a Taffy…

  6. Lori Owen says:

    What a wonderful job you have done with your coat! I would definitely make the Pendrell with the fabric if I were lucky enough to win it :0)

  7. Tamsin says:

    What a lovely giveaway. A pendrell would be good, but I was wondering how it would look as a Colette Jasmine blouse too…

  8. Silvia says:

    What a sweet giveaway!

    But what challenge are you going to set yourself next? Winter is covered, so maybe a swimsuit for the tropical vacation you’re dreaming of?

  9. Marie says:

    I would so love to be considered for this giveaway please! Your taste is impeccable Karen!

  10. Andrea says:

    Your Vogue coat is awesome, as is this giveaway. That silk would make a perfect β€œTaffy” blouse or the “Ava” blouse by Victory patterns. Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

  11. My sister-in-law would *love* new fabric to make something with (sadly, my ambition is greater than either time or skill at the moment permits – but one day soon!) – she blogs at: http://thetravellingseamstress.blogspot.com/ and is also a fan of your blog!

  12. You spoil us. Those are lovely things to give away. Count me in. I’m not sure if it would be a Sorbetto (tried and true, it would have lest risk) or Taffy (so tempting because it’s new).

  13. fearnie says:

    i am still envious of your coat, so classic yet modern. I recieved the collette sewing handbook for Christmas – the taffy blouse is lovely. Not sure what I could use the lace for but whilst deciding it is just lovely to look at! (how sad am I?!) PLease count me in.

  14. melissa says:

    Maybe I’m obsessed, but I see those two and immediately I’m thinking of the Ruby Slip: http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/p/sew-alongs.html

  15. LLADYBIRD says:

    That silk deserves to be a Taffy blouse. On me, I mean πŸ™‚

    Yay giveaways! πŸ˜€

  16. Karen says:

    Ooooh, I have a ’30s repro pattern that would be lovely for this!

  17. Trisha says:

    Oooh! That silk is pretty! I think a Sorbetto or a Pendrell are great ideas for this fabric.

  18. Dr Duckie says:

    Silk silk silk silk! That’s gorgeous and you’re right, it’d make a perfect taffy.

  19. Law says:

    Ohh that silk is lush, and is screaming a Jasmine blouse to me! The blogging community is so supportive isnt it, even though i havent had much success with my sewing, other bloggers have inspired me, sympathised with me and spurred me on!

  20. Gaylene says:

    Wow, such gorgeousness, and you are going to use it as a lining…one of the things I love about sewing isthe way you can have beautiful fabrics on the inside as well as the outside!! It would be lovely as an Eva Dress halter blouse…please count me in.

  21. lynn says:

    I think I’m the only one living who has not made the Sorbetto blouse, and this would be perfect!

  22. Roisin says:

    Oooh…. I honestly don’t know what I’d make with that gorgeous length of fabric. Possibly a Pendrell…. too many choices!

  23. Louise says:

    What lovely fabric and what a lovely gesture! I would love to make something yummy like a sorbetto or pendrell, can’t decide!!!!

  24. Wow! What a thoughtful giveaway. That silk is amazing and I can think of a dozen ways I’d love to use it. I love the suggestion for the rub slip!
    The blogging community is really incredible – I had no idea when I started my blog last May how many amazing people I would “meet”.

  25. mujerboricua says:

    Fab giveaway. And very thoughtful to give back. I think I definitely would make another Sorbetto. You can’t have enough of those!

  26. Wendy says:

    Great giveaway, thanks so much! I would use the lace for hemming (something I haven’t tried yet) and the silk, well I’d have to feel it and stroke it before making any rash decisions πŸ™‚

  27. Wendy says:

    The fabric you chose is absolutely delish, and while I do love both my Pendrell(s) and Sorbetto(s), I would perhaps make another rendition of S2599 – view E. Count me in, yes please!!

  28. ELISE says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile, but this is the first time I’ve commented – I’m shy :-S. So much congratulations on finishing your coat – it turned out amazingly, and it was fun to follow you through the ups and downs!!! It’s so fun and thoughtful of you to have these frequent giveaways. You really have a gift for creating community through your blog.

  29. Amy says:

    I just made up my first Pendrell. What a fun excuse to make another! Or, to line a coat… Hmmm. Thanks for the chance.

  30. Amy W says:

    What lovely fabric AND lace! Definitely Pendrell worthy!

  31. azzy says:

    I would definitely make a Taffy with it! Would have to go on the hunt for the most perfect matching bias tape, or maybe make some from any leftover fabric to keep it nicely matchy-matchy. Lovely lace too – would be tempted to use it to edge a Cinnamon nightie or something similar.

    Very kind and generous giveaway! Jealous of your local fabric store πŸ™‚

  32. Oh my! Thank you so much Karen for this giveaway! Well done again on your coat

  33. Abby says:

    That silk is gorgeous. It makes me want to go through my entire pattern stash in search of the perfect pattern to go with it! I wish I already had that lad, though. It would look gorgeous in the hem of the denim pencil skirt I’m making, but the skirt should be done tonight. Definitely in the next project, if I win!

  34. Katy says:

    I love your blog, its part of my daily ritual to check up on what you have been working on. I have only recently really got into my sewing again, you give me loads of inspiration, I particularly love your honesty and sense of humor as we all no sewing is never pain free but I suppose that is part of the appeal – a challenge!! Gorgeous coat!

    Thank you!!

  35. Tania says:

    What lovely fabric! I haven’t made any of Colette’s patterns yet, so I think this would make a good start for Violet or Jasmine. Fingers crossed!

  36. Elizabeth says:

    Pick me! πŸ˜‰

    Kudos to you.

  37. Kay says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! That lace is lovely, so is the silk fabric!

  38. Kat says:

    Wow! That fabric is gorgeous. I need to do a giveaway again on my blog. It’s been a while.

  39. Kerry says:

    Oooh, what a tempting giveaway! Please count me in. I would love to make a blouse, perhaps a vintage one or a Sencha.

  40. tabathatweedie says:

    Oh wow, I love them both – thank you so much for this lovely giveaway! And congratulations on the coat – it’s stunning. I love the colour, and the shape, and, well, just everything about it really! TT x

  41. Fab! Count me in! Definitely congrats on the coat as I said before! This pattern is now on my wishlist x

  42. Helen says:

    such a generous giveaway…perfect for the taffy! thanks for your generosity…i’m sure whoever receives this will make something beautiful!

  43. ms. modiste says:

    Karen, your blog always brightens my day and that coat is stunning! Perhaps I’ll finally get up the courage to try some tailoring this year…

  44. Alessa says:

    Wow pretty! Personally, I have no idea why you think we need more than your witty writing and your lovely sewing, but if you absolutely have to have giveaways, too – I’m still looking for a lovely fabric for a Pendrell blouse. πŸ™‚
    Again, congrats on you absolutely beautiful new coat! And did I mention that I love that huge flower pin?

  45. Lynn says:

    You are so generous! Love your coat and your blog!

  46. lizajanesews says:

    Randomly pick me please!
    Fun giveaway. You are too kind πŸ™‚

  47. leahfranqui says:

    Oh this is such a nice giveaway, thank you, Karen! You are too sweet. I would make a Taffy blouse for sure. Well done again on the coat, you should be unbearably proud of yourself.


  48. Mark David says:

    A lovely idea Karen. If you select me I’d give the material to your mum so she could ask you to make her something with it. You couldn’t think of anything better.

  49. Suze says:

    Oooh, yummy fabric – you are so generous. That pattern on the fabric is very unusual – like a load of little floral fireworks! I am a fan of an unecessarily pretty lining, but this seems too nice somehow…

  50. Hannah says:

    How wonderfully generous. I would be a sewing failure if it weren’t for my bloggy friends!

  51. Sarah says:

    Wow that is a super duper thank you – thank you for your generosity I would love to be entered in the draw.

  52. Deb Cameron says:

    I have certainly enjoyed reading all your coat posts, you are a far braver than me, however I have learnt quite a lot, so thank you! And thank you for offering a giveaway – that lace would make me happy at the hem of a skirt and that silk would make the perfect Taffy blouse, which I’m dying to try, am even in the process of making a muslin πŸ™‚ Thanks for the chance!

  53. MrsC says:

    So preetty, I would love to be counted in on this draw! I made a blouse out of a similar silk when I was a teenager and I wore it out. I could make another one and wear that out too. I love to wear silk πŸ™‚

  54. Tj says:

    Oh wow, thanks for setting up this giveasway, that is very generous of you. Count me in please.

  55. Kathi Giumentaro says:

    You are too kind. I would love to be entered in the give away. The black silk is so beautiful.
    Thanks so much.

  56. Donna says:

    I have not commented before, but your blog has helped me through some of my own tricky sewing adventures, so I wanted to thank you for being so open and sharing your own adventures. It is always nice to know you are not the only mad one! BTW I am attempting my first coat this year, I may start now so that I am ready for winter (I am in Australia!)

  57. Graca says:

    What a lovely and very generously giveaway. I have to tell you that I’ve bookmarked your posts around the coat. I’ve been procrastinating on a coat project for some time now. Soon, I hope to get to it.

  58. jeannine says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  59. Mika says:

    Following you making this coat has been so great- I’m hoping to make a coat in the coming months, and you’ve prepared me for a challenging but rewarding experience. And provided me with a bunch of useful tutorials to use along the way! Thank you! Please include my name in the giveaway!

  60. Shelagh says:

    You’ve actually inspired me to make a coat for myself πŸ™‚

  61. Debbie Ezell says:

    I have never seen a silk so lovely! And truly, a big “Thanks” to you for keeping me inspired and sewing.

  62. Rachel says:

    My goodness that fabric is sooo pretty!
    Watching you make your coat has inspired me to get over my nerves and make my winter cape. I’ve had the pattern for awhile but I was too scared to try.

  63. Crystal says:

    Pretty fabric and trim – add me to the list!

  64. Sanjj says:

    That’s lovely! Thx for the chance to win!

  65. Katherine says:

    Yes, please! And, Thank YOU for writing such a lovely blog!

  66. Sarah! says:

    so pretty!

  67. gMarie says:

    what a generous way to say thank you. Love that lace! g

  68. Brenda says:

    Awesome coat, awesome give a way, and AWESOME blogger! Count me in. Thanks!!

  69. KristenMakes says:

    How Sweet! I’d love to win and use the fabric to make a modified Sorbetto! The fabric is really pretty.

  70. Lara says:

    This is a great prize! Thank you for this, and your wonderful blog.

    Incidentally, I was going to start working on the pendrell tomorrow night!

  71. Brumby says:

    Congratulations on the coat – you have inspired me to try one. I love your fun blog, oh my, are you going to inspire me to start a blog too???

    I’d make a Colette “Cinnamon” with that beautiful silk – what a generous giveaway!

  72. Amy Tuite says:

    I LOVE your coat. Congratulations again! (Plus that fabric is so. cute.)

  73. Joanne says:

    Oh I’ll throw my hat in the ring – gwan! What a nice giveaway πŸ™‚

  74. Leith Lilley says:

    Excellent! Wonderful blog.

  75. Brumby says:

    Oh wow apparently there are two Brumby’s following your blog. Usual, but there you go!
    Anyway, congrats again on the success of the coat! If I won I would pay it forward once more and ask that you sent it to a friend of many of ours, Lazy Stitching. Whilst I would love it, I have a truckload of fabric, and I think that it would be a lovely surprise for Alana and brighten her spirits as she resettles into her new home half way across the world.

  76. Beatrice says:

    Your coat is lovely and your blog is really inspiring. I’d love to make a Sorbetto with that beautiful fabric.

  77. As someone deprived of a local fabric store I procrastinate over buying on line and worry about getting it right. This giveaway would resolve this problem for the Pendrell on my list of ‘must dos’.

  78. Kathy says:

    Yes, please.

  79. I love the fabric! I would make a Taffy from it – which would be my first attempt at anything from the Colette Handbook!

  80. Jenni says:

    I made a sythetic wool coat in the 80’s my teenage years! no where near as good as yours! but hey I was young and didn’t care! Have just got a new machine for Xmas and will be returning to sewing after a 10 year gap in Feb after the tax self assessment year end! your fabric and lace would be fabulous for inspration ;o)

  81. Nicole Tobin says:

    I love that lace. It’s absolutely beautiful! Congrats on finishing your first coat. I’m working my way up there!

  82. Claire says:

    Wow, that coat is amazing! I am a long way off managing something like that but have loved watching your progress. I’d love a Pendrell in that beautiful fabric.

  83. Liz says:

    Love your new coat..I bought the same pattern last spring, I think, and your version has reminded me of that. And, oh! The fabric. Gosh. It’s so beautiful. I have all of those patterns mentioned and the wheels inside my brain are turning, turning, turning….Thank you for a great read…I look forward to each and every post!

  84. I’m planning to line everything with silk from now on! Lifes too short to save all the best things for a special occasion.

  85. Lauren-Marie says:

    Either the Sorbetto or to go along with the sew-along for the Colette Sewing Book!

  86. Anne says:

    Well, I think thanks are owed to you for sharing such wonderful projects and tips!!! I for one love reading your blog which keeps my enthusiasm up especially during periods when I just never seem to get enough time to sew! As I’m just up to putting a zip in Colette’s Peony dress and its been my first experience (and what a lovely experience!) with a Colette pattern, it would have to be the Jasmine which could be later paired with a Beignet… x

  87. Sandra says:

    I admired your coat from afar (really afar – Canada!), and it’s made me believe I could make a coat one day. But in the meantime, that black silk is just stunning! I”m thinking a lovely drapey kind of blouse… Maybe Lazy Stitching’s gathered front version of the Sorbetto…

  88. Ella says:

    Awesome giveaway and your coat turned out so beautiful. I made it too, a few month ago, but I worked with wool fabric that didn’t need lining.

  89. kirsty says:

    I think you did a totally amazing job on your coat. Really. It’s totally beautiful πŸ™‚ Every time I see one of your makes I am totally in awe. The coat just tops the lot ! I can’t believe how generous you are with celebrating success by a give-away, please count me in. xx

  90. Tilly says:

    Aw Karen, that is so sweet of you! I feel like the goodies should go to people who gave practical advice rather than just moral support, but what the heck, I’d love to win πŸ™‚ xx

  91. VickiKate says:

    That’s just too gorgeous! Please count me in as Im envisaging a taffy with lace at the neckline and sleeves!

  92. Pamela says:

    Hello Karen, I didn’t comment about your coat but did follow its progress and seeing it completed was a joy. I am a beginner sewist and my approach to sewing has been kind of ‘close my eyes and jump’. I very much enjoy your blog, not only for your sewing adventures but also for the glimpses of London where I used to live (obviously I wasn’t sewing at the time and didn’t have a clue about the yummy fabric shopping possibilities!).
    Thank you for the giveaway and good luck with your next projects,

  93. Bridget says:

    I love your coat, I started one at the same time but so far have only made a collar, the problem is now i want to make one like yours as well. I’d love this fabric, would be a great reason to finish my coat and start a Taffy blouse.

  94. Colleen says:

    Sure, I’ll throw my name in. I don’t know that I was particularly helpful, but I have made a coat before, and I was where you were–with far fewer resources.

    What can I say? I’m an encourager/enabler.

  95. The trim is lovely. So much nicer than we can easily source here in South Australia. The fabric is classy.

  96. Jody Wagner says:

    Karen! You spoil us! What great give aways, as always!

  97. mdmaybe says:

    Your coat is truly lovely πŸ™‚

  98. Michelle says:

    Gosh – it’s so beautiful, that silk! One day I will come to London, and you can show me around your amazing fabric shops. I will, you know! Maybe not this year …

  99. Camilla says:

    Great giveaway, count me in. Love the fabric which I’d use to make a top. The lace trim is gorgeous, perfect for embellishing a white cotton summer strappy top.

  100. Paola says:

    I do solemnly swear, that should I be the extremely lucky recipient of the covetable piece of fabric on offer, that I shall do my very best, in sewing this fabric, to emulate the care that you have lavished on your beautiful coat.
    So help me God.

  101. How could I resist such temptation. If I was to be lucky to win id have to overcome my embarrassment after being the proud wearer of the snood. But I can’t resist, sorry!!

  102. Jill says:

    Well, isn’t this so nice of you! The coat looks amazing, and you look so zen in it. (Or maybe dazed now that it’s over, hehe?) In any case, it’s lovely, I’m sure it will put a smile on your face every time you where it, not to mention, keep you warm for many years to come!

  103. Kim says:

    I love your blog! My kids and I enjoyed seeing your “TARDIS” pics from your recent trip. Thanks for sharing your beautiful creations.

  104. Clair says:

    What a beautiful coat & what gorgeous silk πŸ™‚

  105. Liz says:

    Wow Cool! The fabric is gorgeous!

  106. Tina says:

    Oh how lovely! And inspirational! Swimsuit next?

  107. wetcoaststitcher says:

    I’ve just found your blog – reading about your coat project was so inspiring! Congratulations to you πŸ™‚ I look forward to reading more of your blog, and seeing what future projects come off the machine.

    The silk and lace are beautiful – not sure what I’d make from the silk, would probably wait until it was in my hands, to see what it would say it wants to be…

    Pearl in Vancouver

  108. Donna says:

    You made such a brilliant job with your coat Karen :o)
    How generous of you to offer a give-away even to those of us who weren’t able to offer you any advice!
    Please be kind enough to enter me in your fantastic giveaway. I’m not sure what I would use it for, but I know I would use the silk on something for my eldest daughter, and the lace on something for my youngest!
    Happy weekend Karen. xx

  109. I have been so impressed with this make! The finished project is gorgeous and I think totally worth the effort you put in. Love the giveaway, am already coming up with things I want to make with the silk!

  110. Nikki says:

    Oh, that coat is to die for! The lining is stunning and the lace trim makes me go all a flutter!! The giveaway is so generous. I’d love that fabric. Ideas flowing through my mind already! Please count me in!

    You are SO clever!!

  111. Megan says:

    Wow, that fabric is lovely! If I won, I’d probably do a blouse of some sort – the Penderell is a great suggestion, and I’m trying to build up more ‘work clothes’ in my closet, so that would be ideal!
    Thanks for having this giveaway!

  112. Felicity from Down Under says:

    I’d have to agree with Cornelia’s comment about how difficult it it to source such wonders easily in these parts. The nicest lace I have is older than I am! I agree with the comments suggesting that the ruby slip would do justice to both the fabric and the trim. Imagine how lovely that would feel.

    Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  113. Felicity from Down Under says:

    ps – hit the wrong button! I wanted to say, which I think I’ve missed even with time differences.

  114. Kat H says:

    Gorgeous giveaway. I’ve been following on your coat adventures, it’s been interesting reading. Especially the bound buttonholes – argh! That just doesn’t look like fun at all. I’m going to have to give it a go sometime. When I work up the courage…..

  115. Miriana says:

    I was not sure whether or not to comment for the giveaway, as I haven’t done so yet even though I’ve read your blog pretty much every day since I discovered it roughly 1 and a half months ago… then I decided the fabrics on offer are too gorgeous to be shy on this occasion (ooops). In any case, I do LOVE your coat and enjoy reading your blog so much – you always make me smile :-). Well done to you and thanks for the inspiration!!

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