Happy Galentine’s Day Giveaway!

Did You Make That At The Village Haberdashery

One of the people in this photo has a birthday today…

It’s my birthday! It’s also Valentine’s Day. I’ve always had an ambivalent relationship with this calendar day. On one level, the world is in a good mood on the day I was born. Good times! On another level, I’m like, Yeah, but when you’ve finished with that over-priced meal  … my birthday? Bad times.

Fortunately, in 2018 we all have a bit more ownership over the shape of our lives. Enter, Galentine’s Day! Inspired by a scene in Sisters, the premise is that we can subvert this day of cod romance to celebrate the most meaningful relationships in our lives – our female friends.

The Village Haberdashery Giveaway

In honour of this, Annie of The Village Haberdashery has kindly supplied a Galentine Giveaway to help us all have fun with our friends.

A person could win:

As Annie said: ‘Sundress goals!’ (God, aren’t we all over winter?)

But there’s A TWIST to this giveaway.

You need to nominate a friend to win.

That’s right. Nominating someone else to score fabric and pattern? Only a Sewist could be that kind. Just leave a comment below telling me which friend you would like to win. When I pull a name out of the hat, I’ll drop you an email and you can supply your friend’s postal address.

So, knock yourself out. Throw a friend’s hat in the ring. Then tell her you love her. It’ll be the best thing you do all day.

This giveaway closes at midnight GMT on Saturday 17 February. It is open worldwide.

the village haberdashery class studio

And if that’s all just too much largesse for one day, allow me to recommend new Sewing Social weekly get-together at The Village Haberdashery. With sewing machines supplied in their gorgeous workshop, all you have to do is turn up and sew with friends. Such a great concept! I’m definitely going – shall you?

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117 Responses to Happy Galentine’s Day Giveaway!

  1. Jennifer says:

    Happy birthday! What a fab giveaway. I’d like to nominate my daughter Phoebe who has recently started sewing. She is the best sewing buddy and I’d love for her to win this fabric and pattern. She will look fab in this dress!
    Ps- it’s my birthday too today!
    Jennifer x

  2. strugglesome says:

    I love this idea! For this giveaway, I nominate my friend Liz Way. She is amazing, and I love her very much. She is a costume historian at FIT and she patterned my wedding dress!

  3. Happy Birthday!! 🎂 I nominate Harriet of Sew Me Sunshine because she is just so lovely x

  4. Frankie Baldwin says:

    I’d like to nominate my friend sue, she really is lovely and she’d suit that fabric to a tee!


  5. Kathy C says:

    Happy birthday to you.
    I’d like to nominate my amazing daughter Hannah . She has been my absolute rock the last couple of months and deserves the world.

  6. Nicola says:

    Hi I nominate my daughter Jessica as she is getting married this year and needs some honeymoon clothes. Have a wonderful birthday

  7. Melanie says:

    I would nominate my lovely gal and Mum, Michelle. She used to sew when she was younger and has started sewing again- she finds sewing a rollercoaster of both worry and excitement so winning a treat would up the excitement levels! Thank you to you and the village haberdashery for the giveaway!

  8. Jenny says:

    Happy Birthday to you. It was my birthday on the 10th and I must admit that after 74 years I am a bit blah about birthdays, especially when they are always in the worst weather month! 😁 I would like to nominate my sister in law Diana Udul who has been a great friend for many years,

  9. Charlotte says:

    Happy Birthday🎂 I nominate my sister Nancy. I had spinal surgery in Dec and ended up with popped stitches. She changed my dressings twice a day. More surgery in Jan and she has done the same. My incision just spit open again and she is helping again. All this plus waiting through a 6.5 and 3.5 surgeries. I would never be able to handle a 6″ long back incision on my own. She deserves something nice.

  10. Marion says:

    I nominate my daughter Ellie. She has a new job starting this summer and a sun dress would be perfect workwear

  11. Simona says:

    Happy Birthday! It’s your day, regardless of Valentine’s Day! So have a great day!
    Now that’s such a lovely gift to give my friend Gemma. She might even have time to make it before to she goes on holiday in Florida.

  12. Katie Hepworth says:

    Happy birthday. I nominate Jane Huntingdon. She’s just managed to carve out some time to get reaquainted with her sewing machine – challenging because she has 3 lovely boys, a stressful IT job at a wonderful charity, and is training to run a half marathon, raising funds for charity. She really deserves some ‘me time’

  13. Wendy says:

    Happy Birthday! and thanks for the giveaway. I nominate my lovely friend Tig Brown, we can talk for days about sewing, patterns and fabrics 🙂

  14. Judith Staley says:

    Happy Birthday. I should like to nominate my daughter Amy who is so thoughtful and giving. She is going all the way to Hong Kong for a wedding later this year and after forking out for the flight can’t afford new clothes. I could help her to get a perfect fit wh this gorgeous fabric and pattern x

  15. Jane says:

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a lovely day. I nominate my friend Chloe – she’s had an up and down year and I know she would love making this.

  16. nicola daniel says:

    Happy Birthday ! I would like to nominate my friend Alison. I bought some fabric from her on eBay, I was then in hospital and she sent me a little gift and we have chatted and emailed and shared projects ever since. I have no friend local to me who love to sew and craft so she’s my craft buddy! she is one of the kindest people I know. and she always cheers me up ! Its our love of sewing that meant we met and became friends!

  17. Sue Heap says:

    Happy birthday to you! I nominate my friend Alison, who stood by me in my teaching career. She was my costume designer and rustler for school production and then she taught me how to use a sewing machine! Now we spend happy time hand sewing and crocheting together. 😁

  18. Rosie says:

    Galantines Day is from Parks and Rec, not Sisters!

  19. Hannah Mounser says:

    Happy birthday! What a brilliant twist to your giveaway! I’d like to nominate my Dad’s wife Penny who has answered all my ridiculous beginner sewist questions, taught me to knit and been endlessly patient throughout!

  20. skaapie says:

    Happy Birthday! Such a fun idea for a giveaway. I’d like to nominate my friend Norah. This dress and fabric would suit her perfectly!

  21. Happy birthday! My birthday is today too so I totally understand your experience. The bundle would be perfect for my friend Liz, who has been longing for summer for months now.

  22. Emma says:

    Happy Birthday have a fab day. Hmm hard one I was going to nominate the lovely Tanya but I think the pattern is more Kate’s style so I nominate Kate.

  23. Fiona Jones says:

    I nominate my best friend and DD Gwen who would look so pretty in this dress

  24. Wendy says:

    Happy birthday! Fab giveaway. I nominate my lovely friend Chloe. She has only been sewing for 6 months and is doing amazingly well 🙂

  25. Christine says:

    Happy bday..i would like to nominate my darling sister tess. We all need a lift sometimes and right now she deserves a crafty gift…cs

  26. Hannah says:

    Oo definitely my bestest sewing friend Choo. She’s also a friend friend and I can’t imagine life without her now xx

  27. Hannah says:

    Oh and happy birthday!!

  28. Hazel Maidment says:

    Happy birthday! I nominate Alli Privett my sewing buddy from Sewcreative!

  29. I nominate my friend liesel, she is currently making a wedding dress for another friend (so crazy right!) and I know she would love a beautifully selfish make at the end of it and this is just perfect, Deer and Doe is her absolute fave as it reminds her of home (she’s French!)

  30. Caroline Percy says:

    Hi, I’d nominate my friend and colleague Liz. She suffers with self esteem and body issues. She doesn’t sew but I would love to make her something to feel beautiful and confident in xxx

  31. Henriette says:

    Thank you for the lovely give away! I would like to nominate my friend Ally who’s kept me sane through the mad sleep deprived early years of parenthood and who is my co-conspirator in carving out some sewing time. This dress pattern would suit her beautifully!

  32. Ellie Foxton says:

    I’d nominate my sister Amy who is a wonderful person, friend and sewer! Her birthday is tomorrow so we are looking forward to lots of Galentines fun to celebrate
    Happy birthday!

  33. Tracey Nixson says:

    I’d like to nominate my friend Julie- she set up a sewing club but never gets time to dress she’s so busy helping everyone else- we’ve been friends for I’ver 30 years now which just seems so mad.

  34. Tracey Nixson says:

    Haha autocorrect strikes – she does dress but has no time to sew!!!

  35. Maureen Green says:

    What a wonderful idea. I nominate my lovely friend of over 40 years, Carol. Despite major back problems, she is always up to giving a helping hand on any need and with a smile. Would love her to get an unexpected joy.

  36. Alice-May says:

    Happy Birthday! This is such a lovely idea to nominate a friend to win. I’d like to nominate Hattie (@hatfortat) as she is the one who got me back into sewing after years away from the machine.

  37. Angela Bowman says:

    I would like to nominate my friend Francesca. She is an absolute inspiration to me and many of my friends and I know she could turn out a beautiful garment with this fabric and pattern. xx

    Happy Galentine’s day to you all 🤗😘😍

  38. Megan says:

    Birthday greetings from Down Under. I nominate my daughter Hana- sewing is another fab thing we can do together

  39. Anna says:

    I would like to nominate my daughter-in-law Jackie. She is learning to sew and this is a lovely pattern and fabric to inspire her to improve her skills. Thank you very much for the chance to pass on this prize.

  40. Susan Bowdler says:

    I’d like to nominate my wonderful friend Anne Mortimer. Over 35 years she has been there, good times and bad, and I can never thank her enough. She would look terrific in this dress and I would love to make it for her.
    Happy birthday to you…….suess

  41. ruddymade says:

    Happy Birthday! I would like to nominate my friend Erin.

  42. Melissa says:

    Happy birthday. I’d love to nominate Janelle V. I think this would be a beautiful colour and style for her.

  43. Kathy Lynch says:

    Happy Birthday, Karen! Hope it’s a lovely day! Thanks for the giveaway – I would like to nominate my daughter, Briohny, who is a busy Mumma & keen sewer.

  44. Tracey Bingham says:

    Happy birthday 🎉. I would like to nominate my bestest sewing friend Jean, who despite health issues continues to sew beautiful makes

  45. Ann says:

    I would like to nominate my lovely friend Amy. I was her TA at school a few years ago and now we are friends. She is a warm, friendly human being who brings out the best in others. Last year she came over and I helped her make a dress; we’re planning another sewing date & I would love to have this fab pattern and fabric waiting here for her. It would be a great dress for her to take on her honeymoon this summer.
    Wishing you a happy birthday, Ann

  46. Marika says:

    Happy Birthday Karen. I’d like to nominate my teenage daughter who is enjoying learning to make some ‘trendy’ clothes that are different from those worn by her friends.

  47. CurlsnSkirls says:

    I nominate my dear friend Jen (https://letthesewingbegin.wordpress.com/) to win that cotton lawn. As a former Californian who now lives in upstate New York (brrrrrrr!) with her husband & his family, she needs a reminder that Spring and regeneration are here. And she lost her mum just a couple months back, so she deserves some gentleness and care. She is the dearest!
    As are you, Lovely Lady!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    🎉 🎂 💋

  48. Emma says:

    Happy Birthday and Happy Galentines! I would like to nominate my sewing bestie Rosie, with whom I discovered a share love of sewing together 2 years ago and now we’ve pretty much talked about nothing else since… x

  49. Brandi E Duff says:

    Happy birthday! I nominate my sister Sara. She is getting more into sewing her own clothes. Thanks you.

  50. Gilly Anderson says:

    I was going to wish you a ‘happy girthday’ to go with happy galantine, but I’m sensing that doesn’t quite work 😳 so I’ll stick to the traditional ‘Happy Birthday’ to you instead.
    I’d love to nominate my best friend, who’s also coincidentally my sister. She’s recently rediscovered sewing for herself, and as queen of the sundress, regardless of weather, she’d be perfect for this one.
    The Village Haberdashery get together sound fantastic, I just wish I was near enough to pop in. I only got back into sewing because before it sadly closed, our local quilting shop held something similar once a month. It was a riot of fabric, cake, and laughter, and what more could a girl want?

  51. Fraggle says:

    Lovely picture and happy birthday 🙂 I’d love to nominate a friend of nearly 25 years; Pat. We’ve laughed and cried about sewing and life in general many a time, and only fallen out occasionally 😁

  52. Karen says:

    Thanks for this great giveaway. I nominate my lovely friend, Linda @sebettyblue, who I “met” on The Foldline forum over two years ago and, although we have never met, have corresponded weekly on all matters sewing and more. She recently had a video call with me so I could buy fabric at the Agnès B sale. She walked around the shop showing me all the fabrics, then bought my choice and sent them to me. She’s a true sewing friend. If she won this it would go towards the big thank you I owe her for her friendship. 😊

  53. Lenelein says:

    Happy birthday! Right when I saw the fabric I thought “So not my colour but I bet my sewing friend Regine would love it!”. And here comes the opportunity to gift it to her! Yu can bet I enter this giveaway for her!

  54. Twinksews says:

    Happy birthday 🎂 and hope you have a fabulous day and a whole new year of fun times. I’d like to nominate my friend Lou who has been my lifesaver in troubled times. She’s just begun stitching inspired my redound love for it – inspired by you and others in the online sewing community. It would be a great ‘welcome’ to the tribe!

  55. craftycreeky says:

    I’d like to nominate my daughter Helen, she has only recently started dressmaking but seems to be fearless in what she will try and sew 🙂 Very proud of her!

  56. Sue Kristiansen says:

    This is lovely! I would send this to my friend, Laura

  57. Megan says:

    Happy Birthday, I nominate my god daughter Clare whose brother has a birthday on Valentine’s day! I just learned of my new great nephew born on Monday and one of my dearest friends had her son on the 15th it’s a happy month indeed. Sorry you have to have a birthday on the one day when things are so very expense, celebrate not he weekend is my advice, stretch out that birthday.

  58. Anna Scitt says:

    Happy Birthday! I’d like to nominate my lovely sister Bethany 😊 She’s a Doctor doing her second year of training and she hardly ever finds the time to sew, so maybe this will give her a good excuse!

  59. Hayley says:

    Happy Birthday! I hope it’s a great one filled with people you love. I nominate my best friend, Allison. I just wish we still lived in the same state. She’s the most creative person I know, although she claims it’s diminished since having three boys 5 and under. I don’t usually enter giveaways but this one is fantastic!

  60. Jenny says:

    Happy birthday! I nominate my little sister, as she would look fab in this finished dress and every time she comes to stay with me we spend all our time sewing!

  61. Su says:

    Happy Birthday!

  62. susan roberts says:

    I nominate my friend Monika…it will suit her so well. Suzy xx

  63. susan roberts says:

    and Happy Birthday!

  64. Renee says:

    What a fun idea and gorgeous fabric! I nominate my friend Nicole.

  65. Lyn says:

    What a lovely idea — thank you both! I nominate my daughter Katrina who is starting to sew and would be inspired by this. February birthdays are the best — mine is on the 9th, yours on the 14th (many happy returns of the day!) and my daughter’s birthday is on the 21st. (I have three other friends with February birthdays, so, yes, February is fun!). Lyn

  66. Kate says:

    I would love my best friend, Jenna, to win this prize. She’s been working flat out over th past few months for the charity she works for and I’m sure this would put a big smile on her face.

    Happy birthday by the way!

  67. Haha! You really ask a lot! Imagine I win and I see that gorgeous prize go to… well, not to bad if it is my dear mother in law, Teresa. She totally deserve it, and she also sews!

  68. Donna says:

    I love that fabric. I’d like to nominate my friend Sarah who has just started sewing and has had a bit of a rubbish time of late. This would cheer her up (hopefully) no end.

  69. Celine says:

    I would like to nominate my friend Boon Kuan cos she’s an awesome crafter and fabric hoarder!

  70. Anica says:

    Happy Birthday! I nominate my twin sister Nora, this is the perfect project to help her improve her sewing 🙂

  71. Elizabeth A Barno says:

    Happy Birthday! I nominate my daughter, Melinda.

  72. Emily Kitsch says:

    Happy Birthday and Happy Galentines Day!! I’d like to nominate my little sister Celia, who just started sewing – I’m actually teaching her whenever we are able to spend time together, and this would be a perfect project for our sisters sewing circle! 🙂

  73. carol frederick says:

    From the US: Thank you and the sponsor of this cool give away. I nominate my DIL: Rosalie Felfle. I love to sew, and she loves sundresses

  74. poldapop says:

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is the day after Valentine’s Day, and I’ve always been clear with suitors that those two days cannot be combined. My husband’s whole family hates Valentine’s Day (they own a flower shop) and I’m pretty sure they gave him a hard stare for marrying someone with a birthday so close to what, for them, is a Day in Hell: when everything needs to be delivered on the actual day, and mostly men make the (last-minute) orders. I would like to nominate my friend Malinda for this give-away. She would look fabulous in the dress and I want to encourage her to take some time to be creative. Thank you for hosting!

  75. Pecia @mini.adventure says:

    Happy birthday Karen! I would like to nominate Becca (@redwsews). She is a lovely person, a good friend and she loves Dear and Doe patterns 😀 xx

  76. Cindy says:

    Happy, happy birthday! I’d like to nominate my friend Kathy for the giveaway. She is the person I look to for advice when I am in a sewing quandary. She is as sweet as she is talented. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.

  77. Carolyn N says:

    Happy Birthday ! I nominate my friend Margaret, she is my partner in crime for sewing stash shopping and generally discussing all things crafty.

  78. Vallum says:

    My sewing chum Gem.

  79. Iris Nugent says:

    Happy birthday! I would like to nominate my daughter Kathryn . She loves doing all things creative and is trying hard to get better at sewing..

  80. Laurpud says:

    Happy birthday! I’d like to nominate my friend Gina. She’s an amazing sewist, knitter, spinner & inspirational friend!

  81. Gemma says:

    Happy birthday! I nominate lovely Simona @draculashbv.

  82. Kathy says:

    Happy Birthday! I nominate Allison.

  83. Rachel Warmington says:

    I’d like to nominate my friend and work colleague Emma Pearce, who would look amazing in a dress in that fabric. P. S. Happy Birthday!

  84. katerelton says:

    Jumping on board to nominate my Insta friend Pilar (@pilarbear) because she inspires my sewing and because our email friendship has been sidelined too often lately for mum duties and general life! Happy Galentine’s all!

  85. Debbie says:

    Happy happy birthday. I nominate a friend from work. Her name is Amber and is just starting to sew and is so excited about learning. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  86. I’d love to nominate my penpal Mel as she has just gotten into sewing & is starting to sew herself lots of dresses and I totally think that it awesome! …and she’s a great penpal too!

  87. Tanya says:

    Happy Birthday! What a wonderful giveaway and how gorgeous is that fabric!

    I nominate my friend Marilyn – I’ve taught her to knit and now I’m teaching her to sew. She’s loving it and what a lovely gift this would be.

  88. Lori B. says:

    I’d like to nominate my podcast partner Helena from Grayallday.com & Clothesmakingmavens.com

  89. arrataye says:

    Happy birthday! I nominate my friend Kyra. She always inspires me to sew, and I think she would really love the pattern.

  90. Helen says:

    Happy Birthday! I nominat my friend Michaela because she does so much for me.

  91. Jean says:

    I don’t have a sewing friend which is why I enjoy sewing blogs so much. So if I could I would like to nominate Marcy Harriell at Oonaballoona to win. I appreciate all of you that sew and blog so much. Jean

  92. Alana says:

    Happy Birthday! What a fun giveaway! I’d like to nominate my best friend Claire!!

  93. Ramona says:

    Happy Birthday to you!! I nominate my gal pal Tasha who has helped me so much in my quest to become a garment sewer.

  94. Julia says:

    Happy birthday!

    I nominate my friend Gabi, who is so much fun to be and sew with.

  95. Joy says:

    Hope you had a lovely day. I would like to nominate my daughter Rhian.

  96. Nyssa says:

    I’d like to nominate my beautiful sister Kaya! I want to teach her to sew and I think this would be a great pattern to start with

  97. I’d like to nominate two people. Firstly my only sewing buddy Alex Pinto. She hasn’t done a great deal of sewing of ate as she has been too busy studying for psychology masters.
    My second nomination is my ‘inherited’ daughter Chrissy Le Roux, both her parents passed away before her 21st birthday, she too is studying at uni in London but she does have one of my spare machines as she wants to learn to sew and has already managed to alter a few items with a bit of long distance advice from me. I’d be really chuffed if either of these two got pulled out of the hat ;D
    Thank you 😀

  98. Sewingbyletters says:

    Hi – I would like to nominate my new sister-in-law, Madeline. She just learned to sew last year, but she is a natural! She and my brother-in-law are just starting their household, so there isn’t a lot of money for treats like beautiful patterns or lovely fabric. She is curvy petite studying horticulture, and I think that a self-made palm printed sundress would make her summer.

  99. Jan says:

    Hi there, I’d like to nominate Pippa, sewist extraordinaire, she teaches sewing, organises sewing monthly meetings, as well as sew days. She’s padded out my dress form, and generally improved my sewing confidence. She’s fun as well. She deserves some fabric and pattern goodness!

  100. denisesews says:

    I nominate Jan! She’s awesome, and she’d look adorable in that dress😁

  101. Lynn Roberts says:

    Happy Birthday and I’d like to nominate my sister-in-love Kay Carrey! This will be her first summer on retirement and she’d look perfect in such a lovely dress!

  102. Helen Jones says:

    A belated happy birthday! The idea of nominating someone else is perfect – I looked at the pattern &, as lovely as it is, I just know it wouldn’t suit me but it would be perfect for my sister Tricia. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  103. Hazel Zoia says:

    I would love to nominate Linda who is my sewing guru. So talented and creative and a would love this pattern and fabric.
    Also Many Happy Returns.

  104. Pamela Davies says:

    Happy birthday. Hope you had a wonderful day. I would like to nominate my niece Esther who is a newbie to sewing and deserves a lovely gift like this. Thank you for a great give sway

  105. Emma says:

    Happy birthday Karen! I would like nominate my friend Mel. We started off a work colleagues – same team but offices 2000km apart. Two years later and I’m about to fly to her home city to spend a week sewing with her. She’s opened her heart and her home to me. Very special friend who deserves a special surprise like this. Thanks for the give away.

  106. SewingElle says:

    Hope you had an excellent birthday! I’m nominating my dear friend Melissa. This is exactly the sort of dress she would make. Unselfishly for her daughters. Thanks for the giveaway

  107. Jess says:

    Happy birthday! I’d like to nominate my lovely friend Alex, the only person I know who makes MC Hammer trousers out of a pajama pattern 😉 It’s been onwards and upwards ever since, though xxx

  108. Rosie says:

    Happy birthday! I’ve been reading your blog for years and absolutely love it – it’s a great resource and I really enjoy your more philosophical take on sewing. I’d like to nominate the amazing Lizzie of Lizzie Thimble – not that she needs any more patterns but she’s the best sewing buddy a girl could have! x

  109. Janet O'Toole says:

    I hope you had a lovely birthday!
    I would like to nominate my lovely daughter Emma – we love sewing together and the style of dress and fabric are exactly her style! Thank you for the great give away 🙂

  110. Hi there,
    I’d love to nominate my friend’s daughter Danielle who is just learning to sew.

  111. Heidi says:

    I nominate my sister, Caity. She’s primarily a quilter, but I am trying to nudge her toward garment sewing.

  112. Michele says:

    I’m nominating my friend Jan, fellow sewer.

  113. Katharine Macey says:

    Belated happy birthday.
    I would like to nominate my friend Jetta who 3 years ago sat at my machine to make a pencil case with a zip and last year sewed most of her honeymoon wardrobe. She has made such progress.

  114. Karen says:

    What a great idea! I’d like to nominate my sister, Wendy, who would look fabulous in this dress/fabric combo.

  115. allie J. says:

    I’d like to nominate Rachel of Maker Style–she would totally rock this pattern!

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