Black Floral Dress + Giveaway [Closed]

Sunday, June 16, 2013


I have a giveaway for you guys today! Two sewing pattern books are up for grabs, 
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       Feminine Wardrobe | Stylish Dress Book

I was given a pair of my own to review (high 5 to the lovely people at Laurence King Publishing for being awesome and doing this by the way) and so I decided to make the Sleeveless Buttoned Empire Bodice dress from the Stylish Dress book.  (Try and say that 10x fast. haha)


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K mine's quite a bit different than the original. The shorter length- well that was partly a mistake. I didn't mean to make it as short as I did, I'm just ridiculous and didn't take into account the fact that I'm like 8 inches taller than the average Japanese girl. (These patterns came from Japan, I'm not just randomly singling them out or something. ha) so my dress ended up being a really awkward length and I had to adjust it. 

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Then I also added sleeves and tapered in the bodice a little bit.

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You can't even tell but there is a placket and fabric-covered buttons in there somewhere. The fabric camouflages it too well. Speaking of, I got it from Joann's! When does that ever even happen. I swear I usually have the worst luck with that place. You can buy it here and hey look, it's even 50% off. Of course that happens after I've finished the dress.

You guys are going to die over the styling of these books though. Soo pretty and ethereal. It's not often that you get proper styling for sewing patterns (not saying names but uhh.. haha) but these pictures are perfect. 

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Some of the patterns aren't entirely my style but I do like how my dress turned out and I think with some adjustments, most of the rest of the patterns could be pretty wearable. (And not just for the cute, little 5 foot Japanese girls who can pull off wearing dresses 5 sizes too big. ha I wish!)
These books are good for beginners PS, because the patterns are simple. Aside from the placket, all my dress consisted of really was sewing up the pieces together.

Alright guys, now to the fun part. One person is going to win a copy of each! 
One entry: by leaving a comment on this post. You can say whatever you'd like, tell me about what you're currently loving, what the best part of your day was, what the last nice thing
someone said to you was, anything goes.
Bonus entry: if you blog/tweet/FB post/get down on all fours and beg... you know the deal. haha no but sharing it does count as one extra entry. Just leave the link in a separate comment!

The winner will be announced next Sunday (June 23) and contacted via e-mail soon after. Only open to US readers by the way, sorry to my foreign friends. I love you guys, I just don't love your shipping prices. 
 Good luck!

62 comments:

  1. I love your dress! I just got the Stylish dress book as a present from my husband and was going to start with the dress on the cover but you might have swayed me to start with the empire bodice one as your version looks so great. No entry for me though as I live in the UK.

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  2. SO gorgeous! The dress and you! <3

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  3. The dress looks gorgeous on you! Haha and yes, that last picture is the best! :-D

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  4. I definitely love the styling of the Japanese pattern books. Your dress looks great, I like the placket detail.

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  5. I love your version of the dress!
    The other pattern link had me cracking up!

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  6. Those Japanese pattern books are soo pretty, but I'm always so unsure about how they would fit me. Maybe I should try? A few alterations... Anyways, I'm working on a shirt for my boyfriend. Well, a muslin, but with all the details so I can learn. It's pretty fun..

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  7. Super cute dress - but I pretty much love everything you post. :)

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  8. ethereal is such a perfect word to describe those books - they make sewing feel dreamier than it already is!

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  9. you are truly amazing. I want to learn to sew like you!! And I'm still planning on emailing you about that amazing skirt, once I get some money into savings...

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  10. The views I've seen of the books look gorgeous. I'd love to get my hands on one! Thanks for the chance!

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  11. I have always wanted to try one of these Japanese pattern books. These look awesome.

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  12. And I tweeted it! Here's my tweet: https://twitter.com/slfarns/status/346441552417144833

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  13. Just took a look through those books... I love a bunch of the patterns, but I am in agreement with ya - not sure if I could pull off some of those baggy looks!

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  14. I really love that pink bow dress on the cover of the first book. Love your dress too!

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  15. I don't want to enter because I own both books already, but good luck to everyone who enters! I love both these books and i've seen lots from them! Your version of 'J' is really nice too, even if you think it's a little short. Actually, a small confession - I really like these books because i'm a tiny Asian woman, so they're perfect for me :)!

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  16. This is so great! I've always wanted to see one of these dresses made up! The books are sooo lovely - but it's nice to see the patterns in another context too! You look so comfy and cute!

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  17. All of these dresses look so pretty! Also, I just might buy some of the fabric you used. :)

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  18. Really love the fabric!! So vintage and feminine!!

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  19. Cute dress! I love your blog and love for sewing. I can't wait to get back at my sewing machine and maybe venture into making a dress :-)

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  20. This is lovely. In case the giveaway does not work out, where can I buy? :)

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    1. Thanks Zuzka! And you can buy them right here:
      http://www.laurenceking.com/us/feminine-wardrobe-twenty-one-beautiful-skirts-dresses-and-tops-for-you-to-make/
      and
      http://www.laurenceking.com/us/stylish-dress-book-simple-smocks-dresses-and-tops/

      :)

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  21. Keep sharing your sewing. Maybe one of these days I will have um..make time to sew for myself.

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  22. Just discovered your blog. It looks great - I can't wait to see more.

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  23. This is just the thing to get my butt sewing again. My sewing room is looking a bit lonely these days ;-)

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  24. Really love the ease of these clothes, especially for summer. Although at 5'10" I think I'll be doing some serious length adjustments.

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  25. The dresses look like they would fit many sized people.

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  26. I really love these books, I would have plenty to do if I have them. It's nice of you to do this giveaway:)

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  27. The books look so pretty as does your dress!

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  28. Hi Haylee !
    I'd love to have these ! I'd been sewing A LOT when I was a kid (barbie clothes) and recentyly I got back to it ! Not dressing dolls anymore though, dressing me hehe!
    Anyway, I've been truely AMAZED to see how wide and active the DIY and sewing communities are on internet. It's great to have people like you sharing ideas, inspiration, tips and everything !
    Oh, and I shared on facebook for sure, :-)

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  29. Oh... just saw the "US only condition"...

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    1. Ah Alice I'm sorry! If it was only up to me I would send it out regardless but the company has asked to keep it to US only. But I really enjoyed reading your comment so thanks for leaving one anyways. I know I was completely amazed when I realized how big is was at first too. It's like once you think you've seen all the sewing blogs you'd ever be able to see, you find 100 more! haha

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  30. These look like such neat books. It inspires me to learn how to sew.

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  31. It's true that smaller/shorter people can seemingly pull off outfits that taller people just can't!
    As to the comment--the last nicest thing someone said to me was your own comment on my blog--you had me smiling the rest of the night!

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  32. love that dress! you look super cute :) even with the shorter length!

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  33. The dress is very cute!!! :)ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

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  34. Your dress turned out really well. I've wanted to dry a Japanese pattern book for a while now, but they are always too expensive to buy. Maybe now I'll get a chance. The dresses look so fresh and simple.
    thanks for hosting a giveaway!

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  35. oops, a typo. I meant to 'try' a Japanese pattern book. Sorry.

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  36. Hi Haylee, I'm a half Japanese sewing obsessed girl and I would love this book! My style is greatly influenced by Japanese fashion and I would be so honored if I won. I don't have a blog or twitter so this is my only chance to get down on all fours. (now i'm sounding desperate and it's embarrassing so i'll stop)
    Thank you!
    Emi

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    1. Not desperate or embarrassing! I just really hope you win now. :) Thanks for entering Emily!

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  37. Haylee! Your blog has grown so much! I had a super tough semester and I'm just starting to catch up, but I absolutely love what you've done with the place! By the way, I would wear that dress in a heartbeat. :)

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    1. Kaleigh you are the sweetest, thank you so much. Seriously this meant a lot to me. And yay for hard semesters being over with!! I hope that means you'll be blogging more frequently then maybe? Or just wishful thinking on my part? :) hope you're doing well cute girl.

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  38. Tweeted! https://twitter.com/kaleighniccum/status/347064968404938752 :)

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  39. I love your dress! You did such a beautiful job of adjusting the pattern to suit you. It's lovely on you!

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  40. The dress is great! I don't know how you chose btwn all those sweet designs.

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  42. Don't enter me into the drawing, I have these already, but I just had to comment. That link is beyond hilarious, I almost spit out my dinner. Your dress looks super cute too, I never even gave that style a second look b/c of the odd length but yours looks awesome!

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  43. I just came across your blog today and am going to start following you! I am a beginner sewer but am on a roll and ready for a new project.

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  44. I love Japanese patterns! Thank you for hosting this giveaway. Your dress turned out really adorable!

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  45. Have you linked up with the Friday Flash Blog Linky Party yet? Link up your ONE best post of the week and check out other people's awesome entries. You may just get highlighted next week!

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    http://thejennyevolution.com/category/linky-parties/friday-flash-blog/

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  46. Aw, too bad I'm not in the US. I love Japanese patterns, but who doesn't? :p Goodluck to all who joined!

    xo,
    Gwen
    http://greenbellpepper.net

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  47. This sounds like it would work out well for me, does it say anywhere in the size chart the height of the wearer it's designed for?

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    1. 5'4"! I'm just not very smart and forgot to check that. But ya all the patterns are supposedly made to fit someone who is 5'4". :)

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  48. I love your dress. I have a mother who loves to sew and Im hoping she'll teach me so I could make nice clothes too:)

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  49. The best part of my day so far is drinking my cup of joe.

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  50. Great dress! I'm pretty short, so maybe those Japanese patterns will work well for me haha. And way to go finding something you like at Jo-Ann! Since I work there I lurk the fabric all day every day and I do pretty well, but for a normal person who doesn't live there, it can be hard to find good apparel fabric.

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  51. Gutted! I'm in the UK and would loooove these book! Good luck everyone
    Notchesandnotions.blogspot.co.uk

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  52. This dress is really cute. The shape and the tiny print give it a kind of hip, vintage 90s vibe. I like that you added sleeves and yeah, those Japanese girls these patterns are intended for must be super tiny!

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  53. That is such a cute dress! I added your blog to my favourites months (maybe even a year) ago and I totally forgot about it ;o I love all the things you made and you look gorgeous in them!

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  54. I love you this beautiful dress.
    http://www.eozy.com/dresses

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