Head: You haven't made it it ages
Heart: But it brings back so many happy memories, I remember the day I wore it to...
Head: Stop! The pattern's cut in a 12 - you were that size waaay before yesterday - you have the memories, that's enough.
Heart: But look at this one, I just might
Head: No you won't. If you haven't done it by now, you never will.
Heart: This one then - it's really gorgeous.
Head: Forget it with your hips
Heart: This one's designer, I should keep it.
Head: (Last word) It's just not your style. Let someone else have it who'd look good in it.
And so the head won! It wasn't easy, but here are the GIVEAWAY patterns. There are 5 options:
COLLECTION 1: Uncut, unused, never even taken out of the envelopes. All Vogue. Clockwise from top left -
V8499, sizes 14-20, Marcy Tilton loose fitting skirt and pants
V8307, sizes 14-20, Asymmetrical collar jacket and coat
V8676, sizes 14-20, Marcy Tilton unlined jacket
COLLECTION 2: Vogue Designer patterns, used, cut to a 14.
V1112, Lynn Mizono, sizes 8-14, shirt and pants, only shirt cut
V1134, Anna Sui, sizes 8-14, ankle length dress with gathered neckline. cut
V1142, Issey Miyake, sizes 14-20, loose fitting pleated top and pants with front overlay, only top cut
V1689, Lauren Sara, sizes 14,16,18, evening maternity dress, sleeved version cut
COLLECTION 3: Vintage, late 1980s - early 1990s, mixture of pattern companies, all used and cut to 12. But I know some of you out there crave this era and with your skills and imagination can turn these into wonderful garments.
Style 4860, size 12, three skirts variations with side pockets, straight skirt only cut,
Style 4904, size 12, double-breasted shirt dress with pleats and BIG shoulder pads. Cut.
Vogue 1944, sizes 14-18, five skirt variations, straight version only cut.
Style 1526, size 12-16, bias cut sun-dress, fitted bodice, either halter neck or straps and full skirt. Strap dress cut.
Vogue 9932, sizes 8-12, tunic with straight skirt or gored and flared skirt, cut.
COLLECTION 4: Mixed dress patterns, mixed companies, styles, condition and eras.
Vogue 9782, sizes 14-18, Flapper style dress with pullover tunic. Tunic only cut to 14
Vogue 7917, sizes 12-16, very easy close fitting dress, long version has fish-tail back. Long version cut to 14.
Butterick 5030, sizes 8-14, six variations of flared wrap dress, can use cotton or linen. Cut to 14.
COLLECTION 5: Accessories Patterns.
Vogue 8466, four shoulder bags. Bottom right only cut.
Vogue 8405, six hats, uncut, no sizing.
So in celebration of the extra day this Leap Year, I'm handing over these precious and well loved patterns to a better home where they will be equally cherished and possibly even made.
Choose one (or more) of the collections by number. Leave a comment with the collection number(s) you'd like to have to call your own. Names will be randomly selected on 7th March, one week from today, and posted here. Via e-mail we can sort out the posting between us.
Anonymous entrants are also very welcome to make a selection, but you'll have to send me an e-mail address in case you're a winner.
No matter where you live (as long as it's on earth) please enter you name - I'll post to anywhere.
Thanks for reading. Ruth