Thank you all for contributing so much - encouragement, compliments, a few laughs too. Lots of new friends, interesting things to read and watch and so much inspiration from you all. To mark your support and friendship in blogging tradition there shall be a GIVEAWAY to celebrate.
1. Party Skirt KitAll cut out (waist 30", hips 40"), marked and ready to sew. Alterations to a smaller size would be possible as it is a mock wrap with long waist ties. I reckon this would also fit a UK size 16 with smaller seam allowances. All you need to add to complete the project is the zip and thread.
The fabric is a woven wool with silver lurex threads and I'm sure a bit of poly for extra stength. The ties are silver poly satin. they attach to the wraps at the front and tie at the back.
There is a hidden zipper in the fold and this is also sewn up into an enclosed seam - hence the mock wrap.
I bought the fabric online but I don't suit the colouring, hence I'm handing it over to someone who will sew it and wear it with love. This is NOT a UFO, it's a kit (thanks Ejvc). Match this skirt with black, red purple - anything really, for a super Christmas/New Year party outfit.
2. Wool and silver fabric. If you don't fancy the skirt kit, then how about making one to your own specifications? Fabric is 60" wide and you have 2.5m to play with
I'll also throw in an odd shaped piece of the silver poly satin. There's a good meter here but not square. Clever seamstresses will be able to knock up a celebratory draped sleeveless top in no time at all - use a COOL iron.
3. The patterns. It wouldn't be a giveaway without the patterns!
Donna Karan top & skirt. I've made the top, so it's cut to size 14. The skirt is uncut. Two-way stretch fabrics only
Marcy Tilton trousers (pants) and skirt. Both patterns cut to 14. Easy make
Sandra Bettzini floaty top. Cut to 14. Can be made with stretch, silk or chiffon.
Koos coat, uncut. Size 14-20 - Good luck with this one!!!!
Hopefully there's something here for all hemispheres, winter and summer. Of course you can always put them away until the season is right.
Just take a moment to comment indicating which you would like to have to add to your stash, 1, 2 or 3. You can select one or all - your choice. Today is the 16th November 2012 9.00pm - the giveaway will remain open until next Friday, 23rd November 2012 9.00pm. Will post anywhere and make sure I can contact you via email if you win. Open to anons too. Names in a hat technique will be used to draw the winners. - Good Luck!
And just to show the difference 12 months can make - here's the very first pic I posted - Dreadful!