March 10, 2014

[CLOSED] 1958 Party Dress Pattern Giveaway from S&S Patterns!

Pattern Giveaway from Sense & Sensibility Patterns!
This month we are so thrilled to welcome Jennie Chancey and her delightful company, Sense & Sensibility Patterns as an advertiser! We are great fans of the patterns, nostalgic sewing books & inspiration which S&S produces, and we are SO excited to be hosting a giveaway for you to win one of Mrs. Chancey's delightful creations: The 1958 Party Dress ePattern!

Brigid
Brigid and I were so enchanted by the impeccable design of this pattern, we simply had to fashion ourselves one just for the giveaway! The pattern is so perfectly easy and simple, we were able to throw ours together in a matter of 5 days! I am confident that if you were to work non-stop on this dress, it would come together much quicker than that. This dress design is the perfect mix of classic vintage & supreme simplicity, with plenty of opportunities for creativity and personal touches throughout.
1958 Party Dress Details
1958 Party Dress Details
Brigid
As Brigid decided to fashion her's out of a plaid, much detail and extra time went into her frock, which makes it all the more special and timeless. She (somehow!) found time in the midst of plaid matching and hand finishing the raw edges, to make a lovely piping that went along the sleeves, collar, and waistline, with hints of vintage lace scattered throughout; creating a darling, dainty contrast and added vintage flair. She lengthened the bodice 1" to have it sit right at her waist, and cut down on the fullness of the skirt because of a lack of fabric. Brigid says that this is her new favorite dress; and I can see why! The color story & silhouette flatter her to a charm!

Details:
Fabric: Goodwill, $1
Pattern: 1958 Ladies' Party Dress Pattern c/o Sense & Sensibility Patterns
Year: 1958 Reproduction
Notions etc.: Vintage Zipper, Lace, and Hook and Eye; Gutterman Thread
Alterations: Lengthened the bodice 1", and made the skirt less full
First Worn: To Church yesterday
Wear Again: Indubitably :)
Make Again: Definitely!
Frosting or Cake: Cake

Charlotte
Charlotte
Charlotte
Charlotte
I had been in want of a new gown to wear to our homeschool group's Spring Formal, and when Mrs. Chancey kindly sent us this pattern, I knew it was the perfect fit! I actually fashioned my gown from the left over material from my Snow White costume, only turning the silky side in to tone down the bridesmaid-princessesy look. To add a dramatic effect to the dress, I used the v-back option on the pattern. Like Brigid, I had to lengthen the bodice by 1" to get it to sit where I like it; but that's why you make a toile, right? Because of the lack of fabric, I also cut down on the fulness of the skirt, and only made two skirt backs instead of the two fronts and backs. I adore the outcome! The clean style reminds me very much of a gown Audrey Hepburn would wear, and the less full skirt lends itself a bit more to the 60's styles that I love. I know that this pattern will be a timeless staple for my wardrobe throughout the seasons. Like I said before, it is just so easy and simple to put together! The perfect beginner's dress pattern, and advanced seamstresses' blank palette to add fashionable details, alterations, and creative adventures!

Details:
Fabric: Joann's, probably $7-10
Pattern: 1958 Ladies' Party Dress Pattern c/o Sense & Sensibility Patterns
Year: 1958 Reproduction
Notions etc.: Vintage Zipper & Hook and Eye; Coats & Clark Thread
Alterations: Lengthened the bodice 1", and made the skirt less full
First Worn: To Church yesterday
Wear Again: Yes!
Make Again: Of course!
Frosting or Cake: A Mix of Cake and Frosting :)


And now for what you all have been waiting for! The giveaway!!

Sense & Sensibility Patterns is giving away the ePattern version of the Ladies' or Girls' (winners choice!) 1958 Party Dress Pattern! So one of you will be able to fashion a mid-century masterpiece of your very own :)

This Pattern Includes the Following:

  • All Sizes (6-20 for Ladies; 2-14 for Girls) included in one Envelope
  • Illustrated instructions
  • Kimono-sleeve bodice style (no set in sleeves! Yay!)
  • Options for fun daytime dress and for evening gown with long skirt and and dramatic "V" back
  • Bonus instructions in the appendix for creating a full-skirted crinoline petticoat (I really want to follow these instructions soon! I need me a good, practical crinoline :)
The Giveaway is open from today until the 17th, 12:00 A.M. EST. It is open to both international and national participants. The winner will be contacted shortly after to receive their prize.


Enter the giveaway via the widget below:


Now for those of you who may not win, Mrs. Chancey offers two very affordable options for purchasing this pattern: The Printed Version for $15.95 ($12.95 for Girls), or the printable ePattern for $9.95.

Don't forget to check out the rest of S&S Pattern's darling creations! A few of our favorites are the 1940's Swing Dress Pattern (as you all know from Brigid's post ;), the 1914 Afternoon Dress Pattern, and the Romantic Era Dress Pattern.


Happy Entering!

xoxo,

-Charlotte
for the Boyer Family Singers

89 comments:

  1. Such pretty dresses! I love the style of the 1950's but I only have the dresses that my grandmother has from that time era. I am rather hesitant to wear them often for fear that I may tear them because they haven't been used since my grandma wore them! This pattern looks great though and may be just what I need to make my own dress! You both look great (the dresses fit you perfectly!) and I enjoyed reading this post!
    Laura
    http://dressingformysavior.blogspot.com/

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  2. I'd sew this dress out of a floral or maybe a cotton lace medallion fabric, something sort of casual but pretty for wearing to baby showers and other girly get-togethers like that.

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  3. First, I must let you know that my little sister and I have been enjoying your blog immensely and it is only now that I am coming out of the shadows :)

    I think I would make this delightful dress out of a polka dot fabric...I think maybe a black fabric with while polka dots?

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  4. Omigoodness!!! I'm so excited about this giveaway! Brigid, I'm so impressed with your work!!! I love your vintage hats, too. I have about 10 of them and I'm always adding :) I bought 3 vintage flowered sheets from Salvation Army last week and only spent $5 for all of them! They have this pattern's name on them :D

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  5. What a pretty dress!!! I'd probably make it with either a solid or a small print. =)
    ~Alyssa

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  6. I have accumulated quite a dress stash from eshakti, because I love the clothing styles from the 1940's-1950's, but having my own pattern would be great! I would be able to make myself a whole wardrobe full of various 50's style dresses. :) I'm a cotton loving girl, so I would make dresses out of that but in various patterns - floral, polka dots, striped, plaid...

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  7. I love that two of you made this pattern so we get a chance to see it in both an everyday and a more formal look. They both turned out beautifully! I can't decide which way I would make the pattern. I work at a JoAnns so I cut a lot of fabric when I work and just have dozens of ideas running through my mind of what could be made with them!

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  8. Ohhhh, thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I would love to try one of their patterns as I have often looked at them admiringly! Your versions are beautiful and put me in the mood for spring :-) I think I would love to try it in some sort of cotton or linen because they tend to wash well... I have no place to wear a more formal dress, but love wearing dresses in day to day!

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  9. Adorable! The vintage look is so winsome and appealing!

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  10. Oh, I love this dress! If I made one, I think I would pick some sort of cotton in polka dots - I'm obsessed with polka dots!

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  11. Your dresses are adorable! <3 I have some gorgeous purple taffeta that is begging to be turned into an evening gown. :) Thank you for hosting a give-away!

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  12. Unless I were to come across a fabric I preferred, I would probably use some red and white gingham I purchased at an antique store.

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  13. If I were to make this dress, I would make it from a plaid (I LOVE the way it looks in the first picture!), or a large floral print... '50's style! :)

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  14. Beautiful dresses! I love your hats! it is amazing how you are so coordinated--perfect!

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  15. Anonymous3/10/2014

    I would do asmall lue print

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  16. I'm not sure what type of fabric I'd use--probably a light blue floral print.

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  17. I love the plaid version, so I'd make one in plaid.

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  18. I'd do a purple or yellow floral for a bit more casual summer dress. :)

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  19. I *love* this dress pattern!! Both of the dresses you made are gorgeous. (S&S led me here! Beautiful blog!!)

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  20. I didn't see the part that asked what I would make it out of! Oops! I love polka dots, but I'm in danger of having too much of that! I have an embroidered floral I haven't cut yet. Although, I love the plaid that you did!!

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  21. Love S&S patterns! Have made several for myself and for my girls. You did a beautiful job on your dresses!!

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  22. With the wide variety of sizes I could make one for me and one for each of my three girls. We are very different personalities, so no matching outfits.

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  23. I have several fabrics that would look lovely with this pattern - one is a dark blue with white flowers and another is a linen blue with gold jewelry motives lace overlay.

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  24. I would probably sew this in a light minty/blue color and embellish with a cream trim around the collar and maybe a cream sash! I love what you girls did too!

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  25. What adorable dresses! This pattern looks so versatile! :D

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  26. I love this pattern. It is definitely going to be one of my next sewing projects.

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  27. I would love to make this dress for my daughter and I think a light blue cotton would suit her fair complexion perfectly. I have some of the Regency patterns but this too is fab!

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  28. Wow! Both dresses are so pretty and 5 days? That's impressive :)

    Charlotte, I love your hat! Did you make it or buy it somewhere? If you bought it could you please reply and tell me where, because I would love to get one of my own :)

    Abby

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  29. Haha and I forgot to say what fabric! Hmmm... I would probably go with a navy blue with a lace overlay!

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  30. Very nice dresses. I simply love the pattern. And I'm very impressed with Brigid making it up of plaid. I know how hard that is to do:)

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  31. Both of your dresses are so lovely and vintage! This would be such an incredible pattern to win!
    ~Sarah~
    http://allthingsvintage-sc.blogspot.com/

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  32. I'd use floral fabric. :)

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  33. I have a lovely peach/apricot satin and black chiffon (dotted with small beads(?) And sparkles) that I've been DYING to put together with the chiffon as an overlay! It would look so lovely for the formal pattern!

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  34. This dress was simply a dream to sew! I made it up in black (top) and white (bottom) silk duponti for my daughters grad school graduation. She was 400 miles away and unable to come home for any fittings so I sent her a brand new measuring tape and made it up from the measurements she sent me. I fit her perfectly! I added a smocked cumberbund to complete the dress for her special day but I plan to make a small wardrobe of jewel coloured cumberbunds so she can switch up the look and get more wear out of it. You will love the pattern too! Good luck to the lucky winner!

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  35. I would love to make one out of floral fabric!

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  36. Both of the versions are darling! It is neat how so many different looks can be made with one pattern. Win it or no, this dress is most certainly on my summer sewing list made up in, if I can find the fabric, a chocolate brown with blue polka dots.

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  37. Love Jennie's patterns!!! I haven't had a chance to use the '50s pattern yet though.

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  38. Oops, missed the question. :) I've always liked solid colors or fabrics with very small print. I would probably use a solid for my first one though. :)

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  39. If I put in my e-mail and name, is that all I have to do to enter?
    I was getting confused by all the options listed like "share on facebook" "e-mail five friends" etc.
    Do you have to do one of those to enter, or by doing it do you only get more entries?

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    1. Hi Natalie! All you have to do to enter is comment with what type/print of fabric you would make the dress out of, and check it off on the Rafflecopter that you did so. All of the other ones are additional entries. Hope this helps!

      Brigid
      the Middle Sister and Singer

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    2. Thanks! I guess I checked it off by mistake because it's already marked as "done".
      Oops! Well, here's the answer:
      I would probably make my first dress out of a solid aqua fabric. I would love to do a red dress (maybe in satin!) for Christmas! :)

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  40. Anonymous3/10/2014

    I've always wanted to try a Sense & Sensibility pattern. Thank you for the opportunity and the giveaway. I'd probably make it from a nostalgic floral print.

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  41. One day I'd love to make this dress out of some vintage silk or a bold red flower print. Very Audrey Hepburn. :)

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  42. What a cute pattern! :) My mom loves them and is entering so maybe she can sew one!

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  43. I'd probably make my first one out of cotton, and then from there who knows. Most of her patterns I make up a couple of times.

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  44. Oh wow! These are so cute! And you girls did a great job on your dresses! They look very professional!

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  45. Oops! I forgot to say what I would make the dress out of! I would probably do a solid color or something with a small print!

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  46. Love how elegant the dresses look - both girls just look like the fashionable ladies from the 50s! But fresher, and with more colors, and look more real! :)

    I'd use cotton fabric with vintage style prints or just plaid or gingham pattern like the first one to make this lovely dress. I'd like to make another one for my daughter who's only a month old right now, in the future!

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway activity!

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  47. I would probably use silk. I might try to find a plaid silk similar to Brigid's; that dress is so gorgeous, or I might do a floral silk. Possibly a relatively crisp silk. I love Charlotte's hat too.

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  48. Where did you all get your hats?

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  49. suzanne3/11/2014

    I would make the dress out of some vintage fabric that my sister gave me as xmas present a light blue sari fabric.

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  50. I'm intrigued by the kimono sleeves for sure! I've made myself a very similar pattern, but with set-in sleeves... I have not figured out kimono sleeves myself yet, as simple as they are! Isn't it funny? A good pattern would certainly help. ;-)
    I would go with one of the fabrics in the stash... so it would probably be cotton or rayon, plain or with a flower print...

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  51. I love this pattern,,,I remember my nana wearing dresses just like this!! I would make this dress out of cotton or cot-lin blend, one in a solid color and one with a floral print. Thank you for the chance.

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  52. Anonymous3/11/2014

    This would be perfect in my house--at least THREE of us could use this pattern. Thank you and God bless.

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  53. I'm impressed with the matching plaid and the piping detail. Good job!

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  54. I would use floral or polka dots! Such a pretty dress! Thank you!

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  55. I love plaid and cotton! :)

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  56. I would probably make this out of cotton, with polka-dots on it!

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  57. Anonymous3/11/2014

    So are we emailed the pattern or sent via letter?

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    1. you are emailed it, as it is an ePattern.

      -Charlotte
      the blog designer + photographer

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  58. It's hard to decide...maybe I'd make it with dark blue cotton!

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  59. Brigid - If you do not mind I had a technical question... the entire bodice, but especially the neckline on your dress appears slightly more close fitting than those in the photos on Mrs. Chancey's website. I very much liked how your turned out and I was wondering if you did anything different? Thank you and I hope you have a lovely day!

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    1. Hi Lady Eowyn! I actually didn't do anything different except lengthen the bodice. The only other thing I can think of would be that I cut the pattern according to my waist and high bust size (rather than my full bust). Hope this answers your question!

      Blessings,

      Brigid
      the Middle Sister and Singer

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  60. Well, the only way that I could decide on a fabric choice would be to spend an hour feeling and admiring a whole store full of fabric!! Hahaa. I always need an excuse to go to a fabric shop, and a free pattern is the best excuse ever! For some reason I am thinking of a lovely purple print, but I really have no idea.. I have always admired S&S pattern, ohh sooo much! To actually own one would be a dream come true!

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  61. This is such a cute pattern! I think I would use some cotton fabric; I love calico but I have been wanting to make a polka dot dress for a long time too :-)

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  62. i love the style of this. I'd probably make it in a pretty lined linen. A little updated without being over the top. :)

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  63. Esther O.3/11/2014

    I'd probably make it out of cotton, and as for the pattern, I love the plaid idea. I've been wanting to add more plaid to my wardrobe.

    ~Esther (who has been reading your lovely blog for a while, just isn't a good commenter =P)

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  64. Maybe this is a really obvious question, but is Google Friend Connect the little followers widget on the sidebar? I'm already following you on that, and if it is the same then I could check off the "follow BFS on GFC" on the rafflescopter. Thanks!! :)

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    1. Hi Natalie!

      Yes, you are right about the little widget on our sidebar :)

      Thanks for entering (and following <3)

      -Charlotte
      the blog designer + photographer

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    2. Okay, thank you!
      Your welcome! I haven't been reading your blog very long, but I'm quickly coming to love it! :)

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  65. I have quite a few older cotton bed sheets that look brand new and would make gorgeous dresses with this pattern! And yes, got them at Goodwill for $1 each! Now I am inspired to find more, and hopefully make this dress or something similar. Thank you for having the giveaway :-) Shelley Lard

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  66. Marisa Milhano3/12/2014

    Oh, so hard to dedide!
    I would probably make it of cotton, with a beautiful floral print! :)
    I loved the pattern!
    Thank you

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  67. I would use some sort of red/maroon solid colored fabric. My skills are not up to using plaid.

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  68. Brigid and Charlotte, I love your dresses! They suit each of you perfectly. Brigid, I especially love the plaid material you chose (gorgeous!) and your shoes look particularly smashing with the dress.

    Thanks for holding this giveaway! Very exciting!

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  69. Oops--as for my comment: I would make the dress out of a cotton material, or something similar. I would want it to be lovely, but more towards the casual--that way I could dress it up or down, as occasion required. I've been hoping to find a dress that would work well for every day--and this pattern looks like it can be perfect for that!

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  70. I think I would use a jeweltone fabric, or maybe a floral or fun polka dot fabric. Both dresses are lovely! I like the longer bodice and reduced skirt fullness. This looks like a wonderfully universal pattern, great for dressy and more casual occasions! Thank you so much for hosting the giveaway. :) Sheri

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  71. I am new to your blog...but I did sign up as a follower! Also entered the giveaway...fingers crossed. =)

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  72. I would make it out of a nice printed cotton. Maybe polka dots... love the plaid look though! Looks like a really nice dress pattern, perfect for me to wear to church or to an outing on a summer's day. Thanks for the give away:) Naomi Joy xx

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  73. So do we have to earn 34 entries?! I don't have accounts on most of these things but I've done all I can. Does that mean I can't enter?

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    1. Hi Naomi!

      No, you do not have to have 34 entries to be able to enter. The other entries just mean that you can have more of a chance of winning.

      Blessings,

      Brigid
      the Middle Sister and Singer

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    2. Oh ok thanks for making it clear:) I've never entered one of these before. Naomi Joy xx

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  74. I would make it out of a soft cotton or jersey fabric, that way it could be an everyday, summer dress instead of a more formal church dress.

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  75. Hannah3/12/2014

    I would be that beginner this dress pattern is made for, so I don't actually have any idea what type of fabric I'd make this with. But I'd probably go with a solid color (no need for print matching and it would go with more items in my wardrobe).

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  76. What a smash of a post ladies!! Somehow our dashboard didn't bring this post up! I was just saying to Bek while on Pinterest "It's weird that the Boyers have yet to blog this week- hope everything is fine." then I saw the pin of Brigid's from her new dress!!

    Fabulous would cover both of your creations!
    You did a great job making yours so elegant Charlotte!
    I adore your piping work Brigid! That is something that I really want to do more of--and practice this summer! Oh and my cap is off to you for one getting the fabric for one dollar (YAY!) and for your preciseness while matching the plaid up!

    These patterns are great! I may have to get one! It looks like the possibilities are endless!

    Cassie

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  77. I have a bird print that would be perfect.

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  78. I love this pattern! I would probably make mine out of polka dots or a solid fabric. I would want it to be something I could wear everday. Your dresses both turned out great! Brigid's plaid matching is impressive!

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  79. This pattern is so cute! I love it dressed up, the way you've styled it, but I think it would also be cute in a (sort of) casual floral print. So many possibilities!

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  80. I would LOVE to try my hand at this for a friend's vintage birthday party, and would probably have a hard time deciding what fabric to choose. Your dresses look lovely! :)

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