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Giveaway: Vintage Notions and The Magic Pattern Book

Saturday, January 10, 2015



Today I have a beautiful giveaway from author Amy Barickman to start your 2015 sewing projects off on the right foot.

I discovered Amy's book, Vintage Notions a few years ago at a book store. I noticed the spine peeking out among other craft books so I took a peek inside. I wasn't planning to buy any books that day, as we were just window shopping but the beautiful pages, filled with 1920s crafts, sewing, recipes and gift ideas couldn't be left behind at the book store.  I look to Vintage Notions throughout the year for seasonal inspiration and I've even sewn a couple of the 1920s garments. It's one of my most loved and well-worn books- beautiful to set on the coffee table but irresistible to explore.

1920s hats from Vintage Notions by Amy Barickman

1920s swim and summer style from Vintage Notions by Amy Barickman


Today, Amy is giving away a copy of Vintage Notions and her new book, The Magic Pattern Book.

The Magic Pattern book includes 6 sewing patterns for garments and accessories, with instructions on how to alter each design to 6 different looks for a total of 36 stylish pieces. The Magic Pattern idea comes from the 1920s patterns from The Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences by Mary Brooks Picken, many of which are featured in Vintage Notions. These truly magical patterns are easily drafted at home with a few measurements, simple even for beginners.

The Evelyn Cape sewing pattern from The Magic Pattern Book by Amy Barickman

These pattern designs are classic staples for the modern girl, which easily suit a vintage lover's wardrobe, if sewn in the right fabrics. The patterns are included on the book's CD in sizes S-XXL, along with styling ideas and recommended fabrics.

cape and jacket sewing patterns from The Magic Pattern Book by Amy Barickman


 I really love the concept of this brilliant sewing book- a smart idea for the seamstress on a budget. The practical aspect of sewing a few basics to mix and match was a well-known trick for ladies of the past.  My grandmother, a housewife in the 60s, sewed all of her own clothes, trying to find simple patterns without expensive or tricky notions, sticking to a few basic patterns to save money, all features of the patterns here.

Be sure to check out Amy's website and blog for downloadable vintage sewing patterns, fashion ebooks, and vintage images for crafting


One lucky winner will receive a copy of both The Magic Pattern Book and Vintage Notions by Amy Barickman. 

 Giveaway is open worldwide. This giveaway will run for one week, the winner will be announced here next Saturday at noon central time.

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books provided for giveaway and review courtesy of Amy Barickman
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60 Responses to “Giveaway: Vintage Notions and The Magic Pattern Book”

  1. I'm still very much a novice, so a simple circle skirt and wrap dress are on the cards for me!

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  2. I hope to make lots of 1930-50s dresses, as well as regency and civil war era dresses. Thank you for the giveaway!!

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  3. Lovely giveaway!
    This year I want to sew 1910s, Regency era, and some good vintage basics. I want to focus on quality rather than quantity this year :)

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  4. I have a cape on my list of things to sew - have wanted one for years - so I was very happy to see one included in the Magic Pattern book!

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  5. What a wonderful collection of patterns and resources . So hard to choose a favourite amongst them. I would like a plaid jacket or cape

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  6. Lost my first comment... oops! I'm travelling overseas in a few months and am madly planning to sew a few outfits to take along - one of those capes would be ideal. I've also seen the Magic Pattern book in a local bookstore (so thanks for previewing) but I love that Vintage Notions book. Wow! Happy day.

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  7. What awesome books! How exciting!

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  8. Just moved into a house built in the 50's, so I am inspired to make lots of 50's poofy dresses for me to wear in the kitchen!!

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  9. I'm looking at making lots of retro clothing to go with my retro living room.

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  10. I would like to sew some simple dresses, skirts, and tops.

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  11. My ridiculously lofty goal this year is to FINISH *one* thing. Last year the only things I finished were for other people and I managed to make absolutely nothing for myself. I'm looking at a blouse. If I can manage that with a minimum of interruption then I think I might work on a dress, or maybe even feel motivated to tackle a jacket pattern I've had for ages. The holidays are over and the sewing machine is back where it belongs so that's not a bad start.

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  12. Planning on recreating a vintage beatle dress! (:

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  13. I plan to sew basics, plain fabrics simple styles. I also want to get my serger/ over locker back up and running

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  14. Thanks for a great giveaway. Both books look great. I've also shared your giveaway on my Giveaway List for sewers & quilters at wowilikethat.com. Thanks again. (debbie at wowilikethat dot com)

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  15. I have just started my sewing journey after doing alterations for the last year. I'm finally making dresses from scratch, so these books would be right up my alley! I'd love to make more dresses, as that's what I tend to wear. Xx

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  16. The books look great!
    I'm planning on sewing a well thought out capsule wardrobe this year. A couple of flared skirt, a bunch of button up blouses and maybe I'll try my first pair of trousers!

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  17. I am sewing a loose fitting blouse, and if I like the fit I may make several. I already made a full length puffy princess skirt for my granddaughter. So this is just the beginning, I do so hope to make a lot more as I shift through my huge collection of fabric.

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  18. I'm relatively new to sewing clothes, but I want to try and make a simple blouse. Maybe something like a circle shirt or something very loose and flowy (which would probably hide most errors in sizing that I might make!)

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  19. What great books!
    This year I'm making shirtwaist dresses. I have patterns from five different decades and think it will be fun to see the differences.

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  20. please make tutorial how to male miu miu top!
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  21. What great books these two are! I love sewing books, and especially the "Vintage Notions" is one of my favorites which I would love to have for so many years.

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  22. I am joining the #vintagepledge again this year, hosted by Marie over at A Stitching Odyssey. Much plan is to sew 5 vintage patterns from my stash. I'm not sure which to start with, but I'm thinking something with a full skirt.

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  23. What a great giveaway! I have been wanting to make a cape all winter long this looks like the perfect book for it too.

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  24. the cape look good ansd so doea the whole books

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  25. I want to make my first quilt, I am practicing potholders until I get the binding right. I also want to make some skirts, but I am currently loosing weight (that's one of my resolutions) so I won't do that until I get to my goal weight. Have a great day!

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  26. This is so fabulous! I have been watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on Netflix recently. The series is set in the 1920's and I have been drooling over Phryne's clothing!

    I need to expand my vintage wardrobe, and, as soon as I get my sewing machine fixed, plan on making a garnmet a month (mostly tops)

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  27. I'm planning on beach wear and a dress based off of the costumes on The Borgias.

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  28. I would like to make new drapes and a new duvet

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  30. This is the bee's knees! While I would definitely fancy myself a vintage enthusiast, I am actually quite new to sewing; these materials are so inspiring, I'm thinking 2015 could be the year in which I craft my first vintage-style garment! I would love to begin my foray with a classic: the always flattering A-line skirt.

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  31. Nice book for me.would love to take my sewing skills from sleevles tops and maxi skirt to more advanced and fashionable trend in 2015. Also more chic-like look during winter.

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  32. I plan on sewing 4 skirts, 1 dress, 1 nightgown, and underwear for myself, maybe a top or two as well. For my children I plan on sewing 2 dresses, 2 skirts, 2 nightgowns, 1 pr. pjs, and 6 pr. pants. I plan on making a quilt for each child and one for our bed, and gifts for birthday parties, and a set of period clothing for my mother-in-law's American girl doll.

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  33. I love the idea of learning to see the basic garments with classic lines. I'm a novice sewist but can't wait to learn how to make clothes!

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  34. I'm planing to sew lots of cigarette pants, crop tops and 50's dresses. The other day I watched The Dolly Sisters with Betty Grable and they wore a gorgoues jumpsuit, sooo that's on my list too!

    Thanks for a lovely blog,
    Xx Emma
    diaryofmissem.blogg.se

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  35. I mostly quilt but I will make a couple of dresses for Spring/Summer.

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  36. I plan to make a few handbags and finish a quilt for my nephew. I would love to make a cape.

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  37. First up on my list of sewing projects is a dress for an AG doll. Then I'll get to a suede purse.

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  38. i love the clothes in Downton Abbey - I have a very Edwardian top that i have been meaning to make for a year!
    mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. My biggest sewing project planned for this year is new Christmas stockings for a few people in my family. I'm also hoping to make several Jesse tree ornament sets.

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  40. I plan to create more casual clothing for myself now that I'm no longer in the 9-5 time frame. Then a few baby quilts for them "young-ins".

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  41. I need a cardigan for work. Something simple.

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  42. Lots of hats of course, but personally I'm planning a few skirts and maybe even a blouse! Although I am still afraid of buttonholes.

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  43. Oh dear, I think my computer is misbehaving again. My comment didn't show up. Well, just in case it doesn't, let me say that I wanted to learn to really sew this year and this book will be very helpful. :) I was hoping to sew a peter pan collar, and maybe even refurbish some dresses.

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  44. 2015 is the year of clothing repairs and reworks to make things fit better.
    Oh, and making my wedding dress.

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  45. This year I would like to sew... anything. :) I haven't sewn since high school.

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  46. I would love to give some of these vintage sewing patterns a shot! That book sounds amazing

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  47. I lost some weight, so I need some clothes. I love vintage everything. Also I will be making some new curtains for my back porch windows. Already have the fabric.

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  48. This year I have grand hopes for a Ukrainian inspired 50s ensemble, 40s bathing suit, and a skating costume and most of all a 1919 winter suit!

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  49. I plan to sew a lot of beautiful dresses.
    Jenna

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  50. I will sew myself a norwegian traditional costume in untraditional fabrics and patterns!

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  52. Now that Christmas and all of it's sewing is over and my family has gone back home (I live in AZ and my MI family likes to visit in January) I have plans to make three tops and a couple pairs of trousers. I just saw Amy B. on Sewing With Nancy TV, and I saw how her patterns could be altered (with her easy to understand instructions) in many different styles. I would LOVE to win The Magic Pattern and Vintage Notions books! ~Margaret

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  53. I am trying to sew something every two weeks this year - mostly kids clothes, but I would also love to sew something for me! Maybe a shirt.

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  54. I want to try my hand at some 30's clothes, this book looks super cute!

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  55. Thanks for the giveaway! I stumbled across your blog looking for a cape pattern - those books both look like they would be fun :) I am almost done organizing my sewing corner and am looking forward to working on some projects this year.

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  56. Such an awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed! That cape looks divine :)

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