Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Awards, Mad Men and Give Away!!

'Ello, 'ello ... and what do we 'ave 'ere then?


Believe it or not Scott, some crazy, talented people out there have given me some awards! True story!


But before I start my thank you speech let's talk shop.


Mad Men.


Holy nicotene patches, the Mad Men Dress Challenge is almost upon us! I'm getting so excited it's hard to sleep!
April 1st I shall be posting all the vintage delights for all to 'Ooh and Aah' over. To be part of the challenge you need to email to me the following by Friday, March 30th:
  • A photo of you in your finished garment
  • An inspiration photo from Mad Men - If you didn't base it off a particular dress but just went with a Mad Men theme that's fine, you don't need to send a photo
  • Your blog post web address - Make sure you blog about your dress before you submit the pictures to me. That way I can reference your blog post at the big reveal! If you can't do your post by then just send me your website address instead. If you don't have a blog that's fine too - everyone is welcome.
Here's an example:

Inspiration - Peggy Olson
Blog Post - http://www.juliabobbin.com/2012/01/mad-about-peggy.html 

If you have any questions shoot me an email at julia@juliabobbin.com


Awards



The wonderful Jane from the amazing sewing blog Hand made Jane has nominated me for the Sunshine Award. Thank you so much! Such a talented lady!


You can see the rules of this award here but here are my answers to the questions that go with this award:
  1. Favourite Colour: Oh I do love my colours, but I guess if I had to chose it would be red or blue.
  2. Favourite Animal: Me after one to many drinks. It gets messy.
  3. Favourite Number: The local Japanese restaurants phone number.
  4. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Drink: There are drinks that don't have alcohol?
  5. Facebook or Twitter: I have both, let's be honest.
  6. My Passion: Sewing (surprise!) salsa dancing, family and friends, reading
  7. Getting or Giving Presents: Both!
  8. Favourite Pattern: At the moment it's Butterick 5603 I've only made it four times!
  9. Favourite Day of the Week: Saturday - my sewing day!
  10. Favourite Flower: Roses -classic, beautiful and timeless. And they make for some pretty sleeves.
I would like to pass this award onto four people:

  1. Splatastic - She's a Melbourne girl with loads of talent and fabric choices that make you want to be her best friend.
  2. Poppy Kettle - This woman is an engineer by trade and sure knows how to break down a pattern! She churns out outfits at an indecent rate, and is contantly adding awesome tutorials to her blog
  3. Kazz the Spazz - She's just so cool is makes me want to stalk her. Her garments always look like works of art and she sports some wicked ink.


Laura Mae from the fabulous sewing blog Lilacs and Lace and the wonderful Tina from the sewing blog Down The Retro Rabbit Hole have nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award (VBA)! Ladies thank you! I'm full of all sorts of warm and fuzzies :)

You can check out the rules for the VBA here.
I'm supposed to tell you seven things about myself, but I think I'll cheat and just use the answers from the Sunshine Award; my sewing machine is calling me!
I'd like to get all community-ish and pass this award onto some of my fellow bloggers:

  1. Zo Sews - She's a total spunk and everything she makes is precise, beautiful and vastly different from all her previous outfits.
  2. OonaBallona from Kalkatroona - Not only is this girl talented, but she can hold her liquor. That and her blog title makes me want to sing nursery rhymes.
  3. Cirque du bebe - Oh gee-golly she's just so pretty! Love the clothes she makes for her son, who is already way better dressed than most grown men that I know.

Give-Away


In honour of being nominated for awards I thought I would have another fabric giveaway!


I have two yards of 100% wool crepe and ladies and gentleman, it's lipstick RED!



Isn't it lovely?!!! It's very similar to the fabric that I used to make this dress. The crepe is a slightly different texture and the colour is slightly pinker, but they are both wool and have a beautiful drape


Here are the fabric details:

2 yards of red wool crepe
57 inches wide
100% wool
Dry clean only
Value $35USD per yard

To win this fabric simply comment on this post.

One lucky person will be randomly selected as the winner.

Entries are open to everyone from anywhere in the world.
Entries close on April 6, 2012 Australian EST
One random winner will announced in a blog post on April 8th, 2012.

147 comments:

  1. Looking forward to the Mad Men entries. Enjoy your blog Julia.

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  2. Ooh I literally cannot wait for April 1st! Great giveaway Julia - I'd love to get my hands on that! Congrats on awards - you deserve 'em duckie.

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  3. Thanks very muchly for my VBA! I feel like a hoggy pants because I just got one of these last week :) Oh, and please feel free to randomly select me as the winner of that divine fabric!! ;p Looking forward to seeing all the Mad Men dresses too! x

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  4. Congrats on the awards Julia, I really enjoy reading your blog and you inspired me to find and buy butterick 5603 :-)

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  5. I am so looking forward to that Mad Men post!

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  6. I'm gonna try again, your giveaways are always sooo tempting!

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  7. Think i may have been inspired to make a mad men inspiration at the last minute! Congrats on ur award and the fabric looks amazing!

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  8. Congratulations on the award. The fabric is gorgeous!!!

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  9. How beautiful!

    Carita dot Kazakoff at gmail dot com

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  10. Congrats on the well-deserved awards! I'm way too excited about the Mad Men Dress Challenge you have planned...cannot wait! I'll be posting all about my dress tomorrow, so I'll be able to get you all the info you need then ;o)

    I'd love to be in with a chance of winning your generous giveaway too please...what gorgeous fabric!!!

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  11. It's so much fun reading people's answers to those award questions - thanks for sharing yours! :-)

    And thanks also for the chance to be in to win that gorgeous fabric.

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  12. Lovely giveaway, you are always very generous!

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  13. I'm so inspired by your sewing style - keep it up!

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  14. im also very excited about the challenge.. congratulations on the awards xx

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  15. I can't wait to see all the works of art that the challenge will have produced. I am truly excited :-)

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  16. Mwwwwwah... again you have the loveliest fabric to give away! Looking forward to the Mad Men dresses, I'm sure something will make me want one of my own!

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  17. I have a birthday coming up. I can't think of a better use of that fabric than a gorgeous birthday dress for me ?!
    lore
    x

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  18. I've just discovered your roses sleeves tutorial, thanks for that. It looks great!

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  19. I really wish I'd had time to participate in this challenge.
    Still, looking forward to seeing everyone's entries!

    And what a generous giveaway! Very timely too, some hot red wool, now that the cold is creeping in.

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  20. Thanks for hosting the give-away! I have a few early 60s patterns that are begging to be made up for fall winter wear-so the wool crepe would be perfect.
    Congrats on the awards! I'm also an admirer of your sewing and blog.

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  21. Can't wait 'til April 1st. looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with! And lipstick red wool crepe - Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  22. Well thank you Miss Bobbin for that award! While I really should just be satisfied with that and walk away...I'd like to get my hands on the crepe too.

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  23. I'd love to have this fabric. Great giveaway.

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  24. I'm feeling soooo gutted not to have had the time to get involved with the Mad Men challenge.... Seeing everyone's posts start cropping up has been wonderful and I can't WAIT for your roundup to come! Maybe I still have time...!

    Who wouldn't want to be in with a chance of winning that divine wool crepe - something that's been on my shopping list for a while now...

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  25. Pick me! Pick ME! That fabric is lovely. I couldn't join in with the Mad Men challenge, but if I win that red loveliness...I shall endeavour to make something MM-y with it instead! Zou Bisou Bisou :)

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  26. Ah! Competition! Red! Crepe! Wool! Omg SO in for that. Even though it would clash with my hair something chronic. Bugger it - if I win, I'll still make a dress....something that uses the crepe as a contrast fabric....so as to break up all the colour.

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  27. I'd love to win that red wool crepe! mae dot wilson at yahoo dot com dot au

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  28. Wow! What a generous giveaway. If I won it, I'd be inspired to make a Mad Men style dress (hopefully half as nice as yours!)

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  29. I just started watching Mad Men because of your challenge and I must say I am so excited to see all the dresses! The fashion in the show is so fantastic. Congrats on your awards.

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  30. A fabric giveaway, how can I resist? Love your blog Julia and love your creations.

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  31. Ooohh ooh, just love the look of that fabric. Now for just a few precious minutes child free to actually do something with it!!! I can always dream and admire. Love your blog Julia. Been following you since I found you via the Tessuti Awards and get so inspired by the lusciousness of it all.

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  32. I too am a recent follower, since this mad men party you are running, and am really enjoying your makes! So yes please for a chance to win this fabric- it looks awesome..

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  33. I cannot wait to see all the mad men dresses, and that red wool is luscious.

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  34. I love your Mad Men dresses. I would love to try to make a vintage pattern from the era, but since I am 7 months pregnant and not too fond of the maternity clothes from the era, I will just have to wait a little bit longer. Wonderful blog. You inspire me to want to sew more.

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  35. Can't wait to see all the Mad Men entries!! Love your talent!

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  36. Looking forward to April first. Glad to have you back!
    cutekipepeo(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I am looking forward to seeing all the Mad Men entries all together. What a great giveaway too.

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  38. I SO wanted to participate in the Mad Men challenge, but time constraints are making it impossible! Oh well. I'm enjoying seeing everyone else's lovely creations. Wonderful job, ladies!

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  39. Ooh, what lovely wool! It is going to be great to see all the outfits!

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  40. Congratulations for your awards! I'm not participating in Mad Men Challenge but I'm looking forward to see what people make, although I've already see several pics around. What an amazing giveaway!

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  41. Congratulations on all of your awards Julia. You deserve all of them as you brighten us all up out here in the blog cloud.

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  42. Love those two dresses! Question for you - looking at the link for Butterick 5603, the dress pictured has quite a flared skirt whilst yours is much more fitted, have you had to alter the skirt, or there is a more fitted option with the pattern which just isn't pictured? Looking forward to seeing all the Mad Men dresses. Unfortunately I won't get time to do one myself for the challenge but one day!

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  43. I'm so, so excited for the Mad Men Challenge...results! I can't wait to see what everyone has made.

    Congrats on the awards! I would absolutely LOVE to win that beautiful pinky red wool crepe.

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  44. I'm looking forward to the Mad Men Challenge reveal too! How I wish I could watch this series. Le sigh. And I am totally in love with that red wool...even living in a tropical island, LOL! I'll just wear it to Canada.

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  45. I'm so very excited to see what everyone makes for the challenge.

    I've never sewn with wool crepe. I'm curious how well I could work with it.

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  46. Eeek! I didn't realize the deadline was so close!! I better get to work :)

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  47. I can't wait for April 1st!!!!!

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  48. Congrats on your awards!!!
    Beautiful fabric too:-)

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  49. Can't wait to see the mad men outfits, only recently discovered your blog- wish I had half your sewing skills!

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  50. I am excited to see the Mad Men reveal! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. Ooh, that fabric looks beautiful! I don't have any fancy fabric stores in town so I'm never able to find such lovelies.

    Although I'm not participating (lack of time), I can't wait to see all of the Mad Men dresses!

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  52. Ooh red wool crepe? Let's talk about how that's my favorite :)

    I can't wait to see the Mad Men entries! I won't be joining in with an outfit (I hate being told what to do lol) but I'll take any excuse I can get to lurk on someone's else's sewing projects :)

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  53. I adore this fabric! So excited to see all the Mad Men dresses! You're the best!

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  54. Hi Julia, I love your blog-always lots of fun. I adore red so that wool sounds perfect for a new dress. Congrats on the awards and the exciting Mad Men challenge. I pop by most days but can't wait to come back on Apr 1 to see all of that retro goodness;)

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  55. Is it weird if I win the fabric I would copy your dress completely? Can't wait to see everyones makes for the Mad Men challenge!

    Thanks for the Giveaway x

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  56. answrs 2, and 4. i just. i mean.

    thanks for the nom, lovely lady. i raise my always full glass to your inebriated brilliance!

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  57. Congratulations on all your awards! The red wool is just lovely. And I'd have all summer to plan what to do with it haha :)

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  58. congratulations on the awards and i LOVE the red wool!!

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  59. Congratulations on the awards. You deserve them so much. And thanks for mentioning all these other cool blogs. Dinner is burnt now because I spent too much time reading them. ;) Would love to win the red wool - red is my absolute favorite color. (info[at]german-english-experts[dot]com)

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  60. That fabric is divine and I can't wait to see all of the mad men dresses together in one post. The few I've seen so far are drool worthy

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  61. I can't wait to see the Mad Men pictures - and thanks for the new blog suggestions!

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  62. Eeep!Friday the 30th!??? That gives me two days to sew my Mad Men garment together! Yikes!

    The red wool is lovely.

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  63. I wish I would have found out about the Mad Men dress challenge sooner. I would have definitely made a dress. But I just don't have the time to do it now... well for the challenge at least. I'm excited about seeing what people have made though.

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  64. That looks like some great wool crepe...
    I love seeing all the Mad Men dresses pop up on the web, they look amazing! Can't wait to make some myself... Well, some.. perhaps just start with one...:)

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  65. Congrats on the awards! You deserve them! And what a gorgeous fabric! I have just the project in mind for it...

    ammullins AT hotmail DOT com

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  66. I am jealous of your lovely dress, congratulatory for your nomination, and deeply lustful for red wool!

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  67. congratulations on the awards!!!
    Love the red wool!

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  68. Ooh, I love that fabric! I'm so looking forward to everyone's Mad Men dresses too!

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  69. Great giveaway! I enjoy reading your blog Julia :)

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  70. Congratulations on all the awards, and what a great giveaway! So much giving!

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  71. Great color of the fabric! Thank you.

    annabell_lee_dk (at) yahoo.com

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  72. Oh ah gorgeous - imagine all the fun that could be had with that adorable fabric - yes sir! Great giveaway and congrats on the awards entirely deserved Miriam
    makeitgiveit(at)gmail(dot)com

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  73. What a fantastic giveaway! You are very generous indeed!

    Not entirely related, but I tried to make a Peggy-inspired dress for the challenge, but I don't think I did a very good job -- the resulting dress, while just fine as a dress, really doesn't channel Peggy at all. So now I don't know if I want to even bother sending it to you!

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  74. Oh my - what a gorgeous piece of fabric! I'm so sad I haven't got round to making my Mad Men dress - work's just been too busy, booo! Maybe I can make it in April instead?!

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  75. Wonderful giveaway! It would be lovely to make it into a dress :)
    scuffsan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. That's a lovely wool crepe!

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  77. The wool crepe is beautiful! Mad Men is awesome! The giveaway is fantastic!
    And you? You are talented, gorgeous and generous!

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  78. Oh, such nice wool crepe. That color would suit my skintone just beautifully ;P

    I haven't watched Mad Men, but I consider doing it just to see the beautiful costumes.

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  79. Ohh! Red Wool - how LOVELY!!

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    1. Oops! I wasn't finished yet - it's Dayl, and I would LOVE to make a pencil skirt out of that wool...!!

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  80. You totally deserve those awards! And that wool crepe is to die for, such a vibrant colour!

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  81. Congrats on the awards! Sadly I won't be able to enter the MadMen Challenge... the last couple of weeks have been totally crazy for me, with almost no sewing time! Too bad... That wool crepe is lovely, what an amazing color!

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  82. Love your blog!
    Sylvie Munday

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  84. Ooo I love red! and Mad Men! I've already watched the first two eps ;)

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  85. It is fantastic to see so many wonderful melbourne sewing bloggers (thanks for the links to poppykettle and splatastic)! i love following your posts and stalking your fabric choices in the stores around melbourne!

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  86. Holy goodness, that fabric is perfection!

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  87. That fabric is gawgeous!
    Thought I'd delurk myself in the off chance it could be mine.
    LOVE your blog Julia and all your amazing things. My mum (Lorraine) has been emailing you recently and told me you were having this giveaway so I thought I would post and say hi!
    Lucinda

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  88. You are always so generous! I'd love to make a little red dress with that fabric. And, I can't wait for your Mad Men round up post!

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  89. Can't wait for the Mad Men round up! And so looking forward to making something for myself (after sewing and sewing and sewing for my daughter and other little girls) and would totally love to rock a red dress!

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  90. What beautiful fabric! Thanks for the opportunity to win it :)

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  91. I just stumbled on your blog because of your glorious red rose sleeves! They -- and everything else really, especially your Peggy Olson plaid dress -- are AMAZING. And your giveaway is crazy generous... that wool crepe looks fabulous.

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  92. Congrats! And thank you for giving me some amazing new sewing bloggers to cyber-stalk! As if my reader wasn't full enough!

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  93. Congrats on the awards Julia! Love this fabric, good luck to me!

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  94. That colour red is gorgeous! I'd love a chance to win it :)
    lisa_maria at hotmail dot com

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  95. I would love to win. And I love reading your blog & seeing your creations.

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  96. Would love to make a dress with this. Love how your dress turned out.

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  97. Ooh, that is lovely. It isn't one of the eras I prefer to wear myself, but I can't wait to see all the lovely mad men dresses!

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  98. Unfortunately my mad men dress won't be done in time but I would love to win the fabric to start another UFO :)

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  99. Holy moly that's stunning. I'd love to pet it, and love it, and sew it into a jacket with a fantastic peplum.

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  100. Yes please! That looks like gorgeous fabric!!

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  101. Hi Julia,
    Might as well put my hat into the ring and try to win this beautiful fabric for my daughter....she looks good in red. We might need you to help us make it!
    All the best,
    Lorraine

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  102. You're such a generous blogger, JuliaBobbin! Not only do you regale us with gorgeous outfits photographed well, but then you go and offer two yards worth! (though I'm not sure exactly how much two yards is) of wool! in such a great colour!

    Marvellous!

    Sam

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  103. That fabric looks divine. Maybe I'll be lucky if I cross my fingers and make a wish...

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  104. That red wool is beautiful! Congrats on your blogging award!

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  105. Can't wait to see the big reveal on the madmen challenge. Thanks for all the great giveaways!

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  106. Julia! Another giveaway? You are the fabric fairy!!

    Of course I'd like to throw my name in the hat!

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  107. What lovely fabric! I haven't ever sewn with wool before so it would be a great experience. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  108. I'm looking forward to seeing all the Mad Men-challenge dresses, wish I'd had time to participate! But I think a Joanie-inspired dress with that red fabric would be gorgeous. ;)

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  109. Congrats on the awards! You totally deserve them!

    Can't wait to see the parade of lovely Mad Men dresses!! I really wanted to make one too, but I'm right in the middle of Sew Colette, and I'm a very slow sewer as I'm still learning how to fit; any chance you might do another challenge in the future? :D

    The red wool crepe looks amazing; I have a beautiful vintage dress pattern that would go perfectly with it! :)

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  110. Congrats and I can't wait to see what everyone makes for the challenge. I love the dress you made out of the red fabric and have heard wonderful things about working with wool crepe but haven't tried it yet to date. Here's hoping!!

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  111. Congratulations on your awards.

    The wool crepe is beautiful I've got a lovely wiggle dress pattern that would look wonderful made up in that wool.

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  112. I love your blog and the garments! I can't wait to see the Mad Men contributions and that lipstick red fabric is divine.

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  113. Congrats on the awards! I have been so excited about seeing all the fabulous Mad Men dress and I'm so glad the time is near. That wool crepe is beautiful!

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  114. I've enjoyed watching your Mad Men dresses; not made one myself yet but I am planning on getting out the vintage repro patterns very soon (once all the stuff the kids need is finished)

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  115. Congratulations on the awards. Please don't add me to the draw,I have enough fabric on my plate at the moment. I just stopped by to say we should meet up and do a Melbourne fabric store trawl soon. There're a fair few Melbourne sewists on the interwebs and I'm assuming at least a couple of them would be up for it too. See you around.

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  116. Lipstick red doesn't get any more perfect as far as colors go. Well done on the aware. I love your blog. I'm also mad about Mad Men. Keep posting!

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  117. I have a dress to enter into the pool, as soon as I can get a picture of me in it.

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  118. I love to win this fabric! Also looking forward to seeing the Mad Men dresses.
    Lynette

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  119. gorgeous! who could resist that red? can't wait to see the mad men dresses also!

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  120. Jusi (jumena @ op.pl)31 March 2012 at 08:39

    The fabric is beauiful! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  121. thanks for the links to other blogs, congrats to winners. beautiful fabric.

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  122. I can't wait to see everyone's madmen dresses and would love to enter your give away please.

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  123. love the mad men comp... so much inspiration... love the fabric, and thanks!!!

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  124. Lovely wool! And you totally deserve the accolades.

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  125. That crepe looks amazing! I really want to sew more with wool, but it's a bit scary. And I'm soooo looking forth till tomorrow! I will continue being Mad Men inspired anyway, and hope to whip up some of those other dresses I so much like!

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  126. What a beautiful colour! And really looking forward to seeing all the Mad Men dresses :)

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  127. I just found your blog and I'm so glad that I did. Gorgeous blog and beautiful fabric giveaway! Now I have to start reading all your previous posts (and hope that I win the fabric LOL)

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  128. This is definitely my color:-))!!

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  129. Your blog is fun! Thank you for hosting the Mad Men Challenge. People are really worked up about it and excitedly sewing for it. I'm looking forward to seeing all the pictures of their work. Some projects I've already seen are remarkable and some are even drool-worthy, if you know what I mean!

    Thanks for sponring this givaway too!
    Melissa Brown
    sewmuchfun06@aol.com

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  130. Hi Julia, Can you please throw my name in the hat for the beautiful fabric. Cheers, Catherine

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  131. One day I will make a Mad Men inspired dress for myself. I love all of your versions!

    Lovely fabric too. I would love to work with it.

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  132. I love your blog I can hardly believe you've only been sewing for less than 5 years! When I become a sewer I want to be just like you!

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  133. Congrats on your awards, and thank you for the giveaway. That fabric looks amazing!

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  134. Ho-ho-hoooo... what a gorgeous red. I can almost hear it telling me "sew me-sew me-sew me !" Unfortunately I'm not sure it would love to travel to France, would it ?

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  135. I have dreams about beautiful fabric when I slumber. This is definitely a fabric of my dreams. Please count me in for this lovely giveaway.

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  136. Congrats on the awards! The Mad Men post was so inspiring (as are you!) I guess it's time for me to pull out my vintage sewing patterns... :)

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  137. I have Butterick 5603! I bought it about a year ago, thinking I'd make it up for a wedding, but then never got around to it, and forgot all about it! Seeing your versions has DEFINITELY given me a kick up the backside! Now if only I could work out how you make the dresses so flattering around your hips and derriere! Mine just end up looking like a sack of spuds in anything figure hugging!!

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  138. Wow, after looking through every single Mad Men entry on your latest post (yes, all of them) I am beyond inspired to start a new project. Perhaps a beautiful red Joanie dress; I already have the pen necklace to match! Count me in as a giveaway participant and new blog reader!

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  139. Lipstick red fabric...ooh la la!! Great giveaway and congrats on the awards. Will now go back and admire all those entries in your Mad Men comp and dream of the day my sewing skills advance enough (ie graduate from tunic dresses in quilting cotton!) that I too could make a gorgeous creation like that.

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  140. Thanks for the chance to win this one -- my favourite colour!

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