1 Year Blogiversary Giveaway!!

1 year blogiversary giveaway!!

So this is a very special week for me. Today I celebrate a full year of blogging…yay me!! I thought it would be a fab way to really celebrate this milestone if I held a special 1 Year Blogiversary Giveaway…So with that in mind, I approached the lovely Sheona of Sewisfaction and she very graciously offered to sponsor the giveaway with no less than 2 metres of fabric…how cool is that! It’s a great way to thank all of you lovely readers and followers of my blog and to spread a little fabric love too. I mean…heaven knows we always all need more fabric don’t we…don’t we??

Now, I’ll come back to the fabric giveaway in a while, but first I want to reflect a little on my first blogging year. I touched upon it a bit in this post where you can read about some of my 2017 highlights.

I’m really glad that I started my blog…I’ve found that it’s benefited me in many ways. Actually sitting down to write a blog post has really made me use brain cells that hadn’t been exercised since high school…seriously! Writing is not something I had done much at all in all these years…I guess it probably shows, lol. I hope, well I think, that my skills have improved somewhat by blogging, but you know, it’s good for me. It’s true when they say that if you don’t use it you lose it and now I’m using it (the old grey matter) and it’s great!  So… I’m finding my feet with the writing and I’m also finding out about what I like to share with you my lovely readers and also about what you enjoy reading. It’s an evolving kind of thing, but ideas for blog posts are coming to me all the time and I’m loving it. In fact, I just love sharing all things sewing related with you and all of these processes are good for my sense of well being, particularly helping me to get focused when stress has been evident in my family life, particularly these last few months.

Connecting with other bloggers is also a wonderful by-product of blogging. I’ve met so many lovely people both online and in real life over this last year. Exciting things are now beginning to happen in 2018 too.  For one thing, I’m thrilled to have been asked to be part of the blogging team for the Day and Night Dress Challenge. You can read all about it on Elizabeth’s blog ‘Elizabeth Made This’…suffice to say that I’m very excited about it (will be posting more on my two contributions soon) As you know, I’m also doing the Ready to Wear Fast 2018 organised by Goodbye Valentino’s Sarah Gunn. Add to that my commitment to Hila’s Burda Challenge and I’m already starting the New Year on a high.

I couldn’t have got where I am though, without your support. Knowing that my posts are actually being read and enjoyed (hopefully) by you, makes it all worthwhile…It’s so good to know my words aren’t just disappearing into the ether! So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

Which brings me back rather nicely to the point of this post…want to win some fabric?? Of course you do! To enter, all you have to do is pop across to the Sewisfaction website, have a browse of the wonderful selection of fabrics and then leave a comment below telling me which one you would like if you won. All of the names of the commenters will go into the draw.

If you want a double chance of winning, then I’m also hosting this giveaway on Instagram where you can take part too. Just find the giveaway graphic on my feed and follow the instructions on it. I’ll be doing the draw next week and you have until midnight on Tuesday 30th of January to enter. Once a winner has been picked at random on Wednesday I will announce it on Instagram and on here. I’ll then be in touch and will need details to pass on to Sheona.

It therefore just remains for me to say a HUGE thank you to Sheona for offering the lovely prize and being a fab sponsor.

****Please note 1…The winner will be picked completely at random and the giveaway is open to all, but entrants living outside the UK may incur postage costs, it’s still free fabric though!

****Please note 2…No payment has been received by myself for this giveaway.

I look forward to reading about your fabric choices!


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  1. Victoria
    January 26, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Congratulations! I loved seeing your drape front coat the other day in that lovely squares wool from Sewisfaction. There are always lovely fabrics there.
    I’d like to enter your competition; the Art Gallery Acqua di Rose Boho Jersey is gorgeous and I’d love 2 meters of it!

    • diane
      January 26, 2018 / 11:48 am

      Thank you! Lovely choice Victoria. Lots of luck and fingers crossed.

  2. January 26, 2018 / 11:57 am

    Congratulations, Diane. I love your blog and very inspired by your helpful posts.
    Of course I’d like to win fabric! There are lots of lovely fabrics on the site – but I think I’d plump for the Georgia embroidered stretch denim given some of plans for 2018.

    • diane
      January 26, 2018 / 12:33 pm

      That’s really lovely of you, thanks, Anne. Embroidered stretch denim sounds fabulous. Fingers crossed for a win eh?

  3. Wendy
    January 26, 2018 / 12:28 pm

    Happy blogaversary ! The Art Gallery Floret Honeydew jersey is gorgeous; I would love some of that! Sheona always stocks good quality fabrics which is so valuable to know when shopping online.

    • diane
      January 26, 2018 / 12:34 pm

      Thanks, Wendy!You’re now in the draw twice…oodles of luck!

  4. Emily
    January 26, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    Hi, i have just come across your blog and love the selection of fabrics in the shop. I will definately be shoppung there soon. I would like the rio viscose crepe in plum

    • diane
      January 26, 2018 / 1:43 pm

      Hi, Emily, it’s lovely to see you here on my blog, thanks for stopping by. Ooh, I have the viscose crepe in burgundy and it’s lovely. Hope you’re successful, good luck!

  5. Anne Johnson
    January 26, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    Congratulations from across the pond! My favourites from Sewisfaction are 1) vintage 100% wool twill in forest (love the colour), 2) Art Gallery Floret Honeydew Jersey, and 3) The Blue Dandy viscose.

    • diane
      January 26, 2018 / 3:22 pm

      Ahhh, thanks, Anne 🙂 Wow, love your choices. Especially the wool twill. Lots of luck!

  6. January 26, 2018 / 6:19 pm

    Happy bloggiversary! As usual there’s too many to pick one. Jardin de Fleur, art gallery boho, navy dandelions! How do you choose!

    • diane
      January 26, 2018 / 6:48 pm

      Thank you Rachael! I know spoilt for choice 🙂

  7. Helen
    January 26, 2018 / 7:32 pm

    Congratulations my lovely! What a milestone, and I hope you go from strength to strength. I shall leave the giveaway for your other followers as I have loooaaads of fabric so it doesn’t seem right to throw my hat in the ring, but I wanted to stop by and send you a massive celebratory hug and wish you every success in your blog and everything else!! Xxx

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 10:26 am

      Aww, bless you, Helen. I fully understand about the fabric and I’m sure the others won’t mind at all 😉 Hugs coming right back to you too xxx

  8. Rimma
    January 26, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    Congratulations on the milestone, Diane! I wrote it on ig, and I’ll say it again here – I couldn’t believe it’s only been a year! Feels wayyy longer that you’ve been doing this! Wishing you lots of inspiration, motivation and strength, in sewing as in life! And thank you and Sheona so much for the generous giveaway! All the fabrics are amazing, but if I were the lucky one, I’d love to receive the Jardin de Fleur Luxury Cotton Lawn (I gasped when I saw this one! It’s every floral lover’s dream! 😍)

    • diane
      January 26, 2018 / 9:58 pm

      That’s such a nice thing to say, thank you Rimma xxx. Let’s hope that cotton lawn becomes yours!

  9. Nele
    January 26, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Congrats on the blogversary! I’ve been trying to focus on fabrics that go with lots of things and I love the Joules Navy Stripe Loopback Sweatshirting, it works with all the blues, greens and purple in my wardrobe 🙂

    • diane
      January 26, 2018 / 10:00 pm

      Thank you, Nele! I like your well thought out choice. Those sound like lovely colour combos. Lots of luck!

  10. Evija
    January 27, 2018 / 12:22 am

    Hi, happy blogversary! I found your blog trough RTW fast, love your creations…
    I would choice would be Rico Soft Strokes Jersey. It goes well with my capsule wardrobe…

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 10:01 am

      Thanks, Evija! Time has been scarce this week for me to participate in the RTW Fast FB group…I must put that right this weekend…maybe we’ll bump into each other on there 🙂 Hope you’re lucky enough to win your lovely jersey fabric and create something fab with it.

  11. January 27, 2018 / 5:20 am

    Firstly, a big congratulations on your one year anniversary Diane! I am so very glad to have recently made your acquaintance. I love your blog and all your wonderfully crafted makes. Secondly if I were to win your contest I would love to have the Art Gallery Acqua di Rose Boho Jersey. It just jumped right off the page at me!

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Thanks so much for those kind words Faye. I’m glad I found you too! Gret fabric choice if you win…lots of luck!

  12. January 27, 2018 / 7:19 am

    Congratulations with your one year blog anniversary. While reading your post I see we’ll meet each other on some challenges this year: ‘Elizabeth made this’ and the ‘Ready to Wear Fat 2018’. If I’m the lucky one to win this give-away I would love to have Art Gallery Floret Honeydew Jersey. Such a beautiful design in my favourite colours.

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 10:05 am

      Hi Sonja! Thank you xx. Yes, we’re in some great challenges eh? I look forward to seeing your lovely makes and if you win the Honey Dew Jersey I bet you’ll create something wonderful…good luck!

  13. January 27, 2018 / 7:31 am

    Art gallery acqua di Rose boho jersey
    Happy anniversary! I’m looking at a couple of those challenges- and also started my blog in January last year
    Visited Sewisfaction when staying in Reading last November. Lovely fabric ( of course I bought some!)

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 10:10 am

      Hi Ann…ooh happy Blogiversary to you too! Must check out your blog. And lucky you visiting Sewisfaction in person. That’s a great choice of fabric if you win.

  14. Maxine
    January 27, 2018 / 8:08 am

    Congratulations Diane, blogging is not easy and is extremely time consuming so I’m in awe of the dedication you put into your wonderful blog. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise in the dressmaking field, you are definitely on a pedestal in my eyes! There’s too many lovely fabrics but Tales of the Orient crepe has caught my eye 😁

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 10:13 am

      Aww, Maxine…I don’t know what to say…except thank you for those kind words XXXX
      Ooh, I hadn’t spotted that crepe before…it’s a lovely choice. Fingers crossed for you.

  15. Glynis Murray
    January 27, 2018 / 8:35 am

    Congratulations Diane. I love reading your blog. The clothes you have made are fabulous and it is so helpful to have all the sewing details. Such lovely choice of fabrics and l would love to win 2 metres of the Monochrome Crackle Rayon.

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 10:16 am

      That’s very kind Glynis, thanks so much. I enjoy writing about how I sew, so it’s really good to hear that you enjoy reading about it. Hope you win the rayon you chose xx

  16. January 27, 2018 / 9:45 am

    Congratulations and I’m so glad to have found you. I can’t decide between mustard luxury crepe or the foliage luxury canapé crepe, so I think I’ll have to buy one as well! X

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 10:18 am

      Ohhh, and I’m glad I found you too xx…and we even met…all be it too briefly. Must chat more next time. Those crepes you chose sound lovely…lots of luck!

  17. Cheri Partridge
    January 27, 2018 / 10:06 am

    Congratulations on a year! I’m very glad to have found your blog I absolutely love it. I love all the detail that you give , I really love that wool skirt you just made the zip in front with hand stitching was just beautiful. I would love to have the Art gallery wild bloom spices jersey or the luxe wool&cashmere blend in purple, I love their fabrics. Thanks for blogging and I look forward to your posts. Cheri in Washington state.

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 10:22 am

      Ohhh, thanks, Cheri. You’re so kind xxx. Hey, I’m drooling at your fabric choices….uh oh…I must.not.get.tempted. Lol!

  18. Paula
    January 27, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Congratulations, Diane, I really look forward to getting your blog. After a very happy half hour looking at the fabrics I would love some of the Sophia Textured Ponte but I’ll definitely be going back to that site so thank you.

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 11:03 am

      Paula, that’s so sweet of you to say. Thank you! Good luck with winning the ponte!

  19. Lyn
    January 27, 2018 / 11:25 am

    Hello Diane – this is fun. I like your idea.
    I’ve had a look at Sewisfaction website and have been rather inspired. My choice of material if I am lucky enough to win is Art Gallery ‘Wild Bloom Spices’ jersey.
    Here’s to another year of enjoyment every time I read one of your informative and highly effective posts.

    I am now heading back to Sewisfaction to browse further
    Lyn in Yorkshire

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Lyn, glad you like the idea too. I wanted to do something fun to celebrate. Nice choice if you win and enjoy your browsing!

  20. Tammy
    January 27, 2018 / 2:08 pm

    Congratulations to you! Charlotta embossed ponte looks interesting. I’ve never seen with ponte, so I think it would be fun to try.

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 2:32 pm

      Thanks, Tammy!I’ve worked with ponte, but never embossed ponte. Guess it might be a bit like scuba? Anyway…I hope you get your wish x

  21. CraftedBySteph
    January 27, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    Congratulations on your blogiversary; I just stumbled over your blog & love it 😍!! Had a browse (again) through the Sewisfaction page and I completely fell in love with the new Mademoiselle Jersey 💃! x CraftedBySteph

    • diane
      January 27, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      Aww, bless you. Thanks Steph xx So glad you like my blog…it makes my day to hear that. Here’s to hoping that jersey fabric finds it’s way into your hands 🙂

  22. Agnes
    January 28, 2018 / 5:35 am

    Nice to connect with you yesterday on Instagram Diane (I’m @sewagnes)!!. Nice to read your blog on connect there too. I’ve had a look at Sewisfaction – love all of the fabric! Anyhoo if I’m lucky enough to win, I’d pick the Midnight Rosette Luxury Scuba. Once again, Happy Blogiversary! x

    • diane
      January 28, 2018 / 1:35 pm

      Ah, hi Agnes! How nice of you to stop by my blog 🙂 Ooh luxury scuba sounds gorgeous! Best of luck x

  23. Jen
    January 28, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Happy blogiversary! I’d pick the Art Gallery Floret Honeydew Jersey, I’ve heard good things about AG fabrics, but I haven’t tried them.

    • diane
      January 28, 2018 / 1:41 pm

      Thanks, Jen! Yeah, I feel the same…heard good things but never actually tried AG fabrics. I must put that right this year.

  24. Anna
    January 28, 2018 / 9:24 pm

    Congratulations! I think I would choose the navy dandelion rayon. Although I’m tempted by the other lovely prints, and also the lovely solids…

    • diane
      January 28, 2018 / 9:49 pm

      Thank Anna! There is a lot to choose from isn’t there? All very tempting

  25. Laura Haines
    January 29, 2018 / 10:07 am

    Congratulations! I’d love to get the Delilah Crepe if I won. She has such a lovely shop!

    • diane
      January 29, 2018 / 11:13 am

      Thanks, Laura!Nice choice!

  26. Caitriona
    January 29, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Hi Diane I look forward to all your posts. Congratulations. I love the midnight bough navy crepe..

    • diane
      January 29, 2018 / 2:21 pm

      That’s so nice of you to say Caitriona. Thank you! Ooh, the crepes are lovely. Nice choice.

  27. January 29, 2018 / 7:09 pm

    What a treat! That’s another site I hadn’t seen before, but I was VERY tempted. If I win, I’d love some of the Vintage 100% Wool Twill – Forest
    Congrats on your first year of blogging!

    • diane
      January 29, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Elaine…and for stopping by my blog too xx I know…so tempting. I keep seeing fabrics I want too!

  28. Astrid
    January 29, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Congratulations on your first year of blogging! You’ve made some lovely things in the past year 🙂

    Thanks for the great giveaway too! I’d love to have 2 meters of most of the fabrics on that site…. It’s probably good that I don’t live nearby! It’s a very close call between the green wool twill and the jardin de fleur cotton lawn – but I think I’d go for the wool twill.

    • diane
      January 29, 2018 / 8:32 pm

      That’s lovely of you to say, thanks so much Astrid. Glad you like the giveaway too…lots of lovely stuff to choose from. I like your wool choice…I adore working with wool.

  29. Carol Milton
    January 30, 2018 / 10:54 am

    Hello again, I entered this opportunity on Instagram the other day and have now selected Sewisfaction’s beautiful ‘Summer Splash’ Luxury Cotton Lawn mainly because I fell in love with the thought of sewing such colourful material and then to wear it would make anyone’s day more cheerful. In fact I think it would cheer up anyone’s day to see it being worn! However, twin granddaughters were born on the 19th January and if the design pattern isn’t too big, I suspect I might have to use some of the fabric for two little sun frocks for them! I can dream of winning but in the meantime, think of which pattern I might use for me in the off chance of getting lucky! Happy blogiversary!

    • diane
      January 30, 2018 / 3:20 pm

      Hi again! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. Aww, I really love your thoughts on the fabric you chose. Love the idea of cheering up someone’s day when they see a happy bright fabric and you would feel cheered wearing it too. xx

  30. Sam
    January 30, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Hi Diane, congratulations on your one year anniversary, I’ve just found you via Saturday Night Stitch & will be reading back on your blog posts & following on IG. Choosing just one fabric on Sewisfaction is a challenge as they are all so nice but I saw Sheona review the Argyll wool & thought it was absolutely stunning, so that would be my choice. Here’s to the future blog.

    • diane
      January 30, 2018 / 3:22 pm

      Hi Sam! How fab that you found me via Hila’s blog. I’m chuffed you like what you see here :). That Argyll wool is what I recently made my Lisette coat with (2 blog posts ago) and I adore it! Great choice!

  31. Debbie
    January 30, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Hi Diane,
    congratulations on completing your first year of blogging!🍾 You are such an inspiration.
    I would love to win any of those fabrics, it’s very difficult to choose from such a lovely selection but I think I would like to go for the Foilage Canopy luxury crepe 🤞

    • diane
      January 30, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      What a lovely thing to say, thank you Debbie xx. I like the sound of your choice. So many great fabrics aren’t there? Best of luck!

  32. Carol Bentley
    January 30, 2018 / 9:32 pm

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I’m just starting to read blogs although I’ve sewn for years! I’ve checked out the fabrics and there’s lots I like. I think I’d probably chose the blood moon organic jersey as I think it would make a great keilo dress from named clothing! Either that our there’s a great mustard crepe!! Anyway keep up the good work now ove found you I’m stalking for sure btw id love to win especially as is my birthday tomorrow!

    • diane
      January 30, 2018 / 10:15 pm

      Ooh thanks Carole and welcome to the wonderful world of blogs! I’ve followed lots of blogs for years…love them. I hope you enjoy mine 😊. Good luck with the draw and Happy Birthday for tomorrow x

  33. Alice-May Bermingham
    January 30, 2018 / 11:56 pm

    Congratulations! I hope the next year is just as wonderful for your sewing. I had a browse of Sewisfaction and would absolutely adore the luxury crepe in scarlet. I think it would look beaut made into a Sew Over It Eve dress with the floaty sleeves.

    • diane
      January 31, 2018 / 9:12 am

      Thanks so much Alice! You got in the draw just in the nick of time, well done 🙂 Ooh scarlet crepes does sound luscious! Good luck. Will do the draw later xx

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