WOOL AND THE GANG Giveaway Winner!


And the winner is…


Congratulations, Anna-Marie! You won the WOOL AND THE GANG giveaway! The lovely folks over at WOOL AND THE GANG will get in touch with you to sent you two balls of Billie Jean Yarn in your colour of choice, so please check your inbox.

Thanks everyone for your great feedback and lovely comments! There’ll be more chances to try your luck in the future – I promise.



Happy knitting!


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Win tickets to the Country Living Spring Fair!


Hi everybody! Are you planning on going to the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair this month? I’ve got two tickets to give away for one lucky winner!!

The Spring Fair takes place 18-22nd March in the Business Design Centre in London. Pop over to their website and check out the great Things To Do that are offered during the fair this year.

If you want to get a chance of winning the two tickets, all you have to do is leave a comment in the comment section below and let me know what your favourite “hidden gem” pattern is. I would love to get some recommendations for sewing patterns that might not be widely known but are awesome anyway!

I’ll pick a winner at random and will mail them the tickets in time for the Fair. Deadline for leaving comments is midnight (GMT) Monday 9th March 2015. The winners will be notified via email the day after.



Good luck everyone!

All images in this post are courtesy of The Country Living Magazine Spring Fair.

Happy sewing!


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Please note: I will randomly select one winner from all comments posted before midnight on 9th March 2015 and they will receive the prize described above. There is no cash alternative, and your prize is non-negotiable, and not refundable. If the prize isn’t claimed by Friday 13th March, I will randomly select another winner.

The Knitting & Stitching Show Giveaway Winners!

Win tickets to The Knitting and Stitching Show

Whoop, whoop! We have five lucky winners who will each get two complimentary tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show!

In order to enter the giveaway I asked you guys to leave me a comment saying what you’d like to see on this blog in the future. My task was to pick my favourites from your suggestions – which was much harder than I thought it would be!

Thank you guys!! Your suggestions were all brilliant and I’ve made a long To Do list for the blog, trying to take as many of your ideas on board as possible! Anyway, I also had to narrow it down to my five favourites which took some time, hard thinking and two cups of coffee, but here they are:

Sabrina suggested sharing more in-process pieces and info on what going on “behind the scenes”. I’d love to do that! I often forget to take in-progress pics although I always enjoy seeing those on other people’s blogs. Good to know that you are nosy enough to be interested in the behind the scenes stuff. I sometimes feel silly writing about things like that, but as long as people are interested I’m happy to share bits and pieces 🙂 (Do let me know when I need to stop!)

Jan’s fabulous idea was it to share more sewing bloomers – my fails and things that go wrong (happens all the time) and how it fixed them. I think as bloggers we often only want to show a near-to-perfect end results and I know from my own experience that it can be really frustrating to see all those perfect garments on blogs when you yourself feel everything goes wrong whenever you try to make something. But that’s just because we compare our behind-the-scenes messes with a picked handful of edited images from others. Sharing my fails and messes will be a challenge but probably a lot of fun as well!

Daniela had three suggestions which all are great ideas for future posts! She asked me to share my very first makes with you guys. I’d love to do that and I don’t even know why I haven’t done so yet. Most of my very first makes (pre-sewing machine times, folks!) are still alive and only need to be photographed. My sewing skills were ridiculous back then, but I’d love to show you anyway. Daniela also asked about sharing my inspiration for my Hepburn Dress pattern (will do!) and sewing more stuff from Tilly Walnes’ book, which I have promised a while ago (shame on me!), so I’ll better get started on those Mimi blouses!

Lou suggested to find some and review some hidden pattern gems that aren’t commonly posted about, instead of reviewing patterns that are all over the place. She also would love to have an insight into the pattern drafting process and what goes into producing a pattern for release. The last one’s quite a challenge, but I’d love to share some more info about that with you. There’s not much out there, so maybe I can share some insight into the pattern making process with you!

Annett‘s idea made me laugh! She suggested trying to refashion a skirt into a hat! Pretty awesome, no? It would be really exciting to try and make a hat out of a recycled skirt. I love the idea! I’m gonna look into that and try to find out a bit more about hat-making first, though ;D

Well, congrats to you!
And thanks to everybody for their amazing ideas!

All winners will be contacted today, so check your email! I will need your address, so I can send the tickets your way! Please get back to me until Friday 3rd October, so that there’s enough time to get them posted to you!

Please note these tickets are only valid all day Wednesday, Thursday 3-7pm and all day Sunday. The Knitting & Stitching Show takes place from 8th – 12th October in Alexandra Palace, London.


Win tickets for the Knitting & Stitching Show! [Giveaway CLOSED]

K&S_LOGO RGBWin tickets to The Knitting and Stitching ShowIt’s time for another giveaway, people! (Ermahgerd! Again!?) Yes! The lovely people at The Knitting & Stitching Show have given me some free tickets so I can invite some pals (I’ll be sneaking around there, too!)

The Knitting & Stitching Show opens in 2 weeks (from 8th – 12th October) in Alexandra Palace, London (sorry non-UK folks!). Due to popular demand the Show is now open 5 days. It’s one of the largest textiles and craft events in the UK. You can see the list of exhibitors here. The Show has some exciting workshops and lectures to offer as well as a new interactive feature, Stitch-by-Stitch, which offers sessions and demonstrations for beginners and more experienced visitors!

I’m particularly looking forward to browse through fabrics, patterns, sewing books and all sorts of other products for the sewing enthusiast (I might spend a minute looking at knitting stuff as well, I promise!)

Win tickets to The Knitting and Stitching ShowWin tickets to The Knitting and Stitching Show

I have 5 pairs of tickets to The Knitting & Stitching Show to give away to some of you guys! All you have to do is let me know in the comments what you’d like to see on this blog in the future. This could be sewing, knitting or refashion projects as well as tutorials on specific topics, reviews of certain products or patterns etc.

I’ll pick my favourites from your suggestions and mail the winners their tickets in time for the Show. Deadline for leaving comments is midnight (GMT) Tuesday 30th September 2014.

Please note these tickets are only valid all day Wednesday, Thursday 3-7pm and all day Sunday.

All images in this post are courtesy of The Knitting & Stitching Show.

Happy sewing!


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Blog Anniversary & A Giveaway [CLOSED]

2nd blog anniversary

Woah! My blog turns two today! Has it really only been two years?

It feels like it is such a long time ago that I sat on my bed with a cup of coffee, laptop on my knees, setting up this blog. Much has changed in these two years and the blog has become quite a big part of my life. It has fuelled my sewing fever ever since I blogged about my first make. The first year had its ups and downs and I even thought about quitting at times, because uni (and later my job) were keeping me so busy.

I am so glad that I kept on going because this year has just been wonderful! I have met so many great people and went to so many fun sewing and blogging events. April was a special month as I officially registered the blog as a business so I could start selling my own patterns.

The blog keeps growing steadily and sometimes I look back in disbelief – when I started the blog I never thought others (apart from my family) would ever read what I wrote.

So here’s my THANK YOU for all you guys out there that pop by this blog regularly, leave lovely comments and contribute to keeping the blog alive and growing!

I have two bundles of goodies to give away to two lucky winners. Each bundle includes: a download link for my PDF patterns the Hepburn Dress and the Hepburn Skirt, washi tape and jewelry courtesy of Average Pony DIY and 3 vintage sewing patterns:

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giveaway thisblogisnotforyou.comThe lovely Maren, mastermind behind Average Pony DIY, decided to throw in some really great goodies! Each bundle will include one roll of washi tape “made with ♥” (Check out more of the gorgeous washi tape she offers in her shop here!), a sewing machine charm and a necklace with a sewing machine medallion! Yes! THIS COULD BE YOURS! 

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Btw, if you see something in Average Pony’s shop and you’re not sure about ordering stuff from a German website, feel free to pop her a quick email. For those of you who are keen on reading a German blog, check out averagepony.com.

And last but not least I’ll throw in these vintage sewing pattern bundles, consisting of two dress and one jacket pattern each. I got these from the Mr.’s gandma who was a keen seamstress when she was younger. The patterns are quite rare, as they’re from former East Germany/DDR (GDR), published by “Verlag für die Frau” who published the sewing pattern brand “Neue Modelle” mainly in the 1980’s. The patterns I picked for you are in their original packaging and uncut and unopened.

They’re in German but look easy enough to be tackled by someone who doesn’t know a word German. Let’s have a look!

Pattern Bundle A

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Aww, I love these 80’s illustrations. I tried to pick patterns which aren’t too 80’s and could be easily transformed into something more modern. Bundle A includes:

  1. A pleated shirt dress (bust sizes = 84cm & 90cm)
  2. A v-neck summer dress (bust sizes = 84cm, 90cm & 96cm)
  3. A jacket (bust sizes = 90cm, 96cm & 102cm)

Pattern Bundle B

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Bundle B includes:

  1.  A maxi dress (bust sizes = 84cm, 90cm & 96cm)
  2. A summer dress with flared sleeves and buttoned up shoulder seams (bust sizes = 90cm, 96cm & 102cm)
  3. A jacket (includes skirt pattern, too) (bust sizes = 90cm & 96cm)

To enter the giveway:

Simple like Average Pony DIY on Facebook and follow Thisblogisnotforyou.com on either Facebook, Bloglovin’, Twitter or Instagram or become an email follower (see sidebar). Leave a comment below (make sure you enter the right email address so I am able to contact you!) and state whether you’d prefer pattern bundle A or B.

The giveaway is open internationally and closes at midnight  (GMT) on Tuesday 30th September. The winners will be announced on this blog (and also will be notified via email) in the following week.



Please note: I will randomly select two winners from all comments posted before midnight on 30th September 2014 and the two winners will receive the prize described above. There is no cash alternative, and your prize is non-negotiable, and not refundable. If the prize isn’t claimed within one week of the winner being notified, I will randomly select another winner.