Wednesday, 6 April 2011

A very lovely giveaway


When I was offered the opportunity to give away a little package of SisBoom loveliness to you earlier this week I was most delighted. Partly because the actual things to be given away are fantastic, but also because it's all a product of the wonderful Jennifer Paganelli. Jennifer may not know it but she's down in my head as one of life's smile-inducing people after she once told me: 'I love the way you work it'. Americans reading this may not understand why this was so delightful, as I'm imagining that it's a phrase that is sprinkled around liberally throughout their day, but this isn't a phrase that pops up in England, because rather than sounding cool, our accents would just make this expression sound a little stilted and...uncool. It's the kind of phrase that perhaps inspired my now-husband, when he was an angsty young teenager stuck in suburbia at public school with a half-broken electric guitar for company, to pen a song entitled "You and I, we should have been American" (I think the 'you' bit of the title was referring to his fellow also too-cool-for-England school friend, Will). Twenty years on, miraculously, he has still not gained an accent that allows him to utter cool Americanisms, but I think he's now more than okay with that. But still, it means that when a real life American lovely tells you that they 'like the way you work it' you can spend your entire day feeling cool by association. Jennifer, your words have power!


Anyway, onto the giveaway (if it hasn't been retracted due to my weird ramblings). At the top of this post is the cover of Jennifer's new book, Girl's World. It's full of wearable, classic dress patterns for girls, all beautifully photographed with a sprinkling of SisBoom fabrics over many of the pages. And I love that this book isn't just for toddling girls: it has much-needed older-girl patterns in too, so it's been on my own Amazon wish-list since it first appeared on Amazon (it's not released until May 1st in the UK). But the giveaway, isn't just for a signed copy of the book, which would be wonderful on its own, but also if you win you'll also have access to an online one-hour video tutorial created with Jennifer by Rick-Rack (thread therapy for sewers) that will talk you through all aspects of making one of the dresses from the book. This means it would be perfect for a sewing beginner or someone new to dressmaking - with a video to access in your own time there will be no strokey-beard moments as you ponder what an instruction might really be trying to tell you to do. Not only that, but if you don't already have your own supply of fabrics to hand, you'll be given a discount code so that you can buy fabrics from Fabric.com with a whopping 25% off, as well as later getting the chance to speak to Jennifer herself in a live chat if you run into any sewing problems while making the dress.

To enter, just leave a comment saying hello (or if you're American please feel free to also say cool things that you know I'd sound ridiculous saying myself with my English accent). The giveaway is open internationally. I'll pick the winner in my own (fair and) random way and the prize will come to you directly from Jennifer and her team.

Florence x

138 comments:

  1. Hi there....thank you for the chance to win this fab book! I have an 8 year old daughter & a 4 year old niece who would love some of these pretty dresses and being fairly new to dress making the video sounds like I would find it very useful!

    Amanda x

    PS I always love to read your blog...its always full of useful information & is beautiful to read :-)

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  2. Oh, my goodness, that looks lovely! And sewing for kids is something I haven't gotten up the gumption for yet. I pretty well stick with straight lines. :-)

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  3. I'm not american or british so I have an impartial opinion, Florence, and brits rock too! Don’t diminish the power (and grace) of british accent! :)

    Great job with the blog, by the way.

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  4. Love your blog! It's one of my favourites.

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  5. Oh, please let it be me! The last thing i need is a book telling me how to make little girl dresses, but what does "need" have to do with it? I WANT!!

    (Is that rabid materialism American enough for you? If not, let me add that Americans think *anything* a person from the UK says is a thousand times cooler in their accent (reference: Love Actually). An American saying something British? That's much less cool. We tend to go cockney and say things like "Cheerio", "Jolly Good", and "I'll sweep your chimney, I will!" See? Not cool.)

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  6. hi Florence, jennifer's book looks fantastic! thanks for the opportunity to win it.

    x

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  7. Ditto what Crafterhours said, British is way cooler than American!

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  8. G'day Flo, how bout some aussie flavour to yer accent then? I might be flat out like a lizzard drinking but I bet I could find some time for sewing these lovely frocks. Gotta av a go doncha? Cheers

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  9. Hi! Hello! Aloha!

    What a lovely book. I'd love to sew some dresses for my little niece.

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  10. Morning from the Walpole Woods in Maine...The snow is finally melted, the sun is shining and the robins have returned. It is a good day..the only thing that would make it a great day would be to have aquire this amazing book. I am currently in Deborah's children's sewing class over at Whipstitch creating clothes for my two little grandchildren. She has referenced a couple of Jennifer's patterns. Sounds like inspiration to continue to improve Callie's summer wardobe..Thansk for the opportunity and have a great day!!!!!

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  11. Completely agree with you about much needed patterns for older girls. I have a 8yo & 5yo and often struggle to find things to make for older one so would really appreciate this book.

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  12. Oh wow. What an amazing prize. I would love to win that - need all the help I can get when it comes to sewing clothes!

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  13. Hello from the American Midwest where I would love to be selected as the winner of this beautiful book. I know my granddaughter would enjoy being the recipient of my sewing efforts. -- Karen

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  14. What a great giveaway. Jennifers fabrics and patterns are always gorgeous and inspiring. Please count me in!

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  15. I'm not looking to be in the running for this book -- but I have to agree Crafterhours that we Americans just love those British accents! You could say pretty much anything and we'd get all gooey.

    Love your blog!

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  16. Howerya? That's Dublin-ese for "Hello/How are you/How's things?" all squished in to a tiny word and sounds really cool in Dublin but only when asked by Dubliners as no one else in Ireland seems able to pronounce it properly...

    Gorgeous book, would love it as well as the chance to get some professional sewing tuition. Oh but that's not to say that your tutorials are lacking! (Talk about shooting yourself in the foot...)
    xx

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  17. What a beautiful book! I have a 7yo daughter; I'd put it to good use!

    "How yinz doin'?" from western Pennsylvania ;)

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  18. What a fab giveaway. I am on a mission to make as many birthday and Christmas presents as i can this year so this book would be perfect for the little girls i need to make pressies for!

    Karynx

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  19. Wow what a fab giveaway I have 2 girls and would love to be able to make them things to wear and as I have no dress making experience the extra help would be wonderful, please can you enter me.
    Thank you,
    Emma x

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  20. That'd be blimmin bonza mate. What a "little ripper" of a book (hopefully silly Aussie sayings will work on you too ;) )!
    (although to be fair the true Aussie version would be another word for blimmin also starting with b. but despite it's culturally acceptable status here I feel it's slightly rude for writing on your blog. - So you'll just have to use your imagination instead lol...)

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  21. I'm American...I don't suppose you say things like "totally awesome" do you? I try my best not to but hear it a lot :) I'd love to make these dresses for my daughters!

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  22. Ooh, I would love to win this book, I have it bookmarked ready for it's release. Pretty summer girls dresses are my favourite make!

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  23. Oooh, lovely! Please count me in for your giveaway! I'm a beginner to dressmaking and this would be a wonderful way of getting me started. Thanks for the chance! Em x

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  24. This is my first time visiting your blog! What a wonderful giveaway. I just love sewing for girls. Well I'm going to follow now. Have a good one.

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  25. I'm not sure anything you could say would sound silly - I love accents (alright, most accents)!

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  26. The book has a beautiful cover and I know my daughter would love a pretty summer dress.

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  27. I guess then a G'day from down under would just be icing on the cake then. What a beautiful book and how my two girls would look so sweet in one of these outfits.

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  28. Sewing for my little girl is my favourite thing in the world :)

    From an Aussie

    XX

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  29. I'm DESPERATE for a copy of this book! I'm madly in love with Jennifer's style, and I know my little girl would flip for these designs.

    Melissa
    sewsweetstitches_on_etsy ~at~ yahoo.com

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  30. What a lovely prize! I would love to make pretty little dresses to all the girls I know with this book.

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  31. My 5-year-old granddaughter and I thank you for the opportunity to win this prize.

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  32. Thank you for the chance at this gorgeous book! Very happy to have found you from Sis Boom.

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  33. I love Sis Boom, thanks for this giveaway. One thing that Brits can say in a way no a American can is "I'm utterly sorry", I love the sound!

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  34. Oh, I would love this book. My life is so full of boys that the one princess in this house would look lovely in these patterns!

    Thanks for the chance.
    ~Amy L

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  35. Gorgeous book! Would love to win.

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  36. Can't wait for this book to come out! It's going to be so fun!

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  37. Howdy from TX.Not Americanisms but where I live in TX we say Howdy, Gig 'em, and whoop. I am always looking for ideas for my older girls

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  38. Hi there,

    Now if you think I'm American you would be right - well by birth and mouth anyway. But I live in the wilds of Hertfordshire in a village called Bushey. My children are all grown up but my grandchildren aren't. Your blog is really really.

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  39. Soo precious!! I'm a southernah (say it in your best Scarlet voice) and people say that anything that comes out of my Daddy's mouth is funny. A few of my favorites are "SHUT the FRONT door!" (said in exclamation at something unbelievable) "You're slower than molasses on a January mornin'!" and any form of sweet "famliar" name: "HoneyChil(d)," "SugarBeet," "AngelFace", "Punkin'," "BooBear," etc.

    :D

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  40. I love her patterns. I like that they're not outrageous for kids--sweet without makign them look like 70s hippy throw backs. I'd love a chance to win.

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  42. Hi! I love British accents. I'm told that for some reason I have a slightly Irish accent--no idea why! I'm 1/8 Irish but I and all my family have never lived out of America!

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  43. Heavens, I would gladly give up my invitation to a late April wedding to be entered in this giveaway. Thank you x

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  44. Ooohhh, me, me, me, me pleassseee. I have 2 little girls both desperate for homemade clothes.
    xxx

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  45. Ohhh, me, me, me please. I have two little girls desperate for home made clothers. x

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  46. Brilliant. I hadn't heard about it so it is now on my amazon wish list....just in case I'm not lucky! Juliex

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  47. Hey, thank you for the chance to win...I have 3 little grand daughters that would love some new dresses for Sunday school. And as far as your UK accent we love it!

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  48. No cool sayings from me, since I'm neither American nor English, but I would love to win this book!

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  49. I love Jennifer's fabric and patterns! Her new book looks amazing!!

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  50. Hi! What lovely things you have! I'd be proud to own this book, and for the record, I'd trade accents with you any day! Thanks for posting!

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  51. Hi! What lovely things you have! I'd be proud to own this book, and for the record, I'd trade accents with you any day! Thanks for posting!

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  52. What an adorable post! I wish I could do a good British accent every time my daughter and I have pretend tea parties, but "would you like a spot of tea" coming from me doesn't sound so convincing! Luckily she appreciates my efforts. What a lovely book - thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  53. I'm Canadian and I don't think I could possibly say cool things, I'm "still" saying things like 'tickled pink' and 'that's stellar' and the like. I say "still" because I really wasn't saying those things when they WERE cool.
    Although I do enjoy mixing words. Absofrickinlutely ridiculous, for example. As in, this book is absofrickinlutely ridiculously cute and I want it soooo bad. I'd kick a puppy. I'd kick my OWN puppy even. Just a small foot-nudge, though, it is just a book.

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  54. What a gorgeous looking book, perfect for my 3 year old and beyond.

    You've got to be in it to win it so am keeping my fingers crossed.

    Vicky xx

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  55. I'm Canadian and spent a year in England while in school. I love English accents, they're so much cooler than Canadian or American in my opinion! Thanks for the chance!

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  56. I've had this book on my wishlist for awhile. I'd love the chance to sew my daughter some gorgeous new clothes.

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  57. Thanks for sharing this great giveaway. Sorry I don't speak any great jive to share with you... later dude!

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  58. What a fantastic giveaway - and as I'm new to dressmaking I would especially appreciate the video tutorial.
    Thank you so much!

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  59. Hello Florence! My life is filled with a selection of lovely girls of all ages, some that belong to me and some are my nieces, and they are all in need of some glorious frocks! The sun is out today and I am in need of a garden party filled with cupcakes and delightful frockery xxx

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  60. Hi from sort of sunny northern California. This looks like such a fun book for a mom of a 6 year old daughter. thank you for the chance to win.

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  61. Just in time, when I've realized that my daughter has outgrown her closetful of dresses!

    I'm American, but I'm not sure I could pull off saying "I love the way you work it" either 8-)

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  62. This book is gorgeous. I've been wanting it! My 4 year old LOVES dresses so having this book would mean lots of lovely dresses for her to wear :)
    Erin

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  63. The book looks lovely. My little girl is nearly three and loves dresses (or princesses as she calls them) so I'm always on the look out for nice patterns.
    This is such a fantastic giveaway that I really hope I win.

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  64. Oh it sounds amazing Florence. Please count me in. I agree with you about the much needed older girls' patterns Florence x

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  65. Wow - what a fab giveaway! I have my fingers, toes and knees crossed for this one. Many thanks for the chance to win xx

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  66. Hello!

    A lovely giveaway.Very exciting!

    Naomi x

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  67. Wow what a great giveaway! Please count me in! I'm just plucking up the courage to dive into some dress making for my 8 year old daughter so this would be a brilliant prize!

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  68. Lovely giveaway - count me in please. Thanks

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  69. I'd love a copy! if I start sewing now, I might just finish something by the time my 16 month old grows into a big girl!

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  70. Hi Florence
    This sounds a fabulous giveaway!
    Count me in please!

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  71. Hi, I am just starting to sew and have and almost 9 year old daughter that would love me to make her some clothes, this is a wonderful giveaway, many thanks.

    Sarah
    guernseygirlgetscrafty

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  72. Waaaaasssssaaapppppp!! Yo, yo, yo I wanna win, choo know??? Awwwww, hecks yes!!
    :) There is some Bay area talk for you! Thanks for the giveaway, I would soooo love to win!!

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  73. Wow, sweet things to sew for older girls! Such a difficult thing to find these days. I have a girl who would love me to put that book to use! Thanks for the opportunity to win such a great giveaway. :)

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  74. What a wonderful giveaway! My daughter is 9 so this would be perfect for me! And a discount to Fabric.com??? HEAVEN!!!

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  75. Looks like a fab prize. Fingers crossed for everyone.

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  76. What a very lovely giveaway indeed! I have just started to tiptoe into the world of sewing clothes for my little monkey so this would be fantastic! - plus the video might help limit the grrr unpicking moments that seem to happen....

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  77. Amazing giveaway!
    I'm still a beginner but want to try making clothes soon, this is a really great opportunity!
    I'm not american, I'm portuguese trying to get out of Portugal... and go living in England. :)

    Cheers!
    Filipa Sompy
    http://soscraft.blogspot.com

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  78. looks like a great book. I'm Canadian, so not that cool either. we say "eh?" and "sorry" a lot.

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  79. Hello, at last a book with proper dresses for girls. My daughter will love them.

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  80. Love the blog and likewise the look of the book. Have just had a little girl so on the look out for pretty patterns! Caroline x

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  81. What a fab giveaway (or should I say 'totally awesome!'?). I'm an American who's been living in England for 18 years, and I still don't feel I can get away with English-isms like 'mate', 'quid' or 'cheers'.
    I'm also a beginner seamstress, so this would be a great prize.
    My most oft-used old-fashioned Americanism (usually chirped to my girls when I've had enough of dragging them round the shops): 'C'mon...let's blow this pop stand!'

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  82. Florence - You rock! I bet you read it with an American accent, it doesn't sound as cool with a Manc (Manchester) accent but it's all true.....You rock!

    Allison x

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  83. Florence - You rock! I bet you read it with an American accent, it doesn't sound as cool with a Manc (Manchester) accent but it's all true.....You rock!

    Allison x

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  84. And would it boost my chances to say that I'm the lucky mother of three little girls?! :-)

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  85. You certainly have a way with words Florence. After reading your wonderful post, who would not crave to have this book in her hands?

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  86. Hi - what a lovely gift - here's hoping im lucky. Great blog i absolutely love signing in every day and reading what you have been making x

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  87. Hello! I would love to win Jennifer's book! My (now) 11 year old daughter has just started sewing, herself! I'd love to try out some of the patterns in the book with her. The machine she and I sew on, is the same machine my mother sewed for ME on 30+ years ago! Love my Bernina! Ahhh... the styles this machine has seen over the years! LOL Love your blog!

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  88. As someone who has literally just learnt to thread a sewing machine I would love to be entered into this giveaway. Thanks.

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  89. I LOVE your post about Jennifer's words! Her kindness has so much power. I started my blog because of her words. I sew like a crazy lady now because of her sweet words. I hear her words when I look at my Sisboom fabric stash and I cannot help but smile. Beautiful written Florence! I like the way you work it (too) girl!
    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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  90. what a wonderful book to giveaway!I have two beautiful granddaughters to sew for and friends with daughters up to age 7.

    Betsy

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  91. Thanks for the great giveaway!! I would love to try and sew some beautiful dresses!!

    Love reading your blog. Thanks for your creative ideas and wisdom!!
    Heather K

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  92. Aaahh...how very, very nice! This is a most lovely giveaway...

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  93. From an English girl in the 'great southern land, or down under'as some others may know it I would absolutely love this book and fabric. I have so may girls in my life to sew for, my 2 girls and lots and lots of nieces it would just be so fantastic to win.

    Florence I have been a follower of your blog for quite some time now and I just wanted to say I love your blog and the things that you share with us.

    Thanks Sam

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  94. i LOVED your entire ramble on Americanisms b/c i'm totally obsessed with perfecting my English accent; my co-worker and i speak to one another in our pretend accents all the time and whenever one of us learns a new phrase from films or friends we spend at least half an hour repeating it so that we can slip it into conversations more naturally.

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  95. I have a 6 and 8 year old who love all things dressy. In fact, I would have to hide that gorgeous book from them. i can envision all the little sticky tabs marking the pages of dresses they would like me to make.

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  96. Lovely giveaway and thank you for your blog I really enjoy reading it.

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  97. I'm an American but I don't have anything cool to say. :-) I do have three daughters who hate anything NOT dresses.

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  98. It is a lovely giveaway Florence and I know that I would have a wonderful time making dresses for my not so little girls so please count me in. Tracy x

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  99. Pick me! Pick me! I'm trying to gather the courage to make clothes, so it would be going to a good home :o)

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  100. Kia Ora Bro as we say down here in Lil' Ol' New Zealand. My 2 little girls (Florence and Beatrix) would be very happy recipients of some new dresses! I would be a very happy pregnant mummy to have some new crafting to keep my forever itching fingers busy! I am currently cutting out quilting pieces to attempt your beginners quilt! Thanks for that!
    Regards, Jozie.

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  101. Hello (said in an English accent)

    What a beautiful looking book! We've got a summer full of weddings this year and I'd love to make my daughter some of the dresses to wear to them.

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  102. What a fabulous giveaway! I totally agree with the accent barrier and it's not only Americanisms, while on holiday in New Zealand I was desperate to join in with the incredibly cool and laid back 'sweet as' but it just sounded ridiculous, I can still say it when I'm on my own though!

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  103. I just love to follow your blog and I would love to win this book.

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  104. Looks like a great book! I have three girls that would surely benifit (and one 2 year old boy who loves to wear dresses).

    Meghan

    PS. As a Canadian living in Belfast I'm no longer totally sure what my accent sounds like :)

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  105. Thanks for the chance. I have 2 girls, 6 and 2. I love the idea that there are great dresses for older girls too not just the littles!

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  106. Hi, My gorgeous niece would look so lovely in those dresses!! I love your blog and am definitely not cool enough to pull off phrases like that!! xx

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  107. This is a sweet give away. Word. Thanks for your awesome blog! Word up. Yo.

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  108. Hi Florence
    Would love the chance to win the book, just in time to make my 7 year old some summer dresses.
    Charlotte x

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  109. Hello :-)

    Would love to enter .... the book sounds great!

    Oh, am not american ... so I can not help on the weird sounding front ... :-)
    (Am German.)

    ulli-xox [at] web [dot] de

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  110. Wow - great giveaway! I have a 4 year old who is discovering her love for all things pretty, pink and dress-like and this book would be sooo useful to me. So count me in please! Thank you! :-D

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  111. What a lovely giveaway! I have two little girls (3.5 and nearly 2) that are just waiting for me to wow them with my new found sewing prowess. I only learned to use a sewing machine 6 months ago and whilst I have bought lots of gorgeous fabric to make lovely things for them, I'm a bit scared to actually cut it in order to 'whip up' (more like steadily beat up) a couple of pretty dresses!

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  112. I am a total sewing novice but I have a sewing machine ready to put to use. What a great blog this is so pleased I have discovered it.

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  113. : ) hahaha....I got a good chuckle out of that. Just be grateful you don't have a Midwest-American accent
    "doncha' know" I move to the Midwest from the west coast and it's awful!! haha!!

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  114. Wowser - very cool prize and loving the fabrics I caught a glimpse of over at Katy Ginger Monkey's blog!

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  115. That's funny. In North America, we tend to think English/Scottish/Irish accents are the coolest thing. :)

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  116. Jennifer Fraunfelder8 April 2011 00:27

    Thanks for the opportunity to win. Love all and anything Jennifer Paganelli and Sis Boom. I have 2 little girls and they love dresses.
    Im in America, the deep south in Alabama.
    here, you hear alot of
    "well bless your heart" and everyone is "ya'll". haha. so try those in your vocabulary. I bet they'd sound terrific.

    JenniferDannielle@comcast.net

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  117. Hello! Kia Ora! The book looks so fun and I hope you will choose me (please). Of course I will be graciously happy (on the outside) for the person who does win it. :)
    (imagine that all in my kiwi accent!)

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  118. Hello Florence, this book looks like so much fun. I have a 5 year old girl and she loves all the dresses, skirts en shirts I make for her.
    greetings, Renate

    rm.werkhoven (at) casema (dot) nl

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  119. There is something magical about the memories you create making special outfits for daughters, this book would be just like having your own fairy godmother.

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  120. This is such an amazing giveaway - I have been coveting this book from afar, so I would love a chance to win.

    I don't think I've commented before, but I always read since finding your post on sewing from Japanese books ages ago.
    Slán go fóill ( pronounced - slawn gu foal) Irish for "bye for a while".
    Angela
    Ireland

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  121. What a wonderful giveaway! I have no American accent, but I do have an American passport...would that count for anything? (My Mother's American).
    I also have 3 girlies who would love new dresses made from this book.

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  122. the book looks lovely and my nieces would look divine in those dresses :)

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  123. Wow! what a fabulous goveaway! I don't have any ramblings to share (I'm a Belgian, so everything I say in english sounds weird XD, but I can tell you that I really would like to have that book!You made me curious, since until now I hadn't heard of Jennifer yet, and I went down to Amaeon to take a look. And now she's on my wishlist too!

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  124. Hello! What a lovely giveaway x

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  125. Hello I too have love for the American accents but also birmingham as I live about twenty miles away I can get my fix regular but it always makes me smile.

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  126. wow! would love to win! what a fun giveaway!

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  127. I feel as though I ought to say "howdy", but unfortunately, that's not even remotely cool. I am perhaps the most uncool american ever, but I would love this book. As the mom of girls, I'm excited to see dresses for older girls.

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  128. It's such a funny idea that anything American would sound interesting to someone with your accent. Know that over here, we're all striving to sound as cool as you!

    This book sounds very exciting, as I have a 9-year-old daughter who has definitely grown out of the flouncy toddler cuteness but likes to sport a dress now and then.

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  129. Jennifer is simply an inspiration; as are you, dear Florence!

    This is indeed a very lovely giveaway and I would be utterly delighted if I were lucky enough to win :)
    I need all the help I can get if I am to perfect garment making for my little princess.

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  130. my two younger nieces definitely need more adorable dresses in their lives, so this book would be a great addition!

    also, i really think you should go around saying "sup? whats poppin'" in your English accent. it would be awesomesauce...and i didnt know that you guys were as jealous of our accents as we are of yours.

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  131. I LOVE this book, and your blog is new to me but I have just spent the past 45 mins here, forgetting the running water, breakfast for the children so I'm a follower now. This giveaway is a wonderful added bonus :)
    Hope you come and say hi sometime - have a wonderful weekend.
    A xx

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  132. oooh if I'm not too late to be included, I'd love to be in the running for this book. I don't have any little girls of my own yet but am always saving little things just incase...I do however have a niece (well her Mum is my best friend) who is just beautiful & will when she grows up a little be a delight to sew for!

    Camilla x
    Ps in my humble opinion your blog is smile inducing enough for me even without the Americal accent!

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  133. Hello,

    Your blog is wonderful. Thanks for all the inspirations and loveliness.

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  134. this is splendid!!
    thk you kindly!
    anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  135. Hey up ... love your blog florence. Hoping to be a winner!!

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  136. Hey up .... love your blog Florence! Hoping to be a winner. x

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  137. Just found your blog. I love this book. This is a sweet book to own!! I am now following you via GFC. Thanks for the chance. Rita Spratlen rj_angel_house@yahoo.com

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Florence x