Monday, June 28, 2010

DIY Couture Give Away and The Cloak I Made in an Afternoon!

Recently, after I sold out, I was contacted By Rosie Martin at DIY Couture.
She asked if I'd like to check out their books and I said "Yes, Please! Shall we do a give away!?"
Of Course, she said yes, or the title of the post would be totally different.

I got her first three books in the mail so fast. SO fast, all the way from England. It totally blew my mind.

They are great. Well written step by step  instructions and full of excellent graphics so if you learn better from reading, or from looking at diagrams, they have you covered. It's basic sewing without patterns; just using geometry and  borrowing lines from garments you already love. It works great.  I made a lined cloak in less than a day.


Not an invisibility cloak, not a visibility cloak, 
just a nice summer wrap.

This came out so much better than the caplette I made from a pattern... In fact I may remake it, using this system. The books look great and there is a bit of surprise art in the back that gives them a fun Zine-like vibe.


So here's your chance to comment and win a set of  these 3. Make sure I can get a hold of you, (all you anonymous commentators, email address please, or a code name...something!), and a link back to this post gets you a second entry. Just be sure to mention your intention, so I can come see your sweet little blogs. I found some fantastic new reads the last time we had a give away! Not a blogger? A Facebook link will work too!

The 4th of July Weekend has me hoppin',  so I'll draw the winner next Tuesday, July 6th!
Good Luck, all you wannabe DIY Couturiers! And a Big Thanks to Rosie, for sharin' the love!

Gotta Fly Like A Superhero!
Betty

32 comments:

sewfunky said...

I'd love to win this - what fun! :D

lucia said...

I have some old books from the 70's that are supposed to do this - but I love these designs, would love to sew half of them!

Amy said...

These books look great! What a fun giveaway!

Rebecca said...

I would love to win these booklets. Great cloak by the way! It looks similar to a BurdaStyle pattern I've been wanting to make, but I'm too lazy to cut and tape pages together.

Beth said...

What a cool giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Your coat looks gorgeous, and - of course - I would love to win these books!

Best wishes
Susanne ("code name" lisander)

Bethany said...

That is a fantastic cloak! I'd love to win these, the skirt one looks especially great!!

Mary Beth Magee said...

Oh Betty, I've been looking for a simple cloak pattern all year. Thanks for hooking me into DIY couture. I would love to win the 3 books, but i really want to buy all of them!! Recently took a draping class (at the now defunct Crafters Studio) and had fun creating from my measurements. Much more fun (and fitting) than using a pattern!
My blog is mbiscooking.blogspot.com
xo
Mary Beth

S.Hungerford said...

I love to sew with out patterns I do not have a real blog but I am on face book. I do not take many pictures because right now I am in a cloth diaper rut. My room mate had a baby and he keeps out growing his diapers so I am sewing them for her. As you can tell by my face book link at the bottom My name is Stephanie Hungerford
http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#!/stephanie.hungerford

angelina said...

oh betty betty, i just feel i need a cloak now after seeing how dazzling one looks on yoU!
xx

KeLLy aNN said...

These are Cracker Jack!
Thanks for passing this on..

Julia said...

I'd love to give these books a try. I never learn well from written instructions, and there's always something I want to change on any pattern. Thanks!

sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

Natalie said...

I love what you've made!
Very inspiring.

Fulvia said...

Great choices! Love the flair you always display in your poses, btw.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 Jun 01:06pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

melissa said...

ooh a new UK sewing company?? Yes, please!!

enquiriesATfehrtradeDOTcom

Tricia said...

Oooh! Great patterns and cute cape! triciacornell at gmail

Babies and Bags said...

I am sewing for myself and my teen girls! They would love these! Please pick me!!!!! :)
Sue
suelavell@gmail.com

Kristin said...

I love the idea of a sewing book without patterns! Count me in!

simone said...

I would really love to try these books!!! They seem really interesting and i love being mentally challenged by new ways of learning to do nice things :)

lorena said...

I didn't win the iron so I better win this! J/K, but not really. ;)

lorepuckett at verizon dot net

Julie ZS said...

Sounds like a great combo, no patterns but good instructions and pictures. Sign me up please!
Love the cloak, looks perfect for a foggy evening at the beach.

stacy said...

I love to try new patterns and these are definitely new to me! Crossing my fingers I win!

GeorgiaBE said...

Love the patterns! With a housefull of girls they will be made...and made...and made!

Rose said...

These look very cool!

Rose in SV

aniexma said...

I hopped over and checked out the DIY Couture site - very clever stuff. Please add my name to the "hat"!

Karen said...

Interesting site.

Yarnsnob said...

These might just might be the books to get me back into sewing.

Brigid said...

I just started sewing again, doll clothes to begin with (sturdy, lacy underthings and easy tops so far), and this could help get me started on making things for myself.
And the capelet, well, you did a splendid job. It looks beautiful.

Sewfast said...

ooh, What fun! I would love to win these and will post about it on my blog...here's the link! http://sewfastembroidery.blogspot.com/2010/07/bitter-bettys-having-giveaway.html

Lorin said...

So motivating to see you dash this off in such short time. I am always interrupted and am hesitant to start anything more complicated than a napkin. The cape is truly lovely and it would be fun to add some embroidery or applique.

I'd love to win your creations.

Thanks for having this drawing.

Mikey said...

Bettyyy!


Thanks!

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