A Giveaway: Vintage Sewing Booklet Set

Our winner for the Vintage Sewing Booklet Giveaway is comment #20, Samantha Wilkinson. (Samantha, please contact me by email. I was not able to access your contact information through your Facebook page.)

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Happy Day Everyone!

Giveaway Day

In this wonderful season of giving, I thought I’d participate in SewMamaSew’s Giveaway Day 2012. This is my first giveaway EVER, so of course, I’m super excited!

When my interest in sewing began to really take off some years ago, I fell in love with vintage sewing patterns, especially those from the 40s and 50s. I purchased A LOT of vintage patterns. When I finally realized I’d never be able to sew all of them, I sold or gave away most of them because they were taking over my sewing space. However, I did keep my favorite vintage sewing books. Somehow I ended up with a double set of Simplified Systems of Sewing & Styling by Doris Anderson, so I’ve decided to give it away to one awesome reader.


  • This is the complete set of booklets (10 in all).
  • The books are in great condition.  (There are light markings in a few of the  books from the previous owner.)
  • The Copyright is 1948.

Book 1 – Selection of Patterns and Fabrics

Book 2 – Pattern Alteration

Book 3 – Cutting

Book 4 – Assembly of Garment

Book 5 – Buttonholes * Pockets* Neck Finishes

Book 6 – Fittings

Book 7 – Sleeve Finishes

Book 8 – Finishing Coats & Suits * Linings

Book 9 –  Professional Finishing Details

Book 10– Accessories, Their Importance and How to Plan Them

Entering is simple, just leave me a comment that answers one of the following:

1. What is your favorite Christmas memory?

2. How do you keep your stress level low during the holidays?

3. When it comes to gift giving, what’s your preference: store bought or handmade?

This giveaway will be open until Friday, December 7th at 5pm (PST). The winner will be selected through a random number generator and notified by email. Please make sure that your address in your profile is up to date, or leave one in the comment if you’d prefer. And, that’s it! I’ll announce the winner on this same post on Monday, December 10th.

This giveaway is open to everyone (You too, my international friends :))!

Only one entry will count.  Extra entries will be deleted before selecting a winner.

For tons of great holiday giveaways or to giveaway something yourself, visit SewMamaSew.

Thanks for stopping by.

Keep doin’ what you love!






  • Congrats on your first giveaway (it is my first giveaway at my blog as well and I am excited too).
    As for your question of store bought vs handmade
    I love to make gifts, however my children do receive bought gifts from the man in red. I haven’t yet, but I plan on making them each personalized gifts from me though.

  • Elizabeth says:

    Giveaway Day is so fun! I’m participating by having my first giveaway too and it has been so fun! I love to give handmade gifts for Christmas. This year I have been making some zipper pouches for friends and family.

  • Katie says:

    My preferance is definitely to give handmade gifts, but I don’t always have time to finish them! And it can be so hard to think of a decent handmade gift for men. Thanks for the giveaway — these look awesome!

  • Amber R says:

    Store bought unless you can make something they’d appreciate as much as a store bought gift. Some of it depends on the person you’re buying for, but I do like making homemade gifts when I can. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • brooke says:

    I like to give and receive homemade gifts! I just think they are so much more personal!

  • Gina says:

    I love all things vintage but especially sewing related items since I love to sew. Thanks for a fun give away!! I love sewing with my vintage patterns but only have 1 vintage sewing book…they are hard to come by where I live.

  • Gina says:

    Oops…didn’t answer a question!! I love to give hand made but it isn’t realistic to do at Christmas. I try to make hand made for 1 person and the rest is store bought. It is easier to do hand made for birthdays.

  • Leigh says:

    I like handmade, to get and to give, but only if it suits the person

  • A says:

    One of my favorite Christmas memories… when we were kids, it was imperative to wear a brand new outfit on Christmas Eve. Back in the day, there were not a lot of clothing stores in my small province, so off to the fabric store and local tailor/seamstress we would go. Today, hardly anyone does that anymore. Nobody even dresses up anymore! I miss it. So this year, I’m making myself a new outfit!
    I hope your random number generator will consider nostalgia a plus! Ho Ho Ho : )

  • Bethany says:

    I keep my stress level low by not over scheduling myself or the kids, and understanding that my house is not going to look as nice as normal!!

  • Susan says:

    I love a handmade Christmas!

  • Kathy H says:

    Remember to breathe.
    Handmade as much as possible.
    Learn things like: in order to receive christmas cards, you only need to send them out every third year.
    Bazaars can be your friend as most items are made before Nov. 30. What doesn’t sell will become a gift for?
    Thanks for the giveaway and please enter mine.

  • Guest says:

    one of my favorite holiday memories- sitting by the tree and watching home alone. i try to do this every year. with hot chocolate and christmas cookies. :) awesome giveaway, thank you!

  • dfne says:

    I prefer to give handmade gifts: if a gift is worth giving, it’s worth making, in my view.

    dfne at peterjh dot wanadoo dot co dot uk


  • LUCY L says:

    I prefer to giving handmade gifts and that’s what I’ve been doing this year. thanks for the giveaway! =)

  • Captain Stitchypants says:

    Ideally, I’d go handmade, but I have time issues. However, for those few people on the list who wouldn’t appreciate the time, effort and love that went into a handmade item, it’s store-bought.

  • Minela says:

    Hello! My best memory of Christmas was to see my grandparents’ house full of family. Much joy in the air and of course my grandfather decorating the Christmas tree with all the grandkids helping.

    Thank you for bringing me this memory, Shannon.

    Greetings from Brazil.


  • Simona says:

    Of course, handmade gifts are the best, especially for Christmas!
    I don’t support the supermarkets anymore. But if to choose a store-bought present, then I suggest a local business or a local crafter and a warm handmade gift.

    I am not buying presents for several Christmas already. I hope I will find enough time to make little warm presents this year too!!!

  • Tartankiwi says:

    I’m a big fan of homemade gifts. I gave a lot last year and they were really well received. wish I had time to make more this year!

  • Helen Scobie says:

    What awesome books–I love vintage patterns too but tend to make the kids ones over the adults… Best way to keep stress levels down at Christmas–Chocolate, pure and simple!!

  • I love home made gifts, but invariably end up buying presents because I don’t have as much time as I would need to make something for everyone!! To de-stress in the holidays, we always have some time scheduled in for just the three of us – when our 5yo can play with her new toys and we can just sit and relax without having to drive anywhere!

    My favourite Christmas memory though, was the first time my Mum let me help decorating the Christmas tree… looking back at photographs, it looked shocking, but I felt like such a grown up. We always let our daughter decorate a small tree in her room, but I’m looking forward to her being big enough to help with the big tree in the sitting room too!

  • Cherilyn says:

    I love giving homemade gifts. Great giveaway! I love vintage patterns!

  • Katrin says:

    I try to give as many handmade gifts as I can manage, but some people will not cherish the work I put in it and think I am trying to save money. So I think hard on who is worth handmade. Thanks!

  • Michelle Frame says:

    I love to make homemade gifts nd everyone seems to love getting homemade

  • Donel Wylie says:

    Awesome giveaway! My favorite Christmas memory is waking up on the morning and seeing the small living room stuffed with Christmas things!

  • gccmom says:

    Wow! I love this giveaway and I love your blog. I came to enter the giveaway and ended up reading many of your past blogs. I know you will be on my list of favorites. Even though my children are grown, I find in reading your blog that my heart was in the same place as I was raising my children. I loved your blog about your conversation with the man in the grocery store. I’ve had so many of those meetings in my life. Anyway, to your question. I love making homemade gifts. It is my way of showing love to those around me. I look forward to reading more about you and your family.

  • Diya says:

    Thanks for the giveaway :) Would love to win it .. Cweetgal.10@gmail.com

  • I am one of those who loves to receive handmade gifts so I also love to give them. A few minutes in my sewing room is the greatest stress reliever for me.

  • Nadine Borovicka says:

    Handmade, all the way

  • adri h. says:

    Keeping stress levels down… yoga, deep breathing at the computer, and lists. :) Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I hope you’re not too stressed out!

  • Ramona M. says:

    I love to give handmade gifts but know it would be to stressful to give all handmade gifts so I keep it simple and only do a few.

  • Tonya says:

    I keep my stress down by getting off to myself at nights or early mornings, putting christmas music on my headset, and sew up a storm.

  • Carey ~ Gypsy Thread says:

    Both my giving and receiving gift preference is handmade. LOVE goodies that have been gifted with thought and love. <3

  • Sajatha Lee says:

    I’d Looove to give handmade gifts. Sew sweet, right?

  • sandy says:

    I keep my stress level low by reminding myself that I don’t have to buy everyone the perfect gift!

  • Lindsay Forgette says:

    I prefer to give handmade gifts when it is a person that I know will appreciate it.

  • Susan Rollins says:

    I’m glad I found your blog! I especially love the mom interviews you’ve done!

    I try to keep my stress level low during the holidays by focusing on my family instead of all of the holiday events going on. We choose to stay at home and do things as a family instead of attending parties or whatever.

  • Rebecca Thackaberry says:

    Cooking with my mom and aunt has to be my favorite memory – especially as my aunt passed away last year.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  • Mary Ann says:

    I love making and receiving handmade gifts!

  • Tonia Jeffery says:

    For the most I try to do handmade, but only if I can think of the perfect item and have enough time.

  • Charise Randell says:

    To keep stress to a minimum I have narrowed down my xmas “to do’s”.
    I also try to remember this is suppose to be a fun time : )
    Tks for the chance to win!

  • Paloma says:

    I do a mixture of store bought and handmade but always make at least one thing for each of my immediate family members.

  • Lesley Bambridge says:

    I keep my stress level low by having a simple Christmas and by preparing little by little over the months, making small gifts and cards

  • Mara Capron says:

    Handmade items are the best to give and recieve, thanks for the giveaway.

  • radiya says:

    i try to keep my stress levels low by having a very small to do list

  • Richard Healey says:

    I like opening presents. Who cares what’s inside its the not knowing.

  • Sabine says:

    Favorite Christmas memory… a classic, but oh so true. Gathering around the fireplace and lighting the fire with my granddad, with ultra long matches so I wouldn’t burn my fingers… Putting on party hats and fake noses/mustaches/… Unwrapping presents… Singing songs… Playing games… So grateful that I can at least revisit these moments in my memory.
    sushi (at) telenet (dot) be

  • Gerrie says:

    Oh how lovely they are! I keep my stress levels low by doing almost all my christmas crafting in the summer!
    geraldine (dot) v (dot) evans (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Thrifty Finn says:

    I like to combine handmade and store bought.

  • BreannaS says:

    I get up a few minutes early in the mornings and make a list of all the important things that need to be done. Not only do I have a plan for the day but my day starts out relaxed and calm. teachloveread (at) hotmail(dot)com

  • Tammy says:

    I prefer homeamde crafty items for christmas presentsanyday over store bought. It shows tha tyou care so much about the recipent tha tyou put lots of time and thought andf hard work into their gift.

  • Kate says:

    I definitely remember the Christmas I got my first real sewing machine. It was awesome!

  • sangeetha says:

    i remember to rest and if things are not perfect that’s okay with me – it adds to teh charm

  • jj b says:

    I don’t have an answer to #2. :) But I prefer handmade, if I know it is something they really want. :)

  • Carmen Nuland says:

    I’ll answer two together – I much prefer to give and receive handmade gifts. However, this year in order to reduce my stress level, I decided to give myself some grace and allow the purchase of gifts instead

  • fern says:

    I prefer to gift handmade items. :-)

  • Most of the time I prefer buying gifts because I stress out to much when I want to make things. And I never seem to have time to make them. Maybe this year will be better and I will get the gifts I want to make my kids done… I haven’t even started them yet though!

  • Kimberly Lumapas says:

    My preference would be 100% handmade gifts. However, my reality is more like 90% store bought. 😛 Maybe someday when my children are older, I can lower that. For now it’s what happens and I’m ok with it.

  • KeriCan says:

    Hot chocolate, soft music, and candelight after the Christmas Eve service. :)

  • Karrie Smith says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. I do a lot of deep breathing and say the serenity prayer when I get stressed, plus I eat chocolate. Thanks for the chance to win :)

  • I prefer handmade gifts by a long shot. This year is the first time I’ve been able to spend time making a little something for everyone (my family is amazingly extensive, so it’s quite a job I’ve gotten myself into!). I love personalising things as much as I can. And I love it when it goes the other way too, when I am given something unique and personal (my best friend is amazing at doing that!).

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! X

  • Jeifner says:

    I sometimes turn on the tv and veg, or go outside for a bit or read a book to relax. Sewing and cleaning help sometimes as well :)

  • Joyatee Sarker says:

    I love crafting, and it really does help with the stress. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

  • Joyatee Sarker says:

    I loved opening presents with my younger brother every year, especially on the years he still believed in Santa. His innocence was so much fun to watch. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

  • A. Henke says:

    I keep my stress level down by exercising and making sleeping a priority. Thanks for your giveaway. ajhtejpal at gmail dot com

  • Shannon Conley says:

    What a fabulous set of books to giveaway! My favorite way to keep stress low during the holidays is to go out and look at Christmas lights with no one but my bf. Getting away from the ruckus and shopping and stress and lists of things to do with just him is always great!

  • Maureen Hayes says:

    My favorite Christmas memory is from my Christmas after I was married. We were very young, broke and had decided not to exchange gifts that year. My husband snuck my wedding bouquet out and had the flowers (long dead) replaced by beautiful silk flowers that mimicked my bouquet flowers. He wrapped it up and put it under the tree for me. It was so thoughtful and I always remember it fondly.

  • Ginny D says:

    I prefer home made from my mom, not much home made from anyone else!


  • Kat says:

    Oh, I love vintage patterns!! These look fantastic. :-)

    I prefer to give handmade gifts. But it does depend on who I’m giving them to – some people just don’t appreciate handmade things, so I tend to buy gifts for them instead.

    Thanks for such a lovely giveaway!

  • Shannon_CC says:

    COMMENTS FOR THIS GIVEAWAY ARE NOW CLOSED. Thank you for your entries. Winners will be announced on Monday, December 10th, on this post.

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