Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Another Giveaway: Simplicity "Civil War" Patterns, Designed by Martha McCain and Kay Gnagey

The cleanout continues. This time it's a batch of five Simplicity patterns for 1860s wear: chemises, corsets, hoops, dresses, apron. Four by Martha McCain, one by Kay Gnagey, which means they are well researched.

All the patterns are complete, never used.

Why are they going? The American Civil War is just too close for comfort. Our house is built on part of Henry Clay's former farm, Ashland (part of the estate is saved, thank goodness), and very close to here men fought each other and wounded and killed one another. Family members all over town argued and battled with each other because they took different sides in the conflict in this border state. People were bought and sold at Cheapside just downtown. Imagine the suffering. No, no, it's just too emotionally close; I cannot manage to evoke any sense of those years without sadness. I've tried, but just cannot do it.

Let me pass these on then, to someone who can enjoy this era to its fullest!

The patterns:
  • 7212, size RR (14, 16, 18, 20, EUR 40-46)
  • 9769, size RR (ditto)
  • 9764, size RR (ditto)
  • 7215, size RR (ditto)
  • 2887, size US 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 (EUR 42-52) 
If you'd like this set of patterns, please leave me a comment with your name either in the body of the comment or in your name line. On Friday, June 15, at 8:00 p.m. I will pick a random name and announce the winner over the weekend.

Please spread the word: I want these patterns, and those that will follow, gone to good homes.

Very best, Natalie


Krafty Girl said...

I need to comment. I love that time era and would love to try to make a dress for that time period. Please think of me with this giveaway!

Thanks and God Bless,
Beth (Krafty Girl)

Goldsworthy Family said...

Dear Natalie, I would LOVE to be part of your clean-out. Our family of 4 are serious reenactors, and are dabbling our toes in American Civil War. I also do "ghost walks" where we go into school and present historical people.

Sarah G said...

Ohmygoodness! I've been looking into getting into more reenacting! The social circle that I'm in is very active in the local events. ;)

~*Sarah G*~

Miranda Burnett said...

Oh my! These take me back to my teens when I was in a Jo March phase!

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esoraleak said...

I just joined a reenacting group, although I have been sewing 1860's clothing for years! (Though as a child, I didn't sew very well...). I made an inaccurate ball gown for my cousin's Civil War wedding three years ago. Then, I made a work dress, which I re-made this year to fit over my new undergarments, which I just made between last year and this year. My corset and hoop skirt have made me proud. Here are some pictures: fabricoftime.blogspot.com

esoraleak said...

I forgot to write my name in the last comment-- Kaela Jacobs. I'm not sure if it shows automatically.

Caelyn said...

I'm a 19 year old Civil War reenactor and Victorian dancer. I'd love to have these patterns - the simple gown would be perfect for an event I have coming up in August. This corset pattern is also a highly recommended one for reenactors, I've heard! :-)

MrsC said...

Dear Natalie, I know I just won the last giveaway, but I have a lovely friend who cannot get her head around the interweb and so can I be her proxy?

Cassidy said...

Well, I would like to submit my name!

Beth Klimek said...

I'd be honored to give your patterns a good home. I definitely understand where you're coming from though - I find it very difficult (and sometimes impossible) to watch war movies. It's just too much for me.

Jessie Schaefer-Winters said...

Hi my name is Jessie Schaaefer-Winters and I would Love to give these patterns a good home. I'm a Plus size Civil War reninactor and patterns are hard to come by. Thank you Jessie Schaefer-Winters

Sarah : ) www.crumbsundermytable.blogspot.com said...

I have so often wanted to buy some Civil War era patterns and my husband and I have talked about getting involved with reenacting with our family as an educational opportunity for our homeschool. Any of these would definitely be a blessing. Thank you for the opportunity to win them. -Sarah

Anonymous said...

It is quite inspiring to know of your empathy. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

Given the circumstances, I would be glad to give these patterns a lovely and oft used home in my sewing stash.


ZipZip said...

Dear everyone,

Goodness, so glad there is so much interest in these. The boys and I will need to make slips with everyone's entry and draw them out of a hat...or bonnet :}

Very best,


Anonymous said...

I would love to have my name on one of those little slips of paper! This is so generous of you!

Ellie Mae said...

Wow, I can't imagine making these costumes with that kind of history surrounding you. I'd be happy and honored to be able to give the patterns a new home.

azuela said...

Hi, I would be happy to be part of you cleanout. I hope this is also possible for german people? :-)
Best regards,

ZipZip said...

Dear Eva,
But of course! The last giveway package is traveling to New Zealand, and Europe isn't that far by comparison.

Very best,


Anonymous said...

Dear Nathalie,

My wife will be very pleased if I could win her the Civil War patterns you offer during a lottery this evening.

Roger Pelgrims

ZipZip said...

Dear Roger,
Certainly! You shall be added to the drawing.

Thanks kindly,

In His Wings said...

Those patterns are simply lovely. I would love to be entered in the drawing.

Sarah Grace