Mar 132014

Remember the Spearmint themed giveaway we did in honor of Sew Grateful Week? Well we have a winner!

First, let’s refresh ourselves on the prize:

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint Giveaway

We had 127 entries! It was so wonderful to see how excited everyone was about this themed giveaway. And the winner is:

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Congrats Laura!

Laura is actually someone I had the pleasure of meeting in person last week!  She is so nice and very fun. We met up with another sewist, Joy, and went fabric shopping all over Los Angeles. She blogs over at A Make It Yourself Mom’s Diary. Hopefully I will get a chance to meet up with her again soon.

Right now I am blogging from my hotel room in New York!!  There are some epic meetups planned with a gaggle of people (Lladybird, Clare, Oona, Carolyn, Betsy, Sonja, Devra, Sown Brooklyn, and that’s just off the top of my head, there are more!)…dinner/drinks/fabric shopping so expect tons of instagram/twitter coming your way! And yes, I brought an empty suitcase with for the fabric I plan to buy…I did this in London and bought more than fit…hopefully I can stay within my one extra suitcase this time :)

Thanks for entering the giveaway. I’ll be back soon with New York news!

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Feb 242014

Last year we participated in My Happy Sewing Place‘s Sew Grateful week where the sewing community can show their gratitude to everyone that supports us in our sewing endeavors. We had a great time participating last year and we saved our Spearmint themed Giveaway specifically for this years post!

This giveaway celebrates both Sew Grateful Week as well as the release of our Spearmint coat pattern back in December. This pattern has been really popular and there are many fantastic versions around the web. I have compiled many Spearmints from around the web on this Pinterest board here. They all look so gorgeous! This giveaway also coincides with the group sew-along we have going on right now. We are smack dab in the middle of sewing up Spearmint as a group on the blog. You can check out the sew-along page with all the links.

This not only goes with the Sew Grateful theme, it also goes along with our pattern themed giveaways! We have done one for every pattern we released and it is such a blast shopping for the color themed giveaways. Let’s see what the goodies are!

Lolita Patterns | Spearmint Giveaway

1. Spearmint colored buttons

2. Gorgeous gingham checked eyelet fabric

3. Fun stationery

4. Spearmint flavored Doublemint gum

5. Spearmint flavored Trident gum

6. Spearmint flavored Orbit gum

7. Sally Hansen nail polish in Mint Sorbet (not available if international winner since nail polish can only be shipped ground)

8. Spearmint colored ribbon with pink polka dots

9. Spearmint colored Coats and Clark thread

10. Spearmint colored Jordana eyeliner

11. Spearmint colored rose Amity Originals earrings

12. Spearmint colored Sharpie marker

13. The Spearmint pattern itself!

14. Sparkly spearmint colored fold over elastic

15. Shades of spearmint eyeshadow set

16. Spearmint Chapstick

17. Spearmint colored crepe knit fabric (awesome texture!)

18. Spearmint colored zipper

Whew! 18 pretty goodies!

To enter:

– Follow the blog (through wordpress or bloglovin’) and leave a comment on this post.

The following are optional (for more chances to win!):

– Like us on Facebook for an extra entry and let me know in the comments.

– Follow on Twitter for an extra entry and let me know in the comments.

– Follow on Pinterest for an extra entry and let me know in the comments.

– Follow on Instagram for an extra entry and let me know in the comments.

Here is the fine print: This giveaway is open to everyone everywhere! (One problem: If the winner is outside the continental U.S., I can’t include the nail polish because it has to be sent by ground shipping.) This giveaway will be open until midnight Pacific Time on March 3rd. Good luck!


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Dec 122013

It is time to announce the winner of the Gunmetal themed giveaway!  As a reminder, here are the goodies:

Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal Giveaway


I put all the names into a spreadsheet to account for all the people who earned more than one entry. Then I used random generator to pull a number and the winner is:

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Congratulations!!  Please get in touch and send your information so I can send out your prize!  Thank you all so much for entering!

Don’t forget that right now Spearmint is on pre-sale for 15% off. Grab it now. Once it ships (starting December 16) it will be full price!

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Nov 272013

I know some of you were wondering where the themed giveaway for this pattern was. Well now you know the answer!  When Gunmetal was first released, there were a few giveaways for the pattern around the blogosphere and I wanted to give those a chance to complete before announcing the themed giveaway.  This giveaway has a lot of Gunmetal colored goodies and I must say, this was the easiest one to find things for. So let’s see what we have!

Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal Giveaway


1. We have a very cool double ended eyeliner from Milani. (I have these in every color) The thin end has a blackened gunmetal color for eyeliner and the fatter end has a sparkled silvery gunmetal color for shadow. They are very pretty. I use these all the time when I am wearing a certain color as the “blackened” color on one end is great. The blackened pink is an especially pretty color to wear with purple eyeshadows.

2. A gunmetal colored thread from Coats and Clark.

3. A gunmetal colored metal zipper. (Will work great with two other things later on in the giveaway)

4. A Sally Hansen nail polish in color “Gunmetal”!

5. Hot fix rhinestones in a gunmetal color. These are so much fun! You place them where you want them and cover with a press cloth and hold the iron on them and they literally fix into place permanently! You can also use a hot fix rhinestone tool. (This is the one I use.)

6. A gorgeous sparkly silvery gunmetal quilting cotton. 1/3 of a yard. This is the perfect amount to make a cute pouch or place for your makeup or clutch. Use the zipper from number 3 and the buttons for a front pocket from number 11. And the thread from number 2 to sew it up! All the supplies you need are in this giveaway!

7. Benefit lipstick in color Hollywood Roll. Now you may think, this isn’t gunmetal colored. Well yes, the lipstick isn’t…I didn’t think gunmetal colored lipstick would be very popular. But look at the case!  The case is a kind of gunmetal color…. :)

8. A super cute headband that is gunmetal colored with some rhinestones on it. Sometimes, it is just a headband kind of day.

9. An eyeshadow quad from Rimmel in the most gorgeous shades of gunmetal. From white to black and in between. And it has some pretty shimmer!

10. The Gunmetal pattern itself!

11. Two clear buttons with gunmetal sparkles. Perfect for use in that clutch/makeup pouch we discussed in number 6.

12. Sparkly glitter eyeliner. Now some of you may be thinking this is to twee…but check this out. I wear sparkle eyeliner all the time for a night out and I’ll explain how to make it look elegant. First use your dark colored eyeliner such as black, charcoal, or brown. Whichever you prefer. Then take this eyeliner and put it over the top. It adds a little sparkle that goes well with the dark color and is not crazy…it really looks elegant when you use glitter eyeliner this way.

13. One yard of gunmetal colored ponte roma fabric. This fabric is perfect for a Sugar Plum!

14. Five yards of gunmetal diamond ribbon. Look close. See the beautiful shaded diamonds?  This ribbon is beautiful!

15. Ten gunmetal colored shank buttons. These buttons would be absolutely perfect for a trench coat!

16. A gunmetal colored invisible zipper.

Phew!  That is a lot of goodies! Now for the fine print:

This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere. First follow the blog (you can follow through wordpress or bloglovin’) and then leave a comment below to be entered. You can like us on Facebook for another entry and follow us on Twitter and/or Pinterest for additional entries. Let me know in the comments below if you have additional entries.

This giveaway will close on midnight, Pacific Time Zone, of Friday December 6th. Good luck! Also remember, today is the last day to use the code gun15metal to get 15% off the physical version of Gunmetal!


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Nov 252013

I wanted to remind you all about the Sugar Plum contest we have going on. There have been so many beautiful versions and we want to showcase all of them!  A reader voted contest seemed like a fun idea…especially since I was going to London and going to pick up some extra special prizes :)

Here is a reminder of the prize:

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest

The winner of the contest will receive any two Lolita Patterns of their choice (and we have some good ones on their way soon!) and the special bonus prizes I picked up in London.

Now I am here to tell you what the bonus prizes are!  While in England I think I went to nearly all the fabric shops in the greater London area! I found this gorgeous beaded fabric while shopping with Simona at Saeeds Fabrics in Walthamstow, recommended by Karen of Did You Make That.

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

It is hard to show the texture so I am showing you several photos. It is a greenish blue and brown beaded in an animal print fabric. The texture is incredible…I have never felt anything quite like it. It is truly beautiful and exquisite. I picked up 1 yard for the very lucky winner.

  Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

And what would a trip to London be without stopping at Liberty?

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

I picked up a beautiful Liberty sewing notion kit for the winner!  It is a needle case filled with everything you could need for your hand sewing needs. The outside is a beautiful floral Liberty print and I have taken a picture of each “page” of the inside so you can see all it comes with!

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Contest Prize

Aren’t these prizes wonderful? I am so excited for the contest!  As a reminder, anyone who has made a Sugar Plum can enter!  Post your pictures to our Flickr page and make sure to tag them Sugar Plum. The contest is open until December 2nd at midnight Pacific Time Zone. Don’t have a Flickr account? No problem! I will feature the entries on the blog so everyone can vote, so if you don’t have a Flickr account, you can send the pictures to me and I’ll make sure they get entered.

If you made a Sugar Plum and have pictures posted somewhere and I don’t know about it, please send me an email! I would love to add you to our Pinterest page of Sugar Plums found in the wild!

I am so excited about the next pattern. The testers look drop dead gorgeous in it!!!  It is currently at the printers so I hope to have it available soon. I predict it will be our most popular pattern!  With the holidays, the delivery might be slightly delayed, so I might pre-sale it before it arrives if the printing and shipping takes a little extra so you all can get your copies ordered before the holidays. Hint: There might be a holiday special!

A lot of people have emailed me about their finished Sugar Plums so I would love for you to send along pics or post them to Flickr so you can be in the contest! Enter your Sugar Plum and you might even get the next couple patterns for free if you win! Not to mention this fantabulous fabric and Liberty needle case!

Still need to grab a Sugar Plum so you can enter the contest?  You can get the PDF version here in the shop to start making it immediately! Don’t forget if you get stuck, there is always the sew-along to help and you can email me! I answer emails at all hours so don’t hesitate to contact me.

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Nov 192013

I wanted to show you pictures of some tester versions so you could see all the different ways this pattern can look. When this pattern first went out for testing, many people said “ruffles are not really for me.” I said “Great! No problem! Leave them off…it still looks great!”  Here is the thing: This pattern looks amazing without ruffles, with ruffles, with some ruffles, any way you can think it!  The pattern is all knit and extremely comfortable and all the pieces are very shaped to give a great fit, so you can make it into a basic as well as a dress for going out. Here are some pictures to help show you how versatile this pattern can really be!

  Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal by The Hobby Harbor

This Gunmetal was made by Diya from The Hobby Harbor. She posted many pictures and information on her blog post. She really made this pattern her own. She left off all the ruffles and made a higher, squared neckline. I love the way this turned out. In addition, she made her peplum asymmetrical for some added pizzazz.

Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal by The Hobby Harbor

Check out that hemline! Bonus? She wrote a tutorial on how she made this hemline so anyone can make it! Her tutorial can be found at this link on her blog.

Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal

Here is another version made out of a ponte. If using a ponte, make sure you definitely size up as this pattern is made to be used with stretchy jerseys. A ponte has minimal stretch and can be used, I just want to warn that you should take the lack of stretch into account when choosing which size to make. This version has such contrasting fabrics that it really stands out. She added some length to the hemline so that she could wear it to work. Doesn’t it look fabulous?

Lolita Patterns | Gunmetal

This beautiful Gunmetal was made by Kate who blogs over at Sewing for Sanity. To see her blog post on her this Gunmetal, click here. I love this version so much because it uses neutral fabrics. I use such bright and crazy contrasting colors all the time, I never think about neutrals other than black and white. This version really opened up my eyes as it looks gorgeous in this neutral. I may or may not have picked up some neutral colored fabrics for another Gunmetal for myself….

I hope these few versions have helped show you all the different ways this pattern can be used. In addition, there have been some great versions out there by The Seeds of 3, Seamstress Erin, and Mouse in My Pocket. Have you seen them?  Their versions are also beautiful and really made to work with their own personal style. Definitely check out their posts because they are also hosting giveaways of Gunmetal! You can win a copy of your very own so click over to their site and enter!

Stick around because there may be more giveaways to announce and more Gunmetals to see…..

If you want your own version of Gunmetal, you can grab it in the shop! Make sure to use code gun15metal to get 15% off the physical pattern and the physical pattern + d-rings until the end of November 27th!

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Sugar Plum Giveaway Winner

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Nov 062013

In the midst of all the business of getting new patterns to print and doing the Sugar Plum sew-along, I completely forgot to post about the winner of the Sugar Plum giveaway!

As a reminder, here is the prize: Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Giveaway

I put all the names into a spreadsheet to account for all the people who earned more than one entry. Then I used random generator to pull a number and the winner is: Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Giveaway



The crazy thing is I will actually be meeting up with her when I go to London next week!  How crazy is that??  I can see first hand how much she likes her new goodies! I also added in a few other Sugar Plum colored goodies I have found since the giveaway went live. Thank you all for entering and stay tuned for the next themed giveaway! It is not too far off now….pattern is at the printer as we speak!

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Oct 042013

It started back in February with the Fuchsia giveaway for our first pattern release. And now I hope to make it a tradition with every new release. So here is the Sugar Plum themed giveaway!

Lolita Patterns | Sugar Plum Giveaway

So many goodies!!

1. Eight Sugar Plum colored buttons perfect for your very own Sugar Plum! (Sugar Plum only requires 6 so you will have a couple left over.)

2. 1 3/8 yard of metallic chiffon type fabric that will be perfect for a future pattern (hint hint)…or one you have at home.

3. A shower poof…can never have too many of those!

4. An invisible zipper

5. Dove smooth cashmere deodorant…see it has some Sugar Plum color on it?

6. A shimmery Revlon lipgloss

7. Glittery Maybelline color show nail polish

8. Maybelline Great Lash mascara in a purple color!! So cool!

9. An adorable skull keychain with Sugar Plum colored bow that opens up to some Sugar Plum colored lip gloss!

10. Sugar Plum colored rose earrings from my old Etsy shop. Hypoallergenic studs.

11. Sugar Plum colored thread by Coats and Clark (I think the real name is Laurel)

It is hard to find a lot of unique things that sewers would like that are all the same color. I’ve been shopping for months! I hope you enjoy!

The giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere. Leave a comment here to enter into the giveaway. Like us on Facebook for an extra entry. Follow us on twitter for another additional entry. Let me know in the comments if you have extra entries.

This giveaway will close next Friday, October 11th, at midnight, Pacific time. Don’t forget, the physical Sugar Plum pattern has a 15% discount when you use the code sugar15plum until October 10th! After that the physical pattern will be full price.

Also, exciting news about the sew-along coming up. Stay tuned! The sew-along will begin on October 27th. The badges are already available in the sidebar!


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Pattern Pyramid Winner!

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May 202013

I just realized that this post has been sitting in here and never actually got posted! Oops :)  So here, after a long wait, is the winner of the pattern pyramid! I used the random generator this time:

Lolita Patterns | Pattern Pyramid Winner

The winner is Laura Mae! Congratulations!  She has a gorgeous blog called Lilacs and Lace where she features the most beautiful vintage outfits and patterns.  Hopefully she will have some great vintage additions for the next giveaway. You know what this also means?  The pyramid is staying in California again! Crazy…. I won it from Beth in San Francisco, and I am in Los Angeles, and now it is off to Laura Mae back in Northern California.

I felt so bad for all the people who said they have been entering over and over like I did…I wish I had prizes for all of you! Enter into Laura Mae’s and hopefully you will win next time…..

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Apr 192013



A little while back I finally won one of the Pattern Pyramid Giveaways–brainchild of Karen from Did you make that?. I kept intending to give it away on my original personal blog, Amity Originals, but with so much going on here at Lolita Patterns, it did not seem like I would get around to it. Perfect solution?  Give it away here on the Lolita Patterns blog!

I tried for 7 pattern pyramids before I finally won this one! And there are plenty of goodies to go around. Not only were there amazing patterns in the package, Beth (from Sunny Gal Studios–I won the giveaway from her) included some super cute trims for me to use along with a hand written note!  But wait there is more! I am including 8 more patterns…courtesy of a swap between our sewing buddies, Caroline, Jill, Julianne, and Ms. McCall. Some of these are really cute! There is even a Marc Jacobs designer pattern and an Amy Butler pattern. Here it the new loot:

Lolita Patterns | Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

Let’s break those down so they are easier to see shall we?

Lolita Patterns | Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

A Vogue Basics with some wearable dress patterns, a hat pattern from Vogue, Simplicity pattern with multiple wardrobe piece options and a Marc Jacobs Vogue pattern.

Lolita Patterns | Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

 The all purpose skirt vintage Vogue pattern, a retro Butterick suit with cape, and an adorable McCalls dress pattern.

Lolita Patterns | Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

And Amy Butler’s lotus tunic and cami.

Now let’s take a look at which patterns are continuing on the pattern pyramid journey.

Lolita Patterns | Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

Those awesome overalls are still in the running!

Lolita Patterns | Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

Lolita Patterns | Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

Lolita Patterns | Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

And for the ones I decided to keep?

Lolita Patterns | Pattern Pyramid Giveaway

This cool 70’s pattern and a nice dress and jacket pattern…both close enough to my size to work!

Now for the rules about the giveaway–taken from the original Pattern Pyramid blog post:

  • Anyone, anywhere can enter the giveaway by posting a comment below by midnight PST Sunday 28 April–the day I drive home from PR day San Francisco!– BUT you must have an active blog. (Reasons to become obvious.)
  • I will randomly select one winner.
  • Each winner will pick one or two patterns to keep for themselves, then host their own giveaway. They will randomly select a winner, post the remaining patterns to that Person C. Person C will pick a pattern for themselves, host their own giveaway and post the remaining patterns to the winner, Person D. Person D will…


  • No way am I going through 30 patterns, ensuring that every pattern piece is there. This is pot luck!
  • Please don’t email me for specifics on the 30+ patterns.  Take your chance!
  • Your selection of patterns will be picked at random, though I do promise to attempt a good variety of makes. Please don’t contact me asking for specific patterns.
  • I will keep a couple of patterns for myself, because I deserve it.
  • If you’re a winner, I would love it if you could make a small contribution to The Brooke. This is a charity close to the heart of Catherine, who so generously provided these patterns.

Who is entering???? Leave a comment here!

Feb 212013

It is time to announce the winner of the Fuchsia Giveaway! Since it worked so well for the giveaway on Amity Originals, I decided to use Pumpkin, one of my dogs, to pick the winner again. Pumpkin’s favoritest toy in the whole world is paper! She loves any kind of paper–paper towels, tissue, toilet paper rolls–anything! So I printed out and cut up all the comments and put them in her bowl. (I custom made the bowl on

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Then I got Pumpkin and the bowl together.

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Then she looked at me to find out what I needed.

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What do I do mama?

She is being so good not just jumping in after the “toys”.

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Here I go!

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This is an important job…I better lay down and check these more closely

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And we have a winner! Sorry about the slobber mama…but I’m a Bloodhound…I can’t help it!

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And the winner is Javie!!  She has a wonderful blog, dashingmarmot where she chronicles about her sewing and cooking.

Her comment for the giveaway: “Just found this blog via Debi’s site. Good luck with the pattern launch! I am sew grateful to find people that share my passions in the interwebs. The fuchsia giveaway is awesome!”

Thank you Javie!! Please contact us with your address so we can send your fuchsia goodness along! Thank you all for entering…keep your eyes peeled…we just might do this with every pattern launch….

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Feb 042013

Every year, My Happy Sewing Place hosts a week where the sewing community can show their gratitude to everyone that supports us in our sewing endeavors. This is a particularly meaningful week for us this year because all your support led us to start Lolita Patterns! We have some great posts for this years Sew Grateful week and it starts with today’s giveaway!

In honor of our first pattern, Fuchsia, being released this week, we decided to do something a little different for this giveaway. This is the Fuchsia giveaway and consists of all things fuchsia!  (Could this be the start of a themed giveaway for every pattern??…hmmm….) We have scoured all ends of the earth to find you the very best in all things fuchsia as well as a few lolita inspired items. And we succeeded. This giveaway is good! Want to see?

fuchsia giveaway Clockwise from top left:

  1. A fuchsia Lolita Patterns button
  2. Smashbox blush in Radiance which their website calls a “bright fuchsia”
  3. Custom made fuchsia rose (very lolita) earrings by AmityOriginals (my etsy store)
  4. Neon pink thread, Coats & Clark Dual Duty XP (I think neon pink is the color fuchsia would be if it was neon-ized)
  5. Hand dyed by me fuchsia houndstooth rayon suiting fabric (I made my dress for Promaballoona out of this fabric!)
  6. Maybelline Color Sensational lipstick The Vivids in Fuchsia Flash
  7. Fuchsia hair elastics
  8. Six fuchsia buttons
  9. Sparkly false eyelashes, including bottom lashes–a very lolita-esque look
  10. Milani Jewel FX nail lacquer in color Fuchsia
  11. Fuchsia skinny belt

What do you think?  Enough fuchsia for our celebration? We love the online sewing community and want to show you all how much! The support and inspiration we draw from all of you is incredible!

If you want to enter to win our Fuchsia giveaway, just leave a comment on this post telling us what you are “sew grateful” for in your sewing. We will ship anywhere in the world so anyone and everyone is free to enter. This giveaway will be open until Valentines Day, February 14th.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thank you for entering!

Our first pattern is being released this week and the sew-along starts next week! You can find the materials list and fabric requirements for imperial measurements here, and metric measurements here. We hope to have you join us!

To make sure you don’t miss a thing, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, join our mailing list, follow the blog, find us on twitter, or any other social media you want! We would love to have you with us on our exciting new journey.

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