Subversive Femme

Give-away time!!!!

Yes, my first ever give-away, and there are two prizes, plus a bonus!

I’m not asking anyone to follow me, promote me orย stand on their headย – all you have to do is leave a comment telling me which one you want, knitting or sewing. I’ll pick the winners at random (overseas is fine). Entries close 17 April at 6pm EST.

To win the bonus prize, tell me why you want it as well! ๐Ÿ˜‰

1. Vintage Knitting
Late 40s to mid 60s, some highlights include Patons 435 from the 50s, with amazingly over the top poses and hair. Sun-Glo 119 is full of knitted dresses from the late 40s, how practical (tongue in cheek).
2. Vintage Sewing๏ปฟ
A nice selection of dates (40s to 60s), mostly size 34 however the sailor sheath dress is bust 38.
Extra bonus!!!! – 1940’s Lux Knitting!
This is probably the best issue of Lux (imho). Its the Australian edition, with beautiful cardigans, sweaters and ‘family’ items – not to mention the advertisements scream 40s! Lux’s are highly collectable, and can go for crazy prices on Ebay – turns out I had two copies of this beauty, so instead of selling it i’d rather give it away to someone who really wants it.
Good luck
xxx
Bex

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    Vintage Grrl
    April 10, 2011 at 11:29 pm

    Oooh.. what a terrif give away! Sewing please! I find sewing patterns much easier to alter than knitting ones. And these happen to fill a couple of gaps in my collection ๐Ÿ˜€

    As for the Lux book,… who doesn't want one of those!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Even if I can't knit anything directly from it, the inspiration I get from seeing vintage lines warrants any and all vintage patterns and books.

    ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Misfits Vintage
    April 11, 2011 at 12:54 am

    I can't sew or knit so please don't enter me (I can crochet like nobody's business though!). Just wanted to say YAY what an awesome giveaway. What a fab idea.

    Sarah xxx

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    khriste B
    April 11, 2011 at 1:34 am

    OOOO, I love this giveaway. Sewing please.

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    Viviana
    April 11, 2011 at 3:41 am

    This is the kind of giveaway I dream about – and I do dream regularly of finding vintage treasures. You know, like a yard sale full of 1930's gowns for 50 cents each. Knitting, please – what a great selection!

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    quietandsmalladventures
    April 11, 2011 at 3:41 am

    oooh sewing please! (i can't knit at all!)

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    Sarah @ ColorKitten
    April 11, 2011 at 3:52 am

    Oh gosh, I just got distracted and read the last 20-odd entries while this window was sitting open waiting for me to type….love the blog! Just subbed in Reader.

    Enter me for the sewing packet please, that McCall dress is adorable. (Knitting I'll have to pass on as it makes me ill to knit. No, really!)

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    Reana Louise
    April 11, 2011 at 3:57 am

    I agree with everyone else- what a great giveaway! And you know what makes it even better? Your blog is such a great find, and the sewing patterns are IN MY SIZE!

    Please put me down as an entry for the sewing patterns ๐Ÿ™‚

    Reana Louise x

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    Eleen Fashions
    April 11, 2011 at 3:59 am

    What a wonderful give away. I would love a chance at the sewing patterns!

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    the Knottie Knitta
    April 11, 2011 at 4:18 am

    oooh i would love to be entered in to win all the vintage knits! i'm a bit of a craftaholic, but knitting is my passion…i've actually been collecting vintage knitting patterns to start planning ahead of time for christmas presents ๐Ÿ™‚

    great giveaway!

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    Tart Decoโ„ข
    April 11, 2011 at 4:40 am

    Great giveaway! Would love the sewing patterns please. Thanks!

    Steph @ Tart Deco
    tartdeco at gmail dot com

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    Tart Decoโ„ข
    April 11, 2011 at 4:42 am

    Oops- forgot to comment on the bonus prize. I would love to win this because I am just learning how to knit and having a book of vintage patterns sure would help to motivate me to practice more!

    Steph @ Tart Deco
    tartdeco at gmail dot com

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    DaneMum
    April 11, 2011 at 4:48 am

    OOh GREAT! GREAT GREAT! Give-away!!!
    I'd love to be in the drawing!
    Why should I win – because not only do I knit but I've re-discovered my passion of sewing just a few weeks ago!

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    sulovessew
    April 11, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Oh my, you are so generous…I would love to win the vintage sewing patterns. I should win because I don't have that many vintage patterns and just started to build my stash ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lyra
    April 11, 2011 at 5:21 am

    Please enter me to your giveaway! I would love the sewings patterns! <3

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    jadestar
    April 11, 2011 at 5:33 am

    What lovely giveaway. Sewing patterns please. I love the sailor dress. I've never seen anything like it.

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    ice pink stars
    April 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

    Ooooh!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I would absolutely LOVE to win the Sewing! Thank you for the chance at your lovely giveaway!!!

    <3
    icepinkstars at gmail dot com

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    EDBP
    April 11, 2011 at 6:26 am

    It's a tough choice, but I sew better than I knit, so I would be over the moon if I won the sewing patterns – they're my size (the 34's anyway)!

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    Becca
    April 11, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I love gawping at vintage knitting patterns but my knitting is limited to scarves. The sewing pattern look lovely and even though my chesticles haven't been 34 for a long time i could make goo use of them!

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    Urban Rustic
    April 11, 2011 at 6:41 am

    If you could include me in the draw for sewing patterns that would be great! I have made clothes from vintage patterns for about two years and am trying to be brave and start my own blog. So if I was lucky enough I would bite the bullet and start my blog and have this pattern as my first post !!! Thank you !

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    Cinquefoil
    April 11, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Oooh, instant love with the blouse pattern in the upper left corner! So would be delighted if you could include me in your draw. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Piia

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    Anwen
    April 11, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Oh, drat, my comment got eaten. I'd love to win either set, but especially the sewing ones because OMG SAILOR DRESS. I'd also really like the bonus prize because I have a bit of an obsession with the 1940s, esp the British Home Front, and it'd be fascinating to see a little bit of what it was like on the other side of the world, through a knitting lens.

    Right, off to read the rest of your blog now, love the title!

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    KittyMeow
    April 11, 2011 at 7:31 am

    Yaaaay competition! Joy! Put me down for the sewing stash. I never quite mastered knitting so it would be wasted on me.

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    sewing elve
    April 11, 2011 at 8:00 am

    Lovely patterns. Sewing please.

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    Brahdelt
    April 11, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Please count me in for the sewing patterns, I've never worked with a vintage pattern and I'd love to get to know the vintage clothes construction.

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    Laura
    April 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Hi there! It's always good to find another Aussie vintage blogger.I'd love to be entered for the sewing patterns please. Thanks for hosting such a lovely give-away ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Stevie
    April 11, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Ohhh fab Giveaway!
    I would love to be entered for the sewing stuff please!!!
    xx

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    Kate
    April 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

    What an amazing giveaway! It is a hard choice between knitting and sewing, but I think I would have to choose knitting. I have been sewing for years but have only recently gotten into knitting. Actually it has become a bit of an addiction…

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    the perfect drug
    April 11, 2011 at 10:35 am

    great giveaway! thank u very much darling! ๐Ÿ˜€ im a follower by the name of perfectdrug. I loooove sewing! My grandmom (who died last month) was a seamstress, and I keep her sewing machine with me, and the love for sewing! (soz my english!)
    keep the good work*

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    Sam
    April 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

    What an awesome giveaway! Could I please be entered for the sewing patterns? Nice to see another sewer from Sydney! Sam xox

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    Jane Carlstrom
    April 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Fantastic collection. Thanks for posting on Sew Retro. Jane

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    Jane Carlstrom
    April 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

    Oops, Sewing is the way for me. J

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    Michele
    April 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    What lovely collections. Vintage sewing please. Love your hair.

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    The Empress Nina
    April 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I'd love the sewing one! I fiound your blog through Sew Retro.

    Nina

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    Rowanna
    April 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I would love the sewing one! I live in Madrid, Spain, and I have a really hard time finding vintage patterns.

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    ThriftySands
    April 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I'd really โ™ฅ those sewing patterns! Thx!

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    Sara
    April 11, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    The sewing patterns are gorgeous – esp the one with the black and pin views on the envelope.

    Great giveaway, thanks!

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    ssh
    April 11, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    these little fingers of mine don't knit, but love to sew!! fingers crossed! thanks!!
    -stephanie

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    The Feisty Redhead
    April 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Sewing looks good to me!

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    sweet jane.
    April 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Wow, you are super generous! They're all so lovely & tempting for a polyamorous crafter such as myself. But even though summer is coming here in the northern hemisphere, my gut is telling me to pick knitting!

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    Becca
    April 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Great giveaway. I would love to win the sewing patterns. I am new to knitting so the bonus pattern would also be fun to win. Thanks for the chance.

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    sweet jane.
    April 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Yowza! I didn't even realize the Lux was also a giveaway! Those are hard to come by! And gorgeous! If I win, I'll knit you whatever you want out of it!

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    RiAnge Creations. Ltd.
    April 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    What a fantastic giveaway! Please toss my name into the hat for the sewing patterns.

    Bonus: Though I've been sewing for a long time (some might call me vintage! LOL) some of the sewing techniques given on vintage patterns is priceless. I'd love to go through these to cull a few handy tips.

    Angela

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    Sara
    April 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Sewing sewing sewing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Stoffhamster
    April 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway!!
    I would win the sewing pattern!!
    Good luck :o)
    Bettina BeAu*tiful

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    pavla
    April 11, 2011 at 6:49 pm

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    Radka
    April 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Marvelous giweaway!
    Sewing please ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Claire
    April 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Sewing, please, and I agree with everyone else, fab giveaway!

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    Modern Suzie
    April 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Great giveaway! I would love to win the knitting patterns. One of my goals for this year was to learn how to knit (more complicated things than a scarf) and this would be a great place to start.

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    sorbetsurprise
    April 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Fantastic patterns, my fav is the bottom right, the blue dress with the frilly sleeves and the red and white striped one, so pretty!

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    jeannine
    April 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    Great giveaway! I love the vintage sewing patterns. Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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    Sangeetha
    April 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Love the sewing patterns – would definitely make soemthing from that pile. I am on a sewing “revival” now – put my knitting aside for sometime ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Claire
    April 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    Drop my name in for the sewing patterns! My internship for the summer just fell through, and I'm cheering myself up by thinking of all the extra time I'll have to sew – something that gets pushed to the side during the school year.

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    starz
    April 11, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Oh yes please.Sewing would be lovely:)

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    Kate
    April 11, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    I'd love to be included in the draw for the knitting patterns. I have recently become interested in vintage fashion but have no vintage clothing yet. I have been a knitter for about 8 years. I recently knitted a baby jacket for my friend's baby from a 1940's Women's Weekly pattern and it was so much fun!
    Thank for this generous offer and I love reading your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Lizzy
    April 11, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    OOOOHHHH!!! WOWW!!! I wanto to enter!! I wpuld prefer the sewing patterns, thanks for having this give away! I hope to be the winner!! Quiero ganar! quiero ganar!!!!

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    Ack!Tivity
    April 12, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Holy crow look at those vintage patterns! Knitting for me please! I've recently started really getting into vintage clothing and have been coveting vintage knit patterns.

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    Celia
    April 12, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Sewing please!

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    norah
    April 12, 2011 at 1:50 am

    OMG. I am drooling over those sewing patterns. they are even in my size! I adore the mccall's 5920, and i am just taken with S 2224. please pick me!!!

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    Paolla
    April 12, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Yay, giveaway! I'd love the sewing patterns! I'm new to the sewing/vintage world, but I think I'm doing rather well.

    I don't really knit, but winning the bonus prize would be lovely just for the sake of history!

    paollawanglon@gmail.com

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    Katelyn
    April 12, 2011 at 3:58 am

    If I won, I'd like the sewing patterns.
    Why? Because it's so hard to find those gorgeous vintage styles!

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    Loraine
    April 12, 2011 at 4:32 am

    I would LOVE a sewing pattern. I loves the 1940's especially. I have been shopping vintage for over 12 years,and those wonderful vintage dresses are becoming harder and harder to find. So I think sewing them yourself is an awesome alternative. If you run out of sewing,I do also knit. Its just summer here in the U.S and knitting goes on holiday till next fall. So sweet of you to do this! xoxo

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    Andi B. Goode
    April 12, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Fantastic giveaway! Knitting for me, please. ;] They look marvellous. I'm always on the lookout for more Sun-glos for my collection – they're a lot more 'funky' (for lack of a better word) than a lot of the Patons, I find.
    -Andi x
    PS Happy first giveaway!

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    alice
    April 12, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Fabulous giveaway! Put me down in the sewing drawing. I adore vintage patterns!

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    withanee
    April 12, 2011 at 11:12 am

    i would love the sewing patterns – even if i do have to grade up. ๐Ÿ™‚ the bonus prize is awesome just because of the picture on the cover.

    p.s. your tablecloth is AWESOME.

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    javede
    April 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I would love to win the sewing patterns because I own a couple of vintage knitting patterns already, but only one or two sewing patterns.

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    Evie
    April 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Knitting please! I've got lots of sewing patterns and am comfortable drafting myself in most cases, but when it comes to knitting I'm not quite skilled enough to make things up completely. I'd love to have the knitting patterns to help expand my wardrobe (plus who doesn't need more projects)! That magazine is great, too. Thanks so much for hosting the giveaway!

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    Shannon
    April 12, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    I would LOVE to win the sewing patterns. I just started sewing in January of this year, and my favorite thing by far to sew are vintage dresses… why? They remind me of my fabulous, flamboyant grandma (whom I miss very much) who always dressed with a 1940's flair. I just wrote a “thank you for the inspiration” post on my blog about my grandmas. Awesome blog, by the way! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shannon
    http://www.fiveminutesmoreplease.blogspot.com

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    Serina
    April 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Either! The sewing patterns make me swoon. And the knitted gloves are so pretty. How kind of you!

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    ColorSlut
    April 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Standing on my head … following you … and dreaming of the knitting or sewing patterns!

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    Carly Manson
    April 12, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    Oooh I LOVE your giveaway and your description totally drew me to your blog since we might have a few things in common! I am also a vintage-obsessed femme homo who hoards vintage patterns. Since I am having a hard time teaching myself how to knit, I choose the sewing patterns. I adore making things from vintage patterns with reclaimed fabric. Check out my blog to see that I can put those patterns to use!

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    Ruma Elsa
    April 13, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I'm interested in knitting! I have a collection of old knitting magazines, and I knitted a 40's buttoned blouse recently, with emphasized shoulders.

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    Emily
    April 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    How cool, Bex! Naturally – I want to be entered for the knitting patterns; I LOVE the look of that top left, the Patons one – and I so want to see the look on her face. Is she doing posh and arrogant? Cute and upturned nose? I need to know!

    Plus, I think I might like to knot that jacket…

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    kat m
    April 13, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Love the sewing patterns! i have a never-ending collection of vintage patterns. Love to look at them, love to sew them. cheers, Kat

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    amelie
    April 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I would love to be entered in for the knitting patterns.

    Also, for a chance at the Lux book, I'd love to just be able to look at it! I don't have any vintage knitting patterns, or really any vintage print items, so this would be a really fun thing to pore over!

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    Julie
    April 15, 2011 at 3:45 am

    The sewing patterns are fabulous! I love the bottom left one especially, but they are all lovely.

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    rarerborealis
    April 17, 2011 at 5:18 am

    OH MAN! LUX! KNITTING KNITTING KNITTING!!!! That is to say, I would greatly prefer the knitting group, particularly if it includes that delightful Lux book from my favorite period of design. Indeed.

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