A little while ago I was the lucky winner of a giveaway for the Wellington Pattern Pyramid hosted by Catja from Gjeometry! If you haven't heard of a 'pattern pyramid' giveaway before it is an idea dreamed up by Karen of Did You Make That. She very generously gave away quite a large number of patterns on her blog, a selection of patterns went to each winner who could then choose one of those patterns to keep and host their own giveaway for rest, adding in one from their own collection. The sewing network of Wellington, New Zealand liked the idea so much they decided to start their own when they had a number of patterns going spare after a big meet up and swap. It's a fantastic idea to save patterns going to waste. I was so excited to win, partly because I just love the idea of this bundle of patterns winging it's way around the world. I know it's been to New Zealand and Canada so far, where too next?!
As well as having the most inventive way of deciding a winner of all time, Catja sent me some lovely little gifts along with the pattern pyramid including some little labels, tape measures and mini mechanical pencils which I was far too excited about! Thank you so much Catja!
So I bet you want a closer look at those patterns hey?! There are some great patterns to choose from in this pyramid, but you will have to look past some seriously questionable cover art!
First up these two Butterick wrap skirt patterns which the lovely Catja added in herself. They are so like Tilly's Miette skirt don't you think?! If you've got your eye on these it's worth noting that the small size pattern (24-25" on the right) only has instructions in French and the medium size pattern (26.5-28" on the left) has no instructions at all. If you've got a bit of sewing experience under your belt I'm sure you could work out the construction for yourself though.
These next three patterns all have a good size range (10-18, 8-18 and 12-20) and between them provide (along with a good laugh at that 1980s delight in the middle) a whole lot of variety. Simplicity 2771 is for a knit dress with maxi, midi, tunic and neckline variations. Simplicity includes patters for a jacket, trousers, skirt, vest top and bag no less! I was seriously tempted by this one.
If you fancy doing some selfless sewing there's a Butterick pattern for some amazing 1970s men's outerwear (in a chest size 38") or if you feel like branching out into accessories there's a pattern for that too!
There are McCall's patterns for 1 hour pants (someone needs to put that claim to the test!) and for a princess seamed button up top with 7 variations! Both of these are sized 10-14.
These three provide quite a lot of options for separates, the simple shift dress included in Vogue 2659 (view B) looks particularly lovely. From left to right these patterns are sizes 14-18, 12-16 and 12-16.
Lastly there are two Vogue patterns in sizes 14-20/22. I absolutely love both of these two and was gutted that they weren't in my size. I want to see someone make that coat please!
The pattern I'm choosing to keep is the lovely Simplicity 3877 dress pattern below. I really like the look of view B (the left hand picture) quite a simple and classic dress shape but with some interesting details like the little collar which reminds me of the Colette Hawthorn.
And the pattern I'm adding in is Simplicity 2588 ins sizes 12-20. It's from the ever popular Project Runway range and includes a serious amount of options including variations on necklines sleeves and skirt shapes, you could get a whole lot of mileage out of this pattern!