Monday, February 17, 2014

An Emery and a Give Away...

I'm pretty sure most of the internet knows about the Emery Dress by now, right? It's Christine Hayne's latest pattern release and it's such a lovely design that really lets you get creative with finishing touches and construction techniques.

Oh, and you know it has pockets right? I think pockets will forever be the thing that seals the deal with seamstresses all over the world.





A few weeks ago I had a lovely email in my inbox from Caitlan who runs Indie Stitches. She was letting me know that she had just started stocking Christine's patterns and wanted to know if I'd like to help her celebrate by running a giveaway of the Emery Dress pattern on my blog for you guys. Well, of course I said yes (because I'm not silly you know!), so make sure you read on for your chance to win!

My Emery is made from a denim blue cotton plaid, perfect for the cooler seasons ahead - although on the day we took these photos, it was a bit less summery than I would have liked!

I did my usual grading at the bodice, from a 6 to an 8 and found that although it (would) fit perfectly, the shaping darts were about half an inch too low. Nobody else has seemed to have this problem with the pattern however and it's an easy fix. I must have had a moment when tracing the pattern and accidentally used the wrong sized darts. Duh!


Monty photobomb!

I constructed my bodice a bit differently than Christine instructs as I was using a standard vintage zip and not an invisible one. I also made my bow belt instead of using the attached bow pattern because I thought the dress would be a little more versatile sans bow.

The lining I used was left over floral fabric from my Faux Liberty Macaron. And I also kinda wish I had made floral inseam piping for the neckline after seeing it peeping out once it was sewn in. But in all honesty, I couldn't really be bothered unpicking it, so instead settled for ironing up the lining a smidge so you can just see it.

Hey, it works!





Over all, I really love my Emery - the colour, the full skirt with pockets and that lovely neckline. I think a sleeveless version is in order, no?



Now, let's get to the fun part and do a give away shall we?

To enter to win, all you need to do is pop on over to the Indie Stitches Facebook page and like it. Then come back here, let me know you've entered in the comments and you're done.

If you already like Indie Stitches on Facebook, don't worry, you can still enter too!  Just share the page with your friends on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know you've done it.

The competition is open internationally for two weeks (entries close on Monday 3rd March) and the winner will be notified via email by Friday 7th March.

Indie Stitches also posts worldwide, so if you can't wait to win a copy of the Emery dress pattern, you can buy it here.

So, let's help Caitlan celebrate stocking Christine's patterns!! It's par-tay time guys!

xx
Jen

110 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! I really hope it's open internationally (sorry if I've misunderstood). I've liked the fbook page just now.
    I think piping around the neck would look lovely on this dress. Your bow belt turned out cute as a button too.

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    1. Thanks Nerd Alert - and yes, the competition is open internationally! Good luck :)

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  2. It's gorgeous! Great colours on you!

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  3. This is so cute on you!!! You can leave me out of the giveaway as I already have the pattern (just haven't had a chance to stitch it up yet). You look adorable!!!

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  4. Just liked it on Facebook! Under Ally Dodds :) Thank you so much for the giveaway! I LOVE the emery pattern!

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  5. What a lovely version of the Emery! I like how you made the belt match the lining, such a pretty 'secret'. And, YES to the floral piping/binding for the neckline, that would look fab. (ps, I 'liked' Indie Stitches Facebook page) (pps, I think two weeks takes us to March 3rd for the closing of entries, you have 'aged' us 3 months! LOL)

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    1. Duh, thanks so much for pointing that out - I would be horrified if it was nearly June already!!!

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  6. I love this pattern! It's such a perfect shape, although being pregnant, I will have to wait a while before I can make it. Your version is lovely! Thank you for the opportunity! Indie Stitches now liked!

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  7. I liked Indie Stitches FB page and love your Emery!

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    1. Hello - just in case you win, are you able to let me know who you are on Facebook and provide an email address? Otherwise I'll have to make your comment invalid and I would hate to do that!!

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  8. I have the pattern already so please don't enter me in the giveaway. Just wanted to say how lovely this dress is. The contrast lining is perfect.

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  9. Just liked Indie Stitches on Facebook - really love your version, and I've been wanting to try the pattern for ages!

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  10. Gorgeous!! I've been hoping for an emery giveaway in the blogosphere. How nice would it be to sew a pattern that actually fits! I've just liked them on FB. Fingers crossed :)

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  11. OMG I looooove the faux liberty with the denim plaid. Just such a great combination of fabrics. Not to mention the red stockings, those things rock. Pretty please make up a sleeveless one in some more awesome fabric. :) I've like Indie Stitches on facebook so throw my name into the hat.

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  12. All done. It is such a lovely pattern

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  13. Facebook page liked! What a cute pattern!

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  14. I wasn't convinced that I liked this pattern until I saw yours. Your Emery is lovely! Indie Patterns is liked. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  15. What a beautiful dress!! I've just made my first piece of clothing - a Wiksten tank and now I'm hooked! I'd love to try a dress for myself, they are my favourite thing to wear! I've liked Indie Stitches on facebook! It's always nice finding Aussie shops and blogs!

    Lou :)

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  16. It's been a pleasure to like you Indie Stitches, now I will go away and click my sparkly pink slippers.

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  17. Oh where's my manners, fabulous Emery, fits you to a tee.

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  18. I really like your version of this pattern (wasn't sure before). I've liked Indie Stitches.

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  19. just lovely, your fabric choice is just perfect! and the contrast floral! i think this is the nicest emery I've seen to date!

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  20. I just LOVE this dress. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy!
    x

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  21. Thanks for hosting, I came here from Indie Stitches facebook feed. Looks like i have a nother blog to add to my reader! I love how you've styled the dress with those HOT tights !!
    lore

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  22. I've been seeing so many great versions of the Emery dress (including this one!) and can't wait to try it! Thanks for the giveaway - I've liked the Indie Stitches Facebook page.

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  23. I keep seeing this dress and as a pattern doesn't seem special or different from what is out there already. However, when I see it made it's a different story - it's lovely and fits everyone like a dream! There is obviously specialness hidden within!! I have liked the Indie Stitches FB page - thanks I hadn't come across them before!

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  24. I have entered the giveaway! Your version looks perfect with the bow belt.

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  25. Would love this pattern, looks like something I would wear all the time! Liked!

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  26. That dress is lovely! I like how you styled it with red thights! I just liked the facebook page, so I am in for the giveaway! I have been reading such goods comments about the Emery, I now want to make one myself! Ooh, and bonus points for pockets!

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  27. Just liked their page! This is very cute, I definitely want to try it now.

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  28. Just liked on Facebook - your version is wonderful.

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  29. I want the pattern so bad :) hope I win the giveaway. I've already liked the Facebook page

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  30. I love it! I really like the subtle gingham. I just liked the facebook page!

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  31. Dang, I just bought it when she restocked at Indie Stitches last week. It arrived today - glad to see your make for further inspiration though!

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  32. I liked the page (Megan Shimer), and I absolutely LOVE your Emery dress :)

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  33. I love this dress!! I love your fabric selection and tights ;-) I have liked them on Facebook.

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  34. I totally agree with Liz- I was pretty uninspired when I saw this pattern released but from all the versions I've seen online it seems to be perfectly drafted because it fits everyone beautifully and yours is no exception! Such a wearable frock you've got yourself there!

    By the way, I love your new photo corner- great spot :)

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  35. Liked and I like your version of the emery! Would love to win the pattern ;-)

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  36. Done! Your dress is absolutely lovely, I NEED this pattern! :D

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  37. Great dress, and the fit is impeccable! Just liked Indie Stitches on Facebook. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  38. Facebook page liked! I think I may need to buy this pattern if I don't win Your dress looks amazing!

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  39. Your dress is lovely - I especially like the floral belt and neckline! It is a great "fix" to iron the neckline out a bit :) I haven't made the Emery dress yet, but would love to give it go! (I liked the Facebook page)

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  40. I've been eyeing everyone's Emeries and have been dying to get a copy myself! It looks right up my alley, and every single person who's made it has said the fit is spot on. I've liked Indie Stitches and I'm looking forward to making an Emery, whether I win it here or buy it myself!

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  41. Oooh, I've been admiring this pattern for a while now. Your version is absolutely beautiful. I'd love to win one and have liked the page on Facebook.

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  42. I liked the Facebook page. When I first saw the Emery dress pattern I thought it looked kinds boring, or not really my favorite, but now seeing all the different ones popping up all over I am able to see it as something quite lovely and a great day to day dress which is something I actually need! Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway and thank you to Caitlin for making it possible!

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  43. I love your version! This is a dress that I definitely need to try at some point soon. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  44. I love this version, the main fabric and the pattern contrast are fantastic together. I would love to try this pattern - have just liked the Indie Stitches Fb page

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  45. I love this version, the main fabric and the pattern contrast are fantastic together. I would love to try this pattern - have just liked the Indie Stitches Fb page and will be keeping my fingers crossed :)

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  46. O I've heard so many good things about this pattern I'd love to win it! Your version is gorgeous, I live the colours of the lining and belt. I've liked the Facebook page!

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  47. Lovely dress. It looks like it fits perfect. I liked Indie stitches on FB (cweetgal) :) Thanks for hosting the giveaway .. - Diya TheHobbyHarbor

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  48. Just wanted to pop by and say how beautiful your Emery has turned out....love the bow detail and matching bodice lining! No need to enter me for the giveaway though, I already have a copy of the pattern and I'm so eager to make it up!

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  49. Your Emery is so lovely! And that blue is a gorgeous colour on you. I've liked Indie Stitches' page on FB :) Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  50. Already got the perfect fabric for this patter and just liked the fb page.
    Love your blog by the way, such an inspiration!
    Andrea xx

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  51. I've liked Indie Stitches. I would LOVE to win this pattern. I think your version might be my favorite so far!

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  52. What a brilliant pattern and a perfectly fitted dress. Would love to win, I have liked on facebook :-)

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  53. Hi - I hopped over and liked - great dress :)

    http://asaucystitch.blogspot.co.uk/

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  54. I just liked their page. Thanks for the lovely giveaway! :-)
    I just love you dress - the color combo is perfect, and I like the way you inserted the zip :-)

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  55. What a pretty version. I love the all the different versions that have been made...and pockets.
    I do not know why I don't have this one. Well maybe I will be lucky enough to win:)
    I liked the facebook page.

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  56. Just liked the FB-page. By the way,your dress looks GORGEOUS. Fingers crossed for the geiveaway.

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  57. I like Indie Stitches on Facebook, and thanks for the great give-away! :) I've seen so many beautiful versions of the Emery dress, and yours is so lovely! :)

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  58. Liked the page! I've seen this dress around a few times and would love to give it a go - though I'd probably adapt the neckline into something more of a sweetheart shape.

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  59. Your dress is gorgeous, I love the colour and the subtle pattern in the fabric and the belt looks fab. Please enter me in the giveaway, I have liked the page :)

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  60. Hi! I have liked the page on fb and I like your dress too! Very very pretty!

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  61. Love it - Would love a copy of that dress

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  62. Yay pockets!! I've liked Indie Stitches on Facebook

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  63. That's a lovely dress. I've liked the FB page, feeling lucky! Vicki Xx

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  64. Have liked the page on FB. Love your dress too and the almost secret lining. I love that it is a floral and that it is just peeping out!

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  65. The bodice looks great - have liked the fb page

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  66. I liked Indie Stitches on facebook. Your dress is so cute! The plaid denim is such a lovely idea.

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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  67. your dress is gorgeous, love the lining. thanks for the giveaway, have just like the FB page.

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  68. I have liked the Facebook page and would love to have a chance to win this pattern :-)

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  69. What a lovely pattern! I've just liked Indie Stitches on FB - it's always great to hear about local companies stocking indie patterns!

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  70. I have liked Indie Stitches Facebook page and would love this pattern! Please put me in the draw :-)

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  71. Great dress you've made! I've liked Indie Stitches on FB!

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  72. Lovely dress! I have had my eye on the pattern since it came out, so I have liked Indie Stitches on FB

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    1. Lovely dress, great fabric combo! And Yay to the giveaway, facebook page liked :)

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  73. Would love to have this pattern and my birthday is a long way off, so have liked the fb page for Indie Stitches x

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  74. Lauren, your version is lovely! Without your version I would have not considered this pattern much! thanks for this giveaway and for pointing me to Indie Stitches

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  75. You look so adorable in this dress! The colours are really nice too. I love the tights you picked for this ensemble!
    I'd love to try the Emery dress as well. So I liked Indie Stitches on FB. Thank you for hosting!

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  76. I did enter on FB. Your version is fabulous! I want a similar one ;)

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  77. I love your dress! Liked on FB. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  78. Love the dress. And Liked Indie Stitches on FB

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  79. Love the denim! I have seen this pattern floating around and have been very curious about it. The fit always seems to be impeccable. I "liked" the FB page, ooohhh I hope I win!

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  80. Gorgeous dress :) I'm loving all the variations I'm seeing of this pattern. I've liked Indie Stiches thank you to you both for running this giveaway :)

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  81. Great dress! Love the pop of color for the waist! I liked Indie Stitches on Facebook. Thanks for hosting! :) mfrapp_83 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  82. Did it! A lovely dress! Upon seeing the picture of the neckline, I thought it was on purpose, that the lining was peeping out. Looks sweet.

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  83. I liked Indie Stitches on Facebook. This would be such a great early birthday present :D

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  84. Such a beautiful Emery! The bodice looks like it fits you beautifully. I'd love to win this pattern - Indie Stitches liked on FB! Thanks! Jen x

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  85. Oh I love your version. The print lining is inspired. I've liked Indie Stitches on FB and have my fingers crossed as I've the perfect floral print fabric for this dress! Thank you both for a lovely giveaway.

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  86. So cute! I really love this style dress, so easy to wear. I've liked Indie Stitches fb page, thanks for running the giveaway!

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  87. Pretty dress! I love the touches of floral accents you've used. :-)

    I've 'liked' them on Facebook. :-)

    Also, where in NZ are you?

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    1. Thanks Kat!! I'm in sunny Dunedin (ha!!).

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  88. I've been admiring everyone's versions of this dress, I might need to buy it if I don't win! I've liked Indie Stitches on Facebook. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  89. I love this dress! The lining is so fun too. This is the first time I've heard of the Emery dress, but it looks like it will have to be added to my pattern wishlist if I don't win the giveaway. :) I liked Indie Stitches on Facebook. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  90. Love your contrast belt! I'd love to win a copy, and I've liked them on fb :)

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  91. I love the patterns and especially your version. If I win, my version will be plaid too!

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  92. I've liked Indie Stitches on Facebook, so please count me in for the giveaway. I had never come across the website or FB page before but with free postage in Australia I'll definitely be buying my Indie patterns from here next time.

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  93. Love the emery dress pattern. Congrats on your new sponsor!

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  94. Your plaid looks fabulous! I only I could match my stripes so well...
    Thanks for hosting the give away! I've liked Indie Stitches on Facebook :)

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  95. How did I not enter this giveaway yet? Beautiful dress - the lining is A-Ma-Zing! And way to go on the new sponsor - LIKED ;)

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  96. Love it that dress and you version is lovely, I have like.
    http://docksjo.com

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  97. I'm surprised I haven't entered this great giveaway but I can't see my name above so please PLEASE include me! :-)

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  98. Facebook page liked! Lovely pattern. Please count me in.

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  99. Page liked, count me in too please:) I've been dying to make an Emery for some time.

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  100. Wow, beautiful dress! Well done! I've got my emery pattern waiting to be traced. Yours has given me the kick to get going with it over the weekend! Thanks! :)

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