Rosie watch-lace giveaway

Hi everyone, thanks for checking back, here is the promised giveaway!  You know, the one that I tantalized you with before my blogging outage during June.  Now after all that palaver, pictures being eaten, links not working, then working again, it feels time to celebrate (even though there are still plenty of pictures to re-instate #sigh#)

So to thank you all for sticking with me through all this tedium, I’ve made something to offer as a giveaway, something truly unique, hot out of the ScruffyBadger Boutique.  I’ve had a few admirations of my “Rosie Watchlace” over the blogworld (worn here with my lace yoked sencha)

Rosie watchlaceSo I wanted to make a brand new one, just for someone out there, anywhere in the world – yeah, I mean anywhere.   If you knit, crochet or sew & make your own, even better, as I feel so lucky to be part of this sewing/ knitting community.

This is a pendant, adorned with my favorite polymer roses, sprinkled with a freshwater pearl and a swarovski crystal drop.

I’m modelling it here (but owing to bad hair in anticipation of a run, you’ll have to take my word for it that it’s me in the picture.  But then again, do you really care?  It’s a giveaway right?!) It’ll come with an antique finish chain (probably not silver plated though), but you can rethread it onto ribbon, or a chain of your own if you want.  It’s a genuine working watch, normal watch batteries.

As you can see colour scheme is pinks & purples, & yes, that’s the lining for my Vintage Vogue jacket that it’s being shown off against.   To enter this giveaway, just let me know what you would wear this watchlace with – if it is something you have made yourself & you can link to a picture of it, that would be even better!  As I said, it’s open for all & as it’s the holiday season I’ll keep it open for August, drawing a random number at the beginning of September.

Now it feels apt to use this to wrap up some very late thoughts I had in response to Tilly’s post, Sewing changes lives.

Why do I sew ?  For me – it was something that I did lots of as a child/ teenager having an inspiring & clever Mum who taught me.  She made everything, all of our clothes as children, her own clothes, curtains, she tailored & fitted everything with such care.  She also knitted & machine knitted.  (Not to mention her talents in the kitchen, at go-kart making, decorating & DIY) Very creative lady 🙂 (& it was her Mum that taught her …)

I had my own sewing machine from very young – I started with a hand Singer (I wish I could remember what model it was – it had long thin bobbins & a shuttle like a space ship). I used it for dolls clothes at first, but dreamed of making my own clothes.  I leapt for joy when I saw my first sewing book being displayed as carboot loot by Debbie at Minnado’s House.   I had this most amazing 70s book & Debbie tweaked nostalgia big time!  It contained patterns for egg cosies, pencil cases, a “bob” hat & slippers, aprons & perhaps even a knitting needle case…

Courtesy of Minnado's House

but it was the kids’ clothes I hankered after …

Courtesy of Minndao's House

I remember the first real dressmaking pattern bought for me, complete with fabric & notions chosen by my Mum- my “starter kit”.  It was a circle skirt and sleeveless top with a placket & a mandarin collar.  I remember making the skirt, my Mum  unpicked all of my early mistakes (aahhh – what love!).  I think I am under the delusion that I made the top as well, but perhaps that was mainly the evening elves picking up what I had started! (placket & collar – unlikely at the age of 8!!)

As a teenager & then new young Mum I sewed for 1. my individual look 2. affordability – I’ve always had moderate spending, characterised I suppose by veering towards the “sale rail” for the greatest discount.   OK, I am a penny-pincher!  It’s out now.  We never had loads of money, but I did like clothes!  The number of illinformed buying decisions I’ve made based on greatest discount – that’s one aspect of mental arithmetic that still gets lots of practice…

Anyway, I sewed a lot.  Many evenings I would be found hammering away at my sewing machine when the boys were in bed.  Here’s one of my favourite pics that I carry around with me, (pre Badger) with my youngest.

Not only is he wearing some handmade chambray dunga-shorts, I’m wearing a me-made dress that I still have in my stash.  It is being considered for a remake into the Lisette Passport dress …..(It’s far too short for a person my age, but being empire line, the skirt could well work on a different bodice …watch this space).

Working full time all but stopped my sewing but I picked it up again last year, faced with a massive hole in my life.  From the age of 19 I had defined myself by my role as a mother, then as a working mother.  All of a sudden I realised that my boys had grown up, I worked, but who else was I? I recently started to run which had given me a new kind of confidence, but that wasn’t enough.  I strongly believe that everyone needs some kind of talent, something that they feel good at & can therefore fall back on.  (For me that isn’t running!  No good at school, why would I be good at it in my 40s?!) Luckily for me it is sewing.  No,I’m not the best, I have lots to learn, but boy can it obsess me & how I love meeting fellow enthusiasts & people to inspire me online & in real life.  Being part of this community has also challenged me, both in the practical & fun eg months wearing only me mades, organised by Zoe & the multilayered true value of hand made.  I won’t go on, but I could about the ethical side of cheap disposable tat fashion versus the love, care, and oftentimes cursing that results in a perfectly fitted, brilliant quality & tremendously personal piece of clothing.  I’m now on a path to only make my clothes in future (something else I’ve kept from you all).  No more buying – extending to coats, jackets, pants & maybe learning to knit.  Listen to this – I have not bought any clothes (apart from the odd lycra thing for running), this year – that’s 7 whole months of not being tempted -even during the sales! And I work in the centre of Bath!  It’s easy though, now that I get so much pleasure & satisfaction from making my own. Clothes shopping for me is only a habit easily broken. Now if we are talking about fabric shopping, that’s where I’ve had the most fun, particularly during blogger meet ups organised by Karen of Did you Make That in Walthamstow & Goldhawk Road.

Sewing has saved me & given me purpose.  I have once again found confidence in wearing unique self expressive clothes (& you should just see my new glasses!).    In all ways it has unlocked my creativity, sense of fun & realisation that I am a social being & love sharing with like minded very generous spirited sewing bloggers.   For that reason, this giveaway is to you, and thank you all.

And yes, while we’re talking about it, thank you Zoe, for once again organising a me made month, let’s ramp up the next challenge:

I, Scruffybadger of  , sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-Sept ’11. I endeavour to wear all me mades each day for the duration of September 2011 (with the exception of bras, tights, socks & stuff I run in).  Now what this means is that I’m going to have to make pants & a jacket – both in hand.  I will also only wear refashioned knitwear.  Better get back to sewing my jacket!

27 thoughts on “Rosie watch-lace giveaway

  1. Jane

    Aw Winnie, what a lovely post and what a gorgeous photo of you and your boy. You go girl! I’ve got absolute confidence that you can continue on your wholly me-made road. The clothes you make are just lovely and sparkle with your vibrant personality, keep up the good work. Can I just say that meeting you in the Goldhawk Road was one of the highlights of my sewing year! x
    And what a generous giveaway! Your necklace is beautiful, if I won it, I’d wear it with my new Parfait, the colours are a perfect match. x

  2. scruffybadgertime Post author

    Coo, Jane that’s such a lovely thing to say, but y’know, I am also thrilled to have met you too. Thank you (I’d better not go on otherwise I might well up!)
    #’Hem# Yes, I agree, your perfect Parfait would look great with this!

  3. Bella

    What a pretty watch! I don’t wear them (they never work right on my arm so I just use my phone now).

    I have a feeling you’re good at many things…raising children? Making people feel good about themselves? Blogging? Probably lots else. Plus sewing!!

    Thanks for the insight; I enjoy learning more about everyone…

  4. Magpie Mimi

    I’m looking forward to seeing your jacket! I don’t think I’ll take part in the self stitched September simply because I’m a bit burnt out, but can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    I really love the watches you’ve made, they’re so pretty. I think it would go with the new Kaffe Fassett fabric I got myself the other day that I’m going to make into a skirt and have some plain pink mystery fabric that I’m hoping to make into a floaty top to go with it.

    You’re such an inspiration. Thanks!

  5. Roobeedoo

    That is such a gorgeous photo of you and your boy!
    If I was the incredibly lucky one to win your rosie watchlace I am afraid I would have to wear it with my new Tea Posy. Yes, on my head obviously! 😀
    Good luck with SSS! I look forward to seeing your next creations – and you new glasses too!

  6. Sarah

    It’s so nice to hear about what led you to sew and hence to blog, I hope once I’m done with all this university stuff I can find time to sew properly and make something other than what Karen would call unfinished uglies 🙂
    I’d very much like to win your pendant giveaway, and I’d wear it with my as-yet unmade version of the dress in this blog post (, I’m currently cutting an old duvet cover into the toile.

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hi Sarah,
      I hope your coursework (& exams?) went well- very important stuff, but great that you have some sewing as a reward when you are finished. That looks like a really cute dress 🙂

  7. Katherine A

    What a perfectly gorgeous creation you have made. I love sewing, knitting and all sorts, but at the moment I have 5 children to homeschool so time is precious. Maybe when they fly the nest (not too soon I hope), then I’ll have a chance to get back into things for me to do.

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      My gosh Katherine, you must find it hard to get any time for yourself, but very rewarding doing homeschooling. When they do fly the nest, you’ll look back & be very proud & have wonderful memories I’m sure

  8. Sigrid

    I really have enjoyed reading about your sewing journey, as I said before its so exciting to get the “backstory” on my circle of sewing bloggers. I love the idea of your mom doing the hard stuff behind the scenes, but letting you feel that you were really making stuff ! And Bravo for kicking the retail clothing habit ! I’m looking forward to see your wardrobe evolve !

  9. Donna

    What a lovely blog post! I love that happy picture of you and your son! But then again, I love all your happy pictures. They do make me smile :o)

    I’ve been a bit of a lurker since just before your other blog went down, and I did miss your posts!

    Your giveaway has brought me out into the open, as it’s so lovely! And I would love to be in with a chance to win it. If I do, I shall wear it with a top I have had in my wardrobe for about 6 years!
    It’s my a shop bought inspiration top for the style that I hanker after when I’m making anything with my sewing machine!
    I can’t wear ‘normal’ watches as they all irritate my skin after a short while. So your beautiful make would be ideal :o)

    Thankyou for sharing all your inspirational makes with us. I love reading your blog!
    Keep up the running -I enjoy running too!
    Kind regards,

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Hi Donna
      Lovely to hear from you & thank you! Good to meet a fellow runner, but I wish I could enjoy it every time … why is it still sometimes so hard??!!! (Like tonight!) Would love to know what the secret is!

  10. Debbie

    Oh, I love the watches you make. If I had one I would in theory, wear it with my proposed tasteful autumn wardrobe of greys with touches of mustard and red. In reality though I would probably wear it with my jeans! And the pirate trousers of course,

  11. Law

    Yours is one of my favourite blogs Scruffy Badger. There is such obvious joy in your posts and the things you make. It’s clear you love sewing, and love life too.

    If I won you giveaway I will make a top to go with it, as alas my home-made collection is pretty thin on the ground, maybe a purple sorbetto, as I want to give that pattern a go.

  12. Carolyn

    Please enter me in your giveaway! If I won that adorable watch, I think it would look perfect with one of my gazillion lacy tops!
    Looking forward to seeing you again in self stitched September, I’m joining in again too!

  13. Valerie

    A lovely watch. If I were to win I would wear it with New Look 6020 in white linen. I would happily show you a picture of this dress except for a small technical detail: I haven’t actually made it yet. But it will be fabulous when I do. Really, this is the one that will turn out exactly as I imagine it!

  14. karamiel

    Hello !

    Why should we bother about getting dressed with such a beautiful watchlace? Let’s do like Marylin and her Channel number5 ! But pictures won’t be available I’m afraid !
    By the way, I love your blog -discovered through Me-made June- and your creations are really inspiring. Thank you for sharing them.

  15. Debbie B

    Hi, I hope I’m still in with a chance to win your beautiful watch, even though I saw the post when it first came out I forgot to leave a comment, duh! It would go so well with a white blouse I’ve almost made – almost, because it’s something I started ages ago from Burda 03/2009 and it went wrong. To receive the watch would give the boost I need to set about finishing it. I like the blouse but a series of mishaps occurred – I interfaced the collar of what is a sort of seersucker type of fabric with far too heavy interfacing, but didn’t realise until it was attached, clipped and trimmed. I went ahead and re-did the collar but then I sewed the sleeve inside out. Again I finished it, overlocked and cuffed before I realised – not a very obvious right and wrong side to the fabric. I eventually managed to track down a bit more fabric to re-cut the sleeve but that took ages and then the thought of trying to set in a sleeve where the armhole was previously overlocked was just too much… I do really like the style with a drawstring v-neck and something between a seersucker and burnout type floral self-coloured cotton, I just need a bit of inspiration to make me get it out of the box again!

    1. scruffybadgertime Post author

      Thank you for sharing your mishaps with us! You know sewing’s full of things that don’t quite go to plan, & I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes through these traumas. Maybe though you can get this blouse on the go again? It sounds as if it would be a wardrobe staple once it was finished? I like the idea of a drawstring neck …


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