GIVEAWAY: Erika with a K Vintage

by Katherine on February 29, 2012 · 125 comments

in Giveaway

You know, sometimes it’s incredibly hard to start writing a giveaway post without sounding like some kind of gameshow host. I want an opening that has dignity and gravitas, but still conveys the true awesomeness of what is about to happen…

Ladies….gentlemen….let us stretch forth our cupped hands into which we shall receive a shower of vintage goodness, crisp and refreshing in its complete lack of cost. Let us be repeatedly slapped about the face and neck with the generosity of one of our number as we partake in the glorious….oh good grief. Guys, it’s giveaway time.

This month our prize is a $25 gift certificate to spend with ErikawithaK Vintage. Erika has a lovely selection of vintage patterns and vintage fabric to choose from, and you can use the gift certificate in either of her two etsy stores: ErikawithaK Vintage or Vintage Sheet Variety

How to Enter

To enter, head over to ErikawithaK Vintage and pick your favorite thing. Then pop back here and leave me a comment. I always think it’s fun to hear about what you’d pick if you win, but haiku, sonnets, and Confucianisms are also acceptable forms of comment ;)


The winner will be drawn at random on March 15th to receive a $25 gift certificate (valid in either of Erika’s etsy stores)

International Entrants Always Welcome!

As always, giveaways on are open to anyone, anywhere. ErikawithaK is proud to offer worldwide shipping :D


 In other news, I very much want a 1970s panda shirt using this pattern from Erika’s store. Pictorial proof I could work it:





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Bridgette February 29, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I would love to get the “blouse with tie neck collar” in the “pink and orange floral queen sheet” with the “grey and black carded buttons”. A bit over the budget, but well worth it. Thanks for bringing the shop to my attention!!! xox


jbsews March 1, 2012 at 12:14 am

Oooooo any of the pink/orange fabric should come home with me. :-) and the 1940s Advance robe pattern!


Jaime March 1, 2012 at 12:25 am

1970s Vintage Sewing Pattern – Simplicity 9677 – Teen Womens Romper Jumpsuit and Wrap Skirt – Size 7/8 Bust 29
I just really like the top and skirt. I would definitely be tweaking the romper part because I am not a fan of them plus it would make me look even younger than I already look. All in all super cute.


DapperDuds March 1, 2012 at 12:38 am

I love the 1930′s day dress and bolero with puff sleeves. So cute!


Alicia March 1, 2012 at 12:47 am

Great giveaway – it’s nice to discover a new store :o ) While I think these: are the BEST, I don’t have any kids, so I think this dress would be a more sensible option:


OverTheStars March 1, 2012 at 1:12 am
Beata March 1, 2012 at 1:22 am

Confucius says… one who is not searching, is certain to find…
Like me and this fabric! :)


michelle March 1, 2012 at 1:25 am

I like the 1960s Button Down Blouse Shirt pattern (:



Leticia March 1, 2012 at 1:37 am

Hi! I like Erika’s pattern 1960s fitted dress in proportioned sizes Simplicity 4252. Fabric? There is a nice blue, green, and white floral but others are cute too. Oh! And I’d like some vintage buttons! Thanks for the giveaway!
Leticia linnea194(at)


javede March 1, 2012 at 2:49 am
Gypsy March 1, 2012 at 3:41 am

This blouse pattern is my favorite:

VG Gypsy
I’m from germany ;-)


Lennart March 1, 2012 at 3:45 am

I’d love to get the “1970s Mini Dress or Maxi Dress with Sleeve Interest – Vintage Sewing Pattern Simplicity 9625″. It’s so cute!


SewDucky March 1, 2012 at 3:48 am

I’d have to go hog wild with the kids patterns. I finally got a little girl in October, and I am having a ball dressing her in all sorts of cute things!


Pixie S. Greene March 1, 2012 at 5:01 am

I would love to win Simplicity 7638, I’ve had my eye on it for awhile! That scalloped button placket is to die for!!


Sue March 1, 2012 at 6:17 am

Thanks for the great giveaway! I’d love to get the 1960s Simplicity 4838 – Womens Jiffy Dress and Clutch Bag.


Ginny March 1, 2012 at 6:54 am
Feminizzle March 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

Great patterns! I’d love Simplicity 4341 and Butterick 5346! The sheets are tempting, but not enough material for the full-skirted silhouettes that I like.


Jessica H March 1, 2012 at 7:20 am

So many gorgeous patterns, it is practically impossible to choose just one! But if absolutely pushed, it would have to be the McCalls 5486 day dress. It’s an elegant twist on a casual dress pattern..and the best part is: it is in my size exactly!!


Dee March 1, 2012 at 8:02 am

Patterns! Too many to mention individuals. I’m trying to increase my vintage pattern collection, so any would be very appreciated and lovingly used!


Susy March 1, 2012 at 8:13 am

Hi! What beautiful patterns! I only checked the 40s and 50s ones, and as I´m starting to sew, I think it would be better if I started with something simple, like: .
Plus, I don´t know exactly what is my size on the US, so the apron is easy… ;)


Brandy (VintageAttempt) March 1, 2012 at 8:20 am

I am loving this blouse pattern.
And the fabric… oh my
I have added both shops to my favorites!


Kristina March 1, 2012 at 8:37 am

Oh my god, if I win I’ll probably need ages for deciding what to buy! ;)
But I think it would be something like this:
Greets from Germany (An Explanation for my English, I don’t know if my phrases are correct …)


Mamie March 1, 2012 at 8:41 am

What a great idea
This one I am in love with (
Vintage awesomeness

Here is my haiku :)


Erin March 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

I would pick the 1950s Day Dress with full skirt. Mostly because I wish I could pull that off!


Melanie March 1, 2012 at 10:24 am

It is so hard to just pick one thing! I love the 1960s Fitted Dress in Proportioned Sizes – Vintage Sewing Pattern Simplicity 4252!


Salma March 1, 2012 at 10:25 am

Ooh Thank you Erika for doing this! I’m a big fan of 1960′s suits and separates so if I won, I’d pick Vintage Sewing Pattern McCalls 6840 – Size 18 Bust 38, it’s so chic and simple!


Lauren March 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

Ooooh, these are nice. I think I’d blow my load on fabric, though, as I need more vintage patterns like I need another hole in my head (what I keep telling myself, anyway hahaha). Love this navy blue broadcloth ( – either sewn up into a little jumper or some shorts. Or both! And this hot pink roses fabric ( – would make a nice little bustier top :D


Jenny March 1, 2012 at 10:31 am
Taysha Riggs March 1, 2012 at 10:47 am

I immediately fell for the “1950s 1960s Red Blue and Green Striped Terrycloth – Vintage Cotton Fabric” and then went looking for what I could make with it :)

A cute summer tote for the beach!!!!!!


Carlijn Bakker March 1, 2012 at 11:01 am
Lynn March 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

Oh, I love these two 50′s patterns: Simplicity 2696 dress and McCall’s 6001 dress or jumper with blouse!


Shanna March 1, 2012 at 11:36 am

Pink Gingham fabirc…so cute


Shanna March 1, 2012 at 11:38 am

or sheet i mean haha


mideva March 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

40′s blouse,dress with jumper can’t decide


Erin March 1, 2012 at 12:27 pm

I really don’t know what I would pick. I love all of them!… I would find a way somehow to spend the prize though ;P


Chastity Senek March 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

My favorite is the 1940s Dress with Princess Seams – Vintage Sewing Pattern Du Barry 5348 that neckline is great and princess seams are always nice to work with.


Margaret March 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm
Christina March 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I can’t narrow it down to just one item, but my favorites are the blue Indian head cloth, McCalls 3204, & Simplicity 5723. I don’t care that the McCall’s 3204 skirt is way too small, I just loooooove those pockets. Wouldn’t be too hard to take a skirt pattern that fits & just add in those pockets. I love pockets & can’t imagine sewing a dress or skirt without them.


Amanda March 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

1940′s day dress, McCall’s 5486. Lovely! Oh, and many, many other things as well…


BoPeep March 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm

This is so lame but
I’m gonna have to go with
the men’s tie pattern.

I’m telling you, Katherine, GREAT gimmicks! LOL


Tina March 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Oi! So many, too many,
Don’t know which to choose!
Drew this one from boyfriend’s hat…


Sherri S. March 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm

So much goodness from a fellow Pattern Patter teamie (I’m at SewBettyAndDot)! I love the Hollywood 1740 1940s swing coat/jacket…and it just MIGHT fit me without too much grading. Fun giveaway!


Robin Flinchum March 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I love this fabric:

And I love Erika’s shops–go Teamie!


Anna F. March 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I like the men’s shorts pattern with the legless men:


Jean Alt March 1, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I think this little girl dress pattern is adorable.


Sara March 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I love the 1950s shirtwaist dress (Advance 8564). What a great collection of patterns she has!


Wyldehills March 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Normally I go right for the 30′s-50′s stuff, but I LOVE this 70′s skirt pattern – Simplicity 8925.


Foster March 1, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Three Seven Seven
Nine McCalls, Simplicity
Five Seven Two Three

How is that for a Haiku! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!


Molly March 1, 2012 at 6:52 pm

So many beauties!
I love Simplicity 8399 (1960 Button Down Blouse Shirt), Simplicity 7758 (1960 Mod Princess Seam Dress or Jumper), and the Vintage Sewing Pattern Mail Order 1-456 (1960 Mod Mini Dress w/ Shaped Front)! Any of these in the Olive Green Daffodil Floral would make for some very happy sewing. Thanks for the giveaway!


Rhandee March 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm
Ingling March 1, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Stop the Internet!!
How absolutely fabulous isn’t the “1960s One Shoulder Evening Dress” from Vogue 7528! And having your arm trapped under such a stunning dress would give ample excuses for bringing a footman to parties: “- What, no, I simply cannot be asked to hold my own champagne coupe! I only have one hand available, and it is occupied making jazz hands.”


Jade March 1, 2012 at 8:56 pm

I have to choose? Really? I mean… should I pick the mod jumper with short shorts, the one shoulder evening dress, one of those elegant 30′s gowns? Oh, and there’s fabric. This is so deliciously cruel.


Jo March 1, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Ooh, I love late 1960s-early 1970s patterns and there are so many to choose from. I really want to make the cape in the McCalls 2627 pattern. It’s smashing!


Karen L. King March 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm
This has to be my favorite right now… Lovely sheer cotton gauze with a sweet lavender rose!
This is also my first visit to this site!


Hazel Mason March 2, 2012 at 12:06 am

I would go for this cute shirt waist dress. Have been wanting to make one for ages!


njeri March 2, 2012 at 5:32 am

I would go for items from the 60′s- suit skirt and blouse S.5587, sleeveless blouse M.7806 and s.8639.


Jane March 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

It would have to be the wraparound jumper! Made that when I first began sewing in jr. High.


Katie March 2, 2012 at 10:23 am
RobinJanae March 2, 2012 at 10:38 am

i am really liking the boys batman costume, and the 1950s 1960s Red Blue and Green Striped Terrycloth – Vintage Cotton Fabric – 1 1/3 yds x 36″ wide. who wouldnt want crazy towels made from that. how fun.


anna March 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Oh goodness! I want this one!
I am a bridesmaid in my best friends wedding in july and if I win I’ll use this pattern to make the strapless dress.


Terry March 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm

I’ve never seen this pattern Simplicity 7869. I’ve been following Kenley on Project Runway All Stars and think this would look cute in her favorite fabric, anything polka dots!


Kristy L. March 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Hello! I love love love the 1960′s Simplicity mini dress pattern. Love the chartreuse green fabric and the mod lace tights! If I win, I’ll buy this pattern for sure and try to make it. Looks so fun.
Kristy L.


Laura Hulford March 3, 2012 at 2:08 am

i love the 1950s jumper dress, but Im torn between that and the 1950s day dress with detachable collar. :( what wonderful patterns to choose from!


Bettina March 3, 2012 at 6:14 am

As my body is that of a god (and that god is Buddha, sadly) I think it’s grand that Erica has sourced some 38 Bust patterns. My absolute fave is the 1960s Full Skirt Dress and Jumper – Vintage Sewing Pattern Simplicity 3576 – Size 18 Bust 38- I think I could adjust that to my curves and have a vintagey yet modern outfit that would be really wearable!
Thanks for the lovely giveaway, ‘specially the international welcome xx Bettina


Anonymous March 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm
Julia March 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm

forgot to mention my name and email


AntQueen March 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm

What a fabulous Etsy store. Hard to pick a favourite, but I can’t go past this one:

1950s Vintage Sewing Pattern – Simplicity 1620 – Womens Full Skirt Day Dress with Detachable Collar – This dress is so adorable, especially with the detachable collar!


Carole Gaither March 3, 2012 at 10:24 pm

The black and pink dahlia material!


Paloma March 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm

So much good stuff here! Thanks for the giveaway and the introduction to this neat shop. I’m most intrigued by the maternity slip though I don’t plan to be pregnant again any time soon.


maria March 4, 2012 at 1:21 am

Just found the site and subscribed. I just bought two boxes full of about 80 vintages patterns 20 bucks each, that I’ve yet to make a single thing from. Only one box came in and it was yesterday. So i’d probably choose some of the fabric.


Johanna March 4, 2012 at 11:26 am

There are so many patterns that I want the 1960s Vintage Sewing Pattern – Simplicity 8639 – Juniors Dress with Puff Sleeves, 1970s Cape Tunic Pants and Skirt – Vintage Sewing Pattern McCall’s 2627 and 1960s Mod Mini Dress and Bag – Vintage Sewing Pattern Simplicity 7557 are all on my wish list! Along with a couple others!


Smokethorn March 5, 2012 at 9:44 am
Amy March 5, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I love the style of this: “1940s Dress with Princess Seams – Vintage Sewing Pattern Du Barry 5348 – Size 12 Bust 30″


Elisabeth March 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm

I do like the Simplicity 6145 pattern but I will gladly take all the buttons she has listed! Thank you for this great giveaway!


Kat March 6, 2012 at 5:23 am

Such a tempting giveaway! I love all the 1950′s day dresses and shirt dresses. I’m not sure how I would decide if I won!


Diann Cornell March 6, 2012 at 6:29 pm

What great old patterns. There were three that I actually had and made back when they were current. One was a baby layette back when I had my first child, the second a set of scooter skirts, and the third a mini dress. The latter two were back when I was in junior high, quite a while ago.
Now my choice would be the 1950s short half apron pattern-Simplicity 1846.


Kathy Gillies March 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

I’d have to say the striped ticking mustard, plum striped fabric is my fave. She has a great etsy shop!


Gemma March 11, 2012 at 1:56 am

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz – I wonder where the fabric is?
I just love it.


Katrina March 14, 2012 at 12:14 am

Oh! Me! Mememememe! There are soooo many beautiful patterns. If I had to pick just one I would say the 1970s long cape and scarf.
Wonderful giveaway from a great seller – thank you!


SwinginCat March 14, 2012 at 12:14 am

Aaaaw, i love the 1940s Dress with Pleated Skirt and Yoke :)


Nadia Lewis March 14, 2012 at 12:22 am

Oo! I like the 1950′s Shirtwaister.


Trudy Callan March 14, 2012 at 12:34 am

I would choose the 1950s 1960s Red Orange Yellow Stripe – Cotton Corduroy Yardage. Thank you for the giveaway.


Mrs. Leapheart March 14, 2012 at 2:18 am

Mother, is that you
on the front of a pattern
for a Sixties dress?


Mrs. Darling March 14, 2012 at 2:33 am

Oooh! I love the Simplicity 3340 slim dress and the Simplicity 4807 1960s sheath or full skirt ensemble.
(I am in France)


Leea March 14, 2012 at 2:46 am

Do I have to pick just one? What if I want four? :D

This 30′s dress is simply gorgeous


parismegs March 14, 2012 at 3:05 am

Where do I begin???

1940s Accessories Hat Bag Gloves Belt – Vintage Sewing Pattern Mail Order 2911 – FACTORY FOLDS


houseofpinheiro March 14, 2012 at 3:09 am

What a lovely bunch of patterns.. xx


Anthea March 14, 2012 at 3:27 am

Oh my, what a difficult task to pick just one favourite

I choose the blouse pattern with ruffle details. I just love how you can give a blouse a different look, by adding some ruffles, a bow or a nice puff sleeve. This pattern illustrates this perfectly.


Lholy-chan March 14, 2012 at 4:04 am

It’s hard to pick only one. I think my favorite is this 30s evening dress: It’s just gorgeous! Although I’d probably wouldn’t use cheer fabric. Sadly it costs more than I’m willing to pay on a pattern, but there are also other patterns (esp. from the 70s) and some fabrics that are calling me. Thank you for this giveaway! :)


Sam March 14, 2012 at 5:16 am

I absolutely love the reclaimed vintage sheets! What a great giveaway, Sam xox


Camilla March 14, 2012 at 5:35 am

I would pick the Blue Pink and Purple Floral – 3 yds x 42in wide. Great giveaway.


Erin March 14, 2012 at 5:49 am
bonita March 14, 2012 at 5:49 am

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Ohmigoodness that 1940s war era dress is BEYOND darling; I would LOVE the chance to buy that!! Thanks for doing this giveaway; it’s fabulous.

bonita of Depict This!

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Miss Ava Kitten March 14, 2012 at 6:06 am

Simplicity 3340 is my favorite thing. Whats there not to like, style over fashion anyday. Elegant, understated sophistication not mass produced “stuff” all the way for me. I truly adore sewing vintage and when I cannot afford to make things for myself, my friends ask me to make things for them too, usually from original 40s/50s and 60s patterns. Too too cute!


Tia March 14, 2012 at 6:10 am

I really like Butterick 2166. Just perfect for summer.


Alexandra Wettstein March 14, 2012 at 6:26 am

I know its so simple but I love the 1960s Mod Sleeveless Pantdress Romper – Vintage Sewing Pattern McCall’s 8834 – 36 Bust, something that looks great but is comfortable. :)


Aislinn McEarchern March 14, 2012 at 6:39 am
Jusi March 14, 2012 at 7:09 am

Simplicity 4984 pattern is fabulous!! So many possibilities!


dee March 14, 2012 at 7:22 am
Kelly March 14, 2012 at 7:31 am

I would so love to have this pattern

It’s even in my size!


monbouton March 14, 2012 at 7:56 am

so hard to chose from such wonderful patterns: (i’m more inspired by the patterns!) – but I prefer 1960s patterns and this pattern really appeals to me, must be the scalloped buttonband: 1960s Mini Dress – Vintage Sewing Pattern Simplicity 7638 – 34 Bust (Simplicity 7638)


Aurora Celeste March 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

I’ve been wanting a new blouse pattern and this one is almost my size!


Always Alice March 14, 2012 at 8:44 am

Love love love the 1940s Day Dress – Vintage Sewing Pattern McCalls 5486 – Bust 34. Could this be my first red dress?


Elizabeth March 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

1940s Set of Blouses – Vintage Sewing Pattern Simplicity 1154. I would love a complete set of these blouses. I have tons of dress patterns but nothing for separates and this would be a great way to start!


zilredloh March 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

You have so many fab. patterns and blouses! But once I saw the 50s/60′s Purple & White floral Cotton Gauze fabric, I fell in love.

thanks so much for the generous giveaway!


ConstantlyAlice March 14, 2012 at 10:09 am

Love, Love, Love the 1950′s batwing dress with weskit. Thank you for the giveaway!!


A.J.A. March 14, 2012 at 10:40 am

I like McCall’s 6187. Thanks for the giveaway!


Alicia March 14, 2012 at 11:33 am

I love the 1970s Dress with Shaped Bodice. This pattern would make a really great western style dress.


Natalie March 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I don’t think there was a single 1950′s pattern that I WASN’T drooling over, but they were just slightly edged out by the vintage sheets fat quarters on page 11 of her etsy shop. Oooh, the possibilities with those!
Thanks for a chance at this give-away.


Katie R March 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I’m a sucker for a full 1950′s skirt. I would choose one of the day dresses and wear it swing dancing!


Jill March 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Simplicity 6891!


Maria March 14, 2012 at 1:46 pm

This is a really simple but interesting vintage pattern:
And in my size! The design is quite timeless and could look quite modern in the right fabric.


Anni March 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Oh, how can one choose! Okay okay, it’s not that difficult! I would go with 50′s day dress pattern! Maybe something else too! :) Thanks for the great giveaway!


Anna March 14, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Ohh, my favorite is the 1940s Accessories Hat Bag Gloves Belt pattern. I’m really a sucker for hats and belts, though mostly too cowardly to ear them out of the house. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway!


{ jessica } March 14, 2012 at 5:38 pm

ooh. I would like the 1960s Wiggle Dress Jumper and Blouse. I’m in a 60′s mode… :]


Molly Holleran March 14, 2012 at 5:52 pm

May favorite has got to be 1940s Dress with Pleated Skirt and Yoke – Vintage Sewing Pattern New York 582 – 38 Bust I really want to make a whole bunch of shirtwaist floral dresses this summer. That’s just the perfect shape and style.


Kelina March 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

1930s Vintage Sewing Pattern – Simplicity 2354 – Womens Dinner Evening Dress and Slip – Size 14 Bust 32 FACTORY FOLDS

Great transitional silhouette, and very nice to have both the period appropriate slip and the dress!

I’m guessing that the cost of this item might mean that it is not part of the giveaway, but this is my favorite item. Wouldn’t it be nice to be randomly selected to win this! ;-)


Suzanne March 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I like the 1940′s dress pattern and her buttons are pretty nice too.


Shannon March 15, 2012 at 7:37 am

Wow I like so many it’s hard to choose just one! I really like the 1960 Mod Tunic dress and skinny pants.
So glad I found your page and your Etsy shop!!


Alexus1325 March 15, 2012 at 8:00 am

Ooooh, I’d forgotten about this! I’m drooling over the plaid taffeta!


mamalori March 15, 2012 at 10:34 am

Just went to Erika’s site and loved it!!!!!!!! Would love the 50′s bat wing dress it’s amazing. I’m newer to sewing but have always loved vintage. Great site and am now devoted to we sew retro.!!!!


Barbara P. March 15, 2012 at 10:49 am

I <3 a good romper!


Jill March 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Simplicity 3340 – love the matching jacket!


anne March 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

I would LOVE to win :) and make them all!


Alexus1325 September 7, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I don’t know where Erika finds such amazing fabrics!!! That blue folksy chicken fabric wants to become curtains for my mum :D

For me, though, I would love to try my hand at making a shoulder-yoked blouse. The illustrations remind me of a painting of my grandmother when she was in her 20s.

I have this pattern, and it is just as terrifyingly adorable in person.


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