Monday, 6 January 2014

360 degree PPP and other stuff

A year ago (almost exactly) I started the Plus Sized Pattern Pyramid (4th January 2013) and on Saturday 4th January 2014 I picked up my winnings from Alison who had received it from Fiona in the UK, who had received it from Susan who received it from Megan who received it from Dixie who received it from KC who received it from me.

Wow - it was so interesting to follow its progress back to me here at on the road central. It has been split into two a couple of times and other pyramids given away with it and this is only one of the 2 packages of 6 patterns I sent out originally. I feel so blessed to have seen how these packages have passed through the hands of so many and that it has been embraced and added to so enthusiastically. I am also interested to note that there is only one pattern that I put in still there.

So here is what I received from Alison. An amazing 19 patterns!

Here is what I am taking out? I am absolutely delighted to welcome them to Chez Beajay and my stash.

Now - here is a big question I have for all of you curvy girls out there.

Has the PPP run its course? I noticed in a couple of the draws there weren't many entries. In other draws there were.

I think there are probably another 3 PPP going around. I have lost track of them. If you are holding on to one or just had a draw, what do you see as the response? Is there still a lot of interest?

The reason I ask is that we could do one of 3 things (or I am open to more suggestions)

1. Wind this big one down by saying - take 2 - 3 patterns - but do not replace them and then pass the rest on to your winner and they do the same until there are no patterns left?

2. If the response shows that the PPP is still strong and there is a lot of want out there I can replace my 3 withdrawals with 4 to make 20 patterns and split this into 2 packages for 2 winners.

3. Have the draw as normal and send on the 19 patterns on to one winner.

Vote on what to do with the PPP free polls 

I am really interested in your thoughts. Are you interested in the PPP? Some of the patterns in here start at 14 which I don't consider plus size - they do go up to 20 or 22 however some of the non plus sized readers may want in.

The below picture shows (at the top) Today's fit which has all sizes and Project Runway which starts at size 12. The rest of this grouping all start at size 14. (Sorry - photo malfunction - chopped the top off).

The rules of play - as copied from my original post: (You know I actually kept the date of the draw the same as the original post!!)

  • Anyone, anywhere can enter the giveaway by posting a comment below by midnight Sydney Australia Time Saturday 18th January BUT you must have an active blog. (Reasons to become obvious.)
  • I will randomly select winner/s.
  • Each winner will pick one pattern to keep for themselves, then host their own giveaway. They will randomly select a winner, post the remaining patterns to that Person C. Person C will pick a pattern for themselves, host their own giveaway and post the remaining patterns to the winner, Person D. Person D will…
  • All patterns are in the plus size category - ie - if the pattern comes in 2 sizing groups, then it will be the larger category. Patterns to go up to at least go up to a size 20 (most go higher). Patterns listed as "all sizes" will include plus sizes.
  • If you wish to take more than one pattern you can replenish the stock with a pattern you no longer want - but please make sure it is in plus size range
  • You must be prepared to pay for postage to move the pyramid on to the next recipient.
You get the idea!

  • We are taking it on trust that all pattern pieces are there
  • Your selection of patterns will be picked at random - please don’t contact me asking for specific patterns.
  • Please engage in a timely fashion, launching your own giveaways soon after receiving a parcel
  • You must be be happy to post patterns worldwide.
I look forward to your response.

What's on my cutting table?

StyleArc Frankie Dress in Snake
StyleArc Island Ali Top
StyleArc Gail top

All cut up and ready to sew.


  1. Good choices there Beajay. I'm so happy you got that McCalls 6247. I've had great success with that one - especially that knit top.

    Oh & no need to include me in the draw (duh!).

  2. Hi BeaJay! I've voted for wind down. I think part of the problem has been the splitting of the pyramid, of which I am guilty, The same few people are entering for all the pyramids, if we are'nt careful we'll end up with more pyramids than bloggers!
    However, I'm glad it has come home to you, and you have made nice choices before sending it off again.

    1. Sorry, that's meant to say Fiona M, I'm having some technical issues this morning!

    2. I can totally understand splitting it - it builds up so much as people are so generous. My thoughts are that there are not that many plus size that read all of our blogs and I think it has been out there for all of us to vote for. I think that having other ones still going - it can stand having this huge one wind down.

  3. I'm ready to see some Style arc snake! I'd also hate to see this wind down- we still are a pattern needy bunch- I say split it and put my name in for it!

  4. I voted #3 - I'm a greedy pattern stasher. lol And yes, please put me in the draw for however you decide to continue.

  5. Hi BeaJay.
    Looks like you started something good! I'm personally not interested but think it's a great idea to keep going. I'm impressed that you have three garments ready to go for you SWAP!
    Have a great day!

  6. I think the PPP is a great idea & needed. I haven't put my name in any draws because I have more patterns than I can deal with!

  7. Wow, has it been a year? I've followed the pyramid almost at each step and have loved seeing what people received, selected, and passed on. Quite a few of my patterns include sizes 14 and above, so you know what? Count me in!

  8. I bet you would have a lot of interest from some of your non-blogging followers. Maybe a flicker group or a guest post from someone who doesn't normally blog. (Of course, only with the host's permission.) My sewing skills aren't good enough to be posted on the net- ha ha. But I'm sure there are a lot of talent plus-size sewers who wouldn't mind showing off a little. Just a thought.

  9. I voted for keep on keeping on. I think it's just co-incidence that these pyramids have ended up with bloggers like me who don't have a big following, and who are perhaps all reading the same blogs. They'll end up with different people in the end.

    I do think it's great that we've got a Plus Size Pattern Pyramid, because I probably wouldn't even bother to try for a pyramid where the patterns are all going to be a zillion sizes too small for me. With this one, I stood a fighting chance of getting a pattern that would look more or less the right sort of size!

    So keep on sharing the love!

  10. Dear BJ Not in the draw but I love the fact that you sent the PPP into the bloggerverse. If you want more exposure for the idea you could start a PPP discussion thread on Pattern Review?

  11. I'm such a bad group ended up with me and never got any further due to my move..... I promise to find what I received, add to it and post by the end of January.....(I hate moving......)

  12. I think it has been a fabulous idea (I was a winner of one of the PPP's, so I am somewhat biased!) and as long as people are asking for their names to be added to the draw, then I think that there is still interest and should continue. Please! And can I throw my name into this hat :-)

  13. Sigh. I wish I fulfilled the criteria to join this wonderful event :).

  14. I just came across your blog looking for plus size sewing patterns and exchanges etc. This is a great idea. Even though I've not been involved in your PPP's I think it is wonderful and definitely keep doing it :D

  15. There are some great patterns in that bunch! Please include me in the draw...

  16. Please enter me in the draw. I am on that tricky cusp of regular and plus size where a lot of the patterns seem to cut off! I have been following along with this since you began it last year, but have not entrered before because I was not sure that I qualified?


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