A Mini European Union and Collegien Giveaway!

We’re jumping for joy here at YoSaMi over this festively-coloured make and our first ever Giveaway!


It struck me as I finished this dress that it’s a micro European union of sorts!

Organic cotton sweatshirt dress

Organic cotton sweatshirt dress

It was sewn by a Brit, using a Danish pattern design (http://www.minikrea.dk). It’s made out of cotton sweatshirt fabric bought from a German fabric supplier (http://www.lebenskleidung.com) and organically grown in Turkey ( a European wannabe!). It’s accessorised with French made tights and slipper socks (http://en.collegien-shop.com)and finally so as not to neglect the immigrants to Europe, it’s modeled by my dual nationality British and Japanese daughter!

Minikrea Anorak Pattern - 30500

Minikrea Anorak Pattern – 30500

It’s the Minikrea Anorak – 30500 pattern that I’ve made before. I used my existing pre-cut child size age four pattern and made the dress version again.

Variations of the pattern

Variations of the pattern

I really like the Minikrea children’s patterns because they’re multi-sized – this one is age four to ten, and the pattern envelopes always include lots of ideas for variations of the pattern including optional extra pattern pieces.

Optional cuff pieces

Optional cuff pieces

I made the dress up in organic cotton sweatshirt fabric from Lebenskleidung as before but this fabric is their mid-weight sweaterknit so I decided to line the dress with organic cotton rib knit jersey also from Lebenskleidung. The pattern is lined so it was straightforward to follow the instructions to do this. The upside is,  the dress is now reversible.



I used my overlocker machine to sew most of the seams and then topstitched with my regular sewing machine and a jersey needle around the hem and hood opening.

Topstitching on hood

Topstitching on hood

My only problem now is that I have to sew another one for my youngest daughter, but this size is still a bit too big on her!


We styled this dress with these lovely tights gifted to us by Collegien and which we are very grateful for! They are really great quality, made from long-fibre Egyptian cotton and they are a really nice thickness – warm and robust but not too thick and bulky and they come in the widest selection of yummy colours you could imagine!

Collegien tights and slipper socks

Collegien tights and slipper socks

Which finally brings us to The Giveaway!

Collegien slipper socks - they're French!

Collegien slipper socks – they’re French!

The Giveaway Lowdown

The lovely folks over at Collegien are offering a lucky reader the chance to choose any one item from the Collegien online shop. (I don’t envy you trying to choose only one item though – everything is so tempting in that shop!)

Also don’t forget to stop by Collegien on Facebook too and ‘like’ them if you do!

How cool are these?!!?

How cool are these?!!?  Image courtesy of Collegien

The offer is open worldwide but the postage is only covered within Europe –  you would have to pay the difference yourself to have it shipped outside of Europe.

How to Enter

Just leave an answer to the following question in the comments below:-

What are you hoping to find in your Christmas stocking this year?

I’ll draw a winner at random and post it on the blog on Monday 2nd December 2013.

I wish you luck and have a great weekend,



10 thoughts on “A Mini European Union and Collegien Giveaway!

  1. Nice giveaway! This would be a great gift for my boy 🙂
    I hope Santa brings me cookie stamps from the house doctor so I can make lovely cookies for my Cookie Monster.

  2. Love these slippers. Hope I win! I’m hoping to get a nice new handbag in my Christmas stocking – a girl can never have too many! Great blog BTW!

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