a rather snazzy giveaway

My apologies this didn’t go up on Friday as promised. The day got away from me, as some days are apt to do, and before I knew it, it was late at night and I decided to just wait until the next week to post this giveaway. Hope it was worth the wait!

I find myself using words that I hear very rarely out of the mouths of people my age: things like “spiffy”, “snazzy”, etc. Yes, I really do. I think snazzy will always be my favorite though, becuase I remember my grandfather (who passed away years ago) saying it regularly to refer to things he thought were neat or eye catching. It’s far superior to “cool”, in my not-so-humble opinion.

But enough about words! What is this “snazzy giveaway”? Remember those patterns I showed you a sneak peek of a little while ago? Well, I’m going to be giving them away individually over the course of the autumn, so here is the first one. There is nothing quite like spreading a little vintage pattern love, especially since I hear so many of you struggle with finding them locally! This giveaway is for Simplicity #5234, dated 1963 on the envelope. I’ve gone through it and counted all the pieces, and the instructions are present. The envelope is a bit crinkled, but everything is there. It’s a vintage size 16, which translates to a 34″ bust, 26″ waist, and 36″ hip. (But don’t let sizing stop you!) I think this would make a lovely ensemble for either the autumn or spring, depending on what season you’re preparing for!


October 1, 2012 · 95 lovely thoughts
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Sescun October 1, 2012 at 05:45

Love this ensemble. It remembers me the suit I wore for my PhD dissertation… https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3556302463713&set=pb.1157277690.-2207520000.1349088031&type=1&theater
Never thought 60s outfits were so smart and comfy ant the same time… I wish I get the pattern you offer :)
By the way… congratulations mum-to-be, we’ll be due by the same dates… ;)
Good luck everyone!!


Kim October 1, 2012 at 05:46

I don’t really have a word I use all the time, but at the moment it is ‘jottum’. And that’s an old Dutch word, and it sounds like this: http://nl.wiktionary.org/wiki/jottum
And I like to clap my hands three times with it..and make a little jump. You should see mee at a fabric store sometimes..:-)


Sarah (aka OldeSarah) October 1, 2012 at 06:02

This pattern really reminds me of things I’ve seen my mother wearing in pictures from the ’60!
So cute!
I won’t fit (even with the size altered) this, and I can’t sew (something I would love to learn!) so I’d rather give someone else a chance to this give away.

However, I could not resist commenting!
I love words, and even though I’m Dutch and English is not my first language, there are so many great English words out there! And even British-English and American-English can be so different! (when I lived up in Canada I once insulted my host by calling her home “homely”. British-English for “homey”. Definitely not ugly!)
I too like the “old fashioned” words, and phrases. In ‘Kitty Foil’ (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032671/ one of my all-time favorite movies, ever!) they would say “making love to you” but it would mean ‘flirting’. It just has a lovely sweet ring to it.
I also like words like ‘nippy’ because to me it describes the meaning of the word (and feeling of that type of temperature) really well!

Ta-ta (love typical British words!)! Have a lovely (an other great word!) week!
(aka OldeSarah)


Alli October 1, 2012 at 06:14

I still use those words too lol! I think because my Mum and grandparents used those so much they just became regular features in my vocab. I really love snazzy :) heehee


Alli October 1, 2012 at 18:03

And the other one I just thought of is swish. ‘What a swish outfit !’
Lol :)


jackie October 1, 2012 at 06:20

Crazy. like your giveaway is totally crazy.
Congratulations and looking forward to seeing your sewing-for-baby posts.


Project:Girl October 1, 2012 at 06:39

I love “nifty”


Carlijn Bakker October 1, 2012 at 06:39

It’s my birthday today, so this would make it the prefect day!


Justyna Mulewska October 1, 2012 at 07:02

Hello vintage lady,

I like using ‘jazzy’ word as much as I love jazz itself.

All best,


Kim October 1, 2012 at 07:03

whenever i’m out and about shopping antique stores, thrift stores or yard sales and stumble upon something i love, “dude, this is awwwwesome” is what ALWAYS comes out of my mouth no matter who’s around.


Jill October 1, 2012 at 07:07



Mrs. Becker October 1, 2012 at 07:15

For the longest time, my fave descriptive word was “fabulous”/”fan-tab-u-lous” however, my 16yo declared I said that all the time so she wasn’t sure if she really looked “fabulous”. So I added more words to my “favorite-descriptive-word-category” lol :)
Is it fair to have more than one? In any case, words can become monotonous and lose their true meaning if used to often and the receiver becomes complacent to the idea/emphasis that is to be made… currently my fave words are: “groovy”, “neat-o” and one of all time is simply “beautiful”. Most importantly though these will not always be my favorite descriptive words ;) as it is that I intend to describe with a variety of descriptive words :) with thanks to my 16yo.


Tracy October 1, 2012 at 07:49

Even though I was not quite a child of the 60s, I still like to call things “rather fab”


kelly k October 1, 2012 at 08:04

Oh well I do like jazzed or jazzy, like i’m jazzed about something.


Anna Vollmer October 1, 2012 at 08:13

I find myself using ‘awesome’ all the time….but I think I need to go on a seach for a new descriptive word instead of using the same one all the time.


Amanda October 1, 2012 at 08:36

I love how you remember your grandfather using those words! My Grandpa used to say I looked all “spiffied-up”, and that is one thing I’ll never forget about him. ;)

I realize I tell people they look very sharp – or smart. I think either one of those two I use frequently.

Thanks so much for the giveaway, Casey! Hope you’re feeling better as the days go by.


punkmik October 1, 2012 at 08:38

working with a Canadian company and an American before that I say “Awesome” to everything. :P I have been heard to go “lovely jubbly” on occasion!


Victoria Miles October 1, 2012 at 09:17

My usual word for saying something is neat is “copacetic”. I remember being 7and my grandfather being mesmerized by a large air bubble in a jar of honey and claiming it was copacetic. Whenever I use that word I remember him.

This pattern is truly “copacetic”.

And congratulations. You are a beautiful mom-to-be.


Gabrielle October 1, 2012 at 09:27

My word for enthusiastic approval is ridonkulous (sp?). I don’t use it out loud that much BUT I think it a lot, and just thinking it makes me smile. Out loud I usually just say something like “amaaazing” :-) but on the inside it’s ridonkulous all the way!


Jessica October 1, 2012 at 09:27

What a charming pattern, how sweet of you to offer it to one of us lucky lasses.

I must say, I’ve always been rather fond of adjectives, so it’s no easy task to pick just one favourite or most commonly used descriptive word. I think it might be a toss up between “delightful” and “lovely”, but I’m certainly no stranger to bandying the the word “cute” about quite often, too. :)

♥ Jessica


Grace October 1, 2012 at 09:40

Ooo!! What a ‘NIFTY” vintage pattern! I think it is simple enough that I could grade it up to my size with relative ease. The “NIFTY” thing about grading is that it is not necessary to cut and spread if you use the shift method. When I was in high school I used to thrift a lot and everything eyecatching or cool was “nifty”.


VictoriaR October 1, 2012 at 09:43

I like “groovy”, but I don’t use it as much as I could. I have many more words for when something is terrible. Isn’t that an awful commentary. I will have to work on that. Thanks for the snazzy giveaway.


Catherine October 1, 2012 at 09:50

Wow, how cute! I used to loooove saying “smashing,” “queer” (in the archaic sense, meaning “odd”), “smarvelous,” and “raweseome,” which means “Rockin’ awesome!” But my favorite word right now is “Smraltard,” a word my husband made up in Scrabble which means, “Cool but kinda dorky.” (Yes, we make up words when we play Scrabble. Don’t you?)


Samantha October 1, 2012 at 09:53

Faboo! For instance, this pattern is utterly faboo.


Christina October 1, 2012 at 10:01

Hi… my favourite english word for “fancy” is GORGEOUS :) though English is not my mothertongue, I lived in Scotland for 6 years and this is one of my favourite expressions that I added to my vocabulary while living there :)


Lisa October 1, 2012 at 10:04

I like “spiffy”, but I’m also partial to “super fantastic” like the Manolo from Manolo’s Shoe Blog.


Andrea October 1, 2012 at 10:38

My favourite word to describe something great is, in fact, a really long ‘sweet’. As in “what a sweeeet pattern give away!” Thanks for the chance :)


Tonia Jeffery October 1, 2012 at 10:40

I use lovely a lot.


Vicki October 1, 2012 at 10:55

I like “fancy”. My kiddos are partial to the Fancy Nancy books and how she replaces fancy words for ordinary ones, like “plume” for feather. =) Thanks for the giveaway!


Kristy L October 1, 2012 at 10:59

I say things are Groovy! People laugh a little, but if they know me, they know I say this always. Fun! I love using old words. My grandma would alway say “forevermore!!” when something happened, kind of like “oh my stars” which I say also. This is a great post, Casey.


Kathryn October 1, 2012 at 11:11

My favorite word is Yowza (without an exclimation point). I say it a lot (and you should see the looks I get when I do). But I can’t help it, when I see something I like or something that’s interesting it’s “Yowza” everytime.


Carla October 1, 2012 at 11:11

Oh this giveaway is the bees knees!! Yes, I actually say that. But more around a group of my friends.
I also will say ‘hot socks!’ when I’m super excited about something.


Maymay October 1, 2012 at 11:13

I usually say: That’s niiiiiice (notice the emphasis on the i) or cuuuuuute (again.. the u) for something that gives me a warm cuddly feeling. It can be color, patterns, puppies, flowers or a beautiful landscape, anything really!. Sometimes I just say nothing… having no words to describe what I’m feeling.


Sam October 1, 2012 at 11:19

That pattern is totally gorgeous – which would be my favourite phrase for something I love!


Amy October 1, 2012 at 11:26

Amazing, Fabulous, Intricate or, if it’s really juicy good….exquisite!


Lauren October 1, 2012 at 11:27



Linda Morgan October 1, 2012 at 11:29

I love that pattern, growing up in the 60′s, that was the style, and it is my size :) ….When someone looks nice and put together, I say they look “sharp”….that’s my word….


Andrea October 1, 2012 at 11:44

I love reffering to things as zazzy!


Linda Coleman October 1, 2012 at 11:46

my daughter (age 17) uses the phrase “Snazzy or what” if something is cool. great giveaway


verna October 1, 2012 at 11:58

I am another who calls everything “awesome!!” and my valley girl roots come out


Corey October 1, 2012 at 12:00

I tend to use “awesome” or “nifty” more often than I should. Things are just exciting like that!


Fiona October 1, 2012 at 12:31

I’ve just spent far too long trying to decide which of a variety of words I use the most! I think it’s probably ‘A-mazing!!’ but i’m also a fan of the ‘hunky-dory’!


twotoast October 1, 2012 at 12:42

I’m a ‘super dooper’ or ‘splendid’ kind of girl – but then I am British!! Cute pattern :o )


Suzi October 1, 2012 at 12:46

What a cute pattern!

I quite enjoy the word ‘groovy’, it’s just so fun to say!


Marchelle October 1, 2012 at 12:57

Lovely! My husband and I say “extra pretty” for something that is fancy. it’s pretty basic, but it’s what we do!

Lovely giveaway, thank you!


Joelle October 1, 2012 at 13:10

Such a cute pattern! Swedish is the language I use daily, and I like to say “mumsig”. It means more or less delicious, but I use it for everything!


Maddy October 1, 2012 at 13:15

What an adorable pattern :) I often find myself using the word “nifty”. It’s a pretty fun word and can describe a loooooot of stuff :)


Rebecca October 1, 2012 at 13:20

I’m not really sure what word I use the most. Right now I think I will have to go with ‘precious’ and ‘sweet’, as I am a new mom to the sweetest, most precious baby girl, and I find myself describing her as those two words the most.

p.s. Congratulations on your growing baby! Motherhood is such a blessing!!


Renee October 1, 2012 at 13:36

Cool and it doesn’t matter who says saying cool is un-cool.:)


Emma October 1, 2012 at 13:52

I don’t think there’s a single word that I use particularly often, maybe because I’m always switching languages (Swedish at home, English for work and my English neighbour, French with everyone else).

I do keep trying out new ones for my day-to-day French interactions, though, and my favourite is probably “super”. I always feel so fake using these exclamation type words in French since they don’t come truly naturally and I’m afraid I’ll say something totally out of date (thanks school French!) or much more emphatic than suitable. Once I called something “chouette” (one of those school expressions, but one I’ve seen used online) and the person I was talking to muffled a giggle.


Naribo October 1, 2012 at 14:17

My word: “c’est trop chou” or “c’est trop classe”
I have just disco ver your blog yesterday and i can’t stop reading! C’est trop classe!


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