April 01, 2019

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Mix & Match Monday - Enter To Win (April 1st-8th)

Hi everyone, 

Enter To Win! Which Look Is Best? Vote Now!

This week's giveaway includes two stylings of the darling Genniewren Swirly Pants pattern designed to fit 18-inch dolls. Which style do you like best? Be sure to vote to help us decide which look is best and be entered into the giveaway to win all of the items* featured in both looks! (*Note - dolls are not included in the giveaway)

More About The Mix Up:  This week we have two cute looks featuring the Genniewren Swirly Pants design as the main centerpiece. We're presenting two different looks styled with different accessories - Market Swirl and Summer Swirl!

The giveaway includes:

  • The Swirly pants made by Genine (featured in her pattern example images) are a fun twist on a classic 70's inspired flared pant! They are made in a fun combination of woven cotton fabrics and have a fitted waist with a front closure.
  • The Market Swirl outfit includes: A peasant-style crop top made from the bodice for the Anna Dress pattern, a cute tote with an embroidered kitten, and a darling pari of sparkly pink tennis shoes!
  • The Summer Swirl outfit includes: A bright pink crocheted halter swimsuit (from Ma Petite Cherie), white flower sandals, and a pair of adorable white sunglasses.


     

     

    Make It Today: Like the two looks that we've created and want to make your own? Click the images below to check out the patterns available.

        

    Vote Now & Enter To Win: You enter through the entry form that is embedded on this page and appears just below this paragraph, if you don't see it, be sure to visit the page from your desktop or an alternate browser such as Google Chrome. It may not appear on all mobile devices. The complete rules and entry details appear on the entry form. This is not a comment contest - in other words, leaving a comment on the bottom of this page is not an official entry method. The only required entry method is to vote in the poll to help us decide which look is best. One person will receive the outfit. You can enter once, or gain multiple entries by completing the other entry methods and increase your chances of winning. Please review all Terms and Conditions on the giveaway page before entering. While we wish we could run this contest everywhere, for legal reasons it is only open to eligible residents of the U.S. and Canada, not including Rhode Island. This contest is exclusively endorsed by Liberty Jane Clothing and aleksandrajones. Not endorsed by or affiliated with American Girl®.

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    Get to know Genine (in her own words): 

    Hi, I’m Genine, the person behind Genniewren Designs. I've been sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, and hand-smocking virtually all my life. My first embroidery project was a tray cloth for my new headmistress when I started school! I was seven when I embarked on my first real human-sized sewing project all on my own without mum’s help. It involved my little sister lying on the floor on top of some fabric. I drew around her with chalk, cut out the shape and sewed it together by hand to make a blouse. She wore it to Sunday school and proudly told one of the teachers that I had made it for her. The teacher said that every designer needed a sewing machine and offered to give me her old machine as she had recently bought a new one. I came home with the shiniest black and gold crank-handle sewing machine you’ve ever seen. I used that machine for years until I received an electric sewing machine for a birthday gift when I was a teenager.

    Since those early days, I’ve sewn all sorts of things, sometimes for money, always for fun. I don’t do much human sewing nowadays. Instead, I design sewing, knitting and craft patterns for dolls clothes, pets, and accessories. Since 2005 I’ve been digitizing machine embroidery designs too.  My doll patterns are all available exclusively through aleksandrajones. Joining aleksandrajones has been a great way for me to share my love of sewing for dolls with so many friends all around the world, and I am so happy to be part of that team!

    Visit the Genniewren Designs Pattern collection today!

    Inquiring Minds Want To Know:

    Q: What's your favorite food? 
    Genine: I don’t really have a single favorite food. I love flavorful food of all genres from Mexican to Indian regional cooking. I love to research recipes in books and online and then experiment.

    Q: Coffee or Tea?
    Genine: It depends.  Black coffee for breakfast. Herbal mint tea during the day. Despite being a Brit, I don’t actually like tea – and I have been called unpatriotic by some Brits for saying that!

    Q: What inspired your brand name?
    Genine: Gennie Wren was my dad’s nickname for me when I was a child. As I sewed so much for dolls back then, I thought it was a good name to use for my business. When I made the teddy bears I used a different brand name, based on what my nephew called me when he was a baby.

    Q: What's your favorite place to shop?
    Genine: I love shopping at outdoor markets. Our local market has stalls selling the freshest foods from all over the world,  fabrics & notions at bargain prices, and all sorts of other stuff. When we visit other towns and cities in the UK we always try and go on market day if we can. A market can tell you so much about a place.  I also love browsing in second-hand book shops. My husband and I once “lost” over half a day in a single book shop in Hay on Wye!

    Q: What is your dream vacation? 
    Genine: I don’t really do vacations very often as I’m a bit of a homebody. When we do go away I prefer cities or towns with lots of historical features to explore. I’d like to visit the US one day and go to an American Girl store.

    Q: Do You Collect Anything Special?

    Genine: I collect vintage needlework books, pattern drafting books and magazines. Some of my original books, sewing magazines and patterns date back to the 1870s. I keep telling myself I must scan some of them for posterity as the paper can be very fragile. Maybe one day when I have time!

    We'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment and tell us - which look is best! And be sure to thank Genine and the aleksandrajones team for giving away such cute outfits!

    Thanks, everyone!

    The aleksandrajones Team

     


    100 Comments

    serena
    serena

    April 08, 2019

    I have to say summer swirl because i love modest outfits. thank you

    Christina
    Christina

    April 08, 2019

    I voted for Market Swirl! Thank you for this giveaway!

    Joyce
    Joyce

    April 08, 2019

    My vote is for market swirl

    RUTH LYONS
    RUTH LYONS

    April 08, 2019

    I love Market Swirl, it makes me want to dress in bright colors and swirl off to the market. Thank you Genine for the perfect spring/summer giveaway.

    Motorcycle Oma
    Motorcycle Oma

    April 08, 2019

    These are so much fun, colourful to bring the sunshine! They are both great but I think I’ll give my vote to The Market Swirl.

    Natalie
    Natalie

    April 08, 2019

    I have to say Market Swirl, I just think it matches, and I like the kitty bag. The sandals in the Summer Swirl are cuuute! Thank you!

    char
    char

    April 08, 2019

    Very cute I like them both. If I had to choose I would pick market swirl.

    Rachel
    Rachel

    April 08, 2019

    My daughter saw these outfits and said she had to have one. She loves the style. Thank you for all your hard work!

    Crystal Grey
    Crystal Grey

    April 08, 2019

    These are so cute! Thank you so much. I love the colors. Beautiful work!

    Ellen
    Ellen

    April 08, 2019

    I love both outfits. I really love the outfit on Z Yang and also the crochet magenta top. Thanks so much!

    Kristen H.
    Kristen H.

    April 07, 2019

    Thank you Genine and the aleksandrajones Team for creating such stylish outfits featuring the Genniewren Swirly Pants design. I really do love how cool they look. Anyway, the outfit I think looks best is the Market Swirl one. That’s because I think the peasant-style crop top looks better with the Genniewren Swirly Pants design than the pink crocheted halter swimsuit does. Once again, thanks for creating such cute outfits featuring the Genniewren Swirly Pants pattern.

    Cassandra D
    Cassandra D

    April 07, 2019

    I like the Market swirl outfit.

    Aubrey Scott Daniels
    Aubrey Scott Daniels

    April 07, 2019

    Love them both, but market swirl is my favorite!

    Jaclyn C.
    Jaclyn C.

    April 07, 2019

    Cute! Ok you’re making these harder and harder to decide!!! Eenie meanie minie moe… Market swirl won.

    Carrie
    Carrie

    April 07, 2019

    Thank you Genine and aleksandrajones Team. I really love the Market Swirl

    Judith Martinez
    Judith Martinez

    April 07, 2019

    Thanks Genine! I like market swirl best.

    Brenda Ward
    Brenda Ward

    April 07, 2019

    Both outfits are cute, but my pick is Market Swirl… I just love the look.. Thank you so much for the great patterns…

    Maryann
    Maryann

    April 06, 2019

    Love the bright, bold colors

    Sue D
    Sue D

    April 06, 2019

    thanks Genine and the aleksandrajones Team and I like Market Swirl the best.

    Ksenia
    Ksenia

    April 06, 2019

    I love Market Swirl!

    Janet M
    Janet M

    April 06, 2019

    I love the Market Swirl. Very creative sewing. Thank you for this.

    Cristy
    Cristy

    April 06, 2019

    I am voting for the market swirl! I love the 70’s!

    Janice
    Janice

    April 05, 2019

    I chose the Summer Swirl because the bright colored, knitted top just made the outfit. Thank you Genine and Cinnamon for making this available to us.

    Carole
    Carole

    April 05, 2019

    I picked the market swirl so cute ,thank you so much Genine and aleksandrajones

    norma mikkola
    norma mikkola

    April 05, 2019

    I would like to choose Market Swirl. I think it is because I do not knit (well) or crochet. I think Market Swirl blends in with the shoppers at a Mall. Always nice patterns. I really would like to purchase them all. :-) Thank you.

    Fran R.
    Fran R.

    April 05, 2019

    Difficult choice but I picked summer swirl. My 9 year old granddaughter lives in Massachusetts but will be coming to spend the summer with me in Florida. We will be spending a lot of time at the beach or in the pool so I love the bathing suit.

    Frieda Spears
    Frieda Spears

    April 05, 2019

    They are both wonderful outfits. Thank you for always making such wonderfully beautiful patterns for us to sew. I enjoy all of your patterns and my dolls love them even more.

    Dori
    Dori

    April 05, 2019

    I like them both but i think I prefer Summer Swirl.

    kathy
    kathy

    April 05, 2019

    Love the Market Swirl.

    Alisa
    Alisa

    April 05, 2019

    I love the Market Swirl!!

    Jessica
    Jessica

    April 05, 2019

    Too cute! My favorite is Market Swirl. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Ilona
    Ilona

    April 05, 2019

    I chose Market Swirl mostly because of the accessories. Thank you all for the giveaway.

    chris wqtene
    chris wqtene

    April 05, 2019

    I picked the market swirl .. the little pink sneakers won my bet … thank you so much Genine and aleksandrajones … I love your patters Genine and have several of them … some I haven’t used yet but fully intend to

    Marion
    Marion

    April 05, 2019

    Market Swirl wears it best. Thank You Genine and the aleksandrajones team.
    Marion

    Zandra
    Zandra

    April 05, 2019

    I like both outfits but the peasant top and sparkly sneakers have won me over. I vote for Market Swirl. Thank you Genine and aleksandrajones!

    Barb
    Barb

    April 05, 2019

    They are both cute but I chose the Market Swirl. I want to say thank you aleksandrajones and Genine for a great giveaway.

    Sparkle
    Sparkle

    April 05, 2019

    It’s difficult to choose the best one, but I am going with Summer Swirl. Thank you Genine for these cute and clever outfits.

    Winter
    Winter

    April 05, 2019

    These are absolutely charming Genine! Thank you!

    Jeri
    Jeri

    April 05, 2019

    I voted for Market Swirl. Thanks so much!

    Roxanne
    Roxanne

    April 05, 2019

    Market Swirl wins my vote

    Suzan
    Suzan

    April 05, 2019

    I choose the Summer Swirl as I love bold colours and don’t favour belly shirts

    Barbara Peart
    Barbara Peart

    April 05, 2019

    Absolutely adorable outfits. Really Hard to choose which one. I will make it a must have to get the patterns.

    Shannon Harris
    Shannon Harris

    April 05, 2019

    Ginine, I love how you found you life calling. I also did something similar to get a pattern shape, but the dog wouldn’t stay put. I gave up and decided the cat might be easier, but that was vetoed so traced around my doll. It look like a CSI crime scene! Since I traced around the head too, the finished product looked more like a squared off doll.
    All your patterns are fun to sew. I love the swimsuit, but am choosing Market Swirl this time.

    Katrina
    Katrina

    April 05, 2019

    I vote for Market Swirl!

    Chris
    Chris

    April 05, 2019

    My vote is for Market Swirl.

    Deborah Fields
    Deborah Fields

    April 05, 2019

    Love your patterns! Thanks for bringing originality and a bit of the past to your designs. Keep up the creativity!

    Doris
    Doris

    April 05, 2019

    Darling outfits. Thanks!

    Mary G.
    Mary G.

    April 05, 2019

    So cute - I liked the Market the best -- the pants are the cutest things ever!! Love them

    Pat
    Pat

    April 05, 2019

    I love all of Genni Wrens, patterns they are so easy to follow.
    The market place is the one I would pick!

    Marie B.
    Marie B.

    April 05, 2019

    I really like the cute summer swirl. Thank you

    Sue
    Sue

    April 05, 2019

    The Market set just drew me. Love the detail of the kitten on her bag.

    Dorisanne
    Dorisanne

    April 05, 2019

    Both are cute and I like Summer Swirl the best because the solid top offsets the busy pants.

    Gloria
    Gloria

    April 05, 2019

    Market Swirl is adorable and trendy !

    Detra
    Detra

    April 05, 2019

    I love the Summer Swirl. As a crocheter…..I love her swim suit!! Just makes the outfit!! <3

    Suzi
    Suzi

    April 05, 2019

    Thanks Genine and aleksandrajones for another great giveaway. I choose Market Swirl even though I really like that onesie in the Summer Swirl.

    marie sykes
    marie sykes

    April 05, 2019

    I think that “Summer Swirl” is the best!! But I really love both outfits!!The swirl skirt would look great with this also!! I think the skirt would look better than the pants do. Thank you Genine and aleksandrajones for all the work going into each giveaway!! I enjoyed Genines story and remembered my own is similar, I wish some one had given me a machine. I did buy my Niece a toy machine. To show her how to sew we grabbed a pr of mom’s undies from the clean laundry and stitched across the top. Mom found them 3 months later and tried to put them on. I think my niece was rolling on the floor with laughter!!

    Joy
    Joy

    April 05, 2019

    Market swirl gets my vote!

    Joan
    Joan

    April 05, 2019

    Summer swirl is the best!

    Helen J Neilsen
    Helen J Neilsen

    April 05, 2019

    I love the market swirl.

    Linda A C
    Linda A C

    April 05, 2019

    Love the Market Swirl.

    Diana Geiger
    Diana Geiger

    April 05, 2019

    Thank you Genine and aleksandrajones for another great give away. I think I like Market Swirl.

    cathy
    cathy

    April 05, 2019

    both are so cute, finally picked market swirl

    Maureen
    Maureen

    April 05, 2019

    I vote for market swirl, thanks.

    Melody
    Melody

    April 05, 2019

    Thanks for the giveaway. I like them both, but since I can crochet my own bathing suit, I like the Market Swirl. Thank you!

    Melody
    Melody

    April 05, 2019

    Thanks for the giveaway. I like them both, but since I can crochet my own bathing suit, I like the Market Swirl. Thank you!

    Margaret I.
    Margaret I.

    April 05, 2019

    My choice was the Summer Swirl. The bright solid pink make the pants pop. Thanks Genine and The aleksandrajones Team for the cute give away.

    Diane Rice
    Diane Rice

    April 05, 2019

    I love the Summer Swirl, because I can’t wait for warmer weather. Thank you Genine and aleksandrajones for the chance to win such a cute outfit.

    Gail B
    Gail B

    April 05, 2019

    Such a hard choice, but I finally chose Market Swirl

    Deanna
    Deanna

    April 04, 2019

    Thanks for sharing yourself and your patterns with us!

    Leticia
    Leticia

    April 04, 2019

    Thank you Genine and aleksandrajones for this opportunity. I voited for Market Swirl.

    Mary R.
    Mary R.

    April 04, 2019

    Both outfits are so cute, but I chose Market Swirl. Thank you.

    Kathy
    Kathy

    April 04, 2019

    Both outfits are so cute it was really hard to choose. I finally decided on the summer swirl because there is no way I could crochet one of those suits. Great job and super give away. Thanks Genine and PF for the chance to win these two super cute outfits.

    Lori
    Lori

    April 04, 2019

    I like the Market Swirl set the best. I love the colors and this looks so fun.

    Marian
    Marian

    April 04, 2019

    Market Swirl. Thanks.

    Christine
    Christine

    April 03, 2019

    Both looks are very cute, but I picked market day, a tad softer look, and very cute top. THANKYOU for making them available

    Martha K F
    Martha K F

    April 03, 2019

    So cute! Hard to choose just one

    Dee evans
    Dee evans

    April 03, 2019

    Market swirl

    Debra
    Debra

    April 03, 2019

    I like the market swirl outfit the best just because that midriff top is darling. Both outfits are really cute though!

    Annlee
    Annlee

    April 03, 2019

    Both are cutie but I choose the Market Swirl. Thank you Genine and aleksandrajones

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    Grace J.
    Grace J.

    April 03, 2019

    Thank you Genine and thank you aleksandrajones. Both combos are very nice, but I love the look of the top with the swirl pants in the Market set.

    Sandy Stave
    Sandy Stave

    April 03, 2019

    My vote is for Market Swirl. I love the crop-top blouse. Clever pants. I have the swirl skirt pattern plus other patterns from Genniewran Designs. All have turned out great! Thanks!

    Barbara
    Barbara

    April 03, 2019

    I chose Summer Swirl because I love the crocheted bathing suit — and I can’t crochet!

    debra S
    debra S

    April 03, 2019

    I chose Market swirl.. because that top! WOW too cute

    shannon
    shannon

    April 03, 2019

    Thank you Genine! I really love the summer girl outfit.

    Sue
    Sue

    April 03, 2019

    Those pants are really funky! I picked the market swirl look although both looks are adorable.

    Angela
    Angela

    April 03, 2019

    Market Swirl is my favorite! I love the colors! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Rachel
    Rachel

    April 03, 2019

    I voted for Summer Swirl, thanks Genine and the aleksandrajones Team!

    CdnCrafter
    CdnCrafter

    April 03, 2019

    Thank you Genine! I voted for Summer Swirl because I like the swimsuit and I can’t crochet!

    Ann
    Ann

    April 03, 2019

    I have liked Genniewren designs since I was first introduced to Genine’s line through aleksandrajones. Enjoyed reading her story too. Thank you Genine and aleksandrajones! Both outfits are adorable but I chose Summer Swirl.

    Dottie B
    Dottie B

    April 03, 2019

    I picked Market Swirl, because, to me, the top was cuter. The pants are fascinating. I never looked closely at that pattern before. Thank you for the opportunity to win this cute outfit. Guess I’ll buy the pants pattern!

    Maureen
    Maureen

    April 02, 2019

    Market Swirl… I detest auto correct sometimes!

    Maureen
    Maureen

    April 02, 2019

    I picked rakers swirl, I love the top! Thanks Genine!

    Sam
    Sam

    April 02, 2019

    Summer market is cute. Thanks for the chance.

    Marilyn
    Marilyn

    April 02, 2019

    Market Swirl is my favorite. Thank you Genine and the aleksandrajones Team!

    Kristina
    Kristina

    April 02, 2019

    I voted for the summer swirl.

    pat P
    pat P

    April 02, 2019

    I absolutely loved reading the ’Get to know Genine (in her own words): ’ story on aleksandrajones. What a wonderful story. I also loved reading the Q&A section. Your patterns are wonderful. Great detail and photos. P.S. Love that smiley, smiley photo too!

    Donna Landreth
    Donna Landreth

    April 02, 2019

    I think the Narket Swirl looks best. Thanks again for the awesome giveaways.

    Laura Paul
    Laura Paul

    April 02, 2019

    Both outfits are so cute. Market swirl gets my vote because the top really flows with the pants. I love your patterns. My latest purchase was the military hats.

    Jo
    Jo

    April 02, 2019

    Oh my goodness! I vote for Market Swirl b/c I’m in love with that little kitty tote bag! Great job, Genine! Thanks for the giveaway!

    maddie
    maddie

    April 02, 2019

    i picked market swirl i ecspecially love the bag

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