On the Fourth Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

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Twelve Days of Christmas
On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me….four colly* birds, three French hens, two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree!

….and Rae gave to me a Charlie Tunic sewing pattern!


As you can see, there is no shortage of cute going on here:


1. red & gold, 2. ugly duckling, 3. pink buttons, 4. brown with short sleeves

Check out the Charlie Tunic Photo Pool on FlickrΒ HERE.

The tunic looks just as adorable as a dress, which is easily done using the Charlie Dress Add-on, an extra option for the Charlie Tunic. Both the tunic AND the dress add-on will make up the prize for today’s giveaway.


To enter to win a copy of both the Charlie Tunic sewing pattern and Charlie Dress Add-on, just leave a comment by 9 PM tonight (EST). One comment per person; void where prohibited by law. I’ll pick a winner using the random number generator and notify the winner by email; we’ll also post a list of all of the winners at the end of the series to make sure we don’t miss anyone. This prize will be emailed to the winner as a PDF.

*OK. Now we need to talk about this “colly” bird thing, right? I have always sung the song “four calling birds,” but when we looked up the lyrics it was “colly” nearly everywhere, I tell you. As best I can tell, “calling” is actually an American mispronounciation of the original “colly” birds, which apparently are blackbirds. Who knew?

293 thoughts on “On the Fourth Day of Christmas [NOW CLOSED]

  1. Wow I love this pattern. I think I may even be the first to comment so probably won’t win this one. Oh well. It’s only ten pm on the 28th here in Sydney. Even if I don’t win this one I think this will be on the 2013 list of patterns to purchase. Thanks Rae.

  2. Love this pattern, would love to win it! Also clueless about the colly birds; I learned something new today.

  3. Ooh I’d love this! Husband bought me a new machine for Christmas and I can’t wait to get cracking!
    Don’t know if I can enter being in the uk?

  4. I would really <3 to win this pattern especially as I have 4 children and it would suit all of them. This was the first pattern I fell in love with when I discovered your site (about) 2 years ago. Thank you for the opportunity to win this pattern.

  5. such a gorgeous and versatile pattern. It would be a perfect addition to the wardrobes of my two girls. Great as a unisex present option too!

  6. I so so want to make one of these and it’s one of the only patterns I don’t own of yours !!!!!!! Crossing my fingers !

  7. I never knew that about the colly birds! And, my kids would be so cute in this! I already have fabric picked out!

  8. I love gender neutral patterns. I have a 4 year old boy and a 14month old girl. I will definately get a lot of mileage out if this one.

  9. This tunic would be fab for my little girl to grow into. She’s proving a lanky little thing so I foresee homemade clothes featuring strongly in her future! Fab giveaway too Rae.

  10. Colly birds?? No way… Learn something new everyday.
    This year my son sang the Australian version which included Australian animals. Nice variation too. It includes “five rusty utes!!!” Screamed as loud as he could.

  11. I bought a fq of your whale print just to make this tunic for my nephew, but still don’t have the pattern! This would be a great way to finish that project.

  12. Would love to gave this pattern to make for all my honourary nieces and nephews I have “adopted” in my global travels.

  13. You know, this pattern has been on my want list for so long now! I’ve tried twice to buy it, but paypal hates prepaid gift cards. Ooo, to have the pair!

  14. Love the pattern! So versatile and now that our third baby is 1 I’m trying to find a little more time to sew!

  15. Oooh, I love this pattern. And I already have the fabric picked out so let hope the old random number generator picks me! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for a great giveaway!

  16. An awesome pattern for both boys and girls with so many possibilities of making just the perfect garment. Thanks for the colly heads up. It will be a great discussion at dinner.

  17. too much cuteness! having a baby girl in 3 weeks (or less)- would love to sew this for her eventually πŸ™‚

  18. Oh I have wanted this pattern forever, just don’t have it in the budget to purchase it. Please let me win!

  19. I have admired this pattern from afar & would love to put a couple in the queue for some of the little girls in my life! Thank you!

  20. OOh I have been following your blog for awhile and love your emphasis on the boy stuff! This is a super cute pattern for boys or girls!!

  21. Another one for the queue…. I think I might have to hire a babysitter in the new year just to have enough sewing time.

  22. This pattern would be so cool for Easter dresses. Simple, yet so versatile for more than just a dress. Thanks!

  23. It is such a cute pattern! I would love to see both my girls in something made with it. Keeping my fingers crossed. You are such an inspiration! Thank you!

  24. Colly birds:) , I can’t wait to share this with my trivia friends that always know the correct answers before I do:):):)

  25. Would love to win this. I’ve been wanting to make it since I first saw it, but have yet to tackle making kids clothes.

  26. I always get excited when I see this pattern pop up in different forms across the internet. Seamstresses have so much fun making it their own!

  27. I love all the ways that this pattern can be used. It would be awesome to win a copy, but I’ll probably end up buying it soon even if I don’t.

  28. I’d love to give this a try, it would be perfect for when my little girl goes to preschool in January πŸ™‚

  29. Wow, I hadn’t seen this pattern before, even
    Though I’ve been reading your blog for a while. It’s very cute!

  30. Ooh. I’ve been eyeballing this pattern for some time, but haven’t taken the plunge yet. It’s so cute. I can think of a dozen different fabrics I would use to make this for my little babe.

  31. Oh, I’ve been wanting to try this pattern! Thanks so much for the chance to win. If I win, I promise to try retraining my brain to sing “colly”!

  32. I know this is selected randomly by the computer but I would LOVE this pattern! I already see some popsicle fabric that I have being cute….:)

  33. Such a cute pattern and I’d love the chance to win it! I can use it for my son and the add on for for my daughter! Thanks!

  34. This tunic has been on my “to-sew” list and I got some new fabric for Christmas. Can’t wait to try it out. :~)

  35. I didn’t know about the colly/calling bird thing either. The charlie tunic is another great wardrobe basic I’d love to have! Thanks.

  36. Thank you for hosting the giveaway!

    I have few friends who are currently pregnant and it would make a great gift for them!

  37. This is what I’ve been looking for! Having our first baby (We just found out it’s a girl!) and I love this top and dress! Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. My little girl would look adorable in the dress and a handsome short for get brother would be awesome πŸ˜‰

  39. First of all, I would loooove to win this pattern. Thanks for giving one away! And second, I had no idea about the “colly” bird thing! I can’t believe I’ve been singing that song wrong my entire life! πŸ™‚

  40. That’s funny – my husband just told me about the colly birds a couple of days ago and I’d never heard that before, and now I read it on your blog!

    I’d love to try making the Charlie tunic for my two year old boy – it’s so cute!

  41. Oh! I’d love to have this pattern, well actually I like them all … I have seen your patterns and are great.:)

  42. I love this pattern, it’s so cute! The dress add-on is such a great idea, as it makes a really lovely dress for little girls.
    Thanks for the giveaway, Rae. Hope you had a lovely Christmas with your family x

  43. I’ve heard the colly bird thing before, and I have another one: the “partridge in a pear tree” thing comes from a mis-pronunciation of “une perdrix” …french for partridge. The original line was “and a partridge, une perdrix” which would be pronounced (when sung) oo-neh pear-dree. Easy to get pear tree from that, right?

  44. I had the colly bird revelation last year. Colly means black, as in coal-colored. Then I read that the five golden rings might have referred to ring-neck pheasants, with the first seven days describing birds eaten at a feast.

    Also, I am excited for a chance to win your pattern!

  45. I LOVE this!! I have never won anything in my life, so I’m not expecting to win this either, but I just wanted to say I LOVE your patterns. I’ve bought several of them!

  46. I have such a hard time sewing for my boys since they obviously don’t wear dresses. This pattern would be a great one to try for the 2 littles in my house who don’t wear frills. πŸ™‚

  47. I am a huge fan of all of the Made By Rae tutorials and would love to have this pattern for my daughter. Thanks for the great giveaway and for saving me from singing “calling birds” in the future (who knew?!).

  48. Thank you for the amazing giveaway πŸ™‚
    I would love to sew some cute matching Charlie’s for my DD and DS for our very hot summer πŸ˜€

  49. Sorry, colly makes me think of dogs, not birds. 4 calling birds it is.

    Would love to win the pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!

  50. I love learning new things ~ thanks for sharing about the colly birds. I will have to remember to change it when I sing it πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway, too!

  51. I would love to make one of these tunics for my nephew. Thanks for the chance to win! Also, I thought that you were going to say that colly birds was some cute thing your kids said not the actual lyrics to the song. I can’t believe we have been saying it wrong all this time! πŸ™‚

  52. I love your patterns and they are so easy to follow. Oh how I wish that my number comes out. Thanks Rae for being so fabulous.

  53. what?! i’m 45 and i’ve been singing calling birds…sheesh!
    thanks for another great giveaway and a little bird education!

  54. Love your patterns – the ones I have purchased have been fantastic – washi and backpack, and I regularly uses your other tutorials. Great to see the new patterns you are putting out recently. Keep up the great work!

  55. I love this pattern. It will be perfect for my littel grandguter. Thank you. Rachel from Israel.

  56. Thanks for educating us on a song we’ve been singing incorrectly for years! (And thanks for this giveaway, too!)

  57. Would LOVE these patterns. Been drooling for some time.

    And seriously, I just discovered the colly bird thing too!! I read jan brett’s 12 days version and we have read a few others that all had calling birds. well, go figures….

  58. I think I’d change the words. Who wants blackbirds instead of birds who make pretty sounds (how I think of “calling birds”)?

  59. I’m sure that the Colly birds are an old English thing. As was baking them (the blackbirds) into pies… ewww. I think we are safe getting that whole blackbird thing out of Christmas all together. Love this pattern, it’s been on my find-the-time-to-sew-list for ages!

  60. My sassy 16-month-old would rock this adorable little dress, so I’d love to win this pattern!!!
    Ps- <3 everything else on this blog too πŸ™‚

  61. I’ve got a bit of a backlog of clothes to make with made by Rae patterns, but this is one I’ve thought about getting for quite some time. Thanks!

  62. I sing calling birds as well, curious now to see what is written on my sisters Christmas ornaments as she has a set to this song. Would love to win this pattern, thanks for the chance!

  63. Love this cute pattern – it’s definitely going to be one of my 2013 makes for my daughter. Will you be grading this up for bigger sizes please?

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