Sound the trumpets! Beat the drums! Release the flying acrobats! And don’t forget to don your party hats while revving up your sewing machines!
It’s Sewing Indie Month!!!
What’s Sewing Indie Month? Oh, just this little online party I’ve been planning since last year. A little party with 21 independent sewing pattern designers and their best friends (that would be you!).
Sewing Indie Month is all about making new friends and sewing great garments. See, when you’re an independent sewing pattern designer sometimes you really wish you could ask your fellow designers’ advice, or even just commiserate about how little sleep you get when there’s an error in one of your patterns. That can seem weird and presumptuous though, asking a stranger, a competing business owner, to chat about certain things they’d rather keep private. But that’s the great thing about being an indie designer, your fellow designers aren’t your competition, they’re your allies.
With that in mind, I gathered a group of 21 independent sewing pattern designers so we could all chat and share our favorite sewing tips and techniques. Not only have the other pattern makers and I lined up great conversations between some of your favorite designers (and hopefully a whole bunch you’ve never heard of before!), but we also have 21 tutorials to share with you. Any of us could have hosted a pattern giveaway on our own, but that would have meant that only a few people got goodies. Instead, we decided to give back to the online sewing community by making some really great tutorials that everyone can benefit from. Check out the Sewing Indie calendar to see who’s posting when. You can also keep up with Sewing Indie Month by following the hashtag #SewingIndie on Twitter and Instagram.
Of course though, what’s a sewing party without some prizes? That’s where you come in! It’s time for a great big sewalong! With over $1,000 in prizes! Because we were all so busy getting our posts together for Sewing Indie Month, we decided to enlist the help of four of your favorite bloggers, who are each heading up a sewalong category.
For an Indie Love Affair sew up a garment or outfit using patterns from two or more designers. Wanett of Sown Brooklyn, who’s known for having had the occasional dalliance and full blown love affair with indie patterns, will inspire you and share some great tutorials to help you along the way.
Who better than vintage lover extraordinaire Laura of Lilacs and Lace to lead the Dressed to the Nines category? She’ll give you the fancy dressing bug while sharing great tips and techniques for making your special garments even more special. For Dressed to the Nines sew some fancy garments for those occasions when you want to look dapper or glamorous.
Sometimes though, you come home at the end of a long day and just want to relax. Jenny of Cashmerette, who has made many a gorgeous yet casual outfit, will make you love to sew those casual garments that every wardrobe needs. She’ll help ease your knit fabric fears while showing you a few quick finishing methods for those days when you can’t wait to head out the door in your latest make. For the Everyday Casual sewalong category stitch up clothing that you’ll love to wear on a daily basis.
Where’s the fun in sewing if you can’t customize your projects? Rhonda of Rhonda’s Creative Life will share her fabulous pattern drafting and hacking skills as she leads you through ideas and methods for hacking up your patterns to make garments that are unique to your style. And if you need even more inspiration all you have to do is check out her extensive blog archive that’s chock full of clever and imaginative pattern drafting tutorials. Let your creativity loose for the Pattern Hacking category by modifying a pattern beyond fit changes.
Can’t wait to get sewing? Take a look at the sewalong rules first.
You’ll notice that the sewalong runs a little bit past the end of May. That’s so all you busy people can have time to photograph and link to your beautiful creations. Just make sure you submit your finished garment(s) on the sewalong hosts’ announcement pages by June 4th. Then, vote for your favorites by June 14th.
Now if you’ve read this far I know what you’re waiting for, the prizes! Well, there are SO MANY prizes that I couldn’t fit them all on this one page. Click over to the Sewing Indie Sewalong Prize Page to see what you can win. There’s a winner for each category.
Oh yeah! There’s a bonus winner too! Afraid your sewing skills aren’t up to snuff? Only have time to knock off a dead simple project? Not to fear! A bonus winner will be randomly selected from all the sewalong contestants to win a prize that’s just as fabulous as the other four. Beginning sewers, this bonus prize was made specially for you.
Here are just a few of the great prizes you can win. Remember, there are over $1,000 worth of prizes! Click over to that Prize Page to see them all.
Keep your eyes peeled to your blog readers and RSS feeds during the month of May or you’ll miss out on inspiring conversations between your favorite designers and stellar tutorials that will help you expand your sewing skills! And if you want to show your indie love grab one of these blog buttons! With 150px, 200px, and 300px wide buttons here should be a size to fit every blog out there.
- By Hand London
- Christine Haynes
- Closet Case Files
- Dixie DIY
- Fehr Trade
- Kate & Rose
- Lolita Patterns
- Maria Denmark
- Seamster Sewing Patterns
- Sew Caroline
- Sew Chic Patterns
- Sewn Square One
- Sinbad & Sailor
- Skinny Bitch Curvy Chick Patterns
- SomaPatterns by Sylvie P
- Stepalica Patterns
- Pauline Alice
- Thread Theory Designs
- Tilly & the Buttons
- Waffle Patterns
While I’ve been coordinating, I still don’t know what every single post will be about, so I can’t wait to see what all the other companies have cooked up! To get a sneak peak at what’s coming next check out the Sewing Indie Month Calendar. I hope you’re excited too! Let me know what you think in the comments below!