Have you heard? This year, May is Sewing Indie Month!
It’s no secret that I love indie patterns – they’re by far the closest a home sewist can get to RTW fashion without self-drafting, and it’s fantastic to see so many new patterns popping up all over the world, whether it’s downloadable PDFs from fellow sewing bloggers like Sew Caroline and Dixie DIY or gorgeous packaged goods from the likes of By Hand London. Many of them are also available in plus sizes, which earns them a *high five* from the Curvy Sewing Collective (and to those who aren’t yet… we’re waiting!). Sewing Indie Month brings together a wide range of independent pattern designers ranging from Tilly and Buttons to Thread Theory, Garmenter to Kate & Rose, Fehr Trade to Dixie DIY – see the end of this post for the full list.
Anyhow, Mari Miller of Seamster Patterns asked me if I’d like to host one of the Sewing Indie Month sewalong contests, and I jumped at the chance!
The Cashmerette theme for the month is… everyday casual. Yep, that’s secret pyjamas, folks. In the frosting —> cake continuum I’m firmly a cake lady – I mostly sew what I like to wear on a daily basis, which means lots (and lots) of knits, “throw it on with a pair of boots/flats” dresses, and simple tops paired with colourful jeans. I firmly believe that you don’t have to look schlumpy when you’re comfortable (what is it with all the college sweatpants, Boston ladies?!), and I hope this month I can help you continue to build a stylish, but dreamily comfortable capsule wardrobe for wearing every day.
Here’s how it’s going to work:
The winner of the Everyday Casual sewalong category will win these cool prizes:
A Bonus Winner randomly drawn from all the sewalong participants will win the following prizes:
HOW TO APPLY
Use the InLinz widget below to link to your blog post, Pattern Review or Kollabora post.
Remember, you need to make something (at least one bit of your outfit) from one of the participating companies – it could be a pattern or tutorial! Click on the “add your link” button and follow the instructions!
***UPDATE (June 4) Please note that any submissions for patterns that are not from the list of participating designers aren’t eligible for the competition, and will be removed before voting
***UPDATE (June 5). Hold tight for voting! Mari, our fearless organizer, has arranged two rounds. The first will be a round of voting by the pattern companies and blog hosts to create a shortlist. Then, the shortlist will be voted on by everyone on my blog! Questions on the process? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also grab button below for your blog, and don’t forget to head over to the other Sewing Indie Month hosts.
- 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