You’ve got one more day to get those Indie Sewing Month projects entered!
To do so, go to THIS post, and click the little image at the bottom of the post.
Good luck!!! Those are some excellent prizes!!
As for me, I suffered a little bit of inspiration overload! Sorry if I overwhelmed you with all of those awesome options ;)
Despite that, I’ve been a busy sewing bee, but I think I will be turning in early, tonight.
This one was a nail biter….
Would I like that chic drop waist look on me?
The smile says
I really, really love this dress!!!! It’s so comfy I’m still wearing it while writing this. And I hate wearing outside clothes, inside my home! I’m so pleased with the fit. I tried sewing this shape before, using a vintage pattern in my stash. It was a disaster! I forced myself to size up from what I would have normally gravitated to, with the thought (from the last experience) that loose would definitely be better than tight. I traced size 36 and made it up exactly as is.
I did struggle with the facings, which I ALWAYS DO. SIGH. I was hesitant to switch to bias bindings, which I have more success with, as I was unsure of how it would work with the unique (and SOOOOO cool) sleeve shaping. Plus, I think the slight bulk of the facings gives the sleeves structure that binding wouldn’t. I did leave off the pockets. I never put things in dress pockets and I hate when they sit open.
Full disclosure: I also worried about things lining up properly with all that gathering. I really suck at even gathers. But I rocked it this time!! This is the perfect amount of fullness. I don’t feel swamped, just flow-y!
I serged all of the seams and the edges of the facings and along the hem which I handstiched. I just couldn’t put any top stitching on this beautiful blank, linen canvas! I think this is the first time I’ve sewn with it and it most definitely won’t be the last.
Working with it has been a real lesson in fabric selection. This is heavier than what I would have chosen if I saw it in person. It was gifted to me by the folks at Britex, so I only saw it online. It was also very stiff prior to pre washing it. That wrinkly, post wash texture was so pleasant, though. And, as you can see, it sewed up perfectly!
Great pattern. Great color. Great drape. Great dress!!
Obligatory swishy shot ;)
I took a stroll around my Pinterest boards to mix and match indie pattern silhouettes. These were all already on my boards and now I’m this much closer to making some of these looks happen!!
Take a look and tune in at the bottom for the giveaway!!
Closet Case Patterns Nettie + BHL Tutu Tutorial
BHL Victoria + Maria Denmark Winnie + Closet Case Patterns Vneck Nettie
Sleeveless Closet Case Patterns Nettie + Charlotte Skirt
Cropped Closet Case Patterns Nettie + BHL FREE Pleated Skirt Tutorial
Cropped LS Nettie + BHL FREE Circle Skirt Tutorial
Closet Case Patterns Nettie + BHL Tutu Tutorial
Dixie DIY Concert Tee + BHL Charlotte
BHL Victoria Blazer + Maria Denmark Winnie
Sinbad & Sailor Raven + Dixie DIY Concert Tee
Dixie DIY Summer Concert Tee + BHL Pleated Skirt Tut
Tilly & the Buttons Coco + Sinbad & Sailor Raven
Now that I’ve shown you an abundance of ways to rework Nettie, here’s your chance to win one!
Comment, below. Tell me your favorite look, favorite pattern from the Indie Sewing Month participants, or whatever you want!
You have until midnight, tomorrow!
The Giveaway is Over!! Thanks for entering!!
Let’s get ready to SEEEEEEEEEEEWW!
A whole heap of super fantastic peeps are on tap for this!
Some are new to me. And one in particular is dear to my heart (My Heather!)! This month of indie sewing love requires a level of coordination I don’t possess. I’m always so impressed when these kinds of events pop up in the blogisphere. The kick ass buttons alone surpass my skill level.
What I am there for (and which requires much less effort from me) is showing talented entrepreneurs some love. The skill and time required to make these patterns available to the sewing masses is not lost on me. I know how long people like Mari and Heather plan and work on their efforts. It must have been months and months ago that Heather first mentioned a bodysuit pattern to me.
Anyway, enough of my lovin’. You’d want to know the rules. So you can win the prizes, of course ;)
You can submit your entries forhere, at Sown Brooklyn.
For this category, you must combine patterns from 2 or more companies into one garment or outfit. Awesome! My wallet will feel it from all of the new companies this has introduced me to!
Visit these ladies to enter the other categories:
The winner of an Indie Love Affair category will win these great prizes:
1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine
2013 Threads Archive DVD from Threads Magazine
1 class of your choice from Pattern Review
Sassy Librarian Blouse Craftsy class by Sewing Indie Month designer Christine Haynes
- Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Stepalica Patterns; PDF Nettie Dress & Bodysuit by Closet Case Files; PDF Twisty Top Pattern by Soma Patterns; paper pattern of your choice from Tilly and the Buttons
Look at the prizes!! You all are lucky!! None for me!! LOL I was lucky enough to receive a lovely pattern that I had just nearly purchased, some great fabric is on its way to me to make it up and I received the ultimate gift, the Nettie pattern, which you will see even more of during Sewing Indie Month.
A Bonus Winner randomly drawn from all the sewalong participants will win the following prizes:
1 year subscription to Sew News Magazine
$75 gift certificate from Britex Fabrics
1 year Friends of PR membership from Pattern Review
Love at First Stitch signed book by Sewing Indie Month designer Tilly and the Buttons
Sewing Indie Month designer prize pack: PDF pattern of your choice from Waffle Patterns; PDF Wardrobe Builder Pack by Thready Theory; paper pattern of your choice from Kate & Rose, Sew Chic
Grab a button in the sidebar!
And check back on Monday RIGHT BELOW for the goods on linking your project!!
Good luck everyone!!
UPDATE! ENTER BELOW!
This is the first Nettie.
Or L’éléphant Nettie!
The fabric is from Girl Charlee. I had just stumbled across Hey Fran Hey and was deep in her bohemian vibe when I chose it. This one is Heather’s fave. I agree that the elephants are both cool and a bit sexy!
This one is a blend of sizes 6 and 8. Six at the top, 8 at the hip and bottom. As you can see, the fabric went a little sheer across the the bust. Cutting a straight size 8 would have been a better choice.
This version includes: scoop front, mid back and short sleeves.
I usually deviate from pattern instructions, but when testing you have to do what it says. Therefore, this is the first time I have actually stabilized my shoulder seams. I will be doing it from now on! It made such a difference, especially with the front and back scooping low.
I also put this together completely on my sewing machine. I love the look of nice, clean serged seams. But, sometimes, that adds bulk and makes the seams wavy. I went against instinct and it totally paid off.
I love it with jeans (they’re from Old Navy, in case you’re wondering)!! And my favorite, handmade skirt!!
A total aside: I’ve been taking adult ballet classes. I’ve never felt so graceful in my life (even if I probably look like Lois when she took dance classes in that episode of Malcolm in the Middle). Highly recommend crossing that off your list if it has been a goal of yours!
I’m so anxious to see more Netties around the sewing blogisphere! Just look at Carolyn’s versions! Modeled in her totally babetastic Aussie way!
Start browsing for your perfect fabric!
I’m posting a Nettie giveaway on, Friday!
Alternative title: Nettie – A Love Story
This gorgeousness is my super awesome, babetastic, brilliant mate Heather Lou‘s newest labor of indie sewing pattern LOVE!!
Which she named after yours truly!
She has a post full of the sweetest things ever said about me (that my hubby and kids didn’t say, anyway) and I only have the tenderest of feelings about her. This part of her post resonates the most with me:
“I am so grateful to be a part of this inspiring, generous and creative community. Me? Wings. You? Wind.”
I’m continually amazed by how much my sewing friends mean to me. I will always choose their company over others because we can talk about anything PLUS sewing!! That’s indispensable! The gave and take, the honest discourse about serious issues and the laughs (OH, the laughs) are more than I ever expected to get out of blogging.
I’m still gobsmacked, honored and blushing that Heather was in any way inspired by me!!
Get ready for a whole HEAP of Netties!!
These babies (shown in the order sewn) each deserve their own post!! I learned something new on each one and I can’t wait to make even more! There are so many combos included in the pattern.
And you can knock up one with the odd yard of knit in your stash.
I have SO many mods in mind (Bombshell+Nettie mash-up, cropped, a low back version, and on and on!) that I foresee a LOT of Nettie in my summer!
Stay tuned for the goods on the different fabrics I used, the (kick ASS) fit, tips and more loving on Heather!
PLUS a GIVEAWAY!!
Tissue Knit & Some Slinky Anna Sui from Mood.
Skirt as a Top Scoop Tee & DIY Kimono Tips
I need about a half dozen of each.
This is a bonus project. You know, when that one cut of fabric yields more than one garment?
This skirt, which coordinates nicely with the houndstooth, was made with the same neon dream fabric as this top (there’s still some left). At about the same time, too. I just didn’t have a proper camera to capture it! I took those pictures at work ;)
I could fill my wardrobe with tons more things:
Black and White and Neon and Bright.
A spring theme!
Dudes and Dudettes, this sew along has been a bit of a struggle. My sewing mojo wanted to go in a different non-slip direction, a burst of fitness caused some body changes which poked at my confidence (who knew I was so attached to my larger hips??) and the incredibly crappy camera I was attempting to use certainly wasn’t helping matters.
BUT!! FRIENDS AND HUBBY TO THE RESCUE!!
I got a kick ass camera for my anniversary (which was March 25th, in case you’re wondering) which takes nice clear pics with ease! He even got me collapsible tripod!
Then, in an email exchange with my sewing posse, Ms. Oona gave me permission to move on (rather, she TOLD me to “ditch that slip and sew the thing that makes you feel sexy right now.”). Sometimes, you just need someone to TELL YOU that what you want to do is OK. Right after reading that, RIGHT AFTER, I grabbed this super awesome, crazy houndstooth knit from Mood (purchased while my girls Lisette, Lauren, Clare, Latrice, Lucinda, Aleksandra, et all were in NYC) and (inspired by another gem of a babe, Ginger)
Self Drafted Skirt
(I use the term so super loosely)
(cut out using the top of this dress)
Double Houndstooth Knit, Strip of Black Ponte, Wide Elastic
So, Lisette pointed out that I never actually declared my official Sew Sexy Sew Along project. And the deadline is FAST approaching (what is it with me and sew alongs??).
I would love to make my very own, proper (as in non ITY stretch) slip!
I have a few options.
The Ruby Slip
Or, Simplicity 9115
This pile of blue deliciousness will become undergarment awesomeness! (hopefully)