Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sew Independent

As I typed out sew independent in the title, the thought occurred to me that I really like all the implications. I think that describes me as well as everyone who visits this blog, we are so very independent! We like to like to sew, we like to be creative and in all of our endeavors, exhibit our individuality and independence. 
As you may remember, I participated last year in Sewing Indie Month as....The Pattern Hacker!!! I love that title :) Well, as it turns out, Sewing Indie Month is coming up once again. Since I have yet to take the little box off of my blog, I was asked if I would do a post announcing the upcoming event as well as a fabulous sale that will kick it all off. The sale is all about a pattern bundle which is rather fun. So before I get to the details, let's take a look at the patterns.
First up is the lovely Dixie of Dixie DIY. You may remember that I just completed her shorts for the Sew News sew along. A picture of me in my shorts is coming up this week. Dixie has designed a super cute new dress pattern. Look closely and you'll see the little cutout design on the side. As cute as the cutout is, I'm thinking that it could also be a design detail with lace or even leather.
Next up is a designer that I have enjoyed for some time. You may remember her free Newsboy Cap pattern that I made a while back. Her Cookie Zippered Jacket is a great into fall jacket. Yuki is offering a free add on pattern of a hood, so the jacket is all the more versatile.
Sew House Seven is a new to me pattern line. Their Mississippi Ave. dress is just as breezy and feminine as a pattern can be. Not only is it a lovely little dress, it would also make up into a lovely nightgown. You can find all of their patterns HERE.
Muse Patterns are designed by Kat Haristy of Wellington, New Zealand. Her Melissa dress and blouse pattern is feminine with a vintage touch. The lovely detail on the front of the dress is echoed on the back. The pattern also comes with a skirt pattern that features the detail on the pocket. A super versatile pattern! You can check out all of her patterns HERE.
Next up is Miss Mari of Seamster Patterns. Her brand new Sorrel Dress and Top Pattern has been in the works for a while and I'm so happy to be able to finally tell you about it. The collar detail is just that, a detail, not a seperate collar. 
She has also provided this option which I really like.
Lolita Patterns is offering their Sugar Plum Dress pattern, perfect for the business woman on the go. You may remember that I tested this pattern. You can see my version HERE
Another new to me pattern designer is Jennifer Lauren, She is offering her Cressida Skirt Pattern to the bundle. The skirt can be made with a double row of buttons or a single row and belt loops can also be added.
The Saltbox Tank or Tee from Blueprint Patterns has a very interesting inspiration. Be sure to check out her blog and see what inspired this top.
The Sutton Blouse from True Bias features an easy to wear design with kimono sleeves, one piece yoke, a pleated back and side slits.
The Ultimate Trouser Pattern from Sew It Over is a pant for every wardrobe. A slim leg with and ankle grazing hem, perfect in summer and winter.
Now here's a little information about the pattern bundle. Please take note that I'm a little late in getting this post out, the sale ends on Wednesday August 12th!!!!
  • The sale will run from Monday August 3rd to Wednesday August 12th.
  • 20% of bundle proceeds will be donated to the International Folk Art Alliance, which provides education and exhibition opportunities to folk artists from around the world. Just a few examples of what the International Folk Art Alliance has been able to accomplish by helping artists create stable, year-round livelihoods includes helping shelter women from domestic violence in Ecuador, building a school for children in Pakistan, empowering women in repressive cultures around the world, and feeding villages in Niger.
  • Sewing Indie Month (SIM) is a month-long celebration of indie sewing patterns where designers collaborate to bring you fun blog posts and informative tutorials. This year SIM will take place in September. It's accompanied by a sewalong contest with fantastic prizes. Since the patterns in the SIM Bundle 1 are mostly wovens, this sale gives you time to make muslins before the contest begins in September while supporting small women-owned businesses and raising money for charity.
  • This year the Sewing Indie Month HQ will be Sew Independent, which Mari from Seamster Sewing Patterns took over from Donna, who decided to step back from the site. You may buy the bundle and keep up to date with the latest SIM news at www.SewIndependent.com 

Pay what you want for the bundle! The more you pay, the more rewards you'll receive. 
  • Pay $25 or more to get the Sutton Blouse, Cressida Skirt, Sugar Plum Dress, Mississippi Ave Dress & Top, and the Ultimate Trousers.
  • Pay $32 or more to get the Cookie Blouson and Bonnell Dress.
  • Pay $38 or more to get the Melissa Dress, Blouse & Skirt, the NEW Saltbox Top, and the NEW Sorrel Dress & Top.
  • The 10 people who spend the most will get printed copy shop versions of the patterns mailed to them as a free bonus.
New Patterns:
The Saltbox by Blueprints for Sewing and Sorrel Dress & Top by Seamster Sewing Patterns are brand new patterns that are being released with the bundle. During the sale you can only buy them as part of the bundle.

So if you would like to have all 10 patterns, you may have all 10 for the bargain price of only $38.00! But since 20% goes to such a worthwhile organization, pitching in a few extra dollars would be great too. Be sure to check out www.sewindependent.com to buy your patterns and learn more about Sewing Indie Month. Have fun!

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  1. I love this idea :) It's a win for all parties involved, and it's not every day you get a chance to support people across the world through your sewing.

  2. I love this idea too, great patterns and a good cause. Xx

  3. Beautifulpattern making . A great combination of fabric and style choice.