As you know, this is not only National Sewing Month, but it's also Sewing Indie Month as well! Just a quick note about National Sewing Month. I for one am so very happy to have a month designated as a national sewing month. There was a time when I actually thought I would see the world of home sewing come to an end. At one time there were numerous fabric stores in downtown Chicago. Even our beloved Marshall Field's had an entire floor of fabric and yarn. Now we have only one fabric store in downtown Chicago. What was Marshall Field's is now Macy's and there is no fabric by the yard to be found. But I'm happy to say that my very own little neighborhood here in Chicago now has a fun fabric store, The Needle Shop and we also have a new quilt shop with delightful fabrics. So sewing is on the rise!!!!
By now, you may have figured out that I am once again the Pattern Hacker for Sewing Indie Month. I fill kinda like a super hero ;) A super hero with a pair of scissors and a sewing machine!! Actually, I am quite honored to be asked once again to head up this segment for Sewing Indie Month. Like last year, there is a contest and there are some wonderful prizes to be won. You can see all 3 categories and the accompanying prizes HERE.
The winner of the Pattern Hacking category will receive:
- One free Craftsy class of winner’s choice, a $40 value
- $25 gift certificate to Style Maker Fabrics
- enrollment in the Pattern Workshop
- a $35 gift certificate to Notionally Better
- a $30 gift certificate to Hawthorne Threads
- a PDF pattern of your choice by Blueprints for Sewing
- a PDF pattern of your choice by Seamster Sewing Patterns
- a PDF pattern of your choice by Maison Fleur
- a PDF pattern of your choice by SeamstressErin Designs
- the Bonnell Dress PDF pattern Dixie DIY
Click HERE for contest rules and how to enter.
Now, for a little hacking!
My first project is going to be the Spearmint Coat from Lolita Patterns.
The neckline is very low with a large ruffled collar. (Please forgive my wrinkles!!) It's a very feminine design. Since I would like to wear this coat in the winter, and it is Chicago, I need a collar that isn't quite so open. So what to do?A little sneak peek at what the new collar will look like. I'm keeping the beautiful shape of the collar, but forfeiting the ruffles to fill in the neckline. Be sure to pop back by next Thursday to see the finished collar and the how-tos.
Now, if you've made it to this point in the post, I have a surprise for you! I have 2, yes, 2 Spearmint patterns to give away, WOO HOO!!!
If you would like a chance to win 1 of the patterns, just leave a message on this post. I will announce the winner on Monday, September 7, 2015.
A little about the coat. I love the fit of this coat! Enough said :)
I think Sewing Indie Month is off to a great start!