One bundle with a piece of everything.
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.
By the way, you can always donate to International Folk Art Alliance directly at any time.
Sewing Indie Month
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.
What’s the bundle price?
- Pay $25 or more to get the Sutton Blouse, Cressida Skirt, Sugar Plum Dress, Mississippi Ave Dress and Top, and the Ultimate Trousers. That’s a great package.
- Pay $32 or more to get the Cookie Blouson and Bonnell Dress. Cookie Blouson would be a great pattern if you’re already planning a new jacket for the colder weather.
- Pay $38 or more to get the Melissa Dress, Blouse and Skirt, the NEW Saltbox Top, and the NEW Sorrel Dress and Top.
The 10 people who spend the most will get printed copy shop versions of the patterns mailed to them as a free bonus.
- Bonnell Dress by Dixie DIY
- Cookie Blouson by Waffle Patterns
- Cressida Skirt by Jennifer Lauren Vintage Patterns
- Melissa Dress, Blouse and Skirt by Muse Patterns
- Mississippi Ave Dress and Top by Sew House Seven
- the NEW Saltbox Top by Blueprints for Sewing
- the NEW Sorrel Dress and Top by Seamster Sewing Patterns
- Sugar Plum Dress by Lolita Patterns
- Sutton Blouse by True Bias
- Ultimate Trousers by Sew Over It
Inspiring sewing bloggers
The sewing bloggers I know you love to follow are offering their ‘take’ on this first bundle while it’s on sale:
- Almond Rock
- Casa Crafty
- Girls in the Garden
- Grey’s Fabric & Notions
- Handmade by Carolyn
- House of Pinheiro
- Idle Fancy
- Lucky Lucille
- Miss Crayola Creepy
- Pretty Girls Sew
- Scruffy Badger Time
- Sew Busy Lizzy
- Sew Sweetness
- Ten Thousand Hours of Sewing
- Thread Theory
- Workroom Social
I’ve been provided with these patterns so I’m reviewing them and I’ll put these reviews on this post.
Lolita Sugar Plum Dress
When the Lolita Sugar Plum Dress was initially released, this is the version I made.
|An office look I like;)|
Sew over it Ultimate Trousers
Over the weekend I became engrossed with making the Ultimate Trousers. Taping the pdfs together required absolutely no paper cutting.
What you can see above is the size 12 version. It was a bit baggy so I rejigged it and made size 10. Grab a sewing friend if you need help fitting trousers.
This mustard drill is the test version using pre-washed cotton fabric. This fabric shrunk in the wash the first time I used this fabric for jeans so I wasn’t going to relearn this important lesson with these Ultimates.
This size 10 version is tweaked around the body – lower centre front seam; sway back adjustment; lower centre back curve and then just for good measure, increased the top thigh measure on the back leg (cyclist thighs). This duck cloth fabric was bought on special at Spotlight last year ($8).
Those body tweaks were worth the effort. Both Ultimates are long so I can wear these with heels (or for future fabric shrinkage). I’ve used firm fabrics on each so there’s a bit of room at the knees, for walking.
When I make these again in a stretch woven, there will be a lot more shaping at the knees and I’ll go down a size.
I’ve now made a test version in size 6.
The front works for me as I’ve taken 2cm out of the front seam after I initially sewed this top together. I’ve used a border cotton fabric that I bought through Silhouette Patterns a few years ago.
This is certainly cotton because it needs lots of steam to press out the creases. It’s a lovely fabric to swan around in and will be great when it’s hot and humid again.
The main change I made was shape the neckline to a V-shape – my favourite neckline. I love the trim used on this pattern. I felt like my skill level had gone up a notch.
I’ve paired this top with Simple Skinny Jeans Sew Liberated pattern.