SIM Bundle #1

Grab a cuppa before you start reading this post. 

One bundle with a piece of everything. 

            A wardrobe of patterns from a plethora of creative individuals.
                          Some patterns you’ve seen before and could have in your wish list
                                      A couple of patterns are brand new.

This year Sewing Indie Month (SIM), an online celebration of indie sewing patterns begins with this first bundle offer.

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.

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.

    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 can buy the bundle and keep up to date with the latest SIM news on 

      What’s the bundle price?

      Pay what you want for the bundle! The more you pay, the more rewards (patterns) you’ll receive. 
      • 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.

        New Patterns

        The Saltbox by Blueprints for Sewing and Sorrel Dress and 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. 
        Take a closer look at each pattern.

        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:

        I know they’ll be creating some great pieces from this bundle. Hop over and take a look!

        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.

        I really enjoyed the challenge of mixing different fabrics to create a type of balance.
        Mixing together different fabrics and print stretched my style ideas. I sew. I don’t design.
        In the end I was really happy with how this came together.
        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.

        Sutton blouse

        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. 

        Sugar Plum sweetness

        Prints, ponte, organza and good old Sunsilky lining. This was my starting point – to test Sugar Plum.

        Top fabrics – grey ponte and printed cotton stretch woven. Front fabrics – sunsilky lining and silk organza.

        Lolita Patterns
        Before my US trip, the girls wanted me to test Sugar Plum. The instructions and tags for each pattern piece were really helpful. The tags come as part of the pattern and these helped me focus on getting this dress done without stressing out about timings or which piece was what.
        The girls also kept me in the loop regarding any amendments while the testing group kept testing to the original Sugar Plum deadlines.

        Their patterns are multi-size. That’s a big tick for me. Multi-size means I can adjust the size as my weight changes and I can sew this dress for any member in my family.

        Prints and plains
        Mixing fabrics is always a stretch for me but when I did this for this pattern test, it paid off.

        I used my overlocker/serger to roll hem the ruffle edges. There were 22 ruffles to roll hem. I’d classify this as a yoga stretch for my skills. The way the ruffles turned out were pretty and feminine.

        Busting the stash
        The print and organza were from The Fabric Store bought at our February Sydney Sewer meetup. The ponte from Spotlight. No remnants were harmed this time:) I use remnants a lot. And I used my new turner tools that I bought in NY with Kyle.

        Dress features that were worth the effort
        Front ruffles – I used the rolled hem setting on my overlocker (score)
        Neckline ruffle collar – again I used the gather stitch option on the overlocker (happy dance)

        Buttonhole loops – the turner tool from NY was worth buying (investment notion).
        Using a stretch woven with ponte fabric – comfortable and doesn’t crease. Gail agrees that ponte is a good work fabric.
        Cute styled lined sleeves – winter turned a bit summer the day I wore it to work.

        The zipper at the back worked at dream to help this dress keep its shape over time. 
        Lining the bodice – Again a lined blouse feels tailored and comfortable.
        The button tab – this stops any peekaboo accidents.

        After making practical winter pieces, a bit of pretty sewing was something I craved to do.

        This dress is designed to be a professional work dress so I wore it to a presentation. The ladies loved it. I was chuffed. Mission accomplished.

        If you’re interested in making your version of Sugar Plum, go to Lolita Patterns and take advantage of the discount before 10 October. There are a bunch of great versions Amity has made that you have to see.

        I have plans for a ‘deep purple’ version. Join the sewalong and share your version.